I wrote an article about the awesome SAORI “No Sew” hat for Handwoven. It’s such a fun project and it’s a super way to use those ends and bits of yarn!!
This is a SAORI pattern that focuses on creative expression. Each one is always different from any other. SA means everything has it’s own beauty and ORI means weaving. SAORI embraces, and encourages individual expression. One of the 4 principles is “consider the difference between machines and people” We don’t try to create cloth that appears to be factory made. We celebrate the beauty that each person brings to their own cloth. The other 3 principles are : Be Bold and Adventurous ; Look out through eyes that shine and Inspire Eachother, Learn from the group.
“All flowers are beautiful, even though each individual flower is different in form and color. Because of this difference, all are good. Because everything has the same life, life cannot be measured by a yardstick. It is this individuality that makes everything meaningful and the uniqueness of each thread that creates the tapestry of life” – Misao Jo
Each of us are unique and creative people. When we bring ourselves to the loom, we each create our own unique cloth. We learn from eachother as we share our woven journeys. We experiment at the loom. We learn as we go, trying new things. We celebrate the “inconsistencies” that makes our cloth beautiful, and unlike what comes of a machine.
For this pattern, when you are choosing your warp, keep in mind it’s important that at least one edge of your warp is smooth and strong. This will make gathering your top much easier. (both edges don’t need to be smooth, just one)
When figuring out your warp length, it’s important to leave at least 6 inches of fringe at either end. This is what you use to secure the hat (thus no sewing) . Then measure your head. Make sure you don’t weave more than your head length, otherwise your hat will be too big!! If you find your hat is too “wide” you can always fold over a brim, but it’s harder to fix when it’s woven too long.
Play with different color combinations, techniques and textures. These are “small” weavings, so push yourself to explore different variations. Show your wild side. Be creative, bold and adventurous.
For more SAORI patterns and information check out the book “SAORI; Self –Innovation Through Free Weaving”. To find a SAORI studio near you, and explore more of your own creative expression on the SAORI loom, check out www.saoriglobal.com.