Spotlight on Sara Goldenberg White

From the pages of Handwoven’s fashion issue to the latest rigid-heddle course from Long Thread Media, Sara Goldenberg White is a woman of many talents.

Christina Garton Oct 12, 2023 - 5 min read

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Sara Goldenberg White. Photo by Tiffany Warble

When we needed to find instructors for our upcoming Weave Together with Handwoven retreat, my first suggestion was to get Sara Goldenberg White. Not only is she a spectacularly talented rigid-heddle weaver and designer, she's also an incredible teacher. While I haven't had the joy of taking a class with her in person, I've watched both of the videos she filmed for Long Thread Media. Sara has the ability to take complex (or at least complex-seeming) techniques and break them up into easily digestible bites. After watching her video on twill my first thought was, "Well that looks much easier than I imagined!"

Not everyone has had the joy of working with Sara or has seen her incredible videos, so I thought I'd take the time to spotlight her work as a weaver and as a teacher.

I’m not sure when it was that I first worked with Sara Goldenberg White on something for Handwoven, but I’m pretty sure it was the Raveling Plaid Dress from the September/October 2012 “fashion” issue. Most of the other designers submitted proposals for projects that were fairly incredible but also fairly traditional. Sara’s dress, on the other hand, was a wild and wonderful rigid-heddle-woven dress where the skirt was comprised of hundreds of free-flowing novelty and ribbon yarns. It was unlike anything I’d seen in my year at Handwoven, and I knew immediately that this Sara was my kind of person.

Sara’s Raveling Plaid Dress from Handwoven’s 2012 fashion issue. Photo by Joe Coca

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Sara again and again for Handwoven (although not as much as I would have liked), and each time I was astounded not just by her exquisite sense of color and pattern, but by how she was able to render these things so beautifully on the rigid-heddle loom. Then, Easy Weaving with Little Looms came on the scene, and naturally Sara became one of my go-to weavers—somebody always game to weave when I desperately needed this or that for an issue.

Goldenberg Butterfly Shawl SquareThe Butterfly Wings Scarf from Easy Weaving with Little Looms Summer 2020. Photo by George Boe

Sara goes beyond just being an excellent weaver (although she is—have you seen her Butterfly Wings Scarf from the Summer 2020 issue? Absolutely incredible!). She’s also a lovely human being. It’s this combination of kindness, patience, and seemingly boundless creativity that makes Sara such a sought-after teacher. While I’ve never had the opportunity to take an in-person class from her, I did jump at the chance to help out with her new video course, Pick-Up Stick Basics and Beyond.

I knew her course would be good, but it turned out even better than I could have imagined. She explains each step in such a clear and concise manner that it made me want to stop watching and get to weaving right away. Sara also gave out a few new-to-me tips that I cannot wait to use in my own weaving life. (After 11 years at Handwoven and 6 years at Easy Weaving with Little Looms, I’m constantly learning new tricks and techniques that completely blow me away.)

So anyway, there you have it. A brief introduction to the wonderful Sara Goldenberg White: incredible weaver, teacher, and person. Whether you’re learning a bit about her for the first time or have enjoyed her projects in Handwoven and Little Looms, I do hope you consider checking out our new Weave Together with Handwoven retreat and taking a class (or two!) with her. You can find out more information about the retreat including descriptions of Sara's classes here. Just writing this post makes me want to pull out my rigid-heddle loom and weave something wonderful. Thank you, Sara!

Happy Weaving,