Hi! I'm Karen. As long as I can remember, I have loved making things: I spin, knit, felt, sew, weave, embroider; well, just about anything fibery. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Fiber Arts and teach adult and children's classes at local art and community centers. Trained as a traditional weaver, I stumbled upon the SAORI free-style way of weaving while searching on the internet.

SAORI was unlike anything I had ever seen. I was struck by the random use of pattern, color, and texture. After weaving traditional hand towels, placemats, and blankets, Saori weaving was (and is) like a breath of fresh air…incredibly inspiring and life changing.

I studied SAORI under Mihoko Wakabayashi, co-owner of SAORI Worcester, and founder of the first SAORI studio in the United States. My goal is to introduce adults and children to SAORI weaving as a tool for self-discovery, spiritual and inner healing, and to assist others in releasing their hidden creativity.

Serendipity SAORI Studio is an authorized studio and equipment dealer of Sakaiseikisangyo Co. Ltd.



Where is your studio located?

Serendipity SAORI Studio is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Central New York, approximately 25 miles west of the City of Syracuse.

(I also have a small flock of Shetland sheep, and a very cranky Shetland pony)!


What is your contact info?

Karen Pardee

Serendipity SAORI Studio

2559 Nunnery Rd., Skaneateles, NY  13152




What are the studio hours?

Studio hours are by appointment, Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Hours outside these times can be arranged in advance.


Is there a family discount?

If registered for the same class, family members will receive a 10% discount.


I don't have any weaving experience!

In SAORI free-style weaving, there is no measuring, no counting, and no experience is necessary! With some basic instructions, you will soon discover the joys of weaving!


When can I start?

You may register and begin classes at any time. Please call or email to begin your journey through peaceful weaving today!