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What is Saori Weaving?

February 3, 2020

In this issue:  What is Saori Weaving   Shop News   The Tip Jar   Upcoming Classes

What is Saori Weaving?
Finding beauty in imperfection

Saori weaving began with a mistake. Japanese handweaver Misao Jo accidentally left one warp thread out of her weaving. Instead of being upset and starting over, she found that she liked the effect this missing thread had and finished the piece. She found it very beautiful, but when she showed it to the owner of commercial weaving mill, he said it was worthless and flawed.

The public disagreed. They loved the "flawed" work and her shawls and obi sold well! Misao continued to play with ways to add creativity to her weaving. She designed new looms, and in 1970 began teaching her Saori method of weaving.

Saori celebrates the idea of "beauty with lack of intention" as seen in nature. This allows each weaver to find their own creativity!

Saori philosophy:
1. Consider the differences between a machine and a human being.
2. Be bold and adventurous.
3. Let’s look out through eyes that shine.
4. Inspire one another, and everyone in the group.

Are you interested in setting your creativity free with Saori weaving? Kathy Utts, a certified Saori Weaving teacher, is offering a class here at Yarnivore on February 29 to teach YOU to unleash your creativity. She will have pre-warped looms, and each student will leave with a FINISHED piece suitable for wall art or home decor. Sign up now, as space is extremely limited!

Shop News

Featured Yarn and Pattern
Get back in touch with Middle Earth with these fiery Smaug Socks by Claire Ellen - $6 in-store or on Ravelry! They're also included in her e-book Socks: There and Back Again, a $15 Ravelry download that also includes Gollum and Bilbo sock patterns.
What yarn to use? Highly textured patterns like these need a yarn that's solid, like Heritage or Heritage Silk, or can work with a gently tonal yarn like Crafting My Chaos Tonals.

Regular & Upcoming Events
Every Tuesday at 1 pm - Yarnivorphans Meet-up at Panera 
1st and 3rd Fridays - Friday Night Cravings here at Yarnivore
3rd Saturday - Spinners and Weavers Monthly Meet-Up at Yarnivore

Saturday, February 29 - Saori Weaving Class with Kathy Utts

The Tip Jar

Swatches are good for more than just checking gauge! One of the other uses is to check washability. Yarn companies are required by US law to list ONE safe washing method on their label (same is true for clothing), but that doesn't mean it's the ONLY safe method. Want to see if you can machine wash that yarn that says "hand wash"? Throw the swatch in the washer! Or try throwing the swatch on your "machine wash, dry flat" yarn in the dryer. If it comes out undamaged, then you can safely wash the finished piece that way!


Knit and Crochet Workshop with Beate

EVERY Thursday from 1-3 pm, $18 per session
Craft: Knitting
Teacher: Beate

Need help with a project or technique? This 1-session class is a great way to get help and see what others are working on! Beate will help with reading patterns, reinforcing techniques, and building your confidence. Beate can assist with either knitting or crochet projects.

One 2-hour session

Knitting: Weaving in Ends Invisibly

Thursday, February 6 from 6-8 pm, $18
Craft: Knitting
Teacher: Wendy

Do your ends show? Do they worm their way to the front? Are you (gasp!) knotting them? Let Wendy teach you the better way to weave in and hide your ends so that they never come out and never show!

You'll need to bring swatches of stockiette, garter stitch, and seed stitch to this class.

One 2-hour session

Toe-Up Socks: Knit and Fit the Foot First!

Sunday, February 9, 16, & 23 from noon-2 pm, $48
Craft: Knitting
Teacher: Wendy

Learn to make socks from the toes up, so you always have enough yarn to cover your feet! This worsted weight sock is thick and warm, perfect for wearing around the house, or as a boot sock. You don't need to have any sock knitting experience. Make them look fancy, if you like, by using a self-striping yarn, like we did for the pair in the photo! (Also, if you hate swatching, these are the socks for you!)

Three 2-hour sessions

Beginning Naalbinding

Tuesday, February 11, 18, & 25 from 6-8 pm, $48
Craft: Naalbinding
Teacher: Wendy

Long before knitting or crochet, people who wanted stretchy and warm hats, socks, and mittens made them with a looping technique that’s now called naalbinding. The craft was nearly lost, but then was rediscovered. Discover it yourself in this class, while learning to make a surprisingly modern-looking beanie!

Three 2-hour sessions

Knitting: Reading Knitting Patterns

Thursday, February 13 from 6-8 pm, $18
Craft: Knitting
Teacher: Wendy

Do you get stumped by knitting instructions? Not sure what “ktbl” means? What’s up with those asterisks and parentheses? We’ll get you reading patterns with confidence in this 2-hour class!

One 2-hour session

Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving

Saturday, February 15 from 10 am-4 pm, $48
Craft: Weaving
Teacher: Debbi

Learn the basics of weaving on a rigid heddle loom. We’ll cover weaving terminology, direct warping, winding and managing shuttles, achieving a balanced weave and basic finishing techniques. As time allows, we’ll discuss weaving drafts, yarn choices for weaving, pattern planning and alternate methods of warping.

One 6-hour session

Start Well, End Well: the Best Cast-ons and Bind-offs

Monday, February 17 & 24 from 6-8 pm, $33
Craft: Knit
Teacher: Wendy

Is your bind-off always too tight? Or is it loose, but sloppy? Do you wonder what to do when the pattern calls for a provisional cast-on? Then this is the class for you! We’ll learn all this, plus decorative, stretchy, stable, and even invisible cast-ons and bind-offs. Make your finished items look handmade, not homemade!

Two 2-hour sessions


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