I had heard this word, Saki-ori, before, but I never quite took in what it is. The Japanese tradition of creating new cloth from old cloth, weaving with thin strips of worn fabric. Akin to rag rugs, but on a fine scale, soft enough for clothing.

When I made these …


for these


… I knew I would come back to this, one day. Find out more. Take it further.

A long time ago, I stitched connections between the fabrics I’ve worn and worn out.


Three weeks ago I met a woman who will never buy any clothes again, ever.

Then, I read the year of enough by Joanna of Things[HandMade].

Yesterday, sorting out supplies for a feltmaking day I’m leading next week, I felt drowned in everything I’ve amassed, such quantities that I hardly know what I have.

There’s so much going on in my head right now I think I may fly apart. But I hope that the quiet discipline of cloth will hold the fragments together.

Sakiori is here, here, here, and here. And here, along with many other wonderful stripes and strips.

Re-weaving: Sakiori inspirations

4 thoughts on “Re-weaving: Sakiori inspirations

  • April 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Ahhh so that’s what’s it’s called… The weaving of rags.
    Did you use a loom or a weaving frame?

  • April 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Gorgeous weaving. They all look like little landscapes. Love the idea of connecting worn out fabrics. It’s like linking memories together I suppose.Nice idea.Enjoy your feltmaking day.

  • May 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I love this weaving, they do indeed look like landscapes, I’d have mounted them on the wall so i could see them evryday. I’m not a weaver but this is quite inspiring

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