Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lets wind a SAORI warp

When new students arrive to wind a warp for a first time it is because I have asked them many questions and balanced out if they  are ready to do so, or I could pre warp a loom for them to see if they want to try weaving right away..
My new student was really ready to learn the basics because she had woven back in the 70's and was familiar with some of the methods.
 She was amazingly fast and thorough and  in the first class she wound a warp , sleyed the read, threaded the heddles and beamed on for a scarf!  inventive unique Saori equipment makes warping fun.

 First stop many yarn choices to chose from for her  own  unique scarf .

 next winding her warps learning were to make the cross so that the headle threading goes smoothly, with out tangles. the SAORI warping frame is a true delight to use. I have owned dozens of warping reels/boards but this one is adjustable, has slanted pegs so that the warps do not slip off, as a otpional stand for free standing, cone holders, and a unique system were you can wind  up to 5 threads at one using only your thumb not needing  warping paddles and spool racks.

  And this little beauty  is the SAORI cross holder, no lease sticks ! lay your  cross in easily then  have your cross ready and quickly reachable for getting  the yarns in the correct sucession.

 sleying the reed, then she threaded her heddles.

 beamined on now tensioning the warps and trying on the rod.

 love her beautiful yarn color choices.

  packed warps, now she  is all ready to start weaving next week.

peaceful weaving and gratefulness to have the power finely on!


A SAORI hand woven jacket

 Hand sewing  the saori style jacket, not a problem , but electricity still was not back on or else we would have used a sewing machine.

oooooo trying it on

 A fantastic creation unique , and snugly .

 Looking back at a SAORI week of  emersion into weaving, loom  logistics and directions, learning to spin, design and sewing. there is  a sense  beauty and acomplishmnet in the students.


A family saori weaving adventure.

several months ago I received a email about a WEAVER who wanted to visit Saori santa cruz. She wanted to bring some family members too.
 she was visiting here in California and wanted To introduce her family  to weaving by way of  the Saori  philosophy . What a warm fun experience and fantastic results with new weavers and knowledgable weavers alike.

As the sun moves behind the mountains every one finished up and removed there weavings from there looms.

The   time came for the 6 yards to come off the saori  loom ready for sewing, but wait, no eletricity! oh no!. we  went ahead and sewed by hand .The  pinned sleevless jacket went back to her room for the midnight oil  hand sewing matharon! ( see the next blog post for finished photos of the hand woven jacket)

 5 1/2 yards was perfect. out on the deck where we still had some light to pin and piece.

absolutely wondeful weaving yardage

the light is fading in late afternoon at the studio

  but outside we see the warm yarn colors  that were chosen and how textural and fun!



Exceptional saori students!

As last week progressed more fantastic creativity abounded . Thursday we had a wind storm that took our power out for 5 days, no genterator. we hand fun any way, no power needed with a wood stove and Saori weaving.

 Here is the  amazing baskets of off the loom saori weavings she created and brought to share.

DID I FORGET HOW TO SPIN? no I did not I can still spin, yay!

 Robin learned to wind a warp using the saori warping frame.
 sleying her reed using the threading holder.

 ok the weaving stride hit and the goal 6 yards so that  that  she  can recreate the sleevless hooded jacket she addored. with her own wool weaving.
 with the reed sleyed robin moved on to threading her heddles, comfortably away from the loom in a chair. the enitire package will be taken home to her loom, harness  hung then beamed on.

peaceful weaving

A glimps into Saori Santa Cruz fiber arts studio the first few days of this week

How much fun and new saori  learning weaving experiences abounded this week in the studio. I will break it up into a few days at a time .
from winding warps, to sewing , weaving, and learning to spin .We, shared , and had fabulous fun.
my frist student works with non profits and has  many disabled clients. she wanted to see how the shuttle shelf worked and also since she has a saori loom with 4 inside sets, which allows her to use one loom for 5 clients. By removing the the current warp with out re threading any thing , we put on a new  inside set quickly, it is good to pratice that procedure.

 The shuttle shelf above that allows a student with limited hand movement to throw the shuttle with out it falling to the ground.

 the shuttle shelf come off and on easily and quickly.

 preparing  to exchange the "saori inside set"

 I have a ritual I do every day, I have a basket of folded quotes  that I have printed out and I have my students choose one with out looking.
This was one, extreamly appropriate .

learning to spin is a craft I love to teach but this week I called my friend maggie in to help so that I could concertrate  on other students weaving. What a wonderful  fun time was had. joyful fiber!!!! thank you maggie.

 wheel #1 was balking at spinning art yarn so we switched to the majacraft aura, and away she went, giggling with delight!

 first skein of art yarn, her requect, done and niddy noddy-ed off

A gift from my student, a pastel drawn from one of her disabled students.

4 harness weaving

over night a spindle was lent so that spinning could be praticed. 
Here is her first spindle spun mini skein .

  Trying on various garments I have sewen from saori yaradage is fun.
This one is the homage to 7yr. old weavers vest. she bought this for her daughters 18 birthday!

The amazing  hooded sleevless jacket that looks fantastic on everyone!

peace in weaving