Pre-Sales for Maryland Sheep & Wool

MDSW AnnoucementWe are just weeks away from Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and the excitement is brewing over!  Our inventory has been refreshed and packaged and the transport tubs are reloaded.  If you are local to the area or looking for an excuse to visit this exciting festival, we always love to meet SAORI enthusiasts!

We are now in the process of taking pre-paid orders for pick-up.  This offers several benefits:

  • no standing in line
  • guaranteed inventory
  • no shipping cost

Please visit our online store for full inventory and contact us directly if you are interested in pre-ordering any items.

 

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DFW Fiber Fest News & Featured Items

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have been coming and going this spring!  Although it’s always very nice to have time in the studio, we are constantly lured away by all the SAORI enthusiasts we meet.  This weekend was no exception!  For the first time ever, SAORI made an appearance at DFW Fiber Fest.  A huge Thank You to those of you who welcomed us at this event! This was a phenomenally organized event where it was obvious that the organizers put the attendees first in terms of accommodations.  They have morning and afternoon class sessions during all three days of the event and the vendor hall is open throughout.  Moreover, it is situated between DFW airport and Dallas-Love for easy access.  Those of you who are anywhere within driving distance of this event, you have no excuse: mark you calendar for March 20-22, 2015!

This event, like many other fiber events, centers on spinning, knitting, and crocheting; however, there are also plentiful resources for weavers, rug hookers, and felters.  We met so many enthusiastic knitters and spinners who are looking for ways to bust their stash or simply a new outlet for their creativity.  The event has reach from Mississippi to West Texas and South Texas to Arkansas.

During the event, we introduced several new products!  From SAORI, we have several limited edition ready-made warps…

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Cashmere Ready-made Warp “Cappuccino” - 150 threads x 8m

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Pink Cotton Warp - 200 threads x 6m
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Persimmon Cotton Warp - 200 threads x 6m
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White Cotton Warp - 200 threads x 6m
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Cattleya Silk Warp - 150 threads x 6m
And several new cone sets…
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2014 New Year Lucky Box Set - 20 wool cones selected at random at the factory.  The photo on the website is only an example of the set.  We recommend this item to customers who enjoy surprises as they will not know what will be in the assortment until they receive and open it. (This cone set is also available as a half set – 10 cones each.)

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Slub Silk Yarn – Warm Color (COLOR SET THAT IS PICTURED ON TOP)
Slub Silk Yarn – Cool Color (COLOR SET THAT IS PICTURED ON BOTTOM)
NOTE: These sets are also available as 4-cone sets.
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Spring Flower Cotton (COLOR SET THAT IS PICTURED ON TOP)
Green Leaf Cotton (COLOR SET THAT IS PICTURED ON BOTTOM)
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Natural Dyed Cotton (COLOR SET THAT IS PICTURED ON TOP)
Natural Dyed Bombyx Silk (COLOR SET THAT IS PICTURED ON BOTTOM)
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Coral Cotton Set (COLOR SET THAT IS PICTURED ON TOP)
Blue Horizon Cotton Set (COLOR SET THAT IS PICTURED ON BOTTOM)

All of the above listed items are now available in our Etsy shop in whatever quantities exist.  We are also re-introducing the Black Silk, Candy Box Cotton, Organic Cotton, and White Wool Ready-Mades as well as the Lame Silver & Gold Lucky Box and Silk Lucky Box Sets.  These are back by popular demand.  We hope that you will continue to let us know what you like so we can continue to request the items from Japan!  Please note that all prices reflect the most recent pricing from SAORI Japan/ Sakaiseiki, effective April 1, 2014.

Additionally, you may have seen some press about the new Supplementary Beater from Real Fibers.  It was featured in a project in the most recent Handwoven Magazine and also has made several appearances at our studio events.

IMG_4713Per typical, we also have a regular stream of Bluster Bay shuttles and our studio collaborations such as the Multiple-Bobbin Holder and 4-Harness Threading Holder, which are always available from our studio.  Simply contact us directly for anything you do not see in our online shop.  We always love to meet you, so please keep tabs on our studio calendar for classes that may interest you or events that may be local to you!

 

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Spring SAORI Kai 2014

photoAnother Kai has come and gone and we’re once again left with that hollow after-Christmas feeling.  It was a four days filled with much inspiration and camaraderie.  Now we’re left with an empty studio.  All-in-all that means it was another great success!  For those of you who are not familiar with SAORI Kai, a Kai is a gathering of people to exchange and share ideas.  At this Spring’s kai, we really emphasized that idea of “sharing”.

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“Treasure” Exchange

There were two featured events at this kai.  The first was a treasure exchange: as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  Everyone loaded up a table with the leftovers from skeins they had previously used, thrums from past projects, or scraps from cut yardage.  There were a couple of thrums I was eyeing but clearly I moved too slowly because the next time I turned around, they were gone!

Our second featured event was a warp exchange.  This particular event was shared within the studio as well as outside.  We have a discussion forum on Ravelry, where we are able to post ideas projects, inspiration, and weave-alongs.  Through that group, we were able to generate interest in a cross-state exchange of warps.  In the end, we are exchanging warps throughout south Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.  Now that the warps have been exchanged, we will post images of the woven results and projects.

Warp Exchange

Warp Exchange

 

We had several new participants during this kai and we hope to continue to grow the enthusiasm for SAORI weaving.   With that, I encourage anyone who might be interested to attend the kai this fall, which is scheduled September 12-15, 2014.  It is open to all SAORI enthusiasts whether you have any previous weaving experience.  This fall’s theme is COLOR.  We will announce more information as it gets closer but think about the colors that inspire you as well as the challenges that color presents for you.  If you’d like to register, you may find out more information and download the registration form here.

 

 

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Exploring SAORI at The Spinning Seahorse

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Anna_s_Place032014_002_mediumThis spring has been filled with a great deal of teaching.  This is great news because we simply love to enable! On February 28th we literally took Weavin’ Place ~SAORI Style on the road and headed to Pensacola, FL, for a weekend “Explore SAORI” workshop.

Our hostess was Anna Clark, owner of The Spinning Seahorse. The venue is an amazing Victorian house, which is being brought to new glory through the careful and thoughtful efforts of Anna. We were blessed by beautiful weather as well.

This workshop was comprised of 15 students… It was a mixed group of ages, abilities, experience, and looms. What could be more SAORI than that!!!

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SAORI Beginners’ Class

IMG_4633This weekend Weavin’ Place ~ SAORI Style hosted a SAORI Beginners’ class!  During which, we met three new SAORI-enthusiasts who are local to the area.  We shared a great deal about the SAORI weaving philosophy and taught them how to use the equipment.  The students were daring and creative with their new tools as you can see from these images.


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IMG_4635.JPGIt is always a pleasure to share this weaving technique with individuals we have not met before.  In every case, they add a new bent to weaving that we had never considered.  The inspiration definitely flows both ways during these events.  We are looking very much forward to seeing where these creative souls continue to venture!

 

 

 

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