Inspiration: Kyoto, Japan

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Visiting Saori no Mori 

End of June / beginning of July I went to The home of Saori weaving – Saori no Mori !
Miaso was still at the age of 113 there at the studio sitting at the table watching the children and people of all ages enjoying what she had created so many years ago and what the Jo family is still trying to continue. Kenzo jo continues to innovate and develop new ways and approaches to weaving and the Saori looms. If you want to go to the source of Saori I really recommend you visit them in Japan. Staying at the condo I also met other weavers staying for a few days to weave like me, an unexpected added bonus to my stay.

And the evening of the 2nd of July there was a party before a weaving all night event. 

Playing the noodle game was fun!

Weaving all night event. 

I had been sightseeing in Osaka city that day and with plans for Kyoto the following day – just some shadow weaving for me

Here are some more photos from my stay,  but I am adding more information about Saori weaving and weaving techniques under the pages section

The condo was just 5 min away 

View from condo. The Saori Forrest to the left.


Some of my Saori weaving 

Saori style weaving by Tone Smaasund

Saori style weaving on my first warp by Tone Smaasund

SAORI weaving

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My Saori loom arrived not long ago and I got to try weaving the Saori way! Got plenty of yarn so could start straight away after the assembly. The loom folds up so ideal for my wee space. I wanted a loom for a long time, but being me the traditional looms and approach to weaving didn’t speak to my heart. when I discovered Saori and the philosophy behind this way of free weaving. I actually had a giggle or two – normal for me, as my soul recognised THIS is the way to go!

So much in our society is about being perfect and not doing mistakes. Here you are reminded that you are not a machine, be an individual, choose colours you are drawn to and there are no such thing as mistakes.

Happy weaving!

Spinning my own yarn

Learning to blend and spin my own yarn is fun and rewarding, just think my first spindle is not heavy enough though to get it to spin properly, but I am keeping an open mind.
Blending the wool I wanted just to go with the flow – see what happens – and I discovered it feels much like when I am blending paint for a painting. I usually paint and draw seascapes – probably from growing up next to the beautiful Norwegian fjord Romsdalsfjorden – and the colours of nature keeps changing by the light and darkness created by the wind and rain how the clouds travel over the landscape..

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Learning to spin my own yarn
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Learning to spin my own yarn

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Needle binding / Nålebinding predates Knitting and crochet. The objects found in Archaeological digs from e.g Egypt might look like knitting but knitting was not in use before closer to our time ca the 1800 AD that is. Although there are over 10000 ways to use this textile craft most are forgotten. Today as far as I have gathered it is a craft on the red list of crafts being lost as not many people know how to do it. Although I did find some videos online.

The objects of Egypt were made using a Coptic style of the needle binding making look almost like knitting does when by creating the loops whilst in the Nordic tradition you usually use the thumb method which means as each thumb is different there is no needle binding piece the same. Also if you are making e.g mittens both are to be worked on at the same time as if not you risk them ending up not being identical. I’m using a round needle but you can also use flat ones or even for the thinner yarns a tapestry needle as long as it is blunt and long enough for you to get it through the loops. I got mine from Husfliden in Norway. Usually the yarn that can be felted is used as you work with 1-2 meter thread at the time and then have to “felt”/ bind the old with the new thread as you go along to create a seamless transition.

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