Learn Saori Weaving
Learn 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 in Old Bar, 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.
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.
Out and About Saori Demos
Newcastle Spinners and Weavers Trading Day
If you’re in Newcastle catch up with Curiousweaver and see Saori weaving in action. Have a weave on the looms or just enjoy the energy. Orders can be picked up on the day to save postage. Organised by the Newcastle Spinners and Weavers Guild.
8 April, 2017. 9:30 am – 1:30pm
Cultures in the Manning Festival
A Saori loom will be waiting for you to have some fun on. Join Kaz in creating a little cloth memory and learn about weaving and the Saori philosophy. All welcome to have a go.
14 May, 2017. Details coming soon.
Manning Regional Art Gallery – 12 Macquarie Street, Taree, NSW.
Learn to weave and enjoy yarns and textile making with Saori free style weaving in the Studio. Bookings essential.
Tuesday 14 March 2017, 10am – 2pm.
Saori weaving in Brisbane 2017
Curiousweaver studio in on the road again for Wilston, Brisbane. Hosted by a generous Saori weaver!
You are warmly invited to join Kaz Madigan in the sunshine state to explore Saori free style weaving in an intimate, friendly workshop. Two – one day workshops with a limit of only six people in each. Saori floor looms will be fully set up ready for you to explore weaving with the energy and creativity of the Saori philosophy. You will be taught how to weave, many freehand techniques and ‘hacks’ on the loom. You will walk out with a unique cloth suitable for wearing or hanging etc. Absolutely no experience is required.
A wonderful fresh lunch, snacks and refreshments will be included. A presentation on Saori clothing design will be held at lunch – Simple Puzzles to Weave and Wear which includes an introduction to the new Saori bias clothing technique. Every participant will receive the Saori Beginner clothing book in English (value $34.00) and studio notes.
Saturday, 20 May 2017. 9am-4pm. Lunch included, nothing to bring. $250.00 plus materials at .18c per gram. You will have full use of your own floor loom for weaving. One place left.
Sunday, 21 May 2017. 9am-4pm. Lunch included, nothing to bring. $250.00 plus materials at .18c per gram. You will have full use of your own floor loom for weaving.
Opportunities for learning to warp a Saori loom are also available. Bookings essential. Please contact Kaz Madigan.
Weekend Saori workshops in 2017
NEW! Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June 2017
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.
The 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 $275.00 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?
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.
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.
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 a beaming station off loom, and 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.
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.