FREESTYLE JAPANESE WEAVING

  • Location: Fraser High B3
  • Start Date: Tuesday 22nd Oct, 2019.
  • End Date: Tuesday 26th Nov, 2019.
  • Time: 6.30 - 9.00.
  • 6 Weeks.
  • 2.5 hours per week.
  • Course Fee: $110.00.

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TUTOR: Louise Cook

I have two great loves in my life, the first is teaching and the second is fibre art, specifically Saori freestyle hand weaving. I discovered the Japanese art of Saori hand weaving several years ago and quickly realized that this weaving method is suitable for children and adults of any age and ability. It is therapeutic, easy to learn, calming, and the weaver is in control of their own piece of cloth being created. The only limit to the outcome is the weaver’s imagination. No counting, no matching, no rules, no mistakes!

Saori weaving began in the early 1960s in Japan by a lady named Misao Jo. It is now a global business with 3 generations of the Jo family involved. It was introduced to me in 2012 when I attended a workshop given by a Saori weaver visiting from Canada. I bought the Saori floor loom she had with her and that was the beginning of my Saori weaving journey.  I was hooked! The following year, I travelled to Japan and trained to become a Saori tutor so I was officially able to share the techniques and fun of this hand weaving fibre art. I have held workshops in New Zealand and overseas.

Saori freestyle hand weaving is all about texture and colour. Any type of fibre can be used and mixing and matching helps achieve unique one-off pieces of cloth.

At the conclusion of the course your piece of cloth can be used as a wall hanging, a bag, a garment, a scarf, a wrap. It all depends on your own unique cloth and is your decision.

Be prepared to forget rules, have fun and enjoy the journey of Saori freestyle weaving.

Other costs?

There will be 4 Saori looms for students to use during class time. Other students will need to bring their own looms. They can be any type of easily portable loom but the loom must be warped up and ready to weave on the first night. Students can bring their own threads to weave with however I will have a supply. Those who use the Saori warped looms will pay a rate of 20c a gram on the finished cloth or a portion thereof if some of your own fibre is used.

There will be an additional cost of $5 per student payable to the tutor for the ‘treasure” bag each will be given to use.


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This course is supported by the TEC (Tertiary Education Commission) to assist with literacy and numeracy needs of students. You must attend 80% of the class. At the same time we hope you will learn other useful and interesting skills and have a lot of fun learning with us.