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Saori prayer flag banners

These are the banners that I wove in the Saori style, using traditional prayer flag colors for the Green Windows project.

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The black one isn’t traditionally one of the prayer flag colors, but it was part of the installation for other reasons, and I quite like it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t have time to photograph them before I did the installation, so now that they are home, I could take pics.

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I’ve hung them on the ceiling of my studio….

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It feels very festive in here!

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Weaving with recycled & upcycled fabrics for Green Window City

For the last 6 weeks or so, I have been weaving up a storm, working on an installation for the Green Window City project in Edmonton Alberta.ย  Link to Green Window City

I wove 7 banners ( each 5 yards long) from cut up clothing and t shirts cut into t shirt yarn (tarn and ‘Farn’- fabric strip yarn) on my Saori loom.

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I rescued a warp chain that an angry weaver had cut from the loom and tossed in a box at the Reuse center:

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It wove up beautifully:

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I figured out how to weave stars for the ends of the banners:

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I built a mannequin, a cat,

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a dog,

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a stool, a loom and a stand. LINK

I made gigantic balls of yarn…. I wove a tapestry of the earth, using cut up fabric strips- whew… so many new things to figure out!ย  LINK

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And, then, yesterday, I installed it all in the window of a beautiful little boutique in Edmonton, ‘C’est Sera:

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And, today…ย  I clean the studio and work on new projects.

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Wedding vest done

Boy, was last week ever a busy one!

I am working to deadline on a major project, and also needed to take time out to finish the wedding vest (LINK) that I’ve been working on for awhile.

Happily it is done, and delivered to the groom.

May he wear it in good health, and may he enjoy it for a long long time!

AND may their marriage be happy, lovely and long!

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We didn’t discuss buttons, so I sewed snap closures inside.

If he and his bride want, they can stitch buttons of their choice to the front.

Or, toggles, or a clasp…. the options are endless.

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The front is quite sedate, but the back is a little bit more exuberant- more Saori.

The important part is that it fits him and he looks great in it.

Woven with love in every stitch!

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Weaving and sewing a Saori wedding vest- 1

A wedding!

Yay!

The groom has been a dear friend for more than 20 years, so I wanted to make a wedding gift that would be special.

I asked the lovely couple: Would you like me to weave Tom’s vest for the wedding as my gift to celebrate your wedding?

Yes ๐Ÿ™‚

We went through my stash of fabric that I had already woven:

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And, this piece struck a chord.

Happily, there was enough yardage for both front pieces.

Tom and Tanya and Tom’s mamma are all Saori weavers, so weaving his vest on my Saori loom was natural.

I warped up a few miles for the back of the vest:

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And wove and wove…. why did I choose to go with such a narrow strip?

Because I like the back of the vest to be pieced.

It offers a fun counterpoint to the solidity of the front panels.

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After many days of weaving, the long strip was finished.

I abuse my fabrics like crazy before sewing them: I throw them in the washing machine and the dryer (almost the only time I ever use the dryer, as I prefer to hang laundry to dry) and then iron the living daylights out of the fabric.

Tottie Tomato was happy to assist in the ironing.

She loves the puffs of steam and says it works wonders for her tomatoey little complexion.

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Tottie Tomato was a little concerned that the fabric shrank sooooooooooo much in the washing, drying and ironing!

She was worried that I didn’t have enough…..

I assured her that if I didn’t have enough fabric that I did have more thread and a loom….ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

more is always possible.

The cutting out stage can be daunting….

Iย  made cotton pattern templates when I used this pattern to make Jim’s vest: LINK.

I used Simplicity #2741 as the pattern for this vest and for Jim’s vest.

It was great, because Tom tried it on and it fit like a glove! YAY!

That made my life so much easier!

Okay… to brave the scissors:

I mark the templates so that I don’t mess up and cut the sections out wrong… that would be a weepy time!

The fronts were a piece o’ cake:

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The backs had me more twitchy, because of the complexity of all the piecing I had to do….

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The first one went well, and then, I checked and checked and re-checked to make sure that I wasn’t duplicating the first one, and that I was indeed ‘mirroring’ the second one.

And, to my great relief, I got it right…. but in all the tension, I forgot to take pictures, and instead, rushed off to the sewing machine to start piecing and stay stitching and assembling.

I was in my ‘scurry rabbit’ mode- get these pieces all stabilized before they go ‘sproing’ and unravel!

Happily…. very happily!

The piecing all went beautifully!

The vest is now interfaced and stabilized and pinned together, ready for a fitting and then lining and finishing!

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I love the back!

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The front is more restrained and understated, while still showing the Saori influence.

Note the pocket for the ring!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope that Tom and Tanya will be happy with the vest and that it will be a pleasure for Tom to wear it long and well.

It has love in every stitch! ๐Ÿ˜€

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New woven vests February 2014

Vests are one of my most favorite garments to design, weave and wear.

I have just finished two new vests that both have something that I believe to be essential: Pockets ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t use a pattern to make the vests, but I was inspired by design #51 for a jacket,ย  in the Saori weaving book that has a black cover.

I don’t know the actual name of the book, as it’s all in Japanese, but if you contact your local Saori dealer, I am sure that they will be able to sell you the book. The Saori books are all fabulous beyond words, and are all treasures!

I wove the fabric for the red vestย  on my Saori Piccolo loom, which is a joy to weave on. The fabric for the turquoise vest was woven on my 4 harness table loom.

The warp for the red vest was 10 inches wide and the warp for the turquoise vest was 17 inches wide.

They were both woven at 10 epi.

They both work well worn open, or pinned shut with a brooch, or tied with a belt or sash.

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When I was weaving the fabric for this vest, I was playing with the fibonacci sequence, and also playing with numbers in other ways… in a way, I was coding messages of love, good health, happiness and abundanceย  into the fabric as I wove it!

Weaving is so meditative, and it’s fun to deliberately figure out ways of ‘weaving happiness’ into my fabric ๐Ÿ™‚

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I love shawl collars, as they make me feel so cozy:

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And those oh so important pockets! I wove the fabric for the pockets on my 4 harness loom.

I used a wool cotton blend for the weft when I wove the band at the top of the pocket so it would shrink and pull in to shape the pocket.

There are so many neat ways to shape garments, and using threads that you know will shrink is a ‘secret tip’ that works well forย  getting sections of your weaving to pull in and gather after the fabric is washed.

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I’m trying very hard to not get too attached to these vests, as I am going to be offering them for sale at the maker’s faire that I am participating in this weekend… (On the Spot Maker’s Faire at the Boyle St Plaza in Edmonton AB on Feb 8 & 9).

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New woven vest with hood

Several months ago, a young woman looked at my woven vests, and then asked if I could weave a vest with a hood on it.

I’d never thought of that… but decided that it was a very good idea indeed!

I’ve been mulling it over, and wove up some fabric for it.

I wanted to add a narrow band that would go up the fronts and around the opening of the hood.

On the Saori group on Ravelry, there is an ongoing conversation about weaving with 7 warp strands.

Well, why not?

So…. I choose 7 different yarns/threads for my warp:

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Because I love weaving little square motifs, I combined sock yarns, embroidery floss and various yarns and threads while weaving clasped weft technique.

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I wove the band on my Saori loom.

When I finished, the narrow band was just slightly short of 9 yards long.

Golden retrievers are so gracious about modelling!

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I didn’t use a pattern.

I just draped the fabric on myself and on ‘Patient Zillah’, the mannequin I made from cardboard and wood:

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When the hood is down, it gives a lovely shawl collar.

 

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I decided against stitching a button on, and just pin it closed.

 

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Wow… I look so cross-eyed!ย  (My husband thinks I should have let him take the pictures LOL)

 

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The navy blue edging is spool knitted cord.

There is a problem with this new vest.ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I was planning on selling it, but I have fallen in love with it, so, I am clutching it to my heart, and it stays with me ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

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A new woven shirt to celebrate springtime

Springtime has been hopelessly late here in Alberta, so I decided to go ahead and celebrate it anyhow, by making myself a new shirt.

I wove the fabric last year:

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I wove the fabric on my Saori loom:

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This became a sleeve:

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I used my ‘standard’ shirt pattern, Simplicity 2741 LINK

And shortened the sleeves, as I have short arms.

BUT…ย  I blythely cut it out and sewed it up in, ahem, my husband’s size, oops…. so it is too big for me.

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Ah well, I guess that’s better than being too small, isn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

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I did all kinds of clasped weft and inlay on body of the shirt.

These are techniques that are used a lot in Saori weaving.

Saori is weaving based on the philosophy of creative self discovery through free form weaving.

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At times, when I was weaving the little squares,ย  I had up to 8 extra shuttles in the row.

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Doing inlaid sections slows down the weaving process, but it is really worth it.

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Here’s the other sleeve:

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I used inkle woven bands for the collar and cuffs.

I am not going to put buttons on it, as I don’t think that I would ever wear it buttoned up.

So, this is my celebration of Spring…. hope you are celebrating merrily, too!

Happy Springtime! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

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Woven Women- Out of the Mist

My mother passed away recently, and one of the ways that I have been processing my grief is to take it to my looms and weave about it.

Because I am deeply focused on weaving tapestries and woven pieces for my solo show, ‘Woven Women’, it was natural that this weaving would take the form of a Woven Woman.

My mother suffered from a form of dementia,ย  I have been feeling is how sweet it is for her to be released from that dreadful fog of confusion……..

And, so, I have woven a piece on my Saori loom with supplemental embellishment with my stick weaving loom,ย  that I call:

“Out of the Mist”.ย  She’s approximately 30 inches tall by about 10 inches wide at the widest point:

'Out of the Mist' by Noreen Crone-Findlay (c)

‘Out of the Mist’ by Noreen Crone-Findlay (c)

One of my close friends gave me a seashell instead of a card, and it felt natural to have it become part of this piece.

I made a Kumihimo cord and tied a Celtic everlasting knot, which is stitched to her forehead, but barely visible under her cowl.

Weaving this tribute brought me great peace and comfort, and I think that my Mom would like it a lot.

Yes, I think that she does…

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Dreaming of color and weaving the vest

Last Sunday morning, I had an inspiring dream.

I dreamt that I was invited to visit the workroom of a friend who passed on awhile ago.

She and I had written back and forth for several years before her death.

I still hold her dear in my heart, even though we never got to meet, face to face, in this world.

Anyhow, in the dream, I was invited into 2 gorgeous little rooms that were full, floor to ceiling, with antique drawers and shelves, full of exquisite handmade lace and yarn, and thread and weaving and embroidery.

It gave me a whole new view of heaven!ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

I was particularly moved by the colors of one jacket and 2 bags that were woven with a range of reds and blues and then embroidered with yellow silk thread.

For the rest of this week, I have been glued to my loom, and then my sewing machine, weaving a vest that was inspired by the dream.

It has been such an interesting voyage of discovery, as it took me places that I didn’t expect to go, and it had it’s own rules and requirements.

Here it is:

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I wove it on my Saori loom, blending the yarns on the bobbin, and adding and picking up strands of weft as I wove.

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I knew that I was going to be shaping the vest by pulling on warp strands to add the curves that would build the vest, so I worked at making the shapes of the clasped weft be conducive to the warp pulling process.

I had thought that I would use the narrow band to add another ruffle to the outside edge, but I decided instead, to use it to weave the back of the vest.

This is one of the things I love about Saori weaving- being able to do freeform work that takes off in a different direction than I had originally planned!

I like to shape the garment after I have woven it, so I do my warp pulling after the weaving is off the loom, and don’t do any shaping on the loom.

The butterfly was woven while it was still on the loom.

I had thought that I would embroider lots of dragonflies onto the vest.

I didn’t embroider the dragonflies while it was on the loom, as I wasn’t sure where I would be placing the pulled warp sections, and didn’t want the embroidery to be distorted or to interfere with the pulling process.

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I had woven the butterfly a couple of weeks ago, and set it aside, as the piece that it had originally been part of felt like it was a ‘fail’.

How wrong I was!ย  The butterfly and another section of the ‘fail’, fitted into the back of the vest just perfectly.

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I thought that I would tat some dragonflies and stitch them on, but they just didn’t work.

It’s a wonderfully comfortable vest, and every time I wear it, I will think of a dear friend, and how she still inspires me!

So, my friends, here’s to life, to color, to love, and to the creative process!

May you weave sweet, colorful dreams! ๐Ÿ˜€

And, here is a video on how to shape fabric by pulling warp strands:

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A slightly Saori vest for the Jazz fest

My husband is a Jazz musician, so, for the Jazz Festival, I wanted to weave him a new vest…. (last year, I wove him a new shirt).

I started weaving the vest in April, (LINK to post) so you would think that I could have gotten it done for the end of June, right?

Well…. I did…. but…. Oh my! I was scrambling at the end to get it done so he could do this:

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It began here in April:

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I started out weaving the narrow bands for his vest on my vintage Structo loom.

I was freeformie Saori-ing and then thought that I should check with Jim to see if he wanted it more sedate…

and he voted for not going wild, but keeping it plain and simple.

I enjoyed weaving the narrow fabric on the Structo, but knew that it wouldn’t be enough for the vest,

so, I wove some inkle bands on my Mirrix Loom:

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(The red band became part of a prayer flag and an inkle doll.)

I was juggling a lot of deadlines and projects and suddenly, the Jazz Festival was upon us!

EEEP!ย  I realized, once I started cutting out his vest, that I didn’t have enough fabric! eegads and little fish!

I madly warped up my Saori loom… on… you guessed it… the afternoon of Jim’s gig (blush)

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Holy honkinhaleujah! my feet and hands were FLYING as I wove up the rest of his vest fabric! yikes!

It only has the border on one side because of the way I was piecing it into the vest.

I managed to get the fabric washed, dried and the machine stitching done….

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but ending up doing the hand stitching as we drove in to the city for the concert.

Which was sold out and was great!

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And so was the gig the next day with his other trio:

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Blush…. I didn’t get the buttons, buttonholes and back belt done for a couple of days, when he had his next gig:

But… here he is, with his buttons and buttonholes in place!

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and the belt on the back…. right over the freeformie, Saori weaving- I couldn’t resist sneaking it in ๐Ÿ˜€

(and my friend, Arwen, who has fab design sense, said she liked that bit the best ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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He likes it and says it’s very comfortable to wear.

This is essential, because, if it isn’t comfortable, there’s no way he’ll wear it to perform in.

I’m happy.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€ย  It was a frantic rush at the end, but it was worth it for my Honeybunny ๐Ÿ™‚

I used Simplicity #2741 as the pattern for this vest.

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