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Spring is around the corner!

I hope you are doing well. It seems that winter this year has not been too harsh on us.  Although I had to cancel 4 weeks in a row on Tuesday evening class in Jan.-Feb., people have been weaving new projects to finishing up old projects in the studio. There are a lot of conversation about holidays, movies, news, books, friends and families, and more. It is wonderful to have the community in the studio to share our lives as well as to support each other on the weaving projects. 

I have been experimenting with cashmere that I got from SAORI Japan and WEBS this winter. Nobody has touched the expensive yarn on a shelf yet, however, I hope some of you will do. More colors are coming. They are so soft and light-weight after washing.

I have Amy and Julia started working with me as an intern now. Ani is still with me, too. Their work hours are minimum at this point but I do feel very supportive to have extra hands to maintain the studio. I hope they will be ready to take some classes over while I am gone to Japan at the end of May through June. 

Please see some news and check out the upcoming events. There is a couple of slots to jump in the Japan tour, too.

See you in the studio!

Warm regards,
Mihoko

 

Annie Paquette has visited the studio.

Annie who used to work with me and moved to the west in the fall in 2015 has come to visit us at the studio. She came few times in the week of Feb. 15th to say hello to everyone. It was great to catch up how she has been. Currently she lives near Olympia, WA but she doesn't enjoy the rainy weather there. She and her boyfriend Kevin plan to move out and head to the east in summer. I wonder where they will end up...
She sent her regards to people who missed her.
 She said she missed the studio a lot.

Upcoming event

Wayland Winter Farmers Market "Fiber Day" on March 4th (Sat.) 10-2pm 
  at Russell's Garden Center

  Mihoko will have a booth on this time. Come to see her in the green house and other vendors who sell yarn,  fleece and finished products. There will be vegetables, wine, mushrooms, chowder, brick oven  pizza and more!  


SAORI kai on April 2nd (Sun) 2pm-4:30pm 

   I will show the movie "Yarn". Please see the trailer here. It is a documentary movie featuring  few fiber artist who create relationship between yarn, themselves and world. We will do the     usual show and tell. Please bring your work to share. Any snacks are also welcome.  


Learn on a table top loom on March 25th (Sat.) 3:30-6:00pm
  Fee: $30 plus material fee $1.8 /oz  ($20 for current studio members) 
           Loom rental fee $10 per week. $100 deposit required.

   This is a workshop for people who don't have a loom at home. You will set up your own warp in easy way (tie your warp to the end of the warp that are already set up) and take the   loom home. There are 2 4 harness looms and 4 2 harness looms available.  
        


SAORI Study and Friendship Tour in Japan 2017 on May 26th-June 8th

  This is the real name of our Japan Tour. I will take people to several SAORI studios and other fiber related museums and stores. Of course we will visit temples, gardens and hot springs, too!           
  We have four people who signed up. It is not too late to join us. I can take a couple of more people. If you are interested in, please contact Mihoko ASAP.               


 

Jeanne Austin (1940-2017)

  Jeanne had been our studio member more than ten years. Sadly she passed away on Feb. 1st after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She came to the last SAORI kai on Dec. 3rd and that was the last time I saw her. She brought her husband Peter, her student Laura and her husband to introduce our studio. 
 
  When I met her at the first time, she was living in NJ and working for the organization called SCARC which is for people with disabilities. She brought a loom to a group home here and there to invite people to experience SAORI. She sewed many work from their woven pieces such as pillows, bags and pins for sale. I believe the program still continues.
She and her husband Peter joined my Japan tour in 2007. She had participated all 5 SAORI Canada-US conferences held in MA, NY, MN, CA and GA with me. She was really proud of it.

  Her passion to SAORI was not just her hobby but it was a tool for her to connect people to people and connect people to fiber. Her calm presence and her wisdom had contributed to the community enormously.
 
  Since she moved to VT several years ago. she had made efforts to come to our studio for the study group in 2014 and classes while she was fighting with cancer. She was weaving turquoise a lot to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. She did not loose her hope until the end.
 
  I hope SAORI had made her life exciting and happy. I am grateful to know her. RIP, Jeanne!

  Here is her obituary. Her memorial service will be March 11th at 1pm. 

 

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