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 ......
.....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 inner. Carrying this philosophy and with the assistance of her son to build a loom, the simplistic beauty of Saori weaving was born."