SAORI in July

This month is wonderfully busy with SAORI weaving – classes, workshops, retreats and Zen Weaving Days. I just thought I’d share a few photos of warps and weavings being created lately – with many more to come!

I think the photos will say it all…

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This week is also the 2014 SAORI International Conference in Peachtree City, Georgia which many people will be enjoying over the next 6 days.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

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My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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The Joy Coat – SAORI Connections coast-to-coast

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

I thought that this story would be a good celebration of Canada Day. It is a story of Coast-to-Coast SAORI connections. It also has a connection to Peachtree City, Georgia – as that is where the 2014 SAORI Conference is being held this month!

Susan Forsberg writes:

There is a SAORI Weaving page on Facebook that I frequent as a source of inspiration and community and one posting caught my heart. The cloth was attractive for the colours used and the texture of the weave. The photos were tantalizing as well as intriguing. I wondered how it was woven and kept looking to see what I could. The more I looked the more in love I was with the cloth. The weaver Janet Sponagle Hopper from Halifax called it Peach Tree City Cloth. As I was to find out later she wove it during the never ending winter on the East Coast and was intending it to go to the SAORI Conference in Peach Tree City in July 2014, the colourful weave uplifted her spirits during the cold winter. In the comments of other weavers to her post was the question about how it was woven. Janet’s answer was precise and clear as she gave her method of warping and weaving, which I printed out for future reference, as I said I was intrigued by the weave. Janet’s description of how she wound the warp and threaded it and then wove it opened new doors for me as I had not explored any of these areas in my own weaving. I kept examining the photos one after the other and the more I did the more I was in love with this cloth.

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Finally I contacted Janet through a message and told her that I was ‘reaching for the moon’ and asked if she would part with this cloth and sell it to me and to my delight Janet said YES, I was so excited I nearly fell off my chair.

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Soon after we talked on the telephone and got to know one another and connected on many levels and many things. Her mother in law lives in Victoria and hopefully we will get to meet on a future visit to British Columbia. A short while after that first phone call the package arrived with tissue carefully in the folds and all around it along with a lovely card saying that ‘it had been a pleasure to get to know me a bit across this vast country and to know that she had created something in the Peach Tree City cloth that brings me joy’ and that she would look forward to seeing my new garment.

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Well I looked and looked and hugged that cloth, studied patterns for garments, and looked at the cloth some more and I loved the flow of the weaving. The more I enjoyed the cloth the more I didn’t want to cut it to pieces and reassemble it into a garment. I liked it just as it was woven and in the order that it had been woven. I made my choice to cut it once only in half. Then I hand stitched it together and made my “Joy Coat”, put it on took photos and sent them to Janet. Thankfully she was pleased with how I had chosen to create the my part. I am filled with the Joy of the Coat, and the joy of the cloth, and the joy of the SAORI Story we share coast to coast across Canada.

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Thanks to Susan for the great story and to Janet for the photos of the cloth. This story was shared recently at the SAORI Kai in Victoria at Knotty by Nature. Great SAORI Connections!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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SAORI Weaving @ Citizen Clothing

I was invited to share two SAORI workshops at Citizen Clothing in Victoria once again. I loaded up the van with 6 looms, yarn, roving, treasure, chairs, shuttles and all the rest….

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and headed to Victoria. On Saturday we had a SAORI Kai at Knotty by Nature (more on that in another post) and then Sunday was the workshop day. Metka brought snacks and we set up for the day…

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Some people had taken my previous class and some hadn’t woven before – but all created some wonderful SAORI weaving. 13 new weavings in all!!

So much inspiration…

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Each one so different. I so love sharing SAORI!!

Thanks again to Metka for organizing the workshop and setting everything up and to Patrick for the use of the great space. And of course to all the weavers who came to play!

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

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My trip to Japan

Two weeks in Japan! Two weeks of SAORI inspiration! Two weeks with my friend Laura (of SAORI Studio LA)! What a wonderful time I had.

I have been trying for 4 years to get back to Japan and I finally made it. So much fun, so much SAORI – but I wish I could have stayed longer!

Imagine – an anniversary party for SAORI no Mori with over 100 people attending – all wearing SAORI. Wow.

Seeing Misao Jo again – now at 101 years old and many of the Jo families – generations of SAORI weavers. Also meeting other weavers and staff at the studio – all such wonderful, warm and fun people!

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Learning more about SAORI, weaving, a clothing design class with the master clothing designer Masako and more.

I’ve been posting lots of photos on Instagram and Facebook and have neglected the blog. Apologies!

The Blossom Banner created at the Blossom Festival and finished at the studio has headed off to Hiroshima for SAORI Peace Weave 2014.

I’m now back at home, at my studio and looking forward to a SAORI Kai, SAORI workshops, classes and retreats including the Loom Dancer Weaving Odyssey retreat here in July with 10 people!

I’ll be writing more often – see you soon.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

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Inspiration in Japan

I am currently in Japan for 2 weeks of SAORI inspiration. I will post photos when I’m home, but in the meantime you can see some images on my Facebook page – www.Facebook.com/saorisaltspring. (Note: you don’t have to sign in or be part of FB to see the images.)

Happy weaving
Terri

A new season

Spring is here on the island, the daffodils and blossom trees are out and blooming. Hurrah!

It also is the time that things get busier here on the island and at the studio. Retreat season, visitors, classes & workshops, festivals, oh my! I love it :)

This past month we were on a couple of trips to visit family and so I wasn’t weaving much or writing at all. Starting now there is lots more to write about and so you will be hearing from me more often. I am just in the process of putting the next newsletter together as well.

Here are a few things that have been happening….

Threading up looms, some for a workshop this coming Sunday – this for one of my students…

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A weaving recently completed at the studio by Teresa…

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Working on designing a tunic with 3 pieces of organic cotton weaving…

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And new items in the studio…

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I will be at the Blossom Festival on April 12 on Salt Spring from 11-2, so I invite you to come and do some weaving on this year’s Blossom Banner!

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Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com
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