If I could describe SAORI weaving, here are some words that come to mind: Amazing, Freeing, Captivating, Addictive, Relaxing, Stress-Free, Independent, Beautiful. I signed both of our girls up for this three hour SAORI weaving class and wondered how in the world my youngest would stay engaged for that amount of time. This past year, we read a lot of books that talked about the process of taking wool from a sheep’s back and turning it into fabric and when I found this class, it was a perfect opportunity for them to take their learning to a new level and actually use a loom to create their own fabric masterpiece. By the end of the three hours, both girls were begging for more loom time. And I can tell you: Four months later, they still have their fabrics incorporated into their room decor. They are so proud of what they created.
When we arrived, these beautiful SAORI looms were threaded and ready to go, each with a different color scheme. Then, to create your own fabric, you choose materials to wind onto the bobbin and weave into the threads on the loom.
I am a huge fan of SAORI weaving because it encourages creativity, problem-solving, mid-line crossovers (maximizing brain power), and freedom– freedom to make what they see as beautiful come to life right before their eyes and freedom to make mistakes and turn them into beauty. Textures, colors, patterns & styles are endless when it comes to this form of weaving. Both of our girls, at the end of three hours, had created a fabric piece that matched their personalities to a tea. It was astounding to witness. Our left-brain dominant child ended up with a piece that was very carefully constructed with a clear pattern that runs the entire length. Predictable and stunning. Our right-brain dominant child created a texture rich, random fabric of many colors that is whimsical and fun. Unpredictable and gorgeous. Two completely different children, two completely different pieces, never to be replicated or remanufactured.
The clear reminder of our amazing Creator in times like these takes my breath away: The one-of-a-kind “works of art” that God blessed my husband and I with have colored my world in their different, beautiful ways each and every day. This moment of clarity as I stood there looking at their hand-made fabrics struck me in a way I’ll never forget. To watch both girls get lost in the process and create a piece that is so reminiscent of who God created them to be was a priceless gift to me. It was a moment for me to stop and appreciate who they are as young ladies and celebrate their many differences. That is the power of SAORI Weaving! No. That is the power of our Creator who has designed each of us with the ability to think, create, and simply be who He created us to be! Remarkable.
If you have a chance to experience this, I would highly recommend it. Although we pursued it in order to give them a hands-on learning experience, it became so much more than that.