Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SpinOlution Pollywog spinning wheel comes to Saori Santa Cruz ! Ashford looms and more.

The SpinOlution Pollywog spinning wheel  is now added to my list of spinning wheels I carry in the studio! The Espinner Firefly is back ordered and on it's way in about 4 weeks so stay tunned for my review for it  but the pollyog arrived  last week! Spinolution has found the wheel so popular in the last year that they built a new factory plant just for the POLLYWOGS in Washington state .
It took 5 minutes after removing the bubble wrap  to start spinning on it! and i Love this cute little wheel. NOW YOU CAN GET A 12 OZ BOBBIN AND FLYER TOO!
Nothing to lacquer no screw drivers or wrenches needed! 
It is a double treadle wheel that is light enough to carry with one hand like I am doing in my photo.
I love this wheel! It is an  affordable entry level wheel for under $350! you can add  an accelerator head for lace weight spinning later too.

12 oz pollywog update  here in my etsy shop

Saori Santa Cruz carries Louet, Ashford, and Spinolution wheels
The same outstanding customer service and if you are local and you buy a wheel from me a free two hour  spinning class  comes with each wheel! I only carry what I use and love  personally and teach on!


need a lap or portable loom, or want to try weaving on a inexpensive loom before committing to a floor loom? one word.. Ashford.
 I  have in stock the Ashford sample it looms 10" .
you can get any size heddle/reed from 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, and 15 for the Ashfords, great for car weaving, children's lap weaving, classrooms and to sample!

extra heddles, wax and bag  floor stand available as additional  options 

need a wider rigid hedddle loom ? Another good bargin is the ashford rigid heddle loom you assemble and finish to save.

But if you want to open a box and have a  rigid heddle loom  all finished  and assembled and ready to weave right away no waiting a loom that folds with the warp on it and fits  into it's own tote bag here is the popular 


New  things 

 limitted Saori colored warps came in  (and went out fast)  there are some happy saori weavers  with these colorful warps there are still some still  are up in my ETSY SHOP UNDER SAORI PREMADE WARPS HERE

AND a beautiful 100%  Saori cashmere cone yarn set  called

 Glimakra double boat shuttles are back in stock. These are narrow and have a low enough profile to use with rigid heddle looms.

link to more shuttles here


 My skein of hand dyed and spun and carderd  "dragon egg yarn"  art yarn is on it's way to the customer

we had a local meeting where we did a mini share ( kai) . This month it was at Antoinette home.

here is Char and her latest weavings !

and Jenifer shared her Scandinavian  grandmother 's hand spun flax that shehad  woven into linen cloth … yes i am convinced  .. weaving is in the DNA…

Antoinette weaving on her second saori loom the  piccolo  at the meeting thank you for hosting too!
 piccolos are sooooo portable, only 15 lbs BUT they fold too and be  be placed in such small places like

mine here
  I have 3 piccolos in the studio with my other looms  they are nestled in a very small places  only about 14" deep between a area that was other wise wasted space. I have heard of Rv'ers storing  piccolos easily . other places i have heard of ... in the back of clothes  or hallway closets, behind sofas …. love the Saori piccolo looms! PICCOLO LOOMS HERE


A few photos from the studio the last few weeks….

an amazing fun little inexpensive  pocket loom for your self or for gifting. 
a little comb needles and a shed /pick up stick, a drawstring bag the loom and instructions!

 I regualrly sell out of this adorable loom, what am I weaving on it currently? A pair of earrings!, in the past I wove  a couple of weavings to incorporate and embelish  into my saori pieces..

Peaceful Weaving
Jill Nickolene Sanders

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A class in sewing clothing from your hand woven Saori yardage

I have know Deb for about 4 years. She came in 2014 for a  Saori weaving retreat for 6 days and came back this week for a sewing intensive to learn how  turn her 14 yards of Saori hand woven yardage into clothing! Here is the two day  all day sewing  intensive  class and how we designed and sewed two jackets and vest  …...

lets look at the yardage first .This is her cotton yardage about 5 and  half yards.

 Deb was the first to have a class  in the new "Tree house sewing studio" full of light!

 This is her  8 1/2 yards of wool warp and weft yardage ( we wound the  warp last she came ) For Saori Classes here or get custom classes email me

  "well what will look  good on me ? "is a commonly asked question … some students have a hard time visualizing and translating the weight and drape of the yardage into ideas…. so I have made and sewn  about 30  different  muslins ( fabric basted mock ups)  of designs for students to try on to help .

These books are very helpful Saori clothing design books in my etsy shop here
 I love every one of these saori books. Not many of the designs are ones  I  personally use are from these books but it is a wonderful way for most student of saori to start someplace and have a outline to springboard from.

  This way Deb can see the fit and get a feel whether it fits or looks good on her body type .

 I drape the fabric on the student to get an idea if certain styles will or will not work by the weight and hand of the handwoven yardage.

  we consulted decided on a style  and I  tore apart the muslin to make alterations to fit Debs body and was very supportive of  FIRST EVER CUT INTO HER HAND WOVENS!

  break for lunch at the lower teaching deck

 then back to cutting and sewing

  measuring cutting and sewing and cutting and more sewing till ….

 …... Her mitered jacket was almost compleated !

  Pockets and a special hand made glass button and gussets added

Matt ,Deb's husband ,came to pick her up she is very happy !

~~~~~~~~~~~~DAY 2~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 

Cotton yardage next  coming up !

 I thought  AND VISUALIZED about how wide and how long Debs yardage was I  helped her decide what designs she could do  and from that measurment and how the yardage was sufficent to apply.and how we could adapat to make it work. At first she wanted to do a vest but there was just enough yardage to sew a jacket so we set about to do that….

when we were all done just  2  tiny small pieces of fabric only  about 3" x 5" remained! That was  really calculating it close !

Her second light weight jacket is powerful and just Amazing! we fussy cut some areas so the back and fronts would be more artistic …

 I have been sewing my own garments since the age of ten… my mother made ends meet by sewing for others I sat her feet as she sewed on the old black Necchi and Singer sewing machines  …
from the age of 14 my mother ,now a single mom working full time , said," if you sew your own clothing I will pay for the fabric and supplies and no restrained budget!" well I did just that!That is how I learned to sew and I have never stopped!
I have taught clothing construction for decades , and for 14 years I designed and sewed wedding dress and bridal wear ( heart gallery studio)
I have woven since my early 20's and spun  my own yarns for  that long of period  as well…
 It is very natural for me to touch and listen to the Saori yardage and let it speak to me... 

 BUT with that comes responsiblility to the student  as well ... I always  respect the student's  amazing weaving and garment visions and help it all come together  for them.

  and her  Saori jacket is her walking work or art !!! she is stoked with happness !

 but wait   MORE ?? whats this?

yes we had enough scraps FROM THE WOOL YARDAGE  and Debs lovely fringe  was among those scraps and  I WAS DYEING TO USE  to so just enough time to squeeze in one more piece if we concentrate so  off  to create a vest!!!!

trying vest  on before fringes added

how cute is that!!!!

 Deb is off to a writer conference in Oakland and will be writing and speaking about How Saori has influced her life… these garments were worn at her conference……..  you and Matt have good flight home then Deb
thank you for a lovely 2 days of working together  and  the creativity…..

PEACE FROM THE LOOM and the cutting table in the redwood forest of California

Jill Nickolene Sanders


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