Saori Designing

After the Saori kai (that I wrote about last week here), there were some Saori Design classes where people took the wonderful cloth that they had created and draped and shaped it on a couple of dress forms to figure out what it might become….

Saori Weaving Design

Saori Weaving Design

Then some pinning, tucking, basting, trying on, cutting (gasp said some – but then went ahead and did it!)…

Saori Weaving Design

Saori Weaving Design

Saori Weaving Design

I’m just waiting to see how the finished pieces turned out – but it was fun to assist with this class and see how each unique cloth ‘spoke’ to people as they found out what it would become.

I love the design process with Saori. The combination of each person’s ideas, pattern ideas and then the cloth itself all lend to a very organic unfolding of a new garment. Well, actually it is often a folding – as I think of Saori designs as origami clothing!!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

7 replies
  1. karen
    karen says:

    A lovely showing of wearable Saori. It really expresses exquisitely. Seems there is a niche in the area of home accessories – pillow covers, door way toppings (as seen in Japanese restaurants; not sure what they are called), table doilies (which seem to be making a comeback) – oh, so many more ways of using Saori in homemaking. Is this already happening? I am struck by how diverse and individual Saori is, but yet it has a ‘look’.

  2. terri
    terri says:

    Oh yes, it was very inspiring to see the possibilities, the ideas, the imagination of everyone. The group setting is so wonderful for that as we ‘learn from each other’!

  3. terri
    terri says:

    There are so many possibilities with Saori – in Japan they do have many many types of things including home accessories – placemats, table runners, chair pads, coasters and yes the door toppings too. Yet to be explored thoroughly here in Canada – but that will happen too …we just need more Saori weavers!! I’m hoping that the Saori community continues to build and to grow.

    Happy Weaving,
    Terri

  4. Kirsten
    Kirsten says:

    Terri,

    I love this idea and wish a/the class were closer! Any thoughts for those of use who would like to try this at home.

    I have 5 lengths of SAORI style cloth that I would love to do something with.

    Kirsten

  5. terri
    terri says:

    The book ‘Self Discovery Through Free Weaving’ and another book in Japanese “Shitate no Hon” both have great Saori patterns as a starting point. They are simple, easy to follow directions even for a ‘non sewer’ like me. Then just let the cloth tell you what to do!

    Happy Weaving,
    Terri

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