January is a busy family time for me. It’s one of the few and mostly only time I get alot of visitors in the year and I love it. All my little people (and not so little people) come and guess what – my Saori looms get a better workout than a pool!
I’ve always wanted a pool but it just hasn’t happened. When I got serious a couple of years ago and checked out the prices they were about five times more than I thought they would cost. Much better value to have some looms!
The great thing about having little visitors periodically is seeing their skill development and motivation for weaving.My oldest niece, Darby, is now 11 years old and was keen to wind a warp with pretty colours. She very easily wound and threaded the 3 metre warp then wove it up in a few hours. She instantly picked up on the warping technique with 5 colours at a time! Her productivity, although totally irrelevant, also increased as she completed a Saori weave and Inkle band bag too.
Saori weave and inkle band bag
My little 20 month grand daughter was getting into it all on the Piccolo using it as a standing loom and beating, really beating, every row with purply pink sliver. My step grand daughter, Ella, progressed amazingly to make a scarf for her mother. It’s all so exciting creating woven textiles. Handweaving offers an endless exploration of techniques and interaction. It never wears off.
My little weaver apprentice
Ella delighting us with Saori ideas
It’s amazing when a 4 year old weaves. A little bit hectic and intensely industrious. Thanks to the Saori Piccolo and its mini size conversion, a 4 year old can operate this little floor loom very easily. The pedals are an easy reach, the spindleless shuttle is easily and safely threaded up and the weaving progresses despite entering at the same edge over several rows to create a little design feature…or rather a very out there design addition. How else can a little 4 year old weave up on a floor loom and learn to weave so young. I’m quite taken aback. Casey here is creating cloth for a skirt. The half metre woven will be added to next time she comes, eventually weaving enough fabric – such is the beauty of Saori inspired cloth!
Casey now thinks that everyone weaves with a floor loom so should I also set her up with a cardboard slit loom to learn the ‘basics’ of weaving? You know, the under and over, then over and under. Or can I bypass of of that and just get her loving cloth at the moment? If she really wants to get into the structure of weaving…she will…later. Or is it the wrong way round? What do you think?
This weekend was a long weekend (Labour Day in NSW) and I ‘m lucky to get my family visiting…for the Kombi Festival. So, of course, it was studio time as well.
Darby did the very big job of shading my colour wall. It is an enormous but exciting job ordering all the coloured yarns into an object of beauty. Casey/Katie and Lewis wove with gusto and experimentation and my Michelle was the official photographer. I know this post is rather gratuitous but it’s a chance to see show off yarn and my favourite people in the one place.
A new life…and for us, grandparenthood.
Bree Vera Madigan Wong was born on 25 April at RNS, St Leonards, Sydney. Both mother and daughter (and son in law) are doing very well. She is a stepsister for lovely Ella.
She has started off being very kind and considerate because 25 April is Anzac day and a public holiday in Australia and we were able to do the miles to get to her with virtually no traffic. I only saw about two cars at Chatswood which is usually in lockdown. I don’t need to tell you that weaving is on the back burner for a few weeks but I’m really hoping she will be interested in EVERYTHING including yarn.
At times in my studio I just feel so fortunate! How could I have been so lucky to stumble on weaving in my life? Read more
With autumn appearing my fingers start itching to knit. Nothing could be easier than knitting for little brand new bodies and I was quite the impressed knitter with this little number. It is a Debbie Bliss pattern from here.
Originally meant for Cashmerino I had a happy coincidence with a stash yarn. I used Harmony 8 ply from Bendigo Woollen Mills on 6.5mm (10.5 US) needles which met the tension requirements of 18 sts and 24 rows to a 10cm square. This yarn is quite lovely, with a texture in wool and cotton and a hint of lycra. Ok then it’s hand wash and the new mother I’m giving it to won’t know what she’s in for but it did wash and dry really easily.
Bolstered with extreme confidence I now go forth to knit more. The next in a bamboo/cotton yarn. How good does success feel!
Darby and Lewis working on the Saori loom
Easter was so full of fun and activity. Not only did my daughter come home but also my sister in law with her three children.
Any children on site get dragged into the studio for activities around here. Painting easter eggs, building with duplo, drawing pictures and, of course, weaving.
Darby weaving flowers into the weave
Darby started weaving a flower garden on the Saori loom with her 3 year old, super inquisitive brother supervising. It is a few years since she first wove on this loom and I was amazed and very encouraged by her ability to work the pedals and shutlle so efficiently and f a s t!. She was also able to change the shuttle bobbins and pick up the shed she was weaving on after a change of colour quite intuitively. We had some silk flowers to insert in the warp to make the garden.
I’m off to study Saori weave in Osaka later in the year….just can’t wait.