Virtual SAORI Kai – Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone who participated in this first Virtual SAORI Kai. It’s been great to be able to see and share what you’ve been weaving! Part of a SAORI Kai is to share what we’ve been working on, ask questions, comment on things and just enjoy each others company and the SAORI community.

If you haven’t read the comments on each of the posts by different viewers and participants, I think they’re worth looking at. I have had fun doing this – though I would rather see you all in person…

It seems I have been working on many different things, not finishing anything yet. A bit scattered, but enjoying the process of exploration.

One of the things that I posted about before was experimenting with natural dyes. I had great fun with this. Here we are at the beach, ready for photos and collecting.


Laying seaweed onto the weaving…



Rolled up and in the pot ready to take home…


The results weren’t quite what I hoped, it had only changed to a very slight green. So I then put it into the arbutus bark pail and it became a soft brown – looked like the yarn could have just been that colour naturally. Nice too, but again not what I had thought. Next, I put it into the wash to felt it to see what would happen – and that’s the stage I’m at now. So I will do some more exploring on this same piece to see what else it might become.

I have also been weaving with some T-shirt yarns (from BeSweet yarns) and have done two panels of a 3 panel rug, third one is still on the loom. I will put them all together before washing – and then see what happens! I have used a heavy cotton (mop cotton 8/8 weight) for the warp and the t-shirt strips for the weft. I’m looking forward to the new SAORI fabric cutters to recycle more things into strips for weaving.



I also started a new project on my Earth Loom. Salt Spring is hosting Velo Village – a conference for rural cycling (“Bicycle Heaven on Earth”) and so I’ve suspended a wheel in the centre of my Earth Loom and I’m just starting to weave on it.

Earth Loom

Then, the other day a peacock came into our yard. What a surprise that was. How’s this for inspiring a weaving…


I guess it’s a time of new beginnings for me – and I am beginning a lot of new things right now! And this is being reflected in my weaving – a bit of this, a bit of that – explorations and endless possibilities.

So, once again, thanks for coming along to read about the Virtual SAORI Kai, or share your weavings. I look forward to the next SAORI Kai – either in person or on the net. Fibrations in Victoria is coming on August 19th. This is an event for the whole fibre community and once again anyone who wants to come by or come and help out at the SAORI ‘booth’ at Fibrations is welcome – August 19. Last year we had lots of help and lots of fun – and a SAORI Kai in the orchard!

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4 replies
  1. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    I just read this. It is so fitting for your Virtual Saori Kai!
    After all, part of the pleasure of fiber arts is the friends you make, both those who are present and those who lend us their weaving wisdom through text and pictures, across distance and years. Every one is precious, and you can’t have too many friends.
    Anita Osterhaug, editor of Handwoven and Weaving Today.

  2. Dawn
    Dawn says:

    It was a lot of fun watching the whole process of your seaweed & arbutus dyeing experiment!!

  3. terri
    terri says:

    I like that quote – it is fitting for the event!

    And thanks both for the comments about the dyeing attempts – we’ll see where that leads…

    Happy Weaving,

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