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SAORI Weaving Installations

Two SAORI woven banners have recently been installed…

The first one is a banner that was made by many weavers on Salt Spring Island. It was donated to the SAORI Bridges of Elm Park project in Worcester, MA. The vision of Nat & Mihoko of SAORI Worcester to drape the bridges in the park with beautiful woven banners with the proceeds to support long-term low-income Worcester Public School young artists as part of a SAORI weaving program.

The banner has now been installed in The Children’s Division of the Worcester Public Library in Worcester, MA…

SAORI Salt Spring banner

SAORI Salt Spring banner

photo credit SAORI Worcester

The second banner, is a banner called “Threads of Hope & Healing” that went to Hiroshima, Japan as part of SAORI Peace Weave 2012 (see more on my blog thread here) and then travelled to the 2012 International SAORI Weaving conference hosted by SAORI Studio LA.

It is now installed at Pura Vida Oceanside Massage Therapy on Fernwood Road on Salt Spring Island. Here is it in the reception/waiting room of the clinic…

SAORI Salt Spring banner

…the colours of the chakras woven with thoughts of hope and healing and with local alpaca yarn.

SAORI Salt Spring banner

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Peace Felt

I have been weaving Peace Banners for four years now and thoroughly enjoy it. It is always a collaborative event. Here is one that was completed on International Peace Day (Sept. 21) in 2007…

Peace Banner

This year, I read about Peace Felt and decided to participate. We were given the name of a person who would send us a package and also the name of a different person to send to. The peace would be passed in a circle.

I received my beautiful Peace Felt rug in the mail from Arizona…

Peace Felt

Of course, the cats had to check it out…

Peace Felt

I also received some wonderful hand looms called “Wee Walnut Weavers” and a lucet – all handmade by Kristi.

I sent off my package to Maryland. I made a bag with local Salt Spring wool from the Gulf Islands Spinning Mill. It is crocheted and then felted. I call it “Serenity”.

Peace Felt

Peace Felt

And so the circle of peace continues…

Peace to all,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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Weaving a Way to Wellness

This week there was a conference in Edmonton – the First International Women’s Shelter Conference. Over 800 people from many different countries attended.

One of the sessions was ‘Weaving a Way to Wellness‘ – which focussed on SAORI weaving and how the philosophy and practice of Saori weaving can be very therapeutic. Cathie Cameron from Canadian Mental Health in Nanaimo has a pilot project working with people through Saori weaving to gain skills in business, learn Saori weaving, make and sell items, but most of all ‘Weave their way to wellness’.

I also offer Saori weaving to women in shelters as a way to open discussions about wellness & creativity and just for the joy of weaving something for themselves.

Weaving a Way to Wellness

Cathie and I enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to about 100 people about Saori weaving. There were many questions and comments after the presentation.

During the conference we had a Saori loom warped up with a rainbow warp and all the people attending were invited to add some weaving to a Peace Banner. This banner was presented at the closing dinner to the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, the organizing agency, as a commemoration of the conference. They will be displaying it in their office this year, along with the names of the 162 people who did the weaving. It will travel to the next conference.

Weaving a Way to Wellness

A local Edmonton news article on the banner – here.

The conference was an amazing opportunity to connect with people all over the world working to end domestic violence and to support those people who have been living with it.

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com

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Saori Weaving for Peace – Hiroshima Day

Today, August 6, is Hiroshima Day.

On Salt Spring, we have a gathering in the Peace Park to sing, dance, weave, make lanterns and talk about Peace.

I will be taking my loom to start a Peace Banner – this one will have a white warp – symbolic of the white dove for peace.

Also today in Japan there are two weavings from Salt Spring Island for Hiroshima Day – this year in Sendai, Japan for “Saori Peace Weave 2008”. One is the Earth Banner that was woven on Earth Day and at Ruckle Farm…..for “How can we have Peace if we don’t look after the earth”.

Earth Banner

Earth Banner

Also see previous posts….

Earth Day – Weaving an Earth Banner

Ruckle Park and Weaving an Earth Banner

Even my cat, Snickers, is contemplating the Earth Banner….

Snickers contemplating the Earth Banner

I also sent a Khata for Peace – One thread, one world, one peace to Sendai. Woven out of one thread of white cotton.

Khatas for Peace

These banners will then travel to Hiroshima for another exhibit.

Thank you to all of the people who continue to Weave Peace!

Peace Today and every day!

Terri

My website: www.saltspringweaving.com