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8-Ways Tunic

I’m catching up on my blog posting and first want to tell you about a tunic that was created at a retreat here by Lynn of SAORI Berkeley. As one of our retreat activities, Lynn brought a long piece of woven cloth in beautiful colours that she wanted to make into a SAORI garment. She didn’t have anything particular in mind and so we started draping the fabric in different ways.

We found some possibilities, but in the end, it was the drape of a piece of the cloth around her neck that shaped the whole garment. What she ended up with is a wonderful tunic that can be worn 8 ways. How great is that? So the name became the 8-Ways Tunic!

And she started to cut and to sew the piece….

The first way, which is how it came to be, is with a piece of the tunic that can be wrapped around the neck like a scarf …

Now this can be done from the left or the right (2 ways)…

The tunic can also be turned around so that the scarf comes from the back – left or right (2 more ways)…(no photos of this – but here is a detail of the back and the weaving)

Then the piece that is the scarf can be left hanging down with the fringe (front or back – 2 more ways) – at this point it was the 6-Way Tunic….

Later we discovered that the scarf piece could also become a hood – only one way for this one 🙂 (now 7-ways)…

Then, when Lynn took it to show Lorrie (of Ewetopia Farm), they discovered that the ‘scarf’ piece could be worn hanging down, but then bloused up with a belt for another look – one more way – makes it the 8-Ways Tunic – “we learn from each other”. (sorry no photo of this way either – yet).

So, now perhaps you can come up with other ways and it will be renamed again!!

It is basically one long piece for the back, a piece twice as long for the front, folded, fringe left on. And then two smaller pieces for the sides of the tunic. A great design Lynn, with the help of Lynn (from Victoria), Lorrie and I.

Not to mention that she has a lovely piece of cloth left to make another garment. Here is it draped on the dress form…

Happy Weaving (and designing),
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

More Be Sweet yarns

Last week my aunt and uncle were visiting Salt Spring Island and they were both weaving in the studio. Franky wanted to learn to make a woven mobius scarf. She chose her yarns, wound the warp and my uncle John did the threading for her.

She really like the Ocean Magic Ball yarn from Be Sweet and so based her colours on that, using some of the Saori cotton boucle (loop) yarn and cotton with lame.

Blue Scarf

I love the finished scarf!

Blue Scarf

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

Weaving for fall – a mobius scarf

I have just finished weaving a mobius scarf in fall colours. I am going to enter it into our local Fall Fair.

Saori mobius

Saori mobius

Saori mobius

And yesterday, as there often is, there was a deer in our yard…

deer

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Cool Cross Scarf

I love hosting weaving retreats! It is always so much fun, great people and great Saori energy….

One of the parts of the Saori philosophy is ‘Let’s learn from everyone in the group’ and so when a group gets together lots of learning happens.

I have had a few retreats this spring and am hosting another one right now. At the last retreat one of the things that we explored was the Cool Cross scarf (see my previous post here).

Anik, one of the retreat participants made a very cool, Cool Cross scarf…

Cool Cross Scarf

She has just started a blog called Fibre Sauvage to document “Saori Weaving & Knitting with Natural & Wild Fibres”. Some great pictures of her amazing Cool Cross scarf are here. I’m sure she’ll have many great things to come…

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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A birthday scarf and looking east

I took a break from weaving my Directions banners to weave a scarf for my mom’s birthday. When she was here last she chose a yarn that she wanted for the weft of the scarf – it was a beautiful Umaj sock yarn (merino wool and bamboo) from Gaia’s Colours. For the weft, I chose silk yarn from Treenway Silks which was great as I haven’t worked with silk before.

Here is the finished scarf…

Scarf

Scarf

It is so light and has a wonderful feel from the great yarns.

And now, I’m back to my Directions series with East/Yellow. East represents new beginnings, childhood and spring. The warp is wound and ready to go…

The Directions - East

The Directions - East

And the weaving begins…

The Directions - East

The Directions - East

The Directions - East

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

Loopy Scarf – part two

So, I finished weaving the loopy scarf (see previous post). Here it is off the loom ….

Saori Loopy Scarf

And then washed it by hand.

Saori Loopy Scarf

Washed it again in the washing machine to full/felt it and here it is at this point…

Saori Loopy Scarf

Saori Loopy Scarf

Not sure if I will wash it further – it is not felted, but the spaces between the warp threads have almost disappeared.

One of my hopes was to show off the handspun yarn, I think it accomplished that. I also wanted to play with wool and felting – hmmm….might have to go a step further.

Some measurements:
Width in reed: 6.5 inches
Width after weaving: 6 inches (plus loops!)
Length off the loom: 80 inches (plus fringe)

Current Width: 4.5 inches Length: 74 inches (plus fringe)

Any thoughts?

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

Saori Salt Spring

Weaving scarves

I am weaving up a few scarves for our WinterCraft sale in December. This warp is brown and burgundy cotton.

On this first scarf, I have used Noro “Yuzen” yarn as the main theme of the weft, with Treasure Basket yarns brought in as icicles and other bits and pieces of yarn and roving added for texture and colour.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com