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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 🙂

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….  🙂

more is always possible.

The cutting out stage can be daunting….

I  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!  🙂

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! 😀

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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 🙂

I didn’t use a pattern to make the vests, but I was inspired by design #51 for a jacket,  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 vest  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 abundance  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 🙂

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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 for  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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The story of my Saori loom and a new shirt for my husband

Last year, I wove my husband a shirt to wear while his Jazz trio performed at the Jazz festival and other gigs. Link to Jim’s shirt

It’s time to weave him a new shirt!

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So, I have warped up my Saori floor loom and have started weaving the yardage for his shirt, and maybe some for one for me, too… we shall see….

The loom in the photo has a neat story.  Her name is Toshi-san.

I bought her several years ago from my dear friend, Terri Bibby, who is a master Saori weaver- check out her website: Link

When Terri announced, a few weeks ago, that she is hosting a Saori weaving conference in September 2012 on Salt Spring Island: Announcement

she received a lovely email from the lady who originally bought Toshi-san in Japan in 1990.

She went to the first international Saori weaving conference in Kobe, Japan, fell in love with Saori weaving, and bought a loom.

They took Toshi-san apart, and shipped her to Canada in little pieces, which she then re-assembled.

Later, she sold Toshi-san to a weaving dealer in British Columbia, who sold Toshi-san to Terri.

When I walked into Terri’s studio not long after Toshi-san arrived, it was love at first sight, and I bought Toshi-san on the spot.

I wove like mad on Toshi-san for a couple of years, but then got involved with other looms and she sat empty and neglected.

I felt guilty about her being abandoned, so I thought that I might sell her.

Luckily, my daughter-in-law said- DON’T!!!! And she took custody of Toshi-san.

She wove merrily away on Toshi-san for awhile, but then spinning and making roving with her hackle and combs became more and more of a passion.  She discovered that she’s not a weaver, but is a passionate spinner.

So, Toshi- san sat unused again…. but I was feeling sooooooooo called to her…………. so, now, she is happily ensconced back in my studio!

Yay! Toshi-san! Welcome back!

and…. now, I am having soooooooooooo much fun, weaving Jim’s new shirt.

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I have a fondness for weaving inlays, so Jim’s shirt is going to have a lot of random squares and other shapes inlaid:

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I love the philosophy of Saori weaving- it’s based in the belief of generosity of spirit, and exploring creativity and freeform expression.

It’s completely meditative and contemplative.

I follow my inclination to work with this color or that, and place shapes here and there, and allow the weaving to grow in a very organic way.

The bands for the shirt, and the cuffs and collars are also coming along on my Cricket loom-

I posted about my excitement in mastering the double hole rigid heddle loom yesterday:  Double hole rigid heddle

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All in all, it’s a complete expression of love and delight and a celebration of my adoration for my soul mate, the wonderful man that has been my beloved husband for more than 3 decades 😀

Here’s a picture of Jim (wearing the shirt that I wove for him for last year’s jazz festival) and his trio.

You have to look hard to see the bass player- he’s wearing black and it makes him kind of invisible.

I was holding our gorgeous grandbaby, who fell asleep while Grampa and the guys played.

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Yep… that’s one of my Saori Gypsy jackets that I wove.  Link

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