Terri Bibby, a SAORI weaving instructor from Salt Spring Island was the guest speaker at the Deep Cove Weavers & Spinners Guild meeting last Tuesday. The tables were filled with books, equipment and a colourful array of clothing.
Terri explained that SAORI is a contemporary hand weaving program founded by a Japanese lady, Misao Jo about 40 years ago. SAORI weaving was originally developed to be accessible to anyone, but especially those with disabilities. Now weavers of all kinds use the methods and tools to enhance their own weaving experience.
In SAORI the weavers try to follow 4 slogans, because to free oneself from the conventional way of weaving is sometimes very challenging.
1) Consider the difference between a machine and a human being.
2) Be bold and adventurous.
3) Let's look out through eyes that shine.
4) Inspire one another, and everyone in the group.
The DCWS had a great time modelling the various creations from Terri's collection and were appreciative of the beautiful cloth. Terri showed us how the garments were constructed and had us making paper patterns to demonstrate the simplicity of the designs. Those who wished had a turn at the weaving loom and learned a few simple weaving techniques. To learn more about SAORI weaving and Terri Bibby visit her website at: www.saorisaltspring.com
Here are a few pictures from our "SAORI Day" at the Guild.