A New Year – and New Saori Items

Kenzo-san at Saori-no-Mori in Osaka, Japan is always coming up with new ideas and inventions to make Saori weaving easier and more accessible to more people.

For 2010, Saori Japan has launched some new products. They are:

The Saori Piccolo Loom:
Saori Piccolo Loom

This loom comes in 3 styles, the basic loom, a loom with a shelf and a loom with a shelf and attached bobbin-winder (shown here). It is smaller and lighter than the Saori SX-60 loom and adjusts to two heights. One for children and another for adults (1 cm lower than the SX-60).

A threading holder:
Saori threading holder

This handy set-up allows you to warp your reed and heddles separately from the loom. Once you put them onto a loom you can wind on and start weaving. Threading can always be at a convenient height for you, no leaning over, climbing into the loom or straining. This set up works very well for the Saori pre-wound warps too.

Harness Stoppers:
Saori Harness Cord Stopper

These attach to the strings of the counterbalance loom to ensure that the wrap around the top bar does not come off. This makes it easier to put in and take out the inside sets when changing projects.

Spindle-less shuttle:
Saori Shuttle

You can now put a bobbin into a spindle-less shuttle. This makes it easier for someone who might have difficulty putting the bobbin onto a spindle and it is also less dangerous for young children. You may wonder how this works if you haven’t tried a shuttle like this – I know I did. It works very well!

Weaving Yarn:
Cotton (3 different weights), Wool & Silk from Japan for both warp and weft. Colour cards are coming soon.

If you have any questions about any of these new products, please let me know. I will be carrying them through my studio on Salt Spring Island, BC for any Canadian orders.

Happy Weaving,

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

6 replies
  1. Noreen Crone-Findlay
    Noreen Crone-Findlay says:

    Oh! it looks WONDERFUL! How wide is it? It looks slightly narrower than the SX-60, or is that just a trick of the photo? Love the spindle-less shuttle… definitely have to try that!

  2. terri
    terri says:

    The Piccolo is narrower at a 40 cm or 16 inch wide weaving width, where the SX-60 is 60 cm or 24 inches wide.

    Happy Weaving,

  3. Tanya C.
    Tanya C. says:

    I’m very tempted by the Piccolo loom. Very tempted indeed. 🙂

    Although the wooden ones are much prettier.

  4. terri
    terri says:

    The Piccolo looms are very light and portable which is nice. They are a bit lower in height – but not too much. Yes, the cherry wood on the SX-60 looms is nice. Tough choices.

    At the studio, you can see them all and try them out!

    Happy Weaving,

  5. jill
    jill says:

    i bought a piccolo and it is so cute and well made. i am very happy with it. thank you terri for your help with understanding the “inner sets” i bought 2 of those so that when i teach children they will not feel pressured to finish, that can be subtle but a negative energy. i suppose you could use this loom for an adult but i am going to use it exclusively for children….. at least for now. it is perfect!

  6. terri
    terri says:

    I’m so glad you have your Piccolo loom – I’m sure that you will have some very happy children. I’m looking forward to seeing what amazing things get created!

    Happy Weaving,

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