Location & Hours
Wimberley Valley SAORI
765 Gardenia Dr.
Wimberley, TX 78676
**Gardenia Dr may not show up on your GPS. The studio is accessed via Puerto Rico Dr., through the gated entrance to Escondida Ranch.
Phone: (512) 569-1668
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The studio is located inside a gated neighborhood and is open for visitors and students by appointment. If you are interested in visiting the studio or setting up an appointment, please contact us.
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My Journey So Far
As a girl, fashioning “distinctive apparel” for my dog and dolls eventually led to sewing my own clothes in high school, and later achieving a degree in home economics education to pursue my dream of teaching garment design and construction. However, career opportunities and further education took me in the direction of nutrition and dietetics, and I worked for many years as a registered dietitian in Austin.
My husband and I moved to Wimberley, Texas when our children were young, and I began a love affair with nature, magnificent sunsets, organic gardening, and our 15 fluffy alpaca. These gentle and amazing creatures were my initial inspiration for opening a yarn shop on the Wimberley Square in 2013 (Ply! Yarn). Four years later I sold the yarn shop to a friend so that I could focus more on weaving.
In accordance with Saori Global’s website, our mission at Wimberley Valley SAORI is inspiring a growing community of weavers and fiber artists to discover, nurture and respect the endless creative potential that lives within and connects us all.
What is Saori?
SAORI weaving, defined most simply, is free-form, uninhibited weaving. But it is so much more than that! SAORI is a combination of the Zen word “sai,” meaning everything has its own individuality and dignity, and “ori,” meaning weaving.
Founder Misao Jo (1913 – 2018) was 57 when she decided she’d like to learn to weave. That was inspiring in itself. Don’t we often limit ourselves by thinking “it’s too late” or “I’m too busy” to start something new?
As SAORI weavers, we aspire to express this “free-spirited” weaving with color, texture, and irregularity in our woven cloth.
To learn more about SAORI and Misao Jo, please visit the official Saori website at saoriglobal.com.