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Light returning

This year I’ve been so aware of the Winter Solstice and dreaming of it. Not in the ‘end of the world’ kind of way, but really thinking of the light returning, my health returning and things to come.

On December 21, I decided to celebrate the solstice by doing some weaving and so was able to spend some time out in my studio in the woods – reflecting on the return of light.

I wove three pieces which I have put together into a vest. My original thought was a winter solstice cape, but as is often the case with SAORI weaving – it came together differently than anticipated 🙂

I was going to (and I might yet) weave one more piece in yellow…

Here is the back of the vest…

SAORI Salt Spring

– the yellow (light, east, spring) is returning through the directions
– the white (south, summer)
– the black (west, fall)
– and the red (north, winter)

SAORI Salt Spring

It is woven on a black pre-wound warp and woven with wool, wool roving, silk, sari silk strips, cotton, and other bits and pieces.

And here is the front:

SAORI Salt Spring

Right now it is just pinned together, but I will be sewing it together over the next few days and deciding how to finish the fringe.

Welcoming the return of the light!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

SAORI Salt Spring

Purple Vest

A year ago now I wove a length of cloth on a purple wool pre-wound warp. From part of it I made a shawl that I called “Purple Haze” that was part of a group show in Victoria. The rest has been waiting …

Yesterday, Lynn was coming over to meet me to go to the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market. I had an idea in mind for a while of using a coat pattern from the “Shitate No-Hon” pattern book to make a vest.

So, I made an adding machine tape paper pattern (I learned this in a SAORI clothes making class in Hawaii) to understand the origami way of folding it…

Purple Vest

It was surprisingly easy, once I understood from my paper pattern how it worked. It was really only 3 seams – 2 side seams and one up the back.

So, I took the fabric …

Purple Vest

Purple Vest

and draped it on the dress form to check it out and started sewing.

I’m happy with how it turned out. It was one long length of cloth, cut in two, but the folding and draping made it into something with interesting lines, instead of a boxy garment, just sewn straight together.

Purple Vest

front…

Purple Vest

back…

Purple Vest

side…

Purple Vest

So, I had something new to wear to the market!! I used a wooden shawl pin that I have to close it at the front and I started to see more possibilities for variations on this theme.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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In the studio, out and about…

I have a whole lot of photos of weaving that people have been doing lately. Some has been sent to me by SAORI weavers in the area, others has happened at the studio, and some are collaborative weavings from events that I have attended. These are just a selection…

From a collaborative community event in Victoria this summer:

Saori Samples

Saori Samples

Saori Samples

Experiments by Nancy:

Saori Samples

Saori Samples

Saori Samples

A poncho (made based on a pattern in the Self Discovery Saori book), woven by Tara, modeled by Andi:

Saori Samples

Saori Samples

A vest made by Sharron, inspired by Lynn:

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From classes at the studio:

Saori Samples

Saori Samples

Some woven bags:

Saori Samples

Saori Samples

Saori Samples

A mobius scarf (while still on the loom):

Saori Samples

Weaving by Franky & John:

Saori Samples

Saori Samples

And this amazing tree that Tom & Tanya saw at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year. They couldn’t find any info on who made it – but it is amazing!

Saori Samples

Just a reminder – this weekend – August 21 is FIBRATIONS in Victoria.
Please join us if you can!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com