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Learn Saori Weaving

Sue's clothLearn to Weave! Saori Curiousweaver Studio offers handloom weaving in the Saori freestyle. Compact Japanese Saori floor looms are fully set up ready for you to weave cloth. Weaving cloth gives you an amazing sense of creation and confidence. No experience is required at all and you will leave with a uniquely ‘made by you’ woven cloth.

The studio is situated at Old Bar Beach, NSW Australia and owned by handweaver – Kaz Madigan. Kaz is an experienced weaver, writer and author.

Old Bar is about 3.5 hours drive north of Sydney and the nearest town, Taree is serviced by bus, train or plane. Old Bar is a 10 minute drive off the Taree exit on the Pacific Highway. See more information on the Manning Valley. The studio is 250 metres from Old Bar beach and a short drive to Saltwater, Wallabi Point, Oxley Island and Manning Point. Old Bar has several great cafes offering live music, accommodation and a beautiful surfing beach with many walks in a quiet coastal setting. For further information about Workshops or Saori Studio sessions please contact Kaz Madigan. The studio is open by appointment only


Anna's cloth

What is Saori weaving and what happens in the studio?
Saori is a form of free style, expressive and improvisational handweaving. Weaving is created on equipment called a loom which is provided and fully set up in the studio. You will be invited to choose yarn colours and textures and use the loom to weave a fabric immediately. There are no mistakes to make – only new ways of expressing cloth and colour in your own way with guidance from Kaz. You’ll learn how to weave on a Saori floor loom and many simple techniques for creating beautiful and unique cloth. In one session you can create a small wall tapestry or table mat. Weaving a scarf length may take a day. Curiousweaver Studio offers a personal, relaxing and intimate coastal environment with very limited numbers for tuition.

What can I make with Saori cloth? Any cloth can be woven for fashion and art works. This includes clothing, neck cowls, scarves, wall drapes and hangings, interior textiles (cushions, table runner), bags, sculptural pieces, woven jewellery or a wild organic piece, etc. For inquiries contact Kaz.


Finished woven clothOpen Studio Sessions

Learn to weave and enjoy yarns and textile making with Saori free style weaving in the Studio. Bookings essential. Take your cloth home with you. No experience needed, everything is supplied. Bookings essential.  Please email.

New session! Thursday 11 January 2018 10am – 2pm.

Sessions are two hours @ $40.00 plus materials used at .19c per gram.

Sessions are generally planned based on inquiries and demand. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to weave in the studio.



Enjoy Saori weaving

We’re going to Wagga Wagga!

I am beyond thrilled to bring Curiousweaver Studio to Wagga Wagga.  Join us for a totally relaxing Saori Weaving Retreat at Wagga Wagga. A great opportunity to step out of the world of hurry into a creative space and relaxing natural environment.

The weekend retreat is hosted by weaver and designer, Fiona Durman at Aschculme Textiles in Wagga.  Over the weekend I will provide full instruction, a wide range of techniques suitable for cloth or art weaving and tips for creating your own clothing. You’ll be encouraged to weave to your own human rhythm and absolutely no experience is needed. See details here.

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June 2018. 10am – 4:30 pm each day. $425.00 for the weekend. Very limited numbers for a personalised experience and more tuition.

Everything is supplied including use of your own Japanese Saori floor loom which will be set up ready for you to weave on. You will have access to weaving studio accessories and yarns.  I will bring a wide selection of wool and cotton weaving yarns and alpaca yarns will also be available from Fiona’s own alpaca flock. Materials are extra at .19 cents per gram based on woven weight of what you weave over the weekend.

A delicious and locally sourced light lunch is included, as well as all refreshments and morning and afternoon tea. Please see more details here. For further information on Workshop content contact Kaz. To book please contact Fiona Durman or book directly.

Sturt Contemporary Craft and Design Winter School, Mittagong 2018

Curiousweaver Studio will be at Sturt Winter school in Mittagong, NSW on 9-13 July 2018.  Five glorious days of weaving – just like a mini Artist in Residence for every participant. More information coming soon. 






Weekend Saori workshops at Curiousweaver Studio, Old Bar in 2018

24/25 February 2018 – FULL 

24/25 March 2018  Workshop is FULL. Join waitlist here.

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weaving group
Saori is hand weaving that emphasizes creativity and free expression. No rules, no fear – just pure absorption and immersion into weaving and working with luscious yarn and threads.  During the workshop you will have your own loom to weave on which is fully set up ready to go. You will learn a range of expressive weave techniques which can be incorporated easily and immediately into your own unique textile design.

laura5The workshops are held at Curiousweaver Saori Studio in Old Bar NSW.  The atmosphere is casual and relaxed to allow more freedom in woven expression. The workshops are limited to 4 or 5 participants and absolutely no experience is needed to weave.

Workshop is from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm each day and a group dinner is organised in Old Bar on the Saturday night.  Cost is $295.00  for both days covering tuition, loom and equipment use. Materials are .19c per gram on weight woven. This depends on what and how you weave. Generally $10.00 – $50.00. Yarn provided are high quality weaving yarns especially for weaving cloth. Snacks and refreshments are served through the day. You will need to provide or be prepared to buy your lunch.

Old Bar beach has many lovely accommodation options within walking distance of the studio.  Come and stay for a relaxing and creative weekend. Wander along the beach and have a swim before and after weaving! Bookings are essential. Contact Kaz for more information and booking.

Individual and Small Group Saori Day Sessions 2017

I welcome small groups or individuals to the studio to enjoy weaving together or building skills in weaving. Costs includes the daily use of a Saori floor loom and equipment in the studio. Custom programs can be designed for your group to a date to suit. Below are general costs using the studio looms. Please inquire about a quote for individual or private group sessions. Phone 0401236742 or contact  to inquire. Studio directions will be provided on booking.

General Costs using studio looms 

One on one individual tuition available. 

Groups of 2-3people are $200.00 pp per day plus materials at .19c per gram.

Groups of 4 or more people are $150.00 pp per day plus materials at .19c per gram. Bookings essential.


What can I learn?

Daily program

Each day is six hours of weaving and tuition.  On one day you can expect to create a scarf/runner length of fabric. In two days you will learn more techniques and become more comfortable with the loom and its possibilities. Enough to have you brimming with new ideas. All looms are set up ready for you to weave on.

Technique based
Saori free weaving consists of a style and attitude to handweaving which encourages creative decisions in weaving cloth.  Kaz will introduce you to range of texture, rhythm and weaving techniques allowing you to immerse yourself in a ‘painterly’ way on the loom.  You will learn the clasped weft, ways to distort tension, inlay, lace, wave weaving, some tapestry techniques and much more.  The loom will be set up fully for you to start weaving immediately.

michelleLoom and equipment based

If you already have a Saori loom you can learn more about how the loom can assist your comfort and creativity in weaving. We cover threading with a pre-wound and your own warp. Learn to design and wind your own warp using a cross box and threading holder and with Kenzo’s new method with a beaming station off loom, and also completely on loom.

Other important things to know are:

Using a clipping rod, comb reed, designing directly in the reed, managing the inside set for swapping over warps and storing, roping up a loom for travel, using the Sakiori fabric cutter for weaving with cloth strips.

What loom can be used for Saori style weaving?

The spirit of free weaving is available to everyone regardless of what loom you have. Many of the techniques taught at Curiousweaver studio can be used on even the simplest frame loom. However there are a few techniques which will require either a Saori loom or a modified general loom as they were developed with the style and dimensions of the Saori loom.


How to get to Taree, NSW

Taree is the nearest town to Old Bar. It is 17 kms away. Arrangements can be made for pick up from Taree.

From Sydney Direct daily flights from Sydney to Taree with REX airlines. Direct daily flights from Sydney to Port Macquarie with Virgin. Port Macquarie is 1 hour 15 mins drive to Old Bar. Sydney to Taree by Countrylink train. Citylink train from Sydney to Newcastle (Broadmeadow), met by Busways to continue to Taree.

From other Aussie cities Direct daily flights from Melbourne  or Brisbane to Port Macquarie ( can hire a car for 1 hour easy highway drive to Taree or bus).  Direct daily flights from Melbourne, Brisbane.  to Newcastle with Virgin and JetStar. From Newcastle you can hire a car for an easy 2 hour highway drive. All other cities need to come via Brisbane or Melbourne to Newcastle.


Old Bar has accommodation options to suit many budgets.

Check out the newly renovated Boogie Woogie Beach House  which is part of Flow Bar a great cafe which features Australian musicians.  Guests booking for full workshops will receive one complimentary breakfast. Some larger group bookings will also receive a discount with workshop or tuition at Curiousweaver Studio.

Other Air bnb options are also available including the self contained Old Bar Beach Studio.  The Meridian resort offers self contained units for longer stays or check out the Surfside Retreat Boutique Hotel. All of these options are in very easy walking distance of beach and Curiousweaver Studio. Kaz will send you information and links to accommodation on inquiry.