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Sakiori Summer Weaving

I think my summer weaving is going to be centred  around striping up fabric to weave. I really can’t feel right about throwing out old worn sheets and they either become painting drop sheets or yarn for weaving. With this lot I cram dyed them so I got blended colours  that didn’t have that flat one colour look. As I am weaving with two shafts on my Saori loom I felt it needed that to lift it with the textured work.  With more complex weaving it is easier to introduce interest in other ways. Although I look to Japanese Sakiori weaving for inspiration especially for clothing, when it comes to fabric for interiors I think the Swedish tradition is deeper.

I tore the strips to 15mm wide because the first weaving will be for cushions and interior textiles. The fabric, although soft through wear, still has some bite to it for a sturdy and heavier fabric.  I cut the lengths in the continuous (Mintie wrapper) way that is also used with the Saori Sakiori cutter. That worked well in this situation, although I have been known to splice each end if and when I don’t want a texture bump. 

It’s great fun weaving with strips of fabric, relaxing and productive too. As fitted sheets wear out faster than the others we can cut up our bed linen more regularly!


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