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Weaving Saori glossamer style

Weaving with superfine yarns has its own beautiful aesthetic. Playing with stiff yarns, very fine pliable ones and metal content yarns makes for all sorts of  ‘discoveries’.  I’m also using some very fine hightwist wool which curls and shrinks the cloth when washed. Inspired by the Saori approach all of these yarns can be combined in the same cloth creating incidental and mixed effects. This cloth pictured is intended as a scarf weight so I’m intentionally making it very drapeable unlike my transparencies for windows which used heavier, stiff jute yarns. (BTW, more jute yarn sets on their way!). Fine yarns are good value for a weaver because they are so light and go a very long way in weaving. Many projects can be created from very little. So good for the budget too. I’ve always used alot of fine yarns and wished I could just go chunky and get more weaving actually done but just get pulled back again by the delight of fine. I am a failed chunky weaver and lately I’ve been filled with surrender and acceptance to many things and this may have to be another. There is something nice about surrender as long as I don’t go too far.

Somehow weaving with fine yarns on a Saori black pre-wound warp is still quick though, and I love the end results.

I stumbled on a little wrap or starlett lace trick in the weave with the fine wefts and when I used it in a warp segment it became a lacy stripe which can be stopped and started wherever in the weaving. All quick to do within the rhythm of the weave.


 My inspiration for this weaving came via weaver/Artist  Heather Walters and Lenore Tawney. After reading this post I was off to buy her books!

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kaz,

    I was fortunate enough to see Lenore Tawney’s work at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center back in 2003. It was an amazing show; the experience of which I still carry with me.

    Working with metal yarns is on my list; after reading this, I may just have to move it to the top!

    Thanks for posting!

    July 12, 2013
  2. Meg #

    Interesting ideas、Kaz. Show us some more. Would love to go to a Saori/Gossamar workshop one day, most definitely!

    July 13, 2013
  3. Sarah Cross #

    Wow! The weaving looks gorgeous – can’t wait to see more 🙂

    July 14, 2013

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