Weaving SAORI style

A beginner's weaving experience with the SAORI weaving loom.

The Art of Music in Weaving

There is an art show that is related to the Boquete Jazz Festival. A friend suggested I enter a weaving, so I jumped on the idea and submitted my entry form. It does seem precocious of me to enter an art show since I have only been weaving for two months but on the other hand, what I'm coming up with is a culmination of many years of working in design with color and texture so the experiences of the past made this new-to-me art form more readily comfortable to me.

I decided to listen to the upcoming jazz artists while I wove. That worked out great and helped create the ambiance that I feel about Latin Jazz so I decided to make a wall hanging called "Latin Jazz Moves Me". Hanging it horizontally gave it more motion and the colors came out great.

I decided to use a lot of color in the warp. That was my first experience with so many color changes and it took me a while to get it on the loom. I'll do it differently next time.

I made a long enough warp to do two open-weave wall hangings but once I did the first one and liked it very much, I decided to just make the rest of the warp woven for cloth. I am going to wear the second piece as a sash on the opening night. (pictures to come)

As I contemplated my fiber selection I realized that I lacked the bright latin colors that really say JAZZ to me. Fortunately, my sister-in-law, Tammy King, had recently ordered a big set of thread for her Ashford Fixed Heddle Loom and she generously let me raid her new supplies!

The opening is Friday Feb. 22 and I will take pictures of the installation but here are some closeups of the weavings:

 Close up of the wall hanging for the 2013 Boquete Jazz Festival Art Show.

Close up of the wall hanging for the 2013 Boquete Jazz Festival Art Show.

 The warp is multi-colored so when I used a black weft it made a rich and wonderful colorful effect.

The warp is multi-colored so when I used a black weft it made a rich and wonderful colorful effect.