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WWW Weaving with organic cotton

 

I have been working on some pieces in a series called “Organica” – all on organic cotton pre-wound warps with organic cotton weft.

My latest weaving was trying out the w-w-w way of weaving (#5 on page 84 of the SAORI Self Innovation book)…

This style of weaving can be used to add some great texture to your weaving…

 

 

If you do the w-w-w each row, the cool thing is that since there is so much extra weft in each row, once the weaving is off the loom you can stretch it out to the sides…

 

This warp was 22 cm at the reed, once it came off the loom, it’s natural relaxation with the extra weft was 33 cm…

 

 

Once it was stretched out, it was 55 cm…

 

It makes a lovely random lacey effect…

 

and looks wonderful in a window…

 

It takes a long time to weave, as each row requires manipulation of the weft yarn. Once I got into the rhythm of it, I enjoyed it though and it was so much fun after to see how it would turn out!!!

Next, to wash it and see what that does to it!

Note to self – textured yarns make it more difficult to stretch it out…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

 

A work in progress …

An eco-dyed silk scarf

Eco Dyed silk

+ SAORI pre-wound organic warp

SAORI organic warp

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Organic weaving

A work in progress…with so many ideas and possibilities bubbling up!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Organic cotton warp into a SAORI handwoven dress…

This past weekend Tara was staying here for a weaving retreat. We had a wonderful time and spent a lot of time out in the studio…..sewing, weaving, creating….

We made a pair of legwarmers, a book cover and a small case to hold pens for her dad’s birthday gift, a pouch for her mom’s cell phone, a T-shirt weaving, and THEN we made a dress!

Tara had brought with her a beautiful length of cloth she had woven on the organic cotton pre-wound warp from Japan. This is colour-grown, textured cotton…

She picked a dress pattern (# 35) from the Shitate-no-Hon book. We measured the cloth and didn’t have enough to make it as shown and so I made some adaptations – instead of long sleeves, we would have just enough to make tabs or small cap sleeves at the top to hold it all together…

I had never tried sewing this pattern before and so I had to make a paper copy first – to see how the folds, cuts and sewing would go together to actually make this dress.

Once we were done sewing we put it on the dress form and Tara decided it needed a button for embellishment. She looked through my buttons on hand and chose a leather button from a local artisan that does leatherworks.

I’m really quite amazed at how it all came together. Tara has such a great sense of design, the patterns (luckily for me) are easy to follow (once I can visualize them) and of course with SAORI everything is adaptable and there are no mistakes!

Congratulations Tara – a beautiful handwoven dress!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Earth Loom

It has been a year since my Earth Loom was set-up. Over that time, many things have been woven into it by many different people.

Earth Loom

The other day I went out and took some photos of it and decided that it was time for this current warp to come off as most of the materials were dried up and the linen warp was starting to break down (and break) …

Earth Loom

Earth Loom

…though I think it still looks wonderful in so many ways…

Earth Loom

Earth Loom

Earth Loom

Earth Loom

Today, I took the warp and the weaving off and took it down to our orchard fence and hung it up there to let it naturally decompose.

Earth Loom

I wonder how long it will take? I think I’ll leave it there and check on it periodically. In the meantime, the loom is empty – waiting for a new warp.

Earth Loom

Here are some links about my Earth Loom, other Earth Looms and Earth Looms in general:

My Earth Loom – it’s original creation
Earth Loom – continued
International Day of Climate Action (350)
Earth Loom in the Snow
Signs of Spring

An Earth Loom on Gingerbread Snowflakes blog
An Earth Loom on CJ Stitching and Blooms blog
An Earth Loom Flickr photo gallery
An Earth Loom Flickr photo gallery

Zati – Weaving a Life – where it all started
The Earth Loom Project

If you have created an Earth Loom and would like me to link to photos or a post about it, let me know.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com