The last 3 years have been stressful! The Pandemic isolation found many doing more weaving , sewing , spinning yarns, knitting, cooking, gardening slowing our pace down. Many turned to saori weaving and spinning yarns . This is my 12 th year of my saori Fiber Studio SAORI SANTA CRUZ . where I teach weaving, and how to spin fibers and how to sew garments from your your handwoven cloth. march 2020 the studio shut down from covid 19 concerns and reopend june 2021 . october 2021 I tempoary closed the studio again to remodel and expand the outdoors teaching class room with more room and permanent pergola. REOPENED in JANUARY 2022
NEW YEAR NEWLY UPGRADED STUDIO !
It took a little over 3 months , rain weather delays , supply change delays , finding carpenters , lumber shortages but here I AM BACK open in a EVEN LARGER covid safe well ventilated class room already teaching .
here is a brief photo journey to the new transformed pergola class room .
all looms yarn and equipment were taken down and stored before construction
I conveyed to my carpenter I wanted a hexagon Pergola with a corrugated red roof and so he made a model to scale for my approval! yes this exactly what I wanted !
Kerry and Chris started building !
thanksgiving, rain /wind storms, christmas , new years and at last the second week of January 2022 the pergola was completed and my first student under the new pergola came! it is in the middle of january and outdoors and yet it is snug and warm with with fire tables and yes wonderful healthy ventilation as well. in the california sun.
here are my weaving classes for january .
Antoinette came for a skinny scarf class and is happy to be be back to weaving
saori ch60 loom info here
Lisa came down from Washington state and took a saori class and decided she want to buy a saori loom and accessories before she drove back home.
Lisa after trying out different looms decided ,because she is 5"9" tall, to purchase the saori ch60 loom with 2" height risers and a Glimakra loom bench and reindeer pad. The high placment of the warp beam is so much better for her back as well.
Antoinette was back to continue on her skinny scarf along with Diane from Southern California who was weaving and picking up her new Wx60 saori loom and accessories .
checking out Antoinette 's skinny scarf that is not quite finished yet
diane looking at some of my finished saori designed garments i had hanging
a photo Diane sent me of her first saori weaving she took when they got back to there hotel on the beach in santa cruz
i am loving Antoinette's skinny scarf!
PEACEFUL WEAVING IN THE CALIFORNIA REDWOODS
Jill Nickolene Sanders