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SAORI Worcester Newsletter #12 Dec. 2018


Loom in Essence is up! 

I hope this finds you well even during this hectic pre-holiday season. I am most grateful to have such a warm supportive community through the studio throughout the year of 2018. Thank you! I sincerely wish you a wonderful holiday season.

I am so happy to announce that out studio exhibition, Loom in Essence 2018 is up at the Sprinkler Factory Gallery, 38 Harlow Street, Worcester, MA. Many of the studio members, interns and the gallery manager Luis had helped me so much for the installation and getting ready. Thanks to them, we had a great opening reception and the fashion show on Dec. 1st. 

The opening was a big success! We had a great attendants, wonderful feedback and tremendous sales. If you miss it, please check the Facebook page for the pictures and some videos. ( Please like them:)) I am especially happy how the fashion show turned out. There were not only weavers but supporters and spontaneous models which showed SAORI spirit thoroughly. Models were nervous first but they really did a great job. Hope it encourages more people to join for next year.

The show will be up until  Dec.30th. There will be 3 more weekends, both Saturday & Sunday 1-4pm for people to visit. I will also be happy to open the gallery for those who cannot make it on weekends. Just email me at or call me at the studio 508-757-4646 for the appointment. Don’t hesitate to ask me, especially if you are looking for unique hand-made gifts. We have small sachets, accessories, pouches, bags, scarves, shawls, wearable arts and wide range of wall decorations 

The closing reception will be on 30th (Sun) 1-4pm. We will take the work down immediately after that. If you can help me for that, that would be wonderful. This is a great way to end the fulfilled year.

Hope to see you at the gallery!

The 8th Japan tour went well in Oct. with new itinerary from Tokyo to North. The next tour of this itinerary will be fall in 2020. In 2019 the regular tour will be on May 14-27th to visit Osaka, Yufuin, Kurume and Himeji. Check the website for more info.

Study Group 2019 

Because of requests from several people, I plan to have a study group in 2019. This is a six month program that people work on a same assignment each month and study together in a monthly meeting. The assignment will be determined by people who sign up. This program is for people who want to develop their creativity further without specific projects in mind AND who can commit to work seriously for six months and attend most meetings. It would be a great opportunity to make you be in the zone and spark moments. You will develop your sensibility (Kansei as Misao Jo mentioned)  and as a result you will gain knowledge and skills. I guarantee that this will accelerate your understanding SAORI philosophy. 

It doesn’t require a length of experience or specific skill, however it would be best to have your own loom at home that you can work on assignment. 

I will attend this as one of members of the group. It has been my great learning experience to see everyone’s different pieces on the same theme.

Fee: $60 for the entire program (non-refundable) 
Sign-up Due: Dec.26th
Meeting: Saturdays 3:30-5:30pm
                1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/11, 6/22

Sewing Day with guidance

People seems that they are tend to get concentrated easily on sewing when I set up a day or two. Bring your project and sew at the studio with Mihoko’s guidance.
Date: February 1st ( Friday) 10-noon & 1-4:30pm
                           18th (Monday) 10-noon & 1-4:30pm
Fee: All day General $70, Current students $50
       Pre-registered required. You may reserve a sewing machine at the studio. You need to bring sewing threads and other materials. 


Recently I’ve  learned about NORO yarn that a Japanese man, Eisaku Noro have created for thirty years and got interested in carrying them at the studio.He uses mostly organic wool from Australia and other source and dyes without many chemical solutions. You must have seen the beautiful spaced dyed yarn. There are many kinds from pure wool 100% to mixed with silk, cotton, alpaca and mohair. 
I will have yarn sample chart and knitted pieces and hopefully my tested woven samples. I cannot carry every kind so you may help me which one to order by pre-order your yarn at this meeting. They are not cheap but I am thinking making a package of small balls from several kinds of yarn and/or a discount for bulk order.
Date: January  21st (Monday) 6-8pm & 22nd (Tuesday) 10am -noon
Fee: Free


Mihoko’s visit in North Wales

I spontaneously made a plan for a visit my SAORI sister Rose Green at her studio SAORI mor in mid January.
I will be with her at a big art event where children try weaving on Jan. 12&13.  And I will do a presentation about SAORI on Jan.14th in the evening and do other workshops of Kenzo way of warping, weaving techniques, and designing garments for few dates. If you are in the area and get interested in, please contact Rose for the detail. 
It is not really a vacation for me, however, it will be a mental break from my own studio and business. I am excited to meet other SAORI studio owners in London. 
So I will resume classes for myself on Jan.18th. However, wonderful interns would cover other classes.

Upcoming Event in January, 2019

-Japanese New Year Celebration at Boston Children Museum on Jan. 20th (Sun.) 11-4pm
-Wayland Winter’s Market Fiber Day on Jan. 27th (Sun.) 10-3pm at Russell’s Garden Center