Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saori weaving :Three pink ponchos and mother and daughter learn to Saori weave

3 SAORI hand woven ponchos I made for our three granddaughters .The girl cousins  received their birthday gifts all together on thanksgiving

  They were not taken off but worn on the trampoline, the slides , and fliting around into the night.
Sparkles do not show up, but their favorite colors are pink!

 In my Saori weaving group on Ravelry "weaving in the Saori way".
we have a WAL (weave a long) happening till the end of December come and join in  click hereravelry group page ( you can sign up for ravelry for free if you are not a member )

  Here are a few finished ponchos that have been posted to the ravelry group. FANTASTIC !


Jenyphyr from ravelry's wal



There is still time to join we love to share ideas and have a VIRTUAL on line Saori Kai! Stay tuned for more to come!

Two new weavers came to the studio for a try it class  Mother and Daughter. HOLIDAYS bring 2 and three generations  to  the studio they schedule a class  for a fun day of weaving no prior knowledge needed. I have classes with  families and freinds too. classes offered email me saorisantacruz  or check out try it class info 

  You may notice that there is a splint on one students hand? She had thumb / hand surgery and is unable to knit or crochet BUT she found out durning the class she is able to weave on a SAORI LOOM and with the built in bobbin winder it was easy to wind bobbins too.

 two hours flew by…

  Finished pieces!


Cold weather has me yearning to weave textured softness.
ENTER  mini small looped mohair boucle for the perfect addition for texture  to winter weavings

  This  4 skein set is called mermaid in my etsy shop click here for mermaid boucle set

  Theses are skeins with  250 yards each
  This two skein set "lady stark" is gorgeous

  and this last 4 skein set harrenhail castle

we finely have much needed rain here in california….  very grateful ….wood stove keeping us snug and I will be spinning and weaving for the next few days.
peaceful weaving in the redwoods
Jill Nickolene 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Saori Santa Cruz stuff

This is a short blog with lots of different activity. Here are my two latest loom bags for Saori folding looms  pipping hot from my sewing room to replenish the stock.. loom bag section of my etsy shop
"Moroccan blue"


Oh how I love my Nancy's Knit Knacks swift/skeinwinder! It is  reasonably price since it is a fraction of the cost  of an expensive  $800 spining wheel with ball Bearings  but it is built was well! It's base rotates. The greatset thing is it holds over a huge 1lb skein and does not groan or catch while winding a ball. I have had mine for 4 years but I must say it was the the best well spent money I spent on ball winding  and swift equipment. My wrists and arms thank me….

  Here in my Etsy shop NKK SWIFT HERE

  My darling  little  used glimakra 27" Ideal loom sold to a local super nice weaver. I will miss it, but  it found a very good  new home and now the space can be expanded to my spining class room and gallery

  We had our November Maven's of the fiber forest ravelry group meeting at a local members home it was lovely and so fun..

The Santa Cruz Weavers Guild had there first ever Guild sale last week. I did not participate but I went to show support. They did really well.  Good going guys!

 Fall and much needed rain has come finely to northern california. I moved the yarn dress forms and spinning wheels and looms  away from our wood stove and…… this morning  in the wee hours my husband Lee lit the woodstove fire ! This is our only central heat… it feels soooo good..

Peaceful weaving in the costal redwoods
Jill Nickolene