SAORI Weaving Classes and Workshops

  • Schedule At a Glance

    MISSA at Shawnigan Lake – July 13-19 – 7 full days of SAORI weaving. FULL, taking waitlist Registration

    Hollyhock Retreat – September 22 – 27 – SPACE AVAILABLE – Register here

    CLASSES, other than those listed above, are ON HOLD as of April 21, 2024 until further notice.

    Please check back for updates in October 2024.

  • Classes on Salt Spring Island

    In-Person Weaving Classes: 

    CLASSES ON HOLD as of April 21, 2024 until further notice.  Please check back for updates in October 2024.

    Two hours, mornings preferred but some afternoon bookings can be accommodated:

    • $95 + GST, plus a materials fee based on what you weave (usually $5-$15).  This class is for any and all levels – from never woven before to many years of weaving.  You will be able to take a finished weaving home with you.

    Covid Protocols still in place including masks in the studio (please read below).  Outdoor classes on the deck do not require masks.

    Please email me if you are interested in booking a time.  Limited times available.  Pre-payment is required.


  • Zoom at Your Loom Classes

    SAORI Weaving and Clothing Design classes

    CLASSES ON HOLD as of April 21, 2024 until further notice.  Please check back for updates in October 2024.

    Zoom at your Loom – Weaving Class ($80 – 2 hours)

    Join in for a couple of hours of weaving, demos and conversations – bring your questions, your device to your loom and I’ll look forward to seeing you there! These weaving sessions are open-ended with no specific topic. Any and all questions welcome.

    Next Class: TBA

    Register here

    Zoom at Your Loom – Clothing Design Class ($95 – 2 hours)

    This year the clothing design classes will focus on a particular type of garment – tops, vests, shrugs, skirts, no-sew hats, bags, etc.  Each class will be a stand alone class that can be taken by itself or in combination with other classes.  In the class, we will review various styles, designs and possibilities based on patterns in the book or other ideas such as draping.  We will talk about fitting the clothes to you to suit your size and preferences.  With the class time of 2-hours, you will not be able to complete a garment, but should have information to be able to complete it after the class.  If you want more individual help, you can schedule a one-on-one class.  I hope to have an online gathering later in the year to see what people have made.

    Next Class – TBA

    Register here.

  • MISSA at Shawnigan Lake

    SAORI : The Joy of Weaving  July 13-19

    A 7-day residential summer workshop at the beautiful Shawnigan Lake School campus.

    FULL with waitlist.  Information and Registration here

  • Hollyhock - SAORI : The Zen of Weaving

    September 22 – 27  SAORI : The Zen of Weaving

    At the beautiful Hollyhock Retreat Campus on Cortes Island, BC

    Five days of SAORI exploration, amazing food and surroundings at the Hollyhock Retreat Centre.

    Explore SAORI weaving, whether you have never woven before, or have woven for many years.  SAORI  places more importance on free expression and creativity than on technical skills or the regularity of the woven cloth.

  • Warping Demo - via Zoom

    CLASSES ON HOLD as of April 21, 2024 until further notice.  Please check back for updates in October 2024.

    This workshop is an overview of the new SAORI warping method – from making the warp on the warping board to tying and taking it off the board and beaming it onto the loom or Tabletop System using the Dividing Bar.  Note that this is not a hands-on workshop and you may need to follow-up with a one-on-one class if you are new to warping.

    The SAORI tools – the Tabletop Beaming and Threading Holder and the Dividing Bar – both come with step by step directions.  This workshop will go over each of these steps.

    In this two hours I will demonstrate how to warp a SAORI loom:

    1. the basic SAORI warp measuring using the SAORI Warping board and using 5 threads at a time.
    2. tying off the warp and removing it from the board into a bag!
    3. setting up the warp by putting the cross into the SAORI Dividing Bar
    4. beaming the warp onto the SAORI Loom or onto the SAORI Warping Station (Tabletop Beaming and Threading Holder)

    Learn to warp the SAORI way!

    Zoom at your Loom – SAORI Warping Demo $95 – 2 hours

    Next date:  TBA

  • One-on-one Classes on Zoom

    I am offering one-on-one Zoom classes on the topic of your choice.

    Zoom Classes

    CLASSES ON HOLD as of April 21, 2024 until further notice.  Please check back for updates in October 2024.

    One hour, mornings (PDT) only : $95 + GST or $100 (CAD) by PayPal


    Please email me if you are interested in booking a time.  Limited times available.  Pre-payment is required.


  • Study Groups

    I have been hosting Study Groups via Zoom.  A great way to explore with others on a series of ideas or techniques.

    Weaving Study Group – 5 Sessions – $150
    Explore variations in weaving and different techniques.  Each month you will be weaving 2-3 metres exploring different possibilities.  No per-requisites for this study group other than having a loom, a warp to weave on and a willingness to explore and share with others.  This study group is via Zoom.

    Next Study Group – starting October 2024 – please email me to be put on a list for registration

  • COVID Protocols

    Some COVID protocols are still requested at the SAORI Salt Spring studio for in-person classes:

    1. I request that you bring and wear a mask when indoors.  Preferably a KN95, N95 or surgical mask.
    2. Please do not come if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, flu or respiratory virus.  I will gladly reschedule your class to another time.

“…being in your studio and inspired by your knowledge and all the beautiful colours and all our conversations that spiralled off in such exciting directions and seeing all the amazing things you have made – it was amazing and I never wanted to leave!”

“I spent a leisurely Wed afternoon on the deck unboxing and assembling the loom.  Packed well and in perfect condition.  What a gem – so slick the way everything slips into place so easily.  By last evening I had a warp on and started to weave.  It is really well designed for simplicity.”

“What an amazing week!  I’m grateful for your sharing your works, stories, so many techniques and of course – the SAORI philosophy.  I’m thrilled beyond words to more fully embrace this way of seeing when I weave, design and ultimately – live my life.  Peace.” 

“Thanks so much for helping us make our theme “Weaving a Tapestry of Faith” meaningful to our children. Your patience with all of us is greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing your expertise and love of weaving with our school.”

“What a great week!  Loved the encouraging atmosphere and your gentle nudge to try something new.  I learned a lot that I will take with me and use.” 

“Come alive!  Begin SAORI!  The inner weaver awaits.  Thank you so much Terri, for your kindness and patience as you introduced me to SAORI.  I felt supported and encouraged in exploring my creativity in my first weaving effort.  A true joy bubbling up from inside.” 

“Thank you so much for your fabulous presentation at the 2009 Sewing, Needle & Fibre Arts Show. You are an amazingly talented & creative woman”

“What a fabulous experience to create such a beautiful weaving with my daughter under your guidance.  It was a wonderful example of how Spirit takes a bit of color here and a mistake there to weave together the fabric of our living.”

“What a wonderful two days.  Wish it were longer!  Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and expertise and for your easy way of teaching.  Thanks too for your help with our logistics and suggestions for what else to do on the island.”

“Thank you so much for coming and running such a brilliant workshop!  People have been talking about it for weeks.  As coordinators we could not have been happier.”

“There are not words, but I am going to try anyway.  This last week has been magical, healing and a refreshing space to ponder and just be.  I go home seeing with new eyes.  Sharing creative energy, bouncing ideas back and forth until the very air sparkles with possibility.” 

“The cottage, the studio, the island and your presence is just all so magical.  I felt like I had come home the minute I drove onto the property.  And the weaving!  what a joyful and uplifting experience – so many options.  It opened up my creative spirit and took me places I hadn’t imagined.”

“Your presentation, ‘Weaving without Boundaries’ has contributed to the larger discussion of definitions of disability, impairment and illness as well as to specific discussions about the interplay of arts and (dis)ability. We are pleased you have been able to be part of Engaging Disability.”

“My two days in your studio were fun, relaxing and eye opening.  So much colour = bliss! The SAORI way is freeing and calming.  No Mistakes = New Design.  Thank you.” 

“Thank you so very much for the wonderful SAORI time.  I am so excited to have my first pieces of weaving made into clothing – love every piece.” 

“I love to create lifetime memories with my travels and my family.  You truly made such an impact.  I’m sure we will return to this amazing place again.” 

“How do I start?  An amazing class – not  just weaving, but philosophy as well.  It fit right in where I am!  Thank you for your kind guidance and encouragement.  I look forward to seeing you again – our paths will cross.”

Always a pleasure to order from Terri! Thank you once again Terri for my SAORI order. As per usual, it is perfect!  You are always so quick to fill my order and everything is there.

Such a wonderful feeling to find a box from Saori Salt Spring Weaving Studio on my porch with all my new weaving goodies!!! Love my colourful warps from this shipment and can’t wait to put them on my loom.

P.S. Thank you for sharing your love of weaving with us. I enjoy your FaceBook postings. I get to
see your beautiful creations and be inspired!!

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Workshop Registrations:

Workshop registration is confirmed when full payment has been received and receipt issued.

In the unlikely event that a workshop must be cancelled by the organizer, everyone registered will be notified immediately and receive a full refund of their registration fees.

NOTE:  With online classes in the winter, there is a chance on Salt Spring Island that we may have a Power Outage!  In this event, of course, the class would need to be cancelled, perhaps at the last minute.  In this case I would notify people as best as I can and of course refund class fees – or transfer them to another session.

If a registered student wishes to cancel their confirmed registration, or cannot attend the workshop, the following will apply:

  • They may invite another person to attend in their place in the specific workshop;
  • If cancellation is received 14 or more days before the starting date, a refund will be offered, less a $25 administration fee or a switch to another workshop date with availability may be offered; and
  • If cancellation is received less than 14 days from the scheduled starting date, or the registered student does not show up to the workshop, no refund will be offered.

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