Sandy Creek Weavers-Victoria Sowers

Sandy Creek Weavers-Victoria Sowers

The art of weaving runs deep in the roots of Sandy Creek Weavers. Since 1998, Emily Hyatt and Victoria Sowers have been known professionally as Sandy Creek Weavers.  On historic utilitarian looms they create contemporary works of art.  Sandy Creek Weavers are renowned throughout the Southeastern

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Weaving Your History, A Fabric Time Capsule


Program description

The central focus of a fiber artist residency is hands on weaving by the participants on a 300 year old loom.  During the past fifteen years Sandy Creek Weavers have woven individually with over 300,000 students and adults.  Last year we conducted 30 residencies. 

Residencies include the design and weaving of a large tapestry which incorporates items of sentimental value contributed by


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Program Detail

Program type: Professional Development, Residency, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American
Subject: Other, Social Studies / History, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Year Round

Available times:

Days, evenings and weekends

Length of program: 4-5 five day residency 45-60 minute class time
Space / technical requirements:

Space requirements:
1) A secure quiet permanent space (classroom setting) with good lighting is needed during the residency for the large loom. (Minimum loom(only) space 10×10). 2) Tables and chairs for students to use as they work. Please place rectangular (6 or 8 feet) tables and chairs in a semicircle fashion around the loom area. All students will face the loom sitting on the outside of the tables. 3) Two long tables for weavers to use for supplies and equipment.

****Assistance is needed for installing/set-up/removal of Loom and materials. Please provide the names of three people who will help on the set-up date and to the final day, conclusion, of the residency. This is a critical element to the success of the residency.

(If help is not available upon my arrival I will wait for arrangements to be made. Not having help could result in a delay of the residency).


All of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas.

Fees / Ticketing:

The residencies range from 3 days to a week depending on the type of residency requested. Fees range from $1800-$2500. Expenses are additional and negotiated.


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL.K-2.1, SL.K-2.2, SL.K-2.3, SL.K-2.4, SL.K-2.5, SL.K-2.6

SL.3-5.1.b-d, SL.3-5.2, SL.3-5.3, SL.3-5.4, SL.3.6


SL.6-8.1.b-d, SL.6-8.2, SL.6-8.3, SL.6-8.4, SL.6-8.5

SL.9-10.1.c-d, SL.9-10.3; SL.9-10.4; SL.9-10.5

SL.11-12.1.c-d, SL.11-12.3, SL.11-12.4, SL.11-12.5

NC Essential Standards:

Although we work with all grade levels the following are for grades 3-6 Visual Arts:

3.V.1-3, 3.CX.1-2, 3.CR.1

4.V.1-5, 4.V.2.3, 4.V.3.1-3, 4.CX.1.1, 4.CX.1.4, 4.CX.1.5, 4.CX.2.1-2, 4.CX.2.4, 4.CR.1.1-2

5.V.1.1-2, 5.V.2.2, 5.V.3.1, 5.CX.1.1, 5.CX.1.4, 5.CX.2.1-2,

6.V.1.1-2, 6.V.2.2, 6.V.3.1, 6.CX.1.1-2, 6.CX.2.1, 6.CR.1.1

Social Studies:

3.E.1-2, 3.H.1, 3.C.1.1-3

4.H.1.3, 4.G.1.2, 4.G.1.4, 4.C.1.2, 4.E.1.1

5.E.1.2, 5.G.1.3, 5.C.1.2-4


Supporting Materials

"list of items" sheet for Students to take home


Drawing of the Loom for handouts



Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes


Available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

All programs when scheduled and confirmed in writing with Sandy Creek Weavers Enterprises are considered binding.  Should illness, inclement weather or other foreseen circumstances prevent the artist from performing, Sandy Creek Weavers Enterprises will offer the agency, association. School and or company the option to reschedule or receive a full refund. 

Contracted services cancelled by the agency/association/school/company three (3) weeks or less before the scheduled program dates are to pay full fee excluding expenses.  Cancellations must be received in writing.  Programs rescheduled at the request of the association/school/company shall be confirmed in writing.


For programs NOT funded through ASC: A deposit in the amount of one-third of the contracted fee to be paid when contract is signed and returned to Sandy Creek Weavers.  Contract should be signed no less than five weeks prior to the residency.