You approch weaving with out preconcived objectives or rules and start weaving in a stream that leads you down adventurous fun exciting avenues you never could have experienced by over thinking like in most conventional weaving . "Humans over machines".
It was founded in Japan by Misao Jo in 1969. you can read more about it in the english Saori book "SAORI: SELF INOVATION THROUGH FREE WEAVING" more book info which has loads of inspirations , tecniques and sewing patterns for handwovens, and info on the saori looms and equipment and how to use it. A great book for anyone who weaves whether they have a saori loom or not.
Janice and her husband visited California for a wedding and Saori Santa Cruz was on her list of places to visit. she emailed me a few weeks before and we scheduled a visit/class.
She is a artist in her own right, she makes lovely jewelry and crochets and knits , but is new to the weaving world. She and her husband came to the studio and she got to try out the various saori looms, the classic saori 60, the folding wx60 wood with wheels , the wx60 with height extenders for taller weavers and the little Piccolo loom.
I explained the differences in saori looms and weaving approches. she travels for work so the piccolo was exiting for her to consider,but she really loved the wx60 saori loom link and the brightly colored ready made warps rolls available for it along with it's versatility too.
She also tryed on some of my hand woven ,sewn and designed by me Saori pieces for sale. Here she is trying on the "parrots of telegraph hill jacket"
It was a nice visit, her husband asked questions as well and they left with information and a better idea of how Saori looms work, and feel a very nice vist with very nice people.
Another student started a series of classes.
Kacie attended my open studio tour the week before and fell in love with the concept of weaving her own cloth. So she signed up for classes and is now learning how to wind her own warp, and dress the saori loom and weave a scarf from her color choices.
Saori warping frames/boards with the optional stand ( easel like base) warping frame to allow it to be places any where are so easy to use .The large basket held her coned yarn that she chose form the shelves for her warp.
Saori cross holder in place of lease sticks and the saori threading holder to sley the reed and thread the heddles comfortably and take them over to your loom a big back saver.
Ariel recently moved and will be attending school and since her inroduction to Saori weaving she has wanted a saori loom. Because she is in small living situation she decided that the PICCOLO would be just right for now.
So very happy a new piccolo went home with her , with some accessories, bobbins shuttles etc and she assembled it and was happily weaving on it in her home by the afternoon of the same day!
Ariel sent me a photo and this is what she has woven in less than 24 hours at home after getting her new saori piccolo loom!
Peaceful weaving in the redwoods