By Kitt Hamersky
For the Hot Shop open house I wanted something fun, fast and uncomplicated to demonstrate.
Two years ago I wove a point twill and had the viewers help design by telling me when to change direction;this worked great but I wanted a change. Last year I was not so smart and the patterns were too complex on all the looms that were threaded and I could not weave and talk without making mistakes.
This year I set out to try something completely different -SAORI weaving and I can definitely say it was a success!
SAORI is a style of weaving that does not involve complicated threading or fancy treadling and requires only 1 technique, 2 shafts and 4 slogans. This style of weaving encourages creativity, originality and allows the weaver to simply explore and create.
The 4 slogans of SAORI: Weaving the Beauty with Lack of Intentions.
1. Consider the difference between machines and people.
2. Be bold, adventurous, experiment, and be free!
3. Look through eyes that shine.
4. Learn from others, inspire others.
A traditional SAORI loom is only 2 shafts and if you desire you can purchase a pre-wound warp beam. Each loom has a built in bobbin winder. Warp generally solid in color, and set more open than you would for a balanced plain weave. Weft is easiest to work with if it is smooth.
The technique used is called “Clasped Weft”; a weft thread is passed through the warp, wraps around a second weft and is passed back through in the same shed. This allows weaver to place the join anywhere across the loom, allowing the creation of waves,angles, bars, mountains and other possibilities. It allows weaver to work with two and only two colors meeting and separating making the weft shot double thick.
To see more I hit the Internet and watched a video on Clasped Weft weaving, I sat with boxes on paper and came up with possibilities to weave -I wove a lot of mountains. One goal was to rescue and empty bobbins , but primarily I wanted to share the pleasure I find in weaving cloth, both goals were easily met and in two afternoons I had woven 5 yards of cloth and introduced many to the Joy of Weaving.
Warp: 8/2 cotton
Sett: 24 epi
Length: 5.5 yds.
Weft: 8/2 cotton
Very relaxing therapy!
“Because everything has the same life, life cannot be measured by a yardstick. It is this individuality that makes everything meaningful and the uniqueness of each thread that creates the tapestry of life.”
Misao Jo founder of SAORI SA (individual dignity) ORI (weaving)
Bonus Fun! The most recent issue of Vav had some fun towels. Weft was knotted “thrums”, woven with knots and fringe poking out of cloth. I wove this with bamboo 7 thrums on a 10/2 cotton warp. I did note when completed my the knots formed diamonds.
Next time I will cut some shorter bits to randomize the knots.
What ever happened to Syne Mitchell of Weavecast fame? While surfing the web I read her blog and found Syne had to get a job to help pay for her beautiful new home. She is happily working for Amazon, weaving when she wants, taking care of family and playing roller derby. Wow!