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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Saori wedding dress. chapter two….. and the weaving begins

Kori is progressing so nicely on her new Saori WX60 loom weaving her own wedding dress fabric. The natural cotton warp she wound and threaded is the perfect canvas for her hand spun plant dyed yarn wefts.  I am attaching her wonderful letter to me


Beamed on cotton warp at the studio ….
 chaining her warp at Saori Santa Cruz


 learning to thread
She lives in a yurt in the Santa Cruz mountains. She is hand spinning and hand dyed most of her weft yarn and fiber using natural plant dyes and weaving  now from her home..






"Hi Jill!

I told you I would send these ( photos and updates) on Tuesdays, but I am going to make it Mondays as it is going so quickly!

I am having so much fun :) Pictures below, hard to get good ones as the lighting in our yurt is pretty poor. Trying to come up with a vision for the finished piece, but ultimately just having a good time watching what happens to colors in the white warp! I want the overall feeling to be light/white, but I also want to incorporate my plant dyed colors :) Love love love the most recent section where I loosely carded together and spun dark brown and white alpaca for a warm, wonderfully speckled gray.

Have woven 4 yards since we beamed on Thursday. I am loving the peace silk and camel/tussah blend--really fun to spin and also to combine with other fibers! May need to come back for more, we'll see how much longer it lasts... Back to work this week, but at this rate I may finish sooner than I thought.
Love,
Kori    "



"just getting started (thursday afternoon)"







 "Light blue from my woad and indigo plants--having to choose colors carefully, much of my plant dyed yarn is very bright/saturated."




"Sunday evening 4 yards later--2/3rds of the warp to go... seems like it is going quickly."





"browns from camel/silk and naturally colored fleece.."



"Having trouble with the yurt lighting for the photos... colors are appearing duller than they actually are. Fabric is so soft! Really happy with it :)"


"Purples from redwood and dyer's puffball, blues from Japanese indigo and woad…"


"Greens from willow and hollyhock, grays from lightly carded and spun fleece--blacks, browns, and whites... Alpaca, Romeldale, BFL, and Rambouillet... Whites--many different fleeces and silk (both machine and hand spun)."



'You can tell your friend who is worried about the September heat that the fabric is soft, light, and airy-- thank goodness :) If the evening is cool, I will need a shrug. May be a little warm in the barn for dancing... but that would probably be true no matter what I wore :)

xoxo"

 Thank you Kori for the lovely photos ,text and descriptions . Your wedding dress fabric is fabulous.
peaceful weaving and spinning  from the redwoods to the sea

Jill Nickolene
www.saorisantacruz.com
my Etsy shop






Anouncing a upcoming Saori Kai in Santa Cruz




One of the principles of Saori weaving is " Inspire one another and everyone in the group".Through daily/weekly/ monthly /yearly virtual sharing in my "weaving in the Saori way " group Ravelry saori way group here  many Saori weavers world wide converse, ask questions, post photos of their  weavings and share. In my Saori studio Saori Santa Cruz, students convene regularly several times a year for an informal sharing or class and we call that sharing a Kai.
 Saturday August 9th I will be hosting a Saori kai at a local gallery. A fiber show will be featured for the month of August, with 12 local fiber artists ( see press release below). Everyone will be welcome to  attend the saori Ka. Please bring your current or past weavings to share. We will be discussing Saori and you are welcome to bring your saori looms and a chair to spend a few hours in the Michaelango Gallery class room located off the gallery, weaving. I will be showing a few techniques. It is not necessary to bring your looms, but you are welcome too, but please bring your woven pieces to share, a chair and a little someithing to share food wise.We can stay till 4 pm. Do not weave? Please come and bring a chair and some food to share and find out about  what Saori weaving is. (non weavers are welcome too.)
I will have a couple of looms in case any one wants to try weaving. You can bring your spinning fiber, drop spindles, and or wheel as well.  There is no charge .I will be discussing, and demonstrating some new techniques  among other things, hand spun yarns and  inserting additions  that we can use in the wefts  of  our Saori weaving.
RSVP click here Saori Santa Cruz kai it will take you to my web site and email and phone info to rsvp. Hope to see you there!





 Michaelangelo Gallery Presents
Fiber inForms
First Friday August 1st, 6:00-8:30
August 1, twelve textile artists will present their work at Michaelangelo Gallery in Santa Cruz.  
The twelve fiber artists find their creative voices through cotton quilting, indigo dying, Nuno felting, Saori and wire weaving and other forms that fibers and textiles take.  Pieces in the exhibit will be for sale.
The artists participating in Fiber inForms include: 
Jody Alexander 
Koko Baker 
Tricia Goldberg 
Vicki Johnson 
Tobin Keller, Beth Mastrude 
Ann Baldwin May 
Garnett McFall 
Nana Montgomery 
Marilou Moschetti 
Joan Near  
Jill Nicolene Sanders.  
In addition to the exhibit, which opens on First Friday August 1st with an open studio / artist reception open to the public, there will three artist demonstrations on Saturdays in August.  
Beginning Saturday, August 2nd, Beth Mastrude will demo indigo dying during open hours of Michaelangelo Gallery, 12 - 4.  Visitors will have an opportunity to make a sample indigo dyed piece.  Indigo dye is an organic compound with a distinctive blue color.  Historically, indigo was a natural dye extracted from plants, and this process was important economically because blue dyes were once rare.

The following Saturday, August 9th, Jill Sanders will convene a Saori Kai, which will bring Saori weavers and others interested in weaving together to talk about their recent projects and exchange ideas and pieces.  Saori weaving was founded in Japan by Misao Jo about 40 years ago.  It is a form of weaving that encourages boldness and free expression.  

The final demonstration on Saturday, August 16th, with Marilou Moschetti, a Nuno felting artist, will demonstrate the Nuno process and have people try the felting technique out for themselves.  Nuno is a Japanese word meaning "cloth."  The technique bonds loose fiber, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze, creating a lightweight felt.  


The opening reception for Fiber inForms, August 1st, 2014 from 6 - 8:30. Please come meet the artists and enjoy an evening with us. 
The show will be open to the public during the month of August.  The Gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00, and by appointment.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,


Your Friends At 
Michaelangelo Gallery
1111 River St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

A few photo's of past saori Shares/kai's


























 Please let me know if you will be attending the Sat August 9 Saori Kai  at  Michaelangelo Gallery 1111 River St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060( accross from the Tannery art center) set up 10:30 am

Peace through fibers
Jill Nickolene
www.saorisantacruz.com
my Etsy shop







Thursday, July 17, 2014

The beginning of a tale of a Saori wedding dress.

Meet Kori my Saori weaving student.  Congratulations Kori ! She is getting married in just about two months and she is weaving the fabric on her brand  new Wx60 Saori loom for her wedding dress. Since she will be weaving the fabric at home she has promissed me she will be sending me updates and photos once a week!  I will  be available for design consulting  ( I designed and sewed wedding dresses for many brides in my own business , Heart Gallery Dressmaking ,for many years).




It started with Kori picking out  yarns . Un mercerized , un bleached natural 100% cotton group of yarns.
There are several white slub cotton rayon and cotton linen textured yarns she wanted to add here and there too.



  Winding a long wide warp on the saori warping frame and stand using 5 cones  and 5 strands of yarn at one time using  only your thumb to make the cross cuts the warpping time down dramatically! in just two hours she was done with a 300 end warp 14 yards long.





 Chaining off the warp of the warping frame.

 Sleying the ready with the Saori cross protector/holder
  Threading the heddles with the saori threading holder away from the loom took only another two hours. she will return in two days.
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Kori is back  today with her Wx60 loom all assembled and we are ready to beam on the warp.
 Look at this cool saori  hand woven piece  she has sewn onto a T shirt  !
She used handspun fibers she spun….. In fact she will be spinning most of the weft for her wedding dress warp! She bought some Eri silk louet spinning fiber to spin  yarn (when she is not working or weaving ) to add to her own aready spun yarns  she has been saving and collecting!  she also naturally dyes her own yarns.



 We hung the threaded warp on her loom and now we beamed on.

 NO threading errors! now she ready to take her loom home and start weaving
 It is just beautiful!!!
 It's looking like a wedding dress fabric to me already !!!


Very excited!  In  just two seconds she folded her loom  with 14 yards of warp, she easily put it into her car and away she drove …..
 Stay tuned for futher updates as they occur….like they say!

peace through fibers
Jill Nickolene