Thursday, August 11, 2016

Week Thus Far

Cutting out fabric with the excuse to watch the Olympics.
Went through my container of Civil War/Reproduction fabrics, cutting out 4 1/2  inch squares for the the Clamshell pattern by Irene Blank.
 Have gone from this ......
 ....to this......
 .....with the end result of this.
Cut 2 -3 squares out of each fabric to start with. 
 Attending a retreat this weekend, washing needed to be done, with the help of Salt and Pepper.
 Cold winds these last couple of days, the colour of Spring helped brighten up the days.
 Our guest speaker at quilt group was Prue from Dyeing to Weave (Clunes) showing us her Saori Weaving.
 "Whilst exploring the remote areas of Japan in 2007, Prue stumbled upon a village devoted to traditional Japanese handicrafts in the mountains of Honshu.  Learning the Japanese art of Saori weaving and natural dye techniques, Prue remained in the mountains under the tutelage of Toyomi Harada, a renowned Saori weaver.  Saori is a form of freestyle weaving, encouraging creativity and expression in a textile form.  In Japanese, the ‘Sa-’ comes from the Zen word ‘sai’ meaning individuality and the ‘-ori’ the word for weaving."


Attending a workshop in a couple of months, can't wait to work on one of these looms.

"Misao Jo, the founder of Saori weaving, was a visionary in freestyle textiles in Japan in the 1960’s.  Frustrated with the strict procedure and lack of individuality in traditional Japanese arts such as ikebana, Misao Jo wanted to develop a craft that celebrated and showcased her innerkansei. Carrying this philosophy and with the assistance of her son to build a loom, the simplistic beauty of Saori weaving was born."

6 comments:

  1. Lovely to see the daffodils - none here yet, although there are other signs that spring is on the way.

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  2. You know, Jenni, if you have any small scraps from cutting the squares you can use them for the saori weaving. The frayed edges add a lot of structure to the weave.

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  3. At our "women's conference" one year, we were all asked to bring something and we wove the various threads and yarns and scrap strips into a banner. It comes back each year to remind us. I brought some old strings of seed sack fabric that had come from a skirt I made as a kid. Vintage lady with vintage fabric. The possibilities are many.

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  4. Basting the top edge of the clams is another excuse for watching the Games.

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  5. I have done saori weaving and loved it! If someone gave me a loom I might just be willing to stop quilting! Envy your being able to attend a workshop.

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  6. I have done saori weaving and loved it! If someone gave me a loom I might just be willing to stop quilting! Envy your being able to attend a workshop.

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