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Tara’s Saori Designs

Tara has been coming to weave at my studio and work on clothing design. She does most of her weaving at home on her Saori loom and is now very inspired to make clothing, scarves, wall hangings, table runners, etc. as she is going to be at a market this summer to sell her weavings.

This week she brought a huge basket of cloth that she had woven and we sat down to decide what to make. We worked on two wall hangings, a few scarves and then a vest / top that she wanted to make. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I did get a few of the finished top.

The front:

Taras top

The back:

Taras top

The side:

Taras top

Close-up:

Taras top

Designs by Tara ~ fabulous!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Saori Kai (gathering)

This past Sunday there was a Saori Kai – a Saori gathering – to share with other Saori weavers our weavings, ideas, questions and friendship. It was hosted at Knotty by Nature in Victoria, BC. It was great to see everyone and what they had been working on…(pictures may be slow to load)

Cool cross scarves…
Saori Kai

Thrums project…see more about it here
Saori Kai

Inspired by snow…
Saori Kai

Japanese inspired cloth…
Saori Kai

Asymmetric top…
Saori Kai

Vest architecture…see more about it here
Saori Kai

Stunning dress…
Saori Kai

…and more. It was very inspiring as we continue to “learn from each other”.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Christmas Ruffle Scarf

We had a staff Christmas party last weekend and so I decided to weave a quick scarf to wear to it. I have a skirt that is black with a shiny turquoise/green section to it so thought I would coordinate with that.

I put a narrow 50-thread black cotton pre-wound warp on the loom and wove the scarf with a black yarn that has a green sparkle thread through it.

Christmas Ruffle Scarf

When I was weaving it, I wove very loosely, either barely beating the yarn into place or much of the time not even using the beater. It gives it an open & lacy look.

Christmas Ruffle Scarf

After weaving, I pulled three threads in the centre to create the ruffle (this is another reason to weave loosely so that the threads are easily pulled). Then I twisted the fringe, washed it and wore it to the party that night.

Just a note – when you weave the length of the scarf, be sure that you make it longer than the finished length you want it to be, as it shortens when you pull the threads to make the ruffle.

The scarf is featured on the Weavolution Facebook page – here.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Blue and Brown Top

A few months ago, I made some cloth (details here) and two lengths of it hung in my studio waiting to see what they wanted to become.

Yesterday, I finally made one piece of it into a new top..

The front …

Saori top

The back …

Saori top

And some details …

Saori top

Saori top

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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A New Direction

I have been thinking about doing some weavings for the four directions. This week I had some time in the evenings to do some weaving and so I got started on what I had in mind.

This first weaving is for the West – Black – the ‘looks within’ place.

Looks within

I had a black warp that I needed to finish up – which was perfect – and so I gathered up all sorts of black yarns that I had, some things from the Treasure Bag and some fabric too and started weaving the West. One of the main yarns in this weaving is from Gaia’s Colours that I got at Samhain (summer’s end).

I also had some black fabric with a silver design on it and I love how it adds some sparkle. Another yarn was a Noro yarn that had black that gradually changed into turquoise and a bit of that slipped in. Some of the black yarns from the Treasure Bag pulled along other bits of treasure – so there are bits of colour here and there too.

Looks within

(Black is hard to photograph!)

Looks within

So, this is the start of a series “The Directions”, with the first piece being “West – Looks within”. This is also in honour of the teachings that I have received about the directions – west also being where the Thunder Clouds and Thunder Beings are and where adulthood is.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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“Cool Cross” Scarf

Earlier this month, Marie came to visit me and stay at Honeysuckle Cottage. Marie works at the Saori Headquarters in Osaka and so it was great to have her here and get to know her and share Saori with her at the studio.

She did some weaving in the studio – which is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see what her finished blouse will look like.

Marie - saori weaving

Marie - saori weaving

She joined in with some of my classes and wove with Sandi who was here visiting from Vancouver.

Marie had some fabulous Saori clothing that she wore including this skirt:

Marie - saori weaving

and a ‘cool cross’ scarf. Laura and I looked at it and examined it and Marie set up a warp for me and showed me how to make one.

Cool Cross Scarf

Cool Cross Scarf

It is indeed cool! (and difficult to get a good photograph of to show the cross). No longer is the weaving just flat – it makes a cross shape when it comes off the loom.

Cool Cross Scarf

Cool Cross Scarf

Thanks Marie – what fun!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Some handwoven Saori cloth…

…which will become ?? I’m not sure yet. I have a few things in mind.

Blues and browns

I loved weaving with these colours – blue (turquoise) and brown – which then expanded into other colour combinations as I wove.

Blues and browns

In this weaving I used many different yarns – Noro variegated yarn, self-patterning sock yarn, yarn with sparkle, solid colours and others.

My plan is to make more clothing and so I just started weaving cloth, with no particular item of clothing in mind. Now to take the fabric, do some draping on my new dress form and see what it will become. Fun!

Blues and browns  Blues and browns

I’ll keep you posted.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Woven animals

Two young weavers (now age 7) decided to create more ‘stuffies’ for Christmas. They each wove the cloth and then drew out a picture of what their animal would look like (which had to fit the size of their finished cloth). We used that to plan legs, the tail and the shape of the stuffy. They helped with the sewing and did the stuffing using yarns from the treasure bag.

Here is the cloth woven for a dog. Two different pieces of cloth were woven from two different warps and sewn together…

Rover

and the dog that was made from it – “Rover”

Rover

Rover has a moustache, long floppy ears, extra long front legs, blue eyes and a tail that wags!

Rover

Next is a cat (similar to “Sam I Am“) – this one is called “Whiskers”.

Whiskers was made from some cloth woven on a “Cherry Blossom” warp…

Whiskers

and has beautiful pink eyes, a dark button nose and of course golden whiskers!

Whiskers

Whiskers

Here are the three of them under the Christmas tree…

Whiskers

Wonderful weaving and creativity!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Poncho

Ever since I got the book “Self Discovery Through Free Weaving”, I have wanted to make one of the ponchos in it.

Well, I finally did…

Saori Poncho

I like that the fabric is on the diagonal and that it is so easy to make. One long length of fabric is cut into two pieces and then sewn back together with simple seams.

Saori Poncho

Comfy to wear too…

Saori Poncho

[Dog by Paul Burke – Blue Horse Gallery]

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Another Saori Scarf

So, after weaving the last scarf I had an idea. What if I used two balls of the same Noro yarn, started them in different places in the colour sequence and used a clasped weft?

I tried it and I like the result. I call this one “Half ‘n Half”

Half 'n Half

detail…

Half 'n Half

This is on the same warp as the previous scarf. The Noro for this one is “Silk Garden” (colour 282) which is Silk, Kid Mohair and Lamb’s wool!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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