Handling Wefts, shuttles?

Hi

I apologize for posting this again but it showed up in a place that was hard to find so I figured no one else ever saw it. 

I've recently discovered saori but have been weaving many years, mostly tapestry.  I was wondering what you usually use for organizing the weft, what sort of shuttles or butterflies or what? 

Also do you typically weave back the ends to tuck them in?

Thanks for the info.  Saori is very beautiful and seems to be a wonderful way to learn weaving and enjoy it.  And to also continue on and be creative.  I learned weaving in the 60s and it was a lot like that then.

Comments

Posted on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 03:08

Hi Mountainweaver!  Sorry, I didn't see the post before - so no problem posting again.

I too found Saori after many years of traditional weaving and have totally fallen in love with it.

For the weft, as for Saori weaving, there are no rules.  The Saori looms come with boat shuttles and bobbins and a built-in bobbin winder and you can use them as you would any other boat shuttle - but of course you can use butterflies, put yarn in by hand, use stick shuttles, whatever works.   I have found that with some of my smaller bobbins from Leclerc - I can actually fit two into a Saori shuttle and so I have been doing that for some fun colour blending - using two different colours or textures at once.

As for tucking the weaving ends back it - it depends on what I am doing with the weaving - or if I even know that when I'm weaving.  There are some pieces where I've left all the ends hanging out the sides at various lengths - in particular the peace banners, there are others where I want the edges finished and so I do tuck them back in, and then if it is going to be in a seam, I can do either - whatever is easiest.  Sometimes I purposely leave them out to be part of the weaving - it's all good.

What do others do with ends?

What does anyone else use for shuttles?

Endless possibilities....

Happy Weaving,

Terri

Posted on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 23:17

Hi Terri

I LOVE endless possibilities!  Thanks for all the information, wish I lived closer to see your shop in person.  Your work on your website is awesome and I love your peace banners. 

I like the saori concept of not weaving like a machine.  Craftsmanship is very important to me but I still like to weave more spontaneously and expressively.  I often have a drawing that I follow for my tapestries but it is only a bare outline and I like to work freely from that as well as make decisions about the weaving as I go rather than have it all worked out before I weave it.  I don't enjoy weaving like that at all, neither do I like making samples and drafts which seem a lot like math to me. 

Thanks for the response.  My non-saori weaving can be seen at www.mountainweaver.com  but I don't think most of it is that far off the mark. 

Happy Spring!

Kathy in Montana

Posted on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 04:37

Thanks for the link - beautiful work - I love the tapestries.  The colours and textures in your blankets, purses and scarves are great too....

Well Salt Spring Island is not sooo far from Montana - who knows maybe one day it will happen.

Here's to endless possibilities...

Happy Weaving,

Terri

Posted on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 13:06

Thank you, Terri, for looking at my website. 

Personally, I like using butterflies because I can insert small amounts of color or texture quickly and easily with my hands and don't have to worry about finding a shuttle or bobbin first.  I also like boat shuttles if I'm using more of one yarn than just a little bit.  They feed the yarn smoothly and go through the shed quickly.  I use stick shuttles occasionally but I really don't like them and would probably be happier if I got rid of mine and wasn't tempted to use them because they are there.  I know others love them and work differently but that is my preference. 

I know...I have a son in Seattle and we've talked about going up to Vancouver before sometime so now I would have a reason to want to go up there besides how beautiful the area is.  You just never know!

Absolutely always have an open mind and heart to the endless possibilities!

Kathy

Posted on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 03:08

Hi Mountainweaver!  Sorry, I didn't see the post before - so no problem posting again.

I too found Saori after many years of traditional weaving and have totally fallen in love with it.

For the weft, as for Saori weaving, there are no rules.  The Saori looms come with boat shuttles and bobbins and a built-in bobbin winder and you can use them as you would any other boat shuttle - but of course you can use butterflies, put yarn in by hand, use stick shuttles, whatever works.   I have found that with some of my smaller bobbins from Leclerc - I can actually fit two into a Saori shuttle and so I have been doing that for some fun colour blending - using two different colours or textures at once.

As for tucking the weaving ends back it - it depends on what I am doing with the weaving - or if I even know that when I'm weaving.  There are some pieces where I've left all the ends hanging out the sides at various lengths - in particular the peace banners, there are others where I want the edges finished and so I do tuck them back in, and then if it is going to be in a seam, I can do either - whatever is easiest.  Sometimes I purposely leave them out to be part of the weaving - it's all good.

What do others do with ends?

What does anyone else use for shuttles?

Endless possibilities....

Happy Weaving,

Terri

Posted on Tue, 06/16/2009 - 23:17

Hi Terri

I LOVE endless possibilities!  Thanks for all the information, wish I lived closer to see your shop in person.  Your work on your website is awesome and I love your peace banners. 

I like the saori concept of not weaving like a machine.  Craftsmanship is very important to me but I still like to weave more spontaneously and expressively.  I often have a drawing that I follow for my tapestries but it is only a bare outline and I like to work freely from that as well as make decisions about the weaving as I go rather than have it all worked out before I weave it.  I don't enjoy weaving like that at all, neither do I like making samples and drafts which seem a lot like math to me. 

Thanks for the response.  My non-saori weaving can be seen at www.mountainweaver.com  but I don't think most of it is that far off the mark. 

Happy Spring!

Kathy in Montana

Posted on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 04:37

Thanks for the link - beautiful work - I love the tapestries.  The colours and textures in your blankets, purses and scarves are great too....

Well Salt Spring Island is not sooo far from Montana - who knows maybe one day it will happen.

Here's to endless possibilities...

Happy Weaving,

Terri

Posted on Wed, 06/17/2009 - 13:06

Thank you, Terri, for looking at my website. 

Personally, I like using butterflies because I can insert small amounts of color or texture quickly and easily with my hands and don't have to worry about finding a shuttle or bobbin first.  I also like boat shuttles if I'm using more of one yarn than just a little bit.  They feed the yarn smoothly and go through the shed quickly.  I use stick shuttles occasionally but I really don't like them and would probably be happier if I got rid of mine and wasn't tempted to use them because they are there.  I know others love them and work differently but that is my preference. 

I know...I have a son in Seattle and we've talked about going up to Vancouver before sometime so now I would have a reason to want to go up there besides how beautiful the area is.  You just never know!

Absolutely always have an open mind and heart to the endless possibilities!

Kathy