The studio is in Fairfax, VA. Connie, the teacher, is a long-time traditional weaver, but got interested in Saori weaving, visited a couple of studios, one in LA and one in MA, and became a sattelite studio for the studio in LA. Here is a link if you'd like to visit: Weavin Place Saori Style This is to the home page, and the Virginia studio has a link there too.
The studio opened in October. My friend and I were so excited to find out there was a Saori studio here in VA! We requested a weekend class because my friend works during the week.
Here is Gerilee and her fantastic bag - this is really only her 3rd time weaving, and this bag came out beautifully, don't you think?
|Gerilee and her Saori bag|
Here is my cloth. It didn't get made into anything - yet. I wanted to use my dress form/model that I fattened up a bit to be closer to my size. Dress forms in this size are amazingly expensive....
|Saori Cloth Jan 2015|
|Saori cloth wrapped around my fattened up dress form|
Below is Laddie, one of the cute Shelties that belong to Connie, the studio owner. He likes my cloth too!
|Laddie likes my cloth too!|
|Close up of cloth. Lots of techniques|
This is all yarn I have from my previous weaving binge back a few years - like 4 or 5. I'm SO glad I have all this as I know I'll be using it again now! Of course, I'm sure I'll be adding to this too! LoL
|Ready to weave!|
|Sewing machine, e-spinner, drum carder, and lots of fluff!|
I'm really glad I took the Saori class, and I learned a lot of the techniques I wanted to learn. If I had the $$$, I'd take more classes, become a teacher, and teach. I LOVE this method of weaving, where there are no rules, no mistakes, and no one telling you it can't be done. I love the way I can weave with whatever yarn I want, and I don't have to listen to anyone telling me that I can't use a cotton warp and wool, acrylic or whatever in the weft because............ There are NO rules and everything turns out and if it puckers or spreads out or whatever, it's OKAY. I'll be weaving from my heart, and that's all I care about. It's just like my spinning. I don't care about the rules!
I have SO many ideas in my little head. Just bursting with ideas! I can't wait to get started on some of it. I'll be working with my rigid heddle Cricket loom, 15" wide, for the time being. I am going to order my Saori non-folding loom soon. Husband is waiting for his commission checks. Below is a picture of the non-folding Saori 60 loom I'm getting. I'm SO stinking excited!
|Saori 60 non-folding loom, 2 harness|