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Looms & Accessories

We will have a Spring bulk order to Japan in May. If you are interested in, please contact Mihoko ASAP. You can see 2014 Loom Price List for the prices of looms & popular accessories.

If you would like to have 15 minutes introductory session for Free to learn more about SAORI looms, please make a schedule with Mihoko. You should have access to FaceTime (with iPad or iPhone) or Skype. She can show SAORI 60, SAORI 60 A (wheel chair accessible), SX60, Piccolo and most recent model WX60 (wooden frame and foldable). She can also show some of accessories upon your request. If you need a phone conversation, that’s okay, too. All other inquiries, please contact her.

Handwoven items

cotton top

Our Handwoven items are woven by Mihoko Wakabayashi, a studio instructor/artist  and her studio members. We are still work on progress but please check out our Etsy Shop.

She is selling her work at stART on the Street, Worcester, MA in September, at the Fiber Festival of New England, Easthampton, MA in November and stART at the station, Worcester, MA in December. Also we will have our Studio Exhibition and Holiday Market at the space upstairs of the studio for two weeks. This would be great chance for you to buy unique gifts in a stress-free venue.

hunting hat on Nori

 

 

 

Books

SAORI Self-Innovation#1 “SAORI, Self-Innovation Through Free Weaving”  by Misao Jo & Kenzo Jo, 2012 $59  (This is also available at Etsy Shop.)

This book contains 148 full color pages with SAORI philosophy, basic to variation of weaving techniques and 17 patterns that can be created from handwoven fabric. It’s very inspirational, educational and practical  for both beginner weavers and experienced weavers. This book was introduced at the international SAORI conference 2012 in LA. Kenzo told us that this book had some information which was not published in any book in Japan. He noticed increasing SAORI weavers outside of Japan and hoped this book help them step by step.



 

 

 

 

#2 “Fuku no katachi ni suru” $47 (This book is also available at our Etsy Shop.)

This is a brand new pattern book written in Japanese. Because of the clear photos and drawings many people who don’t read Japanese can figure out. The idea of making SAORI clothes are 1.not to waste woven fabric, 2. not to use patterns but use your body (or a dress form), 3. make a great use of the particular woven piece 4.not to cut so much etc. It’s completely different idea from westerner cloth making concepts. This book will inspire you what are possibilities for your woven materials.

 

 

 

 

#3 “Beginners’ SAORI Clothing Design” $19 (This book is also available at our Etsy Shop.)

This Japanese design book is the first one of a series and it’s specifically for beginner sewers. Since it contains the patterns which require only straight stitches and less cutting it will ease your mind if you are anxious with sewing your own woven fabric. It shows clear graphic designs just like other SAORI books. The bonus feature is the translation which is on the way. Even though it’s pretty easy to follow the pictures to understand the directions, if you buy this book, the translation booklet in English will be sent to you in a while.

New English version ($26) is on the way. It will come soon in July, 2014. Order it now by sending the check of $32 ($26 plus shipping) to us!! (Note: make sure it includes your mailing address and phone number)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Scholarship available

    Thanks to Alternatives Unlimited Inc. (http://www.alternativesnet.org/)
    we now offer the affordable opportunity to people who have physical or emotional disabilities and challenges. $18 for Basic course /6 classes) Alternatives Unlimited Inc 's motto is "Real home. Real job. Real relationship. for people with disabilities". They have been providing variety of services in Worcester county for years. Since 2006 they helped us with the bridging grant to offer this scholarship equally for people who are served by Alternatives AND people who are not in the community. They understand how accessible SAORI Weaving is to anyone. I have met so many wonderful people through this opportunity.

    Because our studio is a safe and supportive environment for anyone, people who take classes with this scholarship will feel at home, make friends, and have fun weaving.

    Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions regard to this program. First come, first serve. Contact us ASAP. We are looking forward to having you at our studio.