Saori for self discovery

Saori weaving is fantastic for self discovery, quiet meditation, creative outlet and exploration of colours, textures and tones.  Saori weaving is Intuitive Weaving. After learning just the pure basics, the weaver is free to explore and find their own style.

With its philosophy of unbound creativity – ‘no rules’ and hence no fear of mistakes, the weaver can start immediately on their creative path, trying different techniques, working with a myriad of colours and yarns and enjoying the freedom of freestyle weaving.

Saori weaving is often like painting, the loom becomes the brush and the threads provide the palette of colours and textures.


Saori weaving allows us to discover our true selves and express our individual creativity.

Saori weaving taps into the person’s kansei – the inner workings of the soul and spirit that provide an intuitive sense of beauty existing inside of us – allowing the freedom for creativity that we often rarely get to express.

Saori pink shuttle medium (600x338)

Misao Jo, the founder of Saori weaving, was a visionary in freestyle textiles in Japan in the 1960’s.  Frustrated with the strict procedure and lack of individuality in traditional Japanese arts such as ikebana, Misao Jo wanted to develop a craft that celebrated and showcased her inner kansei. Carrying this philosophy and with the assistance of her son to build a loom, the simplistic beauty of Saori weaving was born.

We shall weave without restriction or restraint, weaving any way we like. It is a great pleasure to weaving in this way, in possession of our true selves. In a sense, Saori weaving is a reflection of the changes of our lifestyle, as each woven cloth has its own life.  Each weaving can capture the present moment that we never can take back. A weaving can capture the thoughts and feelings that we have at that time. We can even wear the woven fabric…

Misao Jo

 Do you want to tap into your inner kansei and explore creativity through the Saori loom? Get in touch to find out more about classes and events at the studio.

Studio opens in Clunes

Dyeing to Weave is very excited to have a studio space right in the centre of Clunes in Central Victoria!  The studio is part of an artistic collaboration, bringing together a talented pastels artist (Ann Jeffree), a creator of gorgeous handspun yarns and knitted goodies (Janine Wilson) and my Saori weaving and natural dye, to establish a new hub of creativity, skills and artistry called Sketched, Spun & Warped. (Yes, I’m the Warped one!).

The studio is located in the former library building, which is owned by Hepburn Shire Council, who are graciously offering the building as part of the Empty Spaces Initiative.  Empty Spaces aims to revitalise buildings that are currently for sale or rent without tenants and offer them up to people who want to incubate an idea in such a space at minimal cost.  This gives artists and those without the capital who want to try an idea a space, revitalises vacant areas and helps to promote the sale-ability of the building.  It’s a win-win-win situation!

The building is big and bright and perfect for workshops in our arts and a myriad of others.  We will run classes and studio session in sketching, spinning, weaving, felting, knitting, Life Drawing, crochet, natural dye and many other crafty skills.  It is also a place that local artists can display and sell their amazing work, giving local craftspeople a place to showcase their talent and help to earn income.

We will be working with other local businesses, accommodation providers and local eateries for cross promotion and products, bringing lots of different people into the town, as well as providing a different space for people to enjoy amongst the many bookshops, giftshops and cafes in town.

Prue at Sketched, Spun & Warped studio in Clunes

This is an exciting time.  For new passions and pursuits.  To take up new opportunities and take my Saori weaving studio and teaching up a notch.  So, if you’re headed for Clunes, look out for the Sketched, Spun & Warped studio in the main street.  Drop in and do a weaving workshop or say hello and learn more about this fantastic and beautiful craft! We’re located at 53 Fraser Street, Clunes and open Thurs – Sun from 10am – 4pm.