Instructor Bios

Weavin’ Place ~ SAORI Style is a registered studio with two locations – one in South Louisiana and one in Northern Virginia.  Both studios offer full SAORI instruction.

Cheryl Dunworth (Louisiana)

IMG_2876Weavin’ Place was created as a result of my life long fascination with textiles and their creation. This fascination ignited a flame which continued to burn over the years, although reduced at times to a flicker, when family and work obligations dominated my days. Space constraints, events associated with everyday life, and a bout with cancer directed my attention elsewhere. I managed to fan the flame with books, magazines, and articles devoted to weaving, color, design, pattern, and structure. The flame endured!!

Now, the kids have families of their own. I have space (albeit, not enough) and have devoted time to learn to weave and refine my craft. The genesis of my “New Age” has begun!  I bring to the studio over 20 years of weaving experience, including approximately 5 years of SAORI weaving.

Weavin’ Place – SAORI Style developed as a studio within a studio as a result of my desire to pay it forward. To a great extent weaving and spinning are solitary endeavors. Happily, however, my experience demonstrates that weavers and spinners are warm, caring, expressive folks with strong stewardship responsibilities for these ancient crafts and freely share information and mentor others.

From my home studio in Folsom, Louisiana, I spend time experimenting with color and pattern to develop items of wearable art as well as textiles for home use.  But most of all, I enjoy teaching and sharing what I have learned with others. I encourage all ages and all abilities to experiment with SAORI and release the creativity within!


Jenny Pelc (Louisiana)

A curiosity in the world around me led on a professional trajectory within the world of design…

A desire to inspire each individual’s creativity led me to teaching…

I am an architect by education and training but a designer-maker to fulfill a passion!

Textile design and clothing construction has been a presence in my life since childhood.  Many years later, I discovered a means to actually construct the cloth and thus an “after-hours” interest grew quickly from a few lessons, to an in-house hobby, to a creative profession.  Late in 2011, I accepted the challenge to commit to this side of the design field and embraced the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live within in a textile-rich community in England.  While there, I spent six months acquiring additional skills and researching the textile industry.  My love for the physical experience of creating combined with encouragement from many influential mentors allows me to share these experiences with others.

Today, I look ahead to a career immersed in the tactile realm of the design field.  Whether you wish to learn a new skill or expand your current skill set, you possess your own creative handwriting.  Come learn and discover!


Connie Diamant (Virginia)

HeadshotI am a fiber freak, and color and texture are “my thing”.  It’s hard to admit, but there it is.  I love the textures.  I love the colors.

If only it were chocolate, then I’d be in heaven on earth!

I learned to weave 15 years ago and found another wonderful world of yarn.  Weaving is a total body experience on a loom.  The hands are feeling the yarn and guiding the shuttle; the eyes are seeing the fabric as it is created and experiencing the colors for the first time as they blend together; and the feet provide the rhythm to tie it all together.

Sometimes I spin my own yarn for the shear pleasure of feeling the fiber.

I am mostly self-taught expanding on basic techniques learned in classes. The love of the yarn is my driving force.  Taking beautiful yarn and making something that shows it at its best–my driving force.

Spreading the SAORI Style word is a passion for me.  It is such a unique experience and so accessible to all abilities and talents.  A studio to share SAORI is a dream come true for me.

There is a myth about sculptors that when asked how do they know how to cut the stone, they say that they simply cut away anything that isn’t the subject they are making.  It is the same with fiber.  While the stone guides a sculptor, it is the yarn that leads me and tells me what I should make and how I should make it.