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Saori weave your own scarf

3.5 hours with Erna Janine

Knowledge in the art of saori weaving

Your own saori weaved scarf to make your winter warmer


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The workshop in detail

  • 3h30
  • 2 to 8 participants
  • 15 years min.
  • Immerse yourself in the captivating history and philosophy of Japanese floorloom weaving at Freeweaver Studio.

    Get acquainted with the essential tools of the trade, including the weaving loom, shuttle, bobbin, and an array of exquisite yarns and textiles. The Freeweaver staff will present these materials, allowing you to envision the endless possibilities they hold.

    Prepare to be captivated as they demonstrate the art of creative floor loom weaving, unveiling the secrets behind this traditional technique. Witness the interplay of colours, textures, and patterns come to life before your eyes.

    Select your favourite hues from a vibrant palette, and let your imagination run wild. You'll embark on your own creative journey, skillfully assembling colours and weaving intricate patterns that reflect your unique style.

    Throughout the workshop, enjoy a comforting coffee or tea to keep inspired throughout the weaving process.

    What sets this workshop apart is the opportunity to delve into a traditional craft while creating a unique accessory that will keep you snug during the winter months. Each participant will proudly take home their own hand-woven scarf, a tangible representation of their creative journey and a statement piece that adds warmth and style to any ensemble.

    Workshop location

    The workshop is easily accessible by public transport.

    This place is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

    Additional information

    Language of the workshop


    Practical information

    Throughout the workshop, refreshments such as coffee and tea will be available.

    Wecandoo - Meet Erna Janine

    Meet Erna Janine

    Saori freeweaver

    Meet Erna Janine, a visionary artist weaving her way through creativity and mindfulness.

    Hailing from Holland, Erna Janine brings a unique touch to London as a master of the Saori weaving technique. Her weaving machines, carefully sourced from Japan, set the stage for her artistic mastery. Erna Janine's dedication to her craft led her to undertake an immersive month-long training in Japan, where she honed her skills and continues to return for inspiration. Not limited to one discipline, she also studied traditional handcraft at the Icelandic College and even ventured to India to host conferences in recent years.

    Erna Janine's expertise lies in the art of Saori weaving, a technique that celebrates boundless creativity and allows for the creation of truly one-of-a-kind pieces, even for beginners. Her passion for this craft shines through every meticulously crafted textile.

    But Erna Janine's approach extends beyond the loom. With a deep commitment to mental well-being, she advocates for the therapeutic power of craft. She believes that weaving can positively impact one's mental health and finds joy in helping others unlock their creative potential.

    Embracing an ecological mindset, Erna Janine incorporates a zero-waste policy into her work, utilising recycled fibres and sustainable practices. Her studio, nestled in the dynamic and ever-changing neighbourhood of Deptford Market Yard, is a luminous and colourful space that reflects her calm and welcoming nature.

    Erna Janine exudes a sense of tranquility and passion, always wearing a smile that reflects her love for her craft and her genuine desire to make a difference. She cherishes every opportunity to guide and inspire her students, empowering them to unlock their artistic potential and find solace in the creative process.


    andrew c

    andrew c


    What a relaxed and creative afternoon. Janine’s approach to guiding total beginners through the process was brilliant! We had a great time and came away with 2 wonderful scarves.

    Megan K

    Megan K


    I bought this for my mum for a birthday present and we had a really great time. The teacher was really patient and great at explaining things, and it was such a satisfying, meditative process once you got the hang of it. Amazed we managed a whole scarf in under 4 hours!

    Claudette S

    Claudette S


    Great workshop, wonderful introduction to weaving, quiet and relaxed and lovely to go home with a feather in your cap! Thank you!

    Lisa R

    Lisa R


    Fantastic workshop, relaxed and made a great scarf. Will be returning. Thank you.

    Anna H

    Anna H


    This was hands down the best craft workshop I’ve ever done (and I’ve been to many!). Such a welcome atmosphere and I managed to finish making an entire scarf in the session. I was surprised and it looked really fantastic. I hugely recommend this workshop.

    Aline B

    Aline B


    It is easy and relaxing to learn weaving with Janine. She helps whenever there is a problem, but she leaves you to yourself, to the loom and to the colours of the yarn, so your creativity can show up. Create how your heart tells you to! I loved the workshop so much, I almost immediately booked s second.

    Deborah C

    Deborah C


    Received this as a Christmas gift. Totally recommend. Such a satisfying and therapeutic experience. Erna is so patient, kind and warm hearted. She holds the sessions beautifully. Also I adore my scarf. It is so rewarding to create something you can wear and treasure. I've had so many compliments already. Recommending this to everyone I know and don't let the location put you off.. The studio is just off platform 1 at Deptford.. you don't even need to exit the station.


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