Saturday, May 21, 2016

Happy SAORI weaving out on the lower teaching deck...

A new try it student came this week and it was so lovely out on the lower teaching deck!

 Peaceful weaving susan!!!


Georganne has had her Saori wx60 loom about 4 months she came for a try it class  and fell in love with it then  she took off like a eagle! She had her first local  craft show a couple weeks ago and did well ! plus she has her Saori weaving's at a local gallery now too! CONGRATULATIONS  Georganne!

below are a set of  her cool place mats she sent to her nice as a gift ( she sent me this photo)
  These are the set of place mats I bought from her for my self ...they are just to cool! thank you Georganne!!!


Loved our Mavens meeting spinning group yesterday!

Thank you Jen for hosting this month !

protect your warp and loom with my OOAK loom bags 


 Peaceful weaving and spinning in the the redwoods
Jill Nickolene Sanders  

or spinning classes 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Saori Zen weaving day , hand woven cotton linen roller towel

It was a beautiful spring day in the redwoods . Lea came for a full saori weaving Zen day class
out on the teaching deck

  She is a marvelous spinner and brought  some her own  hand spun to sprinkle throughout her weaving .

   I set a winding station  with the NANCY'S KNIT KNACKS HEAVY DUTY BALL WINDER HERE and left her to weave all day with a set up loom at her own pace.
 check out Lea's web site lea's web site here for her cool hand spun yarns  a
 Here is one one of her art yarns  wound onto a bobbbin
 Such fun to see your hand spun woven for the first time ! All saori looms have built in bobbin winders Saori looms and accessories here it makes it so convenient to have it  located right on board the loom.  The saori looms are light weight enough to move anywhere you want to go !

  a day ove weaving is over and it is Time to use the Saori clipping rod to cut off her weavings


The day went by quickly " I had so much fun Jill! thank you so much ,it was beautiful  and serene out on the deck and I love my three hangings that I wove, I will be back soon" …Lea

 I can not say I ever wove a dish towel in my 40 plus years of weaving. i never wanted to . I do not " get "  the desire to weaving towels  but a group I am in on ravelry is doing a Weave A long sooo i said OK! BUT I DID NOT WANT  IT TO LOOK ANYTHING  LIKE A NORMAL DISH TOWEL!!
Well I  hope it does not! I wove it for our clay/ceramic studio!  the challange was it is a roller towel , remember those vintage cloth  roller  towels that were a circle ? well this is my  a take on that!

  I used  8/2 cottonlin yarns some doubled in the warp  cottonlin organic yarns here

  Sewing button holes on the tabs  I went to my recycled button stash and made what I call wedding cake buttions  and sewed them on!

then my DH came in and announced that is way to cool of a towel to get ruined in the clay studio so now it is in the kitchen ! phooey ...  it looked really cool by  the utility sink  in the clay studio too!but i like in the kitchen too with all it's 
funky saori-esk tabs !


This is the exact  amazing wheel from Holland  I have as my own  personal wheel  but in scotch tension so there is this cool thing you can with the Louet S10C WHEELS !

YOU CAN TURN THEM INTO EITHER IRISH TENSION OR SCOTCH TENSION BY SIMPLY CHANGIING OUT THE MOTHER OF ALL IN LESS THAN A MINUTE!  so I still can have students try out the scotch tension wheel on my S10C wheel by only taking a  minute to switch out the mother of all , bobbin and flyer…. easy peasy.
.This is the new model  full size s10c  wheel that breaks down in a few minutes flat for travel!
more info on my floor model wheel sale here  or call me or email me . my  info you can get  from my website here WWW.SAORISANTACRUZ.COM on how to contact me  ask questions or purchase it right from my etsy shop. or stop by the studio to try it out!


Peace from the LOOM and wheel
classes in saori weaving, spinning and sewing ...
Located in the Coastal  California redwoods
Jill Nickolene Sanders

Friday, May 6, 2016

A new louet s10C wheel goes home with a new spinner , Saori hand woven vest, new crop of Saori hats, and a student learns to thread her ready made warp...

A really busy past few weeks at the studio. I found time to wind a warp and weave some Saori hats on a sunny day on the deck it was so easy to carry my piccolo down to the outside lower teaching deck and sit and weave peacefully for several afternoons!

 I love warping and weaving on my saori Saori Piccolo Loom here , weighing only 15 lbs I can carry it anywhere easily to weave and having the built in bobbin winder so I can wind bobbins as well where ever i am is just so very nice. no fussing it opens and closes in seconds . no  extra tables tables needed no sliping clamps like on rigid  heddle looms needed. easy and fun light weight but sturdy.

 winding my warp
 threading  comfortably away from the loom

 weaving on the lower teaching deck
 hat one
 Earthy and forest themes suitable for GUY hats too hat 2.

 next day...
 hat 3 and 4
 all cotton with a bit of rayon and lots of textures.

 I love chartreuse so of course some of my new soft cottons cones bulky cotton in my etsy shop here made there way into the wefts of the hats as well!

my DH is wearing his Saori hat all the time, so he got to chose his favorite from the 4, the rest are up in my etsy shop Hats here in my Etsy shop

 Stanley came with Sharon to try out Louet spinning wheels. Sharon is a new spinner …

 She fell in love with the Louet s10C  louet wheels here

  and left happy and in love with her new wheel and niddy noddy and fibers

Leigh Ann is back to sew with her beautiful Saori hand woven Saori fabric . this time to sew a vest for her sister in law!

 She learned  darts !

She will take the vest home to do all the seam finishing  on her own but it is really beautiful!

she also brought a piece she has been weaving  to show me ! I just love it !  pinks and reds and tangerine.

she used this varigated Soft bulky cotton my etsy shop bulky cotton cones which  is the yarn she uses for most of her clothing pieces too." Jill I really love this cotton yarn . It weaves up beautifully, and washes so soft and yet has drape!"


Susan bought a Saori ch60 classic loom a little over  of a month ago.
she came back for a full day's class on threading and warping!
with her she brought show and tell of amazing pieces she has woven since and sewn!

 A darling superbly crafted bag she sewed.

 Check out the batik  fabric and useful pockets in the lining!

 This is piece she wove and felted with using wool needlepoint yarns  ( she said her cat adores it)
  This piece she said will be a princess cut vest
 This one will be a poncho but we measured and she will need to weave another section to have enough yardage.
 then I showed her how to thread a saori ready made warp with the threading holder. she bought a 250 ( 20" in the reed) warp
 Next we had just enough time to wind a narrow scarf using the Saori new warping frame here
 You can wind 5 threads at a time just using your thumb

on her list was the Saori cross holder here which takes the place of holding the cross or lease sticks.

  she had on her list also to purchase a saori inside set which will allow her to plop on this threaded warp when she gets home in about 5 mins and  start to weave her scarf!

 Threading comfortably away from the loom with the saori threading holder
 All beamed on!
 now the inside set all tied up!
 off the loom!

 A super happy susan heading home with warps a 250 black ready made warp all threaded, and her hand wound scarf warp all easily transportable and or stored and lots more knowledge of how the saori loom works!

Peace from the loom
Jill Nickolene Sanders