Thursday, August 22, 2013

"I never had so much FUN weaving, SAORI is great"

Ann came from Kansas and scheduled a class at the studio.
She had done some production weaving in the 90's but got bored .She had heard about Saori weaving and wanted to try it and had a really inspiring morning , she kept saying " I have never had so much fun weaving" and "This is artistic weaving, very painterly. "

peaceful  fun weaving when you return to Kansas Ann

Lots of group activity the past week......
My knitting group met and I asked some of them if they wanted to try on some my saori pieces I have made , so we had a little fashion show at the our local coffee shop

"parrots of telegraph hill" jacket

"Iceplants on the cliffs "vest  All of my designs fit sizes 4 -24.....

 "Goldwasser "jacket shop

 "artists saori coat"
 "peace flag jacket"

Thank you every one you looked fantastic in them!

Santa Cruz has a stong drumming community.
A fund raiser for Jacobs Heart had us attending a drum circle in downtown Santa Cruz, no I am not a drummer but my husband does drum, I picked up tambourines and joined in....  it was wonderful.

 Jim Greiner  is famous in our county , he gets the whole community beating together as one voice, without differences in age or ability, just like SAORI weaving...... no prior knowledge needed to participate.

 Keep the beat echoing long into the our lives....

Our MAVENS spinning  Group met in Palo Alto 
this month. 
thank you caryl for hosting in your lovely home ....

 spun four bobbins of this lovely fiber dyed by another mavens member Brenda pan's garden
 Shar modeled my latest saori design my artist coat all  bias cut .

 My bright yellow Columbine wheel large bobbins and art yarn sliding hook arived so I had fun spinning on it .
 And our  precious 18 month old grand son lost his most recent joy, the daily walk from his house to the building site around the corner  to see the CRANE! They moved it to another location in the county, ok I am going to have find new entainment for him when I visit!

  Lesson of the week..... savor and enjoy it all while it is still here and you can.....

Peaceful weaving spinning and sewing in the redwoods 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Dee Dee a new SAORI weaver and SAORI colors of premade warps

Dee Dee came for a day long weaving class at Saori Santa Cruz last week. She had been searching for a medium to express her self  for a few years and had all but given up on weaving because of a all to often story I hear when students  take  an adult ed class or something equivalent and get  totally turned off by the stifled traditional views and less then great warping instructions they recieve. I assurred her that the SAORI way of weaving and looms would not disappoint her and  it was the farthest thing  from traditional weaving, however should you want to  you could do traditional weaving on SAORI looms too.
Saori is a philosphy not just  exceptional weaving  equipment.
A one on one all day  session  class schedules   is sometimes perfect for exploring in depth and asking  lots of questions and just getting a feel for saori and it's equipment. to see if it feels right. NO question is dumb and  they welcomed by all my students.


 As the fog lifted mid morning we moved out to the deck to weave.

The day flew by, and Dee Dee was so excited , she decided to buy a folding wood frame  saori wx60  loom  , and  some yarns, and accessories 

Here is her first saori sampler off the loom !

 She was dreaming  of her next peoject when she would weave at  home. Her talented family has been encouraging her to find her creative voice. They will be so excited to see that spouse, and mom  will be expressing her self from a unique only  from her fiber art  pieces .She wants to come back to learn sewing saori garments as well... it was a delight to meet you DEE DEE!

 I AM BUSY MAKING CLOTHING OUT OF MY SAORI WEAVINGS for santa cruz counties open studios tour in October. SOME  OF MY SNEEK PEEKS

New cotton 8/2 and cotton bouclĂ© yarn sets in at the studio  Here are just a few MORE HERE .

Saori unique colored pre wound limitted edition warp rolls  available here too colors ready made warps

  and on a personal note.....
happiness is spening hours with the grand children teaching them  and" playing" with my louet s10 wheel and art yarn flyer spinning wheels making yarn!

  At 1 1/2 years my grand son can feel the twist travel up the wool roving and then knows when to let it go and let it draw in to build twist again! I  used the treadles for him but my 5 yr old grand daughter could treadle her self.


peace, pause, PRETEND then play for "reals"....
Jill Nickolene