Weavers learn new art

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Fruit of the loom... Weaving enthusiast Sue Scobie, of Mataura, creates her Saori master piece.

A group of women who love to weave a good yarn gathered on Thursday to practise their craft.

The textile art association Creative Fibre Southland, a branch of Creative Fibre New Zealand, held a workshop in Gore’s Holy Trinity Anglican Church hall to learn Saori weaving.

Saori weaving is also called “free weaving” because the weaver does not follow any pattern or rules and is free to create what they like in the moment.

The style originated in Japan.

Saori weaving expert Louise Cook said she was passionate about about teaching Saori weaving.

“It’s amazing and I love it,” Mrs Cook said.

“Saori weaving is about weaving from your heart.”

“Traditional weaving is too mechanical and precise for me,” Mrs Cook said.

“I want to empower people to have fun and experience the joy of weaving without rules.

Each finished piece was “unique to that weaver”.

“There is no pressure to conform.”

She had travelled from Hamilton to teach the workshop, she said.

“I’ve made a road trip out of it.”

She planned to teach workshops in Mosgiel and Christchurch before heading home.

Creative Fibre Southland delegate Sue Scobie said she enjoyed the freedom of Saori weaving.

“There are no mistakes,” Mrs Scobie said.

She wove her piece using yarn, ribbons and beads.

“I have all sorts of treasures. I love colour.”

Although she had been weaving for 15 years, ever since her curiosity had been pricked after she bought her mother a loom as a present, “you can be an absolute beginner and do this.”

Participant Sally Munson said she was having a fabulous time.

“It’s the best fun” she said.

Participant Margeret Mills had plans for her weaving already.

“It’s going to brighten up a sad chair.”