Relax, enjoy and explore weaving where there are “no rules and no mistakes”. SAORI looms will be set-up and you will be able to start weaving right away. Discover beauty in new ways through eyes that shine – whether you have never woven before or have woven for many years. SAORI weaving places more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or the regularity of the woven cloth.
As you weave and learn SAORI “techniques”, we will discuss the philosophy behind SAORI weaving and how it all started with one woman, Misao Jo, in Japan 50 years ago. Her love of nature and Japanese aesthetics are part of the philosophy, encouraging each weaver to
weave from their heart and let the beauty and inspiration that is in them be expressed through their weaving.
- 2-day SAORI Weaving
- 1-day SAORI Warping Demonstration
- 2-day SAORI Origami-style Clothing Design
Session 1 SAORI Weaving
You will take your finished weaving home with you or on to the clothing design class. As each weaver is different, each cloth woven will be unique in character. A wide variety of yarns and materials will be supplied to let you explore various techniques and textures in SAORI weaving.
Maximum students: 12
7 with SAORI looms supplied, 5 additional if you can bring a warped SAORI loom, preferably, or another loom you are comfortable with, a table loom will work fine.
Session 2 SAORI Warping Demonstration
In the first half day of this workshop students will be shown how to put a pre-wound warp on a SAORI loom. Everyone will get a chance to try a portion of the threading. We will also go over the SAORI “Inside Set” and how to change a project from one set of heddles and reed to another without cutting off the warp. A unique feature of SAORI looms.
The second portion of the workshop will be a demonstration of the SAORI warping method developed by Kenzo Jo. This “Warping Revolution” will show you how you can wind a warp, beam it and thread it all in a very short period of time – 1/2 day or less. This is not a handson workshop, but all steps will be demonstrated. We will also demonstrate the use of the
back-saving Table Top Warping Station – where you can beam and thread your warp all at table height and transfer it to your loom.
All of these instructions are specific to SAORI looms, though portions can be used with traditional looms.
Maximum Students: 12
Session 3 SAORI Clothing Design
SAORI Clothing Design is a process of discovering the best use of your handwoven cloth. Drape, design and personal preferences are all taken into account to maximize the beauty in each weaving. We look first at origami-style clothing design as well as draping to discover possibilities. Simple seams, minimal cutting and sewing are standard features of this style of design. In this 2-day workshop students can expect to finish one piece of clothing or more.
Terri Bibby, SAORI Salt Spring
Terri started weaving in Edmonton and was a member of the Edmonton Weavers Guild for many years. After moving to Salt Spring Island in 2004, Terri discovered SAORI weaving by chance. She has been fortunate to learn from Misao Jo, the founder of SAORI weaving and her family
through many trips to Japan. She opened her SAORI studio on Salt Spring in 2007 and has been happily sharing this wonderful philosophy and approach to weaving from her studio in the woods since. Terri is inspired by nature and the ever changing colours of the coastal forests and the Salish Sea.
Tanya Corbin was first introduced to SAORI weaving in Salt Spring Island in 2009. Her background in the arts and music found a new outlet and it wasn’t long before she had her own loom. She facilitated a series of SAORI weaving workshops with Arts in Medicine through the Cross
Cancer Centre. This experience drew her into wanting to share SAORI with others. After training and assisting with workshops and doing an Artist in Residence with Terri she was accepted into the SAORI Global Network in Japan as a SAORI instructor in 2018. Tanya now teaches from her home studio in Edmonton.
Supplies (for each student to bring):
• sewing machine
• Sharp scissors
• Pins or quilting clips
• Measuring tape in cm
• washed handwoven cloth
• commercial cloth that may work with your handwoven cloth if you feel like you may not have enough handwoven
• any pieces of clothing to use for ideas, measurements, to combine with
handwoven (eg jean jacket, t-shirt, skirt)
There will be separate registrations for each session; register for your first choice first. Depending on registration demand, you may be accepted into additional sessions if there is space available.
Read our Registration page for terms; you will be asked a question from that webpage when you register.
Lunch, coffee and tea are provided, please bring your own reuseable cup. We can accomodate most special diets.
Questions? Email Arlene.