Saturday, February 13, 2016

Saori weaving student takes a clothing class and sews a new Saori jacket

Leigh Ann  learned to weave two months ago here at the studio. Her husband  suprised her and bought her a Saori loom for christmas. she came back to the studio with her 12 yards of Saori fabric she has woven and took to my sewing class this week…. 

Here is her Fantastic Saori fabric waiting to be transformed..

We discussed options and she tried on a muslins I had and soon we were  laying and cutting out. 

  Choosing  specific areas  to cut out for her jacket

 Leigh Ann has never sewn before. I helped her through the steps to understand piecing and a few machine skills and she went right to work.

 Pressing …very important..

  Trying on and This is the result!

from this 

 To this!

Bravo Leigh Ann!!! Fantastic!!!  To  schedule a   weaving, sewing, spinning fiber classes info  SAORI SANTA CRUZ CLASSES here
my email  is on my website.




My Etsy shop

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Destressing pressures of mid terms student learns to spin on her new Louet s17 wheel

Rebecca bought her first wheel !  She chose the The Louet S17 SPINNING WHEEL KIT HERE for her first wheel.
She easily  put three coats of danish oil on  and assembled the wheel it and came back to the studio for wheel class on how to spin. I had her  tried different breeds of fleeces to spin so that she could feel the differences in attenuating the fibers . She is a UCSC student majoring in marine biology .

I taught Rebecca a few years ago how to spin on a drop spindle so when I taught her on the wheel she only took a few minutes and she was spinning!  My spinning classes here at Saori Santa Cruz  to schedule a class and class info here.
I love  all of Louet wheels and have all the models to try here in the studio and wheels to rent. They are not just begginers wheels they grow with you too, you can add different flyers and accessories.

Rebecca wants to spin art yarns so she purchased the LOUET ART YARN FLYER  here .
It is amazing for plying on too .  A effortless to use designed flyer .. none  are designed or made better and I have tried them all.

  First plied skein off the bobbin onto the niddy noddy to form a skein.
 " I love this Jill!  just what I needed! It is going to reduce my stress this week from mid terms"
With a bags of fiber and her new louet wheel seat belted into her car she backed out of the drive way  smiling and destressed!


I got some new to the studio shades of the wonderful  Louet merino silk fibers into the studio this week. see all the fibers I carry and color spinning fibers section of my Etsy shop

and two new  to the studio shades of louet space dyed northern lights


my weaving student  Georganne  has been weaving on her Saori wx60 loom  she made  some very nice tote bags... she sent me photos of! i love them!

peaceful spinning and weaving in the redwoods
Jill Nickolene Sanders

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Saori weaving, student learns to spin art yarn , and my cheerful new Saori place mats...

 I wove two new Saori place mats cheery  and fun!

 many students the last few weeks as well…

 Leigh Ann has a new saori wx60 loom she came to learn how to thread it.
 here she is threading a Saori premade warp and using the Saori threading holder to thread away from the loom easily.
 while she was threading 
Georganne dropped by to chose some more yarns for next weavings with her new wx60 loom

I have 3 new textured limitted supply cones of cotton blend yarns textured yarns here

Leigh Ann's new louet S17 beginners spinning wheel and her learn to spin class 2, how to spin art yarn basics.
  really she  only JUST STARTING TO LEARN TO SPIN  2 weeks ago ?  she is amazing!

Start them young weaving! with the Saori piccolo loom that adjust down lower three years old  and can weave! this last couple of weeks adorable  children  I am teaching weaving to.
   you then can  adjust  the piccolo back up for taller heights  through adults

….and  speaking of children weaving

Alyssia and  6 years old Dahlia  are back for more classes on the saori looms
she got a tapestry loom for christmas and she  wove me a little weaving and brought it ! so sweet!

  Aylissa learning to twist fringes

 Both mommy and daughter did amazing!


How is Leigh Ann doing on her new wx60 loom?


 she wants to weave enough to sew a jacket! a wonderful textural fabric!

she bought a Saori inside set which allows her to share the loom with there 8 year old son so she brought the inside set and unfurled this weeks worth of weaving!

then ...
 she took a application class where she learns weaving ideas  in a sampler!

 and me...still have the never ending sinus infection but progressing albeit slowly!

but I  found short amounts of time  and threaded  up a piccolo loom. I wove some mug mats with hand spun yarns!

  I call them my "irreverent " mug mats!

They are way to much fun!! I  am weaving more … I used a saori ready made 50x20 cotton warp and threaded it in 2 dents, skip one all the way across with the 12.5 reed…  that way it was a bit wider for mug size.
I used  soak a no rinse wash and air dried them near the wood stove pressed them while still damp
 I sewed a straight stitch  on the sewing machine because one set had  to short of fringe to tie easily.

Peaceful weaving in the redwoods
Jill N Sanders