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Loop of the Loom

Loop of the Loom

Art
Upper East Side, New York, New York
(278 Reviews)

Loop of the Loom is the mindfulness zen weaving dojo in NYC which introduces SAORI, a ZEN art of weaving from Japan. We are NYC's first-ever certified SAORI studio, gallery and authorized SAORI loom distributor. 

Students at Loop of the Loom have created distinct and original tapestries, clothing, scarves, bags and many useful items.  Other fiber arts classes include spinning, felting, sewing and dyeing for all ages. 

Yukako Satone, founder of Loop of the Loom:

In 2001 I decided to become a SAORI instructor. It was something that happened to me. My life changed in a few hours after I knew SAORI.

My great friend signed me up for the SAORI summer intensive class at the headquarter during my vacation in Japan. She had been teaching SAORI weaving as an artist in residence in Osaka, Japan. I felt so lucky to learn a new thing since I'd been searching for something besides parenting.

I stepped into the SAORI gallery before the class started. Hanging tapestries greeted me. They were jumbled-up and many colored. I couldn't believe that I was in a room in an office building in Japan. I took a seat for a SAORI lecture. The speaker was 88 years old and a small woman. She worn a black T-shirt and pants. But she was wrapped in a beautiful woven vest. The red based colored vest was chic and modern. Speaking about SAORI philosophy and experience, she walked and move her hands. She looked bigger. I received a powerful impression from this woman, Misao Jo. She is the founder of SAORI.  She said, "I need one thousand of Misao Jo."  I caught her message in my mind and brought it back to the US. Of course, with a loom!

For ten years I have been spreading SAORI seeds from place to place in NY and NJ. With a portable loom I have been working out of my house on a SAORI public art activity, giving hands on demonstrations of SAORI weaving.  

People want to create something, they want to use colors, to touch with their hands. I decided to open a weaving studio, Loop of the Loom where everyone can express own style in weaving.  We use many recyclable materials with "Mottainai" idea from Japan which means non-waste. Each piece of weaving is so beautiful.  No two works are alike.  I hand to my students SAORI's seeds and they bloom into beautiful flowers on the looms. SAORI's seeds begin to sprout. My studio nourishes roots linking new SAORI weavers.

FAQs


What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse?  
Our All-Day Mindful Zen Weaving Session is our most popular class.  

How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit about your history?  
We've been in the business for 11 years this 2016. I learned SAORI weaving in Japan, then practiced myself deeply as a form of healing myself after traumatic experience of 9/11. I realized that SAORI is not only for healing, but also for discovering the joy of living which I would share with others.  

What is your average class size? 
Our average class size is mostly 4–5 people. 

What is your typical student like? What are their goals? 
Our students are typically women in their 30s-50s who have never woven before and seek a new method of art to express themselves easily. They're looking for self expression and fun. 

Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class? 
Derive inspiration from nature at the Central Park before the class. Pay a visit to Museum Mile after the class (eg; MET, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian, Guggenheim, Neue, and more).

Reviews of Loop of the Loom

(278 Reviews)
Introduction to SAORI Weaving

9/20/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Introduction to SAORI Weaving


I really enjoyed this workshop! It was a relaxing “Zen” like experience. The instructor allowed me to move at my own speed. It was “hands-on,” which is my preferred style of learning. It definitely sparked my interest in further exploring this method (SAORI) of weaving.

Mindfulness Zen Weaving: All-Day Session

8/28/2019
Stacie L.

Attended: Mindfulness Zen Weaving: All-Day Session


It was WONDERFUL!

Introduction to SAORI Weaving

8/17/2019
Natalie J.

Attended: Introduction to SAORI Weaving


I had such a great experience learning this technique. I’m looking forward to taking my next class!

Mindfulness Zen Weaving: All-Day Session

7/24/2019
Vallnez M.

Attended: Mindfulness Zen Weaving: All-Day Session


They never disappoint!!!

Mindfulness Zen Weaving: All-Day Session

7/24/2019
jen c.

Attended: Mindfulness Zen Weaving: All-Day Session


I had a great time. The instructor was very patient and I can’t wait to bring a friend to another Zen Weaving class.

Introduction to SAORI Weaving

7/21/2019
Rose T.

Attended: Introduction to SAORI Weaving


Wonderful experience! I had so much fun and plan to go back very soon.

Introduction to SAORI Weaving

7/13/2019
Dagmar S.

Attended: Introduction to SAORI Weaving


Fun introduction to Saori weaving. Teacher was lovely and had a good way to explain things so that after 5 mins, my friend and I were off weaving by ourselves.

Mindfulness Zen Weaving Circle

7/7/2019
Anonymous

Attended: Mindfulness Zen Weaving Circle


Lovely class! Couldn't believe how easy, relaxing, and satisfying it was!https://coursehorse.com/account/add-review?enrollment_id=56054&identity=3f02912ea5b4e478a2592fd441791fa5&token=cc140834d35b125f0ad280692c5b4edd&number_of_stars=5&utm_source=Next_Day_Feedback-Purchase_Series&utm_medium=E-mail-Transactional&utm_campaign=ch.enrollment.review.v2#

Introduction to SAORI Weaving

6/28/2019
Vicki A.

Attended: Introduction to SAORI Weaving


My grandson loves to weave and he wanted to take this class, but he wanted me to take it with him- soooo glad I did! Such a fun time! The staff were incredibly kind and it was so easy! I loved it and so did my grandson! I am going to look into doing this back home. I have found a similar place in Salt Lake City and I am going to invite my family to join me to do this! Great fun! Hit of our trip! Thank you so much!

Mindfulness Zen Weaving: All-Day Session

6/27/2019
Ronit S.

Attended: Mindfulness Zen Weaving: All-Day Session


This all day class was great, though very independent class allowing you to express yourself and explore through weaving

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227 E 87th St Lower Level, New York, New York 10128
Loop of the Loom
Upper East Side, Manhattan
227 E 87th St Lower Level
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
New York, New York 10128

Upcoming Classes at Loop of the Loom

Mindfulness Zen Weaving: All-Day Session
Mindfulness Zen Weaving: All-Day Session
Next start date:

Saturday Sep 28th, 11am - 6pm

Introduction to SAORI Weaving
Introduction to SAORI Weaving
Next start date:

Wednesday Sep 25th, 11am - 1pm

Teachers at Loop of the Loom

Michiyo Shinohara Nobuko Tsuruta Yukako Satone
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