You can experience the beauty and recreational opportunities of the Cariboo and learn to weave at the same time. Come away with a blanket, a scarf rag rug or take a workshop in a Norwegian weaving design technique: Double Krokbragd, Square Weave, or Rosepath; weave a table runner, pillow or wall hanging . . . And you can even learn to felt, to knit a scarf, toque, mitts or socks. There are enough floor looms for six people to learn to weave. Work on your own time, after your personal instruction. Coming away with an article you have made, however big or small, is so satisfying. This all can be achieved in a 3 - 4 nights stay.
Set your goal on learning a new craft and experience new scenery this year. The choice is yours.
I now have 2,60 inch looms one is an 8 harness and 3,45 inch looms and one 22 inch 8 harness loom. These can all be used in the studio.
I base my classes on the need of the individual and also try to give as much variety as I can to the program, depending on the length of stay. I like the individual to have a finished, usable article when done - in each element, if they so desire. My main interest is that it is made enjoyable and fruitful for the student learning to weave or refreshing their love of weaving.
Willows available for making yourself a willow chair. It would take about three days and you have to be able to use a power drill.
Folk textiles tour to Peru
|TRIP TO PERU - 2010
Maximo Laura and his two helpers who taught us tapestry in Arequipa, Peru. Three of these students were brand new weavers.
I made it to Machu Picchu. This wonder of wonders has been on my bucket list for many years.
I'm sitting at the loom, weaving my tapestry. Symbolism: "We work with our hands and the fish feeds the people"
Look what I made for the first time! The next time you see her, she went to Peru and wove a tapestry.
Pictures of our studio and weaving
Unni Bakstad Lorenz - Weaving Instructor
My background in weaving spans over 40 years. I've taken extensive courses in Norway, U.S.A. and here in Canada. I received my Crafts Program Diploma and Certificate for teaching crafts from Capilano College. At the Sons of Norway Heritage Camp I taught basketry, felting and weaving. Numerous weavers guilds in B.C. have taken workshops from me in the Norwegian Krokbragd technique. I've taught weaving and crafts through the Surrey Recreation Program. The Peace Arch Weavers and Spinners Guild honoured me with a Life Membership. I've participated in hangings now on permanent display: a transparency at the Cancer Clinic at Surrey Memorial Hospital, a tapestry in Peace Arch Hospital and felted panels, at the new arena in 100 Mile House, B.C. I'm also a member of Greater Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild, South Cariboo Weavers and Spinners Guild and The Guild of Canadian Weavers.
Thank you Unni! You are a terrific teacher. I will be absorbing these days for some time. - Michele
Our beautiful setting
This is a birder's paradise, all year round. The wildflower meadows are a sight to see in the summer. This is big sky country: beautiful blue skies and bright starry nights, sometimes lit up by the aurora borealis. There is hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, on and around our lake; and golfing and horseback riding close by.
Winter also has its splendour in the dry crisp air, with a million, zillion diamonds sparkling in the snow. It's great to go walking, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, sledding or snowmobiling. Spot a moose or two, or the otters playing on the ice.
ATV-ing at the Lookout over Pressy Lake
We now have two ATV's that are available for a run around the trails for a break from weaving or if you have a partner with you who does not weave. There are also boats for fishing.
Make it a retreat from your everyday life. You can drop by for an afternoon, make it a long weekend or take a week's vacation; make a date with your mother, sister, friend, or have a girlfriends retreat group come up.
You have a beautiful home and the setting is perfect for a girls retreat. Unni, you are an amazing talented person and thank you for all your patience and encouragement. - Judy
Accommodation & Facilities
Sleeping accommodation for three or four, with a kitchenette and bath. You can be self-contained in the open studio loft.
Electricity available for an R.V.
We are open May 1st - September 30th. You can make your holiday into a round trip.
Heading East from the Fraser Valley, follow the Trans Canada Highway to Cache Creek. Take Highway 97 north from Cache Creek to get to 70 Mile House.
There are several ways to arrive here and therefore you can choose another route home. Phone or e-mail for directions.
- $75.00 per person, per day, plus weaving materials
- $45.00 double occupancy plus $15.00 per extra person, bedding and towels included
- $20.00 per R.V. unit per night
- $100.00 deposit one month prior to visit non refundable. Includes price of warping loom.
I will need at least one month's notice from each student before arrival, so that I can prepare the warp and have the materials on hand, for their project.
What my guests say
- Well here I am again! I just keep coming back for the fun. Thank you so much for all the learning and help and hospitality. - Hilary
- Thanks for all your energy, support and cheerfulness! - Joan
- Thank you so much for such a rich and memorable experience! It is so thrilling to walk away with a blanket (which I love) as my first weaving project! - Alison
- What would we four do without having your wonderful studio to visit? Such a welcome break from our every day lives, and we have something to show for it at the end! - Katherine
- We had a great time. With such an inspiring setting and a wonderfully appointed studio it can't be anything but successful and a must for everyone to see. - Carol
- Again a very productive few days. Just hope I can remember all you taught me. - Jane
- I had a blast! Thank you so much for all your time. I really appreciate it. You are a fabulous teacher - so patient and encouraging. I can't wait to come back.- Melissa
- This was absolutely awesome! I will definitely be back to do some more weaving and learning! - Anna