Monday, July 14, 2014

Saori Weaving at Sturt

I spent a very enjoyable week at the Sturt Winter School in a workshop run by Kaz Madigan on Saori Weaving. I have to confess that I had a bit of an internal struggle coming to terms with some of the concepts behind this style of weaving but I think that I got there in the end. Kaz describes it all here much better than I could.

Here are some pictures of my output; there are a lot of very interesting things to be done in a bit of plain weave and when I have finished all my other current projects I shall give some of them a try.

Some of the ones that I tried -

  • Push the weft to make space for weaving lozenges
  • Wind a bobbin with two twisted yarns and then reverse the direction of the twist. When this energised yarn is used in the weft it gives an undulating twill effect
  • Creating uneven tension on the warp
The specialised Saori looms are lovely to use and have several very interesting design features.