Whether your goal is personal enrichment, or learning a skill to enrich the lives of others, my workshops and classes can provide a thorough foundation for all levels.
Studio Time: For individuals, advanced instruction, and discussion.
In an encouraging atmosphere for artistic discourse, I can assist you in either in the exploration or expansion of your vocabulary of textile techniques, or give in-depth tutelage in a particular discipline. Contact me for more information.
Guidance, To Become (A Coat for Hudson)
"Over a weekend in the country Sahara patiently reminded me of the cast on, knit and purl my mother had introduced me to 40 years before. She stood by me as I finally became the knitter I was meant to be, offering the right guidance, advice and corrective nudges along the path. Thanks, Sahara!
The Basics Learned In 1-1/2 hours! Ready for His Hat
Sahara Briscoe is a stern, patient and very generous teacher. Can't wait for the next lesson. Got a little twisted up then remembered because you had shown me how to correct mistakes. Thank You Again!!!!! Marcellus Holton, Chef
Stick Weaving Workshop
This sisal body scrub, one of the projects featured in my Stick Weaving workshop, is perfect for your TV marathon. It took three shows and cost under $6.00 in materials to make (not including weaving sticks shown).
Yarn and Thread Making
I design and develop hand spun yarn from natural fibers, both plant and protein – in weights from thread to super bulky. I also spin yarns from non-traditional materials, to create or enhance a wide range of fabrics.
Singles Spun Silk
A 100% silk, dyed singles yarn, spun to coordinate with the voluptuous Egyptian Coral necklace.
The knitted sample from the spun yarn.
This Navajo plied (3ply) 100% silk, was spun as embroidery thread for the quilter Laura Gadson.
Bear, The Dog
Bear is a Samoyed, an ancient working breed from Siberia used to herd reindeer. His über soft fiber is hand spun to a 2 ply sport weight, to be transformed into accessories* for his owners.
*The feared doggy smell, is permanently removed in the scouring of the fiber.
My favorite yarn to spin. It's a wonderful enhancement for any type of textile, from a super cuddly knit scarf (shown) or inserted into a woven fabric, to a texture for embroidery. The naturally colored fiber is from a rare breed Wensleydale sheep from Chrimson Shamrock Farms in Virginia.
Experience, osmosis and study from years in this work has blessed me. I have an artisan's sensitivity combined with a deep reservoir of resources and technical skill, that can be applied to a diverse range or textile applications. I can elevate your finished product, whether worn, lived in, or experienced, beyond your expectations.
Solutions may be formed, sculpted, stitched, knitted, crocheted, woven, wrapped, tied, dyed, painted and beyond, or using any combination of these mediums to move an idea into reality.
A sample from my swatch library developed...
A reversible scarf in worsted wool for a private label men's accessories collection.
Stones from the Hudson River, were the inspiration for the hand dyed swatches...
To develop a hand-knit rugged sweater-jacket
The woven structure designed...
...a durably luxurious baby blanket.
Loom woven swatch using inlay technique.
The challenge? An artificial plant. The result? Coryphantha Elongata Versus of The Bronx. Hand-spun cotton, crochet, felted, formed, dyed, airbrushed.
Embroidery and Embellishment
Embellishment design and construction is now a part of my development repertoire for interior textiles and bridal work. I can perform the following: Shadow Work, (shown), Freestyle, and Tambour.