|Jill Nickolene Sanders|
The Singing Weaver Nadine SandersWhile we were out there we had lunch with Nadine Sanders and her husband Huck at their lovely home in Sabastopol. CA. It was fun visiting with Nadine and finding out all the changes in her life since I last saw her in Kansas at the Midwest Weavers Conference in 2013. We were planning on going to Scotland with her again in April for an Alumni Tour. Sadly it has been cancelled.
|Hand Knit Gnome met us at the door.|
|our classmate Dalhia 6 was weaving away when we got there.|
I also met up with Melissa Matson and we traveled to Felton CA to attend a Saori Weaving Class on Sunday Dec 27th. What fun that was! I contacted Jill and set up a date to visit her studio and she suggested we take the intro to Saori class. Two hours of weaving for $40 was not such a bad deal! Since we had to drive 2 hours to get to her studio we thought the class would make it worth while.
We took a few wrong turns and drove though some uncharted woods thanks to the GPS. But we did arrive on time for our scheduled class.
Jill Nickolene Sanders was eager and waiting with our looms all dressed and ready to start.
A young mother and her daughter were already weaving away. Jill owns Saori Santa Cruz http://www.saorisantacruz.com/ weaving studio up in the hills outside of Santa Cruz. Jill has been weaving for many years and is also a seamstress. Note her colorful garment and wild glasses. She got into the Saori weaving in order to bring weaving to the general public. Check out winter 2015 issue of PLY magazine and Ravelry groups for more about Jill.
After some fun chatter and checking out her studio we wove away until Jill brought out her Comb reeds. This was a new experience for me as we changed reeds while weaving without cutting off or retying anything. The comb reed is inserted into the beater after removing the first reed and letting it hang on the warp behind the beater. The comb reed has a removable top bar so it can be insert from under the warp and warp threads moved over in one direction at random intervals to create open areas in our weaving. What fun that was, it has lots of potential.
|reed removed ready for comb reed|
We wove away for our 2 hours while Jill filled us with fun stories and some more techniques.
Once our time was up she showed us how easy it was to cut off our weaving and preserve the rest of the warp by clamping it into the front beam. All ready for the nest weaver to arrive. As you can see lots of smiling faces.
|Melissa at her loom|
|Mary at her loom|
|Aylissa showing off finished weaving|
|Melissa and Mary's finished weaving|
Our Fashion Show at the end of class.
|white wool shawls by Jill|
|Hand spun wool garment just felt so good on.|
|wool one shoulder shawl with glitz and some blue very beautiful|
|great vest but not for sale!|
|Jill used Habu steelwool or silk yarn to make this one.|
Good bye Saori Santa Cruz - I hope to return.