In the fall/winter of 2010/2011 I started weaving a 6 yard warp. This may not seem like a huge undertaking to experienced weavers with their own loom, but at the time I did not own a SAORI loom so the warp was on one of Chiaki's looms at her studio (http://www.saoristudiofun.com/) in Chaska. And my weaving time was limited to 2 hours /week (although I may have worked in one or 2 extra weaving sessions)! Oh, I might add that I decided to weave the ENTIRE length in 3 color interlocking and you'll understand why Chiaki calls this my "winter project." It took me the winter to weave the cloth. . . .
I wove this length and width because I wanted to make a specific piece of clothing from the SAORI: Self Discovery Through Free Style Weaving book.
Once finished, you would think I would have washed it and cut it right away . . . .but NO! Now, I kept telling people that I had not washed it because I did not have the room to stretch it out to dry in our townhouse in Mn. I think the real reason may have been I was afraid that I would mess it up. . . .and it wasn't like I could just run down to the fabric store and purchase more! This was a one of a kind piece of fabric.
Two weeks ago, I finally washed the fabric. Ironed it, and stretched it out to dry. And while it was drying, I read and reread the SAORI book . . . . .
that first cut is always the hardest!
I won't bore you with the step by step . . . . here is the finished "poncho" (that's what it's called in the SAORI book)
Chiaki named this cloth while it was still on the loom. She said it reminded her of Kyoto, Japan. Mihoko Wakabayashi of SAORI Worcester (http://saoriworcester.com/about.htm) told me that she lived in Kyoto for a while and that the colors remind her of "beautiful cherry blossoms in mountain sides. Also it reminds me a Japanese dessert. It’s pink rice sweet dyed pink with cherry and wrapped with a pickled leaf! Yummy colors!
I now have visions of wearing this in Kyoto and eating this yummy dessert!
I learned that Cutting your fabric isn't so bad. I can hardly wait for the opportunity to wear this.