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Custom Handweavers

Custom Handweavers was established in 1929 during the California Arts & Crafts movement. Since that time, the studio has maintained the tradition of providing a quiet haven for learning and practicing the heritage crafts of weaving and spinning. Today, Custom Handweavers is a unique combination of store, gallery, and teaching studio. The retail store offers a wide variety of yarns, looms, spinning wheels, and accessories, and the gallery provides a display for the handwovens produced by our students.  Hannelore Cole has been the proprietor since 1982 and teaches classes and workshops at the Studio’s Mountain View location.

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The fiber arts classes at Custom Handweavers include beginning, intermediate and advanced hand weaving, tapestry weaving, Navajo weaving, spinning, and Temari. Floor looms are available for onsite rental and student use, with four to twelve shafts and weaving widths to 45". An extensive library of weaving classics is available for student and professional use. Looms from most of the loom manufacturers may be customized and purchased as well.


Hannelore Cole is a weaver, designer, and teacher with over 40 years of experience. A native of Berlin, Germany, Hannelore studied and practiced the art of handweaving according to very traditional training in her home country. She later completed a fashion degree at Cañada College, focusing on the design of clothing using handwoven textiles. She has won numerous awards in juried competitions.

In addition to her work as an artist, Hannelore has devoted much time in the past several years to teaching others the craft of handweaving. Her passion and commitment to teaching have inspired many, from beginning to advanced students.


Our newest addition to the staff. She is a bit noisy ... OK, she barks a LOT ... until she sees that you are a friend.

Custom Handweavers
2263 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: (650) 967-0831
email: webemit@sbcglobal.net

page last updated 1 May 2018