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The Art of Fiber by Esther Rodgers


Esther Rodgers is an internationally known fiber arts teacher.

She’s filmed four streaming videos with Interweave Press (now Long Thread Media) on creative and art yarn spinning, expressive weaving and color blending, has a very popular class on Craftsy about fiber preparation, has written numerous articles for PLY, SpinOFF and Handwoven Magazines and is featured in books by Lexi Boeger and Ashley Martenau.

Esther has taught for groups in Norway, Iceland and Holland and has done work with Ashford in New Zealand, as well as taught for festivals like Rheinbeck, Maryland Sheep and Wool, PLYAway, and Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair.

The studio has been closed for in person classes due to COVID precautions but in-person group classes are coming back soon.

Individual ZOOM Classes are currently available.

The Virtual Studio Facebook Group is open for group exploration of challenges, along with live demos and hang outs.

One on One Zoom Workshops are $30 for 40 minutes, or buy 4 and get one free in a series.

Sessions can be tailored to any topic the student wants to cover. More intensive study often requires more than one session.

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FRom the hands and mind of Esther Rodgers

Esther is a creative fiber artist, known for her innovative art yarns and unique fiber preparation. She focuses on spinning textured, non traditional yarns, as well as artyarns with stories. She begins with raw wool, then washes, dyes, spins and weaves (and sometimes knits and felts) the wool to make one of a kind textile art. She focuses on spinning textured, non traditional yarns, as well as artyarns with stories.

Esther loves to share her knowledge. She is a a full time fiber arts educator and teaches workshops around the world. She has written articles for PLY and SPINoff and is featured in books by Lexi Bieger and Ashley Martineau.

She offers individual zoom workshops and group classes on an exciting variety of creative fiber art topics, has a Craftsy class on Fiber Preparation, as well as four  Long Thread Media videos about creative and art yarn spinning, expressive weaving and color blending.

Esther is a SAORI weaver and has a certified SAORI studio. She enjoys designing and constructing garments with her handspun and handwoven fabric, and loves teaching classes based on the SAORI principles and techniques.

Explore Fiber Arts

Explore Creative Fiber Arts


Explore Fiber Arts Classes


Woven Heart Saori


Esther's Market


Video Tutorials


Esther's Blog

Woven Heart SAORI

Look out through eyes that shine


What is SAORI?

SAORI is a combination of 2 words in Zen vocabulary – SAI meaning “everything has its own individuality” and ORI meaning “weaving.”

SAORI was founded in 1969 by Misao Jo, after she misthread the obi she was weaving. When she was told it was “wrong” she found beauty in what other called an error. She created SAORI with the idea that we are all born with our own unique individualities and the ability to create.

SAORI weavers not only use the practice of “free weaving” to create a state of mindful intention, awaken creative potential and connect with the authentic self, but also to connect deeply with the community.

In SAORI weaving, the weaver embodies 4 ideals:

  1. Consider the differences between a machine and a human being.
    In SAORI weaving, we celebrate what we do with our hands. That can think freely and everyone is different. No two weavings will ever be the same, and every cloth is beautiful in its own way. There are no errors, only possibilities. We create “the beauty with lack of intention.”
  2. Be bold and adventurous.
    SAORI encourages us to create without fear and to embrace the possibility of “what if.” SAORI celebrates that we are all one of a kind, and we all have our own powers to create beauty. It asks us to explore our own journey beyond what is “expected”. Pushing boundaries to create our own path.
  3. Look out through eyes that shine.
    This principle reminds us to find beauty everywhere. Inspiration is everywhere, we just have to open ourselves to it.
  4. Inspire one another, and everyone in the group.
    Through SAORI we realize that everyone has something to teach and learn. That together as a group we grow as weavers and individuals. In SAORI there is no beginner or advanced. We understand that each woven piece has its own important value and cannot be compared to any other, so we encourage each other as a community, rather than cultivating competition. We share and inspire each other freely and together we learn.

Esther's market

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Esther's Blog

The World According to Esther


Training videos produced by Esther Rodgers


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