Artist in Residence (AiR) – Earth Loom

At the beginning of the month, in starting my Artist in Residence, I decided it was time to renew my Earth Loom. On the night of the full moon, I went out and threaded up the loom…

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Over the next few days, I started to add to it. Yarn, roving and found objects – all things that are biodegradable…

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The loom is set at the entrance to our driveway turnaround – one part goes off to the cottage, another to the studio…

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Over the next months, I will continue to add to the weaving and invite others to as well.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

PS – Credit for the idea of my Earth Loom goes to Susan Barrett Merrill. My earth loom was built in 2009 by my cousin and I thank Tony for that! Other posts about it can be found here.

Weaver to Weaver (W2W15)

Meg in Nelson, who I was able to finally meet in person this past year, hosts all kinds of lovely ideas for connecting and sharing ideas and works and weaving. She had Loomsday (check out all the links on her post) on New Year’s Day – which I interpreted as “What’s on your Loom“, but which I heard later is more of a tradition of honouring our tools – and in this case looms. I’ll remember that for next year, though it was interesting to see what was on everyone’s loom too!

The most recent activity that I participated in was called Weaver to Weaver 2015 (W2W15), where we were to gather some things to send to another person as inspiration, thoughts, ideas, etc. in the form of a small envelope full of goodies.

I received one in return – from Meg!

Wow Meg! So many things, so many possibilities. Perfect for SAORI in which I always say there are ‘endless possibilities’.

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In her handwritten note, Meg describes some of the items and why she included them…

Then, the other day, I was out in my studio and looking at some fine cotton that I received. It is from surveying instruments. I have many cones of it, it is all white and finer than I would use for weaving. So, I got out my cone winding tool and starting combining many of the threads together – in this photo 4 threads…

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I am not plying or twisting them, but just putting them together and winding the cone. An idea came to me as I was doing this and it came from one of the items in my W2W package….the map. Surveying cotton and creating a map – that seems to go together. So – I have the beginning of another new idea from just one of the items. It will be interesting to see what other ideas come from this packet of inspiration…papers, chocolate wrappers, paintings, calendar photos, threads of different colours, complex cloth, flowers, geometric designs – endless!

Thanks Meg!!

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Links to other W2W15 posts here.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Year of the Sheep – Creating a SAORI Sheep

Today Tara came to the studio and we planned to make a new warp. As we looked at the calendar she realized that this week is the beginning of the Year of the Sheep, so plans changed as she wanted to make a sheep to celebrate.

So, we found some fabric that she had woven and did just that.

Here is the sheep…both sides…

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Photos by Alan Bibby.

When we had the SAORI Kai on February 1st, Tara read this:

2015 Year of the SHEEP

“A theme of Sheep year is to express your creative side. Now is the time for art, creativity and cultivation of beauty. If you ever wanted to explore your creative side, this is your year. Do not give up, be pessimistic or become discouraged because Sheep can only move forward! This animal is unable to move backwards or sideways” -http://www.astrology.com

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

SAORI AiR (Artist in Residence)

I’ve been enjoying more time to weave this last week. My living room has become my second studio and been filled with fibre & fun.

So, I made some warps this week which I absolutely love, love, love to do! One was for a commission – “Spring Garden”

Spring Garden Warp

Spring Garden Warp

Another was for my weaving…

Cotton warp

Cotton warp

When I threaded this one I used an open and random sett and also wove it very loosely…

Loose weaving in progress

Loose weaving in progress

Loose weaving off the loom

Loose weaving off the loom

I’m happy with the result – very lacy. Not sure yet what it will become.

Then I did a second piece, again experimenting with something different…

What's the deal?

What’s the deal?

with the teal?

with the teal?

I left big loops in the centre of the weaving, not measuring them, but just pulling them up to the height of the shelf (more or less) each time. After taking it off the loom, I spread it out…

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I will be attaching this to a branch of some sort and using it as a wall hanging. The loops will create a nice drapey bit in the centre – I just need to sort them out a wee bit.

There’s more, but that will wait for another post. Also, I will be announcing details of an Artist in Residence opportunity for someone to come and share SAORI weaving with me here at SAORI Salt Spring this fall.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Ruffle Vest

When I was in Japan last May I had a chance to try Kenzo Jo’s special stretchy yarn. I had used stretchy yarn in the weft before, but never in the warp. This yarn is stretched and starched so that you can wind it into a warp like any other fibre. Once you wash the piece, the starch comes out and the yarn contracts making for a fabulous effect.

In this piece, I put this yarn every 5 (or so) threads just in the centre section.

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Here is the result before washing…

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and after…

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So exciting to see the changes!

Then, it stayed in my studio until a few days before the SAORI Kai this past weekend. I needed something new to wear and so it was time for this piece to become a garment. I wanted to feature the ruffles and so I made it into a vest, using the ruffles as a collar, the back yoke and as a feature at the bottom of the back of the vest.

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This was so simple to make as it is just two pieces. One piece is the entire front – from the bottom at one side, up and around the back becoming the collar and yoke, and then back down the other side. The back is a piece cut off and sewn to the yoke and the two sides. I sewed this all by hand. After I made it, I realized that it is similar in design to the vest in the Beginner’s Clothing Design book called the Rocket Vest (design #9).

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I added a few of “Bob’s Buttons” to finish it off (the morning of the kai!)…

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The vest is very lightweight, but warm as all the fibre is a very soft wool from SAORI Japan.

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

Artist in Residence Month

February this year is an Artist in Residence month for me. The last time I did this was May 2013 – you can read about my adventures from that year here. I felt it was time to do it again. For those that didn’t read my blog then, it was a time for me to focus on my weaving as an Artist in Residence – in my own residence and studio.

So this year’s residence started with a SAORI Kai over in Victoria at Knotty by Nature. What a great way to start out – sharing our SAORI stories and inspiration. Some new and visiting people were there which added to the Kai. Thanks to all who came!!

Lynn showing the back of her vest and it's construction

Lynn showing the back of her vest and it’s construction

As I start on this next Artist in Residence (AiR), I’ve been wondering what my focus will be.

The first day at home, I was unloading my van and organizing the studio after taking 6 looms and material, etc. over to Victoria. As I was doing that I was thinking about my AiR and also thinking back to Loomsday and what warps were still on my looms. One was my ‘Christmas warp’…

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This was a warp I put on before Christmas thinking that someone might like to weave something in Christmas colours – or that I might. One person did a weaving, but then there was still lots of warp left. I wondered – how can I weave this so that it doesn’t look like ‘Christmas’?

I looked at my bobbin tray – full of partial bobbins from my recent workshops…

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…and wondered what colours & textures would change the look of the warp? And so I started to weave…

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We’ll see where this goes.

It’s interesting that I have this feeling as I start out that I have to clear all my previous warps before I start on some new things. Making space perhaps for new ideas. I also wound some new warps yesterday – so I’ll just let this process unfold and see if it becomes clear.

During this month I have a workshop in White Rock and another in Victoria at Pacifica Paddle in Brentwood Bay – great chances to share SAORI weaving. I also have people coming to the studio to learn, to share. This is what I love – sharing SAORI!

Other thoughts for the month are to try some new fibres in the studio:

Some great recycled linens from Give a Darn Yarn that arrived last week…

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Some beautiful rovings from Ashford and of course some of the SAORI Yarn Sets that came just before Christmas.

And some new yarns that I’m hoping arrive soon from New Zealand from Black Hills Yarn which I will be carrying in my shop!

Fun!

I’ll keep posting my explorations….

Happy Weaving,
Terri

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com