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September 27, 2022 newsletter

Mohair Blankies!

I have woven more mohair blankets in my life than any other item, over 1000 by the time I moved on 🤣. They were the foundation of my livelihood. I mastered them technically by developing my ability to get a warp on with ease, wind a bobbin with ease and throw a sticky, fuzzing bobbin with ease. It flew inside the shed and out the other side without any snagging. I share everything I know about weaving with mohair in the School of Weaving but in this newsletter I will share all the written documentation about it. 

I wove them all on a 45″ 4 shaft Fanny counter-balance loom. There were 270 warp threads in each blanket at 6 EPI and 7 PPI and I tied on to a dummy warp so I wouldn’t lose any of that expensive yarn as loom loss. I allowed 2.5 yards of warp per blanket because there really was no loom loss and I never made a warp longer than 7.5 yards because then my system started to lose ground as stickiness was building up. Five yards is perfect for two blankets. I played with colour till the cows came home and never ever got tired of putting new colours together. You need 800 grams of our brushed mohair to weave one blanket.

I hope you enjoy this documentation and if you want to see me warp a mohair loom, weave a mohair blanket and full one in a top loader you can watch it all in Season 1: Episode 9 & Episode 10 of the School of Weaving. Download your copy of the Mohair Blankie!

Jane

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: Brushed Mohair
Each pattern makes: 1 Blanket 41″ X 74″ plus fringes

Shafts: 4
Reed: 6 dent (do not use a 12 dent reed as 0,1 will strip the mohair)
Weaving width: 45″

Brushed Mohair

Choose your own colours!
You’ll need 800 grams of brushed mohair.

Our line of brushed mohair comes in such a range of colours that’s it’s hard not to choose some of each 😉  Instead, play with a stripe design, drop different colours into your sketch and imagine the amazing blankies you could create – and go for it!


Mohair Blankie Kit

You can purchase a Mohair Blankie Kit in a variety of colourways – all you have to do is decide which one is calling to you!

Each kit makes: 1 Blanket 41″ X 74″ plus fringes. Kit comes with the all the yarn needed and the printed pattern.

Royal, Turquoise

Learn to weave our own Mohair Blankie!

The best way to learn how to weave your very own Mohair Blankie is to watch the expert at work! In Season 1: Episode 9 – Making a Mohair Blankie – Jane leads us step by step through the whole process. You’ll learn how to create a Pseudo Warp (Dummy Warp) which will protect the wonderful Mohair warp that you are putting on your loom. Jane explains that she uses a Skeletal tie-up for her Mohair blankets – tieing on 1 treadle to 1 harness. She shares her experience with mohair with her weaving techniques. Finally in Season 1: Episode 10 shows us how to finish our fabulous new blankies – from fulling them in our top loading washing machines to brushing them when they are still damp. Just think of the magic you could create by designing your own blanket.

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From Our Inbox


WOW – the future of weaving is looking great….. The following email popped into our Inbox from Susan Wright in Gig Harbor, WA. I loved the story – being a new grandmother myself – and know that all the Mom’s and Grandmom’s out there will be impressed by Mara’s desire to learn to weave that matches her Grandmother’s! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story, Susan!
  I bought my first floor loom, a Schacht 8 shaft, taking delivery of it in late January 2020 – just in time for COVID. Prior to this I had not tried, nor even seen, a multi-shaft loom (but did a lot of research first). Thanks to the recommendation of my friend, Joan, I joined the School of Weaving and the JST Study Group, part of the Olympia, WA Weavers Guild. I am now in Year 5 (Laces) and enjoying it tremendously.

Meanwhile, my granddaughter Mara wanted to learn to weave. Since she was 5 when I got my loom, her feet couldn’t reach the treadles, but of course she grew. I took delivery of a used Schacht Baby Wolf which now fits her perfectly. At age 7 she is still a little young to handle the ins and outs of dressing the loom, so I warped up a simple scarf for her. Other than putting the header on and showing her how to weave on the first inch, she wove the rest herself. When she made mistakes, she told me, “I can fix them myself!” She also became quite competent in advancing her warp, then adjusting it to the correct tension. At the end, she attempted to learn hemstitching although got a little frustrated. She also learned to twist a fringe and use a steam iron (“the steam is scary!”). I wish someone had introduced me to weaving at that age! The pictures show Mara proudly holding her finished scarf, as well as a closeup of her work. Her selvedges are amazing, in my opinion, for a first-ever project. The skills I have learned over the past couple of years taught by Jane in a relaxed, approachable manner carried over in introducing Mara to weaving. Of course, I will be introducing her to the School of Weaving as soon as her interest progresses! –Susan Wright

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September 20, 2022 newsletter

Linen Lace Scarf in English Rose

Our Linen Lace Scarf is one of my favourites – I know…how can I choose just one 😉 We thought it would look fabulous in our 40/2 English Rose Linen yarn and it does! One of my favourite Lace structures is Canvas Weave and our English Rose Linen makes it shine. The beauty of this linen is that the more you wear it and love it – the softer it gets – linen is happiest being out and about. Have fun weaving one for your wardrobe and another for someone special in your life!

Jane

All the yarn you need
Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Canvas Weave
Material: 40/2 linen

Shafts: 4
Reed: 10 dent
Weaving width: 16.5″

Each kit makes: 2 scarves

We can make this kit for you in any colour you’d like! Simply, put the Lavender Lace kit into your cart and, from the checkout screen in the “notes” section, let us know what colour you would like us to make your kit in.

Huck Lace Falling Leaves Tea Towel Kit


Are you ready for Fall? You can sit at your loom and imagine of the piles of leaves under magnificent trees as you see the Fall colours laid out in front of you as you weave! These lovely towels feature Huck Lace which gives you a chance to “play” with Huck and create the designs provided in the pattern OR create your own designs. You will have 8 tea towels when your warp is done that can be used as gifts or kept for your kitchen, brightening it up with the colours of Fall!


From Our Inbox

The day that France Therrien’s email popped into our Inbox was a happy day! We love seeing how new weavers, and more experienced ones, take what they’ve learned from the School of Weaving and are inspired to create new designs with their expanded knowledge. We thought you would enjoy seeing how France has explored Turned Twill after falling in love with that structure.

I have been weaving since 2010 and I am passionate about the classes Jane Stafford offers to learn even more about weaving my own projects. I fell in love with the turn twill. This is my first creation with Fiberworks. This technique brings me a lot of satisfaction because it is infinite. Each piece is unique. Color, texture, shape etc. I continue to learn the other techniques but I often come back to the turn twill, like a relaxation.

For the moment, I have a full-time job in accounting, and I learn in the morning with lunch or in the evening, but I hope one day to work less and have more fun while weaving. 

Thank you Jane and all your team for giving us this unique experience.


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September 6, 2022 newsletter

It’s September! The weather is starting to cool and our looms are calling to us as Fall approaches. We thought that we would feature some tools of our “trade” that make life easier when you are at your loom. Check out our Weaving Accessories section of the shop to see the range of tools we carry. For instance – the Thread Count Magnifier is a tool that is handy and fun to have around when you are looking at cloth and wondering how it was woven. One of my favourite tools is the Harrisville Brass Heddle/Reed Hook – which is now also used as a pointer while I explain the School of Weaving samples 😉 As weavers, we also need to have handy an extra supply of the tools of our trade ready and waiting. Here are some items that are good to have extras of, waiting to be needed – Bobbins and Spools and Heddles – the kind that your loom needs – so you are prepared to weave different structures and widths of projects whenever you are ready to try something new. If you don’t have an electric bobbin winder – Leclerc’s Double Ended Electric Bobbin Winder is a very handy tool to have near your loom. We also carry Brass Scissors which are great for cutting finished fabrics and are the scissors used in the Maiwa studio in India.

Thread Count Magnifier

C$22.00


Bobbins and Spools


Maiwa Scissors

C$52.00


Harrisville Brass Heddle/Reed Hook

C$19.95

Harrisville Brass Heddle/Reed Hook

Leclerc Double-Ended Electric Bobbin Winder

C$320.00


Heddles!

Texsolv

Inserted Eye

Wire Heddles

9 1/2″ Leclerc Table Looms
10 5/8″ Fanny, Mia, Artisat
12 5/8″ Nilus, Colonial, Weaverbird, Kebec

Package of 100
Package of 500


Throwback!

We thought you would all enjoy this Louet video – filmed a few 😉 years ago, of Jane demonstrating the easiest and most efficient way to remove or add Texsolv heddles to your shafts. A blast from the past, but also useful information if you are weaving on a Louet loom.


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August 30, 2022 newsletter

New JST Kit!

Cramming and Denting Eco Jeans Scarves

When the Venne Eco Jeans yarn arrived in stock, we all got quite excited about the possibilities that this 100% recycled, environmentally friendly yarn would add to our selection of yarns. Did you know that Eco Jeans yarn is made from recycled jeans and used plastic bottles? Worn jeans, jackets and other articles of denim fabric get a new life through this yarn 🙂

We thought there wasn’t a better way to understand the possibilities of this special yarn than by creating a kit where it takes centre stage. These scarves, designed and woven by Lorelie Lenaour, use the cramming and denting technique and are so much fun to weave and wear. I hope you have as much fun playing with our new yarn as Lorelie has.  What a stunning design!

Jane

Eco Jeans Scarf Kit
C$47.00

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: Venne Eco Jeans
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

Loom requirements:

Shafts: 4, Reed: 10, Weaving width: 13

Each kit includes:

Weaving instructions (including draft), 1 – 50g cone of Venne Eco Jeans Slate, 5 – 50g cones of Venne Eco Jeans Deep Navy


From Our Inbox!

We thought you would enjoy seeing what Lydia in Santa Rosa, California created for her dining table, using the skills and understanding that has already learned from the School of Weaving. It is so beautiful that we knew that you would love to see the photos as well! We look forward to discovering messages in our Inbox from our School of Weaving subscribers who are learning to fly off on their very own creative journey. Well done, Lydia!

Hi Jane,

I’m enjoying my subscription to the Stafford sessions/classes very much. I love your understated designs, good humor, and ability to make everything seem doable! I’m on season 3. I will not be tangling with mohair just yet. I am a member of the Redwood Guild of Fiber Arts, down here in Santa Rosa, CA. You’ve given me the ability to go back to certain classes for inspiration and think of new ways to put together weaves and colors.

This table runner is for my dining table. I used a 4 harness Birdseye pattern with occasional basketweave pattern. I used blue and gold 8/2 cottolin for the warp and mercerized 5/2 cotton for the weft with a few accent colors at the 1/3 mark. I was surprised how much heavier the mercerized cotton made the final product. The weight seems just right for the long table.

Thank you very much, and here are a couple photos


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August 23, 2022 newsletter

Comfy, Cosy, Whole Lotta Huggin’ Blankets

Our fabulous Dream Team member, Sharon Broadley designed these beautiful blankets as a way to send some love and coziness to friends and family. Besides being cozy – they are also stunning, bright, cheery and affordable – what else can I say to describe them? As soon as this current heat wave passes and you start feeling that fall is in the air – this kit, with a warp long enough to weave 3 blankets, could be waiting to jump onto your 45″ loom. They are woven with Quebecoise 100% wool yarn which makes each one an affordable gift to have ready and waiting for some special occasion.

Jane


Semi Bleached Tussah Here for Short Time!

We are lucky to have some more of our fabulous Semi Bleached Tussah silk in stock. It’s a lovely soft beige colour that looks stunning woven the way it is or – if you are a fan of dyeing your own colours – it takes dye beautifully. This silk will create a fabulous range of slightly muted, soft colours to make your weaving uniquely yours.

20/2 Tussah Semi Bleached

100% Silk Spun in Switzerland – 20/2 Tussah 5000 yds/lb
Available in 100 gr. skeins with 1100 yds/skein.


Check out our Pucker Up Scarf kits

Each Simple Collapse Weave Pucker Up kit comes with instructions, pattern and all the yarn which includes 18/2 Merino Wool & JST’s hand-dyed 30/2 Bombyx silk you need to weave up 2 scarves. You’ll need a 4 shaft loom with a width of 18 inches.


From Our Inbox!


We were happy to see the photo below from School of Weaving member – France – when it popped into our Inbox! Below, in her words, France describes her very impressive project and shares with us a wee bit about herself.

Here’s my latest work. A rug in Rep Weave and is 160″ long by 26″ wide. I started this project in April after the maple sugar season. I have just finished it. The warp is 8/2 cotton at 48 ends per inch. The weft is 16/8 twice (2 strands of 16/8) cotton with tabby 8/2 cotton. Since I am not a fast weaver, it took me a long time to weave.

I take time to watch all of your videos and I adore what you do and how you teach. I am also a weaving teacher in a town near where I live. I take one student at a time and teach him or her, the basics of making a simple draft and how to put the threads on the loom. Our looms are all sectional.

France


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August 16, 2022 newsletter

New Colours of Zephyr on Our Shelves!

You know how much I love weaving with Zephyr – Jaggerspun’s beautiful 18/2 – 50% Merino/50% Tussah Silk yarn! The softness of the Merino and silk blend, the extra glint that the silk gives to our cloth, and the beautiful way the Merino fulls, make this yarn magic to weave with. And…it’s dyed in a stunning range of colours. Just when I thought this line of Zephyr couldn’t get any better… Jaggerspun introduced 6 more beautiful colours! Check below to see them – Rust, Espresso, Rapture Rose, Mythical Pink, Chartreuse and Seaweed. With this addition to our Zephyr line, we now have almost 30 colours to play with!

Jane

Check out our Fulling Instructions for tips!

  • Plain weave: 16-20 epi depending on how much you want to full your fabric
  • Twill: 18-24 epi depending on how much you want to full your fabric. For collapsible fabrics, use 15 epi in plain weave.

Check out our kits with Zephyr!


In case you missed it!

Early in 2021, Jane spent time talking to Nicole Burgess – host and inspiration behind her Podcast series – Soulfilled Sisterhood Podcast. You can find out more about Nicole and focus as “Soul-Led Leadership Coach to Women in Midlife” through her website.

We thought you might be interested in learning more about Jane’s journey through weaving as she is interviewed by Nicole. Below, you’ll find an overview of what these two amazing women talked about during the interview and click on the button to listen to Jane’s story.

Jane Stafford has been sitting behind a loom since 1978. In the early years, Jane was a production weaver and sought-after workshop instructor, introducing countless weavers to the possibilities of color and design in cloth, while at the same time consulting closely in the design of the Louet Jane Loom (there’s a reason Louet’s table loom is named “Jane”), and helping thousands of weavers learn to use Louet looms on instructional DVDs.

For many years Jane taught exclusively in her studio on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. Weavers came from all over the continent to attend JST’s famous weaving retreats, which contributed to Jane’s being named Teacher of the Year by Handwoven magazine in 2014.

In 2016 Jane created the JST Online Guild, a streamable weaving resource viewed by thousands of weavers around the world. The online guild is a resource that allows anyone, anywhere access to Jane’s workshops from the comfort of their own home.
 

In this episode: Business Lessons

  • Jane shares her journey of becoming a weaver and business owner
  • Nicole reflects Jane’s passion and joy coming through in her teaching videos
  • Encouraging her students to “play” and being curious in weaving (Business Lessons #1)
  • Making mistakes and how making this decision shifted her thinking
  • How repetition helped her develop a system
  • Insight into giving herself permission to play more with her work
  • Allowing herself to organically evolve
  • We learn and grow through others
  • Removing the right and wrong in everything (Business lessons #2)
  • Using critical thinking skills and thinking outside the box
  • How India and other cultures have shifted her beliefs (episode 17 Breaking Through Limiting Beliefs)
  • Mark Twain’s quote on travel
  • Jane shares her reason behind supporting two weaving businesses in India and Ethiopia
  • She shares facing her fears of traveling (Business Lessons #3)
  • Charllotte Kwon’s work on preserving dyes, textiles, and more 
  • Kathy Marshall’s work in Africa and preserving silk production (Jane’s blog link)
  • Humbling experience and perspective shift (Business Lessons #4)
  • Giving back and collaboration
  • Being an innovator in creating videos and online platform
  • Jane’s reason behind doing videos (Business Lessons #5)
  • Customers raving reviews
  • Jane’s “trick” when she is filming a video
  • Allowing her online guild to evolve and keeping it simple (Business Lessons #6)
  • Having a team to bring ideas to fruition
  • Being clear on her mission
  • Jane being open to suggestions and allowing ideas to percolate (Business Lessons #7)
  • Having a bigger reach and not burning out
  • Who inspires Jane

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August 9, 2022 newsletter

The natural world is my inspiration. No matter where you look, there is something to guide your colour choices. Flowers, as they spring up in my garden, often send me directly to my wall of yarn to start pulling colours together, with thoughts of “what if” racing through my brain. The apple blossoms not only helped me to create a soft, light palate but my mind also started “seeing” what these beautiful wee flowers would become when they grew up! Before I knew it, off the shelf came the colours that remind me of apples 😉 When I looked at the beautiful bunch of daffodils – yarn colours immediately popped into my mind and away I went again! Nature provides us with inspiration everywhere we look – rocks, trees, birds, ocean, sunsets… The next time you head out for a walk – open your eyes and imagine what an amazing cloth you could create from the colours you see in your world.

8/2 cotton in Salmon, Cinnamon, Peach, Hot Pink, Bouclé Cotton in Salmon and silks are 30/2 Bombyx Violet Ice and Peachy Keen

18/2 Merino in Marigold, Harrisville Shetland in Cornsilk, 30/2 Silk in Tiger Lily and 8/2 cotton in Gold.


From our Inbox

We were happy to see these photos arrive in our inbox! A perfect example of inspiration that David from California pulled from a photo into his woven cloth. He’s created such a beautiful fabric out of that one image! David’s taken what he’s learned so far and run with it to weave his own original cloth – including making “just” plain stripes sing and pushing Turned Twill into grids that can be used for a game 🙂 We are looking forward to seeing where he heads next!

This is the note that David added to his email along with his photos:

A few things I have been working on. Have the linen and silk on the loom currently.


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We’d love to see how you’ve taken what you’ve learned through the School of Weaving using JST Kits and/or our yarns and made it your own. Send us your photos, including the story behind your cloth. Click here to share your information, photos, and adventure with us. With your permission, you might see your work featured in a future newsletter!


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August 2, 2022 newsletter

Season 5 Kits!

Season 5 gave us more magic to weave into our cloth as we learned about Laces in its many different forms. There is something truly elegant about laces and should you want to learn to weave one or more of them, their kits are waiting for you in the JST Shop 😉

All of our School of Weaving Kits include the yarns and the pattern needed to follow along while you watch videos.

Scroll down this newsletter to find an interview that Maiwa did with me in 2010 as I was about to teach another workshop through their annual Symposium. Those were wonderful times as I immersed myself in bringing textile weaving to students from all over North America into the world of Maiwa and Charllotte Kwon. They were amazing, exhilarating days when we both taught in person workshops. COVID-19 changed our world and both Charlotte and I have developed ways of taking our knowledge, of our particular fields, into the digital world of online classes.


Canvas Weave

C$91.00

Canvas Weave is a great place to start this study of Laces. You’ll be amazed at how many different effects are possible. The sampler is woven in beautiful Venne 16/2 organic linen and we play with different treadling and colour and weave sequences. In total, there are 21 different variations on the warp in your PDF. So much fun!

Canvas Weave Kit includes 1 x 250g cones of 16/2 Venne Organic Linen Linen White and 1 x 100g cone of 16/2 Venne Organic Linen Light Stone Grey.

Huck

C$85.00

Huck grows beautifully from Canvas Weave. We work with 2 units and learn the 3 main ways to tie up and get weft floats, warp floats and Lace.  With those 3 elements, you’ll be able to create all kind of other patterns. We also learn how to read our cloth and you’ll be able to understand Huck patterns when you look at them.

Huck Kit is available in two colourways, Periwinkle or Crocus. It includes 1 400g cone of Bambu 7 in your chosen colour.

Huck Colour & Weave

C$62.50

Huck Colour & Weave is jam-packed with inspiration to last your entire weaving journey! We learn that we can warp with 3 end and 5 end units in one piece and even 7 if we want. We look at all 3 tie-ups to get different effects with weft spots, warp spots and lace. You can also treadle using 3 end and 5 end units all in the same piece. So much to design using colour and weave effect!

Huck Colour and Weave Kit comes with 5 cones of 8/2 cotton, 2 Black, 2 Bleached and 1 Pale Limette.

Swedish Lace

C$46.85

Everything we’ve learned so far with Huck brings us to Swedish Lace. The units are the same as Huck but with Swedish Lace, it allows us to repeat those units as many times as we want. We learn that our A units and our B units can be repeated in our threading and in our treadling with the addition of an extra tabby pick. We use our Mother-of-all-tie-ups and weave weft spots, warp spots and Lace.

Swedish Lace Kit comes with 2 cones of 8/4 cotton Nile and 1 cone of 8/4 cotton Denim.

Bronson Spot

C$175.50

Bronson Spot has so much design potential for the 4 shaft weaver! It is the only Lace structure on 4 shafts where you can have 3 units, which means we can use twill profiles to inspire our shapes. It can also have 4 or 6 thread units, perfect for finer yarns and we can have diagonal lines & blocks all in the same piece. How cool is that!

Bronson Spot Kit includes 2 skeins of silk, 1 x 30/2 Bombyx Rainy Day and 1 x 20/2 Bombyx Blue Rinse and 5 cones of 8/2 cotton, 2 Light Plum, 1 Plum, 1 Charcoal, 1 light Grey.

Bronson Lace

C$149.00

Our first look at Bronson Lace we learn that we can have 2 blocks on 4 shafts and you can repeat the units as many times as you want. You can also weave A & B blocks independently and together. You can have warp floats and weft floats on one surface if you add to your tie-up. With Bronson Lace, you can have Plain Weave as another design element to add to your cloth!

Bronson Lace Kit includes 4 x 250g cones of 8/2 Venne Organic cotton Linen White and 1 x 100g cone of 8/2 Venne Organic cotton Steel Blue.

Blended Lace

C$126.50

In Blended Lace, we put everything we’ve learned about Laces together in one piece. We combine Huck, Swedish Lace, Bronson Spot and Bronson Lace. We also learn to have diagonal lines of Laces inspired by Twill shapes and that we can thread selvedges as half units to avoid long floats at the edges. What we can do with only 4 shafts is truly mind blowing!

Blended Lace Kit includes 1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx Natural, 1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx Jam Jar, 2 cones of 8/2 cotton Natural and 1 cone of 8/2 cotton Charcoal.


Huck and Twills

Huck and Twills takes what we’ve learned with Laces and combine Plain Weave and Twill in placemats that highlight the inter-connectivity of these structures. We learn to weave PW, Twill, Huck, Waffle Weave and Monk’s Belt on a Point Twill threading. We weave wider hems that makes the placemats reversible and we consider using different wefts in the hems as design elements. You can have 9 to 10 unique placemats!

Huck and Twills Kit includes 3 cones of 8/4 cotton Ivory, 1 cone of 8/4 cotton Black and 1 cone of 8/3 cotton Raspberry.


Turned Twill

C$90.00

If you have an 8 shaft loom, we take a look at Turned Twill and weave 12 unique towels! Turned Twill is based on 4 shafts with weft and warp predominant tie-ups. We learned how to have 2 blocks on 8 shafts and change our twill direction with the blocks. We use a broken treadling that gives us False Damask and learn the importance of clean cut lines.

Turned Twill Kit includes 7 cones of 8/2 cotton, 3 Taupe, 2 Gold, 1 Bleached and 1 Red. This is a stash blasting pattern. Jane wove the first few towels with the warp colours and then used up random colours from her stash. Some of the colours used, but which are not included with the kit are: Fuchsia, Pale Limette, Pale Orange, Apricot, Magenta, Peacock, Turmeric, Ivory, Chocolate in 8/2 cotton Green turquoise & Curry in Venne Organic Cotton

If you’d like to check out the video lessons for each of the weave structures above, head over to the School of Weaving Season 5 page!


An interview with Maiwa from 2010 on how it all started!

Weaver Profile: Jane Stafford

by Maiwa – Saturday, September 04, 2010
(Please note, the event is now past.)

We are on the eve of our 2010 workshop series. For the weaver’s among us that means we get to welcome back Jane Stafford from Jane Stafford Textiles on Salt Spring Island. Jane is one of the most sought after instructors in weaving today. It is one of the high points of the workshop series when she arrives and we unload a number of looms from her van into the Maiwa Loft. It is wonderful to have textiles being created next to all the items from the Maiwa Textile Collection.
 

Jane Stafford’s weaving studio on Salt Spring Island.

In preparation for her workshop (please note, the event is now past) and to share her perspective with a wider audience we’ve interviewed Jane about her start in weaving and how it has formed the centre of her life.

M. – What is your weaving history? How did you get started?

J.S. – I grew up being taught the “gentle arts,” learning to sew, embroider, mend, repair, make useful again and reuse all things ‘textile’. I saw my first loom when I was 19 and became fascinated with the idea that I could make my own cloth. It only took me a few weeks to find a way into that world – once I had a shuttle in my hand I knew that weaving would be my life. I know that sounds corny but it is true.

At 19 when everyone was asking what my future plans were, I started saying “Well, I’m going to be a weaver”. I wanted a loom so I got a chattel mortgage on my little car and bought my Leclerc Fanny. We still use that loom today to weave all the mohair blankets. I went to university, took a few basic design courses and started to weave some of the worst cloth you have ever seen in your life! However, I have to say that every piece of bad cloth was an opportunity to learn how to make things better.

In 1981 I left Thunder Bay for Banff, Alberta to study weaving. The Banff School of Fine Arts had just changed their textile programme to a more artistic vein, one which I had not even been aware of. Art textiles were just coming into their own and I was offered a one year residency with full scholarship.

It was pretty daunting being a kid from Thunder Bay with little awareness of what was happening in the bigger world. I think I had a little angel on my shoulder because I spent the next seven years at that school. I was weaving large sculptural pieces and installations; doing collaborative work with dancers and theatre folk.

During this whole period I was torn between the artistic, large-scale work I was doing, and my desire to weave functional cloth. Mildred Constantine was a frequent lecturer at the centre during that time (she was the curator of decorative arts at MOMA) and as we spoke of my confusion she emphatically said “Well, you know Jane, there was a time when cloth was worth it’s weight in gold”.

For me, this statement was a validation that simple cloth could have great value in our lives. For most people, cloth in this day and age means almost nothing. We ask little more of it than to be able to throw it in the washer and the dryer. We get new clothes every season and we fill thrift shops with our clothes from last season – or worse, we just throw them all away. I knew that cloth needed to have a much more special purpose in my life.

Around that time, Jack Larsen came to the centre and taught a workshop called “The Consummate Cloth” and I got to be his studio assistant. This was a pivotal event for me on many levels, but the most interesting thing for me was to be in a position where I just had to listen and to assist.

When you are in the ‘student position’ you have to perform, you have all the psychological issues around performing for your teacher and other students in your class and I never learn well in those situations. However, when you are simply assisting, you get to watch how the teacher imparts their knowledge and you can be a sponge. I didn’t touch a shuttle during the entire 3 weeks but I learned more about aspiring to create a perfect piece of cloth than I had in all previous years of study. “The consummate cloth” – has a perfect sett, is designed to function and endure, has exquisite drape and hand, is simple and beautiful to the eye. To me, a bolt of plain white cloth, exquisitely woven is like the perfect loaf of bread. It is life!

M. How has weaving become the vital part of your life?

J.S. – I moved to Salt Spring Island in 1988. I started a family and I started teaching what I knew. My little business JST is the result of the last 22 years. Those years have been very organic. I have walked down roads that have failed, I have taken little paths that have opened to whole new fields. I have woven thousands of yards of fabric, taught hundreds of weavers, raised 3 beautiful boys and grown lots of vegetables. Weaving, family and farm, are my life.

M. What is your “take” on weaving? Why do you think people start?

J.S. – I think that all North Americans start weaving because of a general interest in textiles. Some are drawn to the technical end of it, and some to the design end of it. Some use it as a type of therapy. I’m fine with whatever reason they have – because we all need things in our lives for different reasons.

M. In which directions do you encourage your students ?

J.S. – The one thing I encourage all my students to do, is to, ‘do it as well as you can’. I know for a fact that everyone can learn the skills necessary to create good cloth. Design and theory can be taught. Good technique can be taught. And with good technique and good design you are able to realize your dreams. These things are concrete.

I encourage my students to start with a small box. To learn about what is in that box, for example; Plain Weave. Plain Weave has got to be one of the most diverse and exciting weave structures that I can think of. The ability to transform itself into different, unique, amazing fabrics is infinite. We can create simple canvases on which to paint with a billion colours; in stripes, wide and narrow, then crossed with themselves, or other colours to create checks and plaids. We can use our reeds to change the density of the cloth; to create warp faced or weft faced fabrics. We can use our reeds to create crammed, dented and corded fabrics. We can weave multiple layers of plain weave simultaneously to create double cloth and triple cloth. We can throw different yarns into the mix, some that shrink and some that don’t – to create 3 dimensional cloth. It is endless.

Once you have explored your plain weave box, then try exploring your twill box. When you stay in one box for awhile, you begin to know it. Once you know it, it is yours.

Weaving is a metaphor for life. The warp threads are what we have been given through our ancestry, they lengthen through our experience and as we weave our weft through them. Sometimes the structures we weave are complex and difficult and sometimes they are simple and elegant – just like life.

M. What is it about Bengal weaving that intrigues you?

J.S. – I am so drawn to the Bengal weaves because they are simple and elegant, multi layered, architectural and every time I look at them I am reminded of how much I have to learn. : ) They are ‘consummate cloth’.

M. How is it you have a loom named after you?
J.S. – I have worked for Louet North America for many many years. I have done training for them, designed fabrics with their yarns, and co-created the DVD on all their looms. Every 2 years I used to go to the Convergence Conference with them to demonstrate their looms and at one of these conferences Jan Louet and I were talking about table looms. I told him all the things I liked about their looms and all the things I didn’t like about their table loom. Jan asked me for a wish list, which I gladly provided.

A year later, I received a box in the mail with the first prototype for a new table loom. Everything that had been on my wish list was on the new loom. Jan made several more prototypes and in the end we have … The Jane.

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After the interview we chatted a bit about production weaving and teaching. Jane told us that she found there was such a demand for the patterns and designs of her weaving that she changed her emphasis to teaching. Being liberated from the repetition of production work has enabled her to put more energy into the creative aspects of weaving. “And I love sharing the skills and techniques in a teaching environment.”


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July 26, 2022 newsletter

Complete Tussah Line Now On Our Shelves!

Finally, all our fabulous line of JST Hand-dyed 20/2 Tussah silk has been reinvented and is ready for you to weave your magic with!

We’ve switched the Tussah line over to a bleached Tussah. This produces colours that are brighter and clearer than they were on the natural Tussah, more like the sparkle of the 20/2 Bombyx and 30/2 Bombyx. Our dyer has been working hard to get our full line of colours ready for you to explore and create with. All of JST’s silks are hand-dyed right here on Salt Spring Island!

For optimum drape we sett it at 20 epi for Plain Weave and 24 for Twill. Check out Jane’s Master Sett Chart for ideas and setts for combining silk with other fibres.

100% Silk spun in Switzerland – 20/2 Tussah 5000 yds/lb.
Available in 100 g skeins with 110 yds/skein.


Styrene Spools

One JST 100 g skein of silk will fit perfectly on a styrene spool! You can see how I make that happen below 😉

Buying one of our silk skeins?
We’d be happy to wind it onto a styrene spool for you. The Winding Fee includes the Leclerc styrene spool which becomes yours to put away to reuse.


Ask Jane

Moving silk on a skein to a large spool for warping.

I’ve just bought some silk from JST and I don’t want to mess it up! Do you recommend winding silk onto spools in the same way she winds bobbins? 

All our silks are in skeins. To get your silk to be easy to wind into a warp, the first thing you need to do is to “open” up your skein. That’s done by putting your hands inside the skein and quickly force the skein out a number of times, as you move the skein around your wrists. This helps the silk to stop clinging to it’s neighbours and get ready to unwind happily from the swift. Once on the swift, find where the 2 ends of the skein are tied together and take the outside one and get it started by winding a bit around a spool to secure it. Put your spool into your bobbin winder and away you go! A large Leclerc “storage” spool will hold 100 g of silk if you wind the spool firmly enough. See the photos below to see what I mean.


School of Weaving subscriber? Watch Season 1 Episode 1 – Making a Good Warp for more great tips which includes winding a bobbin, how to use a warping board, table top and floor model warping mills as well as how to hold multiple ends in your hand to help winding your warp much faster!


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We offer FREE shipping on all Louet looms within Continental North America. We also offer the option to pay a $1000.00 CAD deposit on your loom with the balance due when the loom ships out to you. This gives you the flexibility to make smaller payments towards your balance, at your convenience.


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July 19, 2022 newsletter

Season 4 Kits!

Twills on 4!

As we discovered in Season 4 – Twills are one of the most magical weave structures that give us the base for sooooo much creativity. Even if you have woven these before, we thought you might enjoy revisiting some of these kits, now that you have a bit more weaving under your belt. If you haven’t woven the samples – well, try one or more and see if you get as “hooked” on Twill, as I am 😉 – as you explore what YOU can create with these warps, threadings and treadlings. Take a structure and make it yours. Just imagine the wonderful fabric you could create – with all that Twill knowledge under your belt.


Introduction to Simple Two Stripe Twill

Here’s your chance to overlay many of our Colour & Design principles onto 2/2 Twill, 3/1-1/3 Twill and Basket Weave. You can use this kit as a blank canvas to create samples, a narrow scarf, OR you could open up your sett to 12, grab some Bouclé yarn from your stash and weave yourself a wonderful bunch of tea towels.

This Simple Two Stripe Twill Kit includes 4 cones of 8/2 cotton (2 each in Natural and Charcoal) including the pattern to use as your starting point for exploring Twill. 


Small Threadings Twill Gamp

This kit uses 8/4 cotton and gives you so many options! With the 6 yard warp you would put on your loom you can weave the samples described in the included pattern or ….. you could play with the sett. Sett at 12 epi – you could weave a great blankie, 15 epi gives a firmer sample, 16 epi would give you a nice, firm placemat 😉 Just have fun with these Twill variations and combinations!

This Small Threadings Gamp Kit comes with 5 cones of 8/4 cotton – 2 Black, 2 Bleached and 1 Cherry as well as the pattern draft.


Point Twill Gamp

The perfect kit to explore Point Twill gamps or…. with the width and length of this warp – you can weave a bunch of baby blankets playing with Point Twill all the way! You will need to thread this warp to 34″ in the reed to end up with a BBB – (Beautiful Baby Blankie) 😏 You can play with Colour and Weave, Basket Weave, and use Fibonacci to help you create treadling sequences. So much fun!

The Point Twill Gamp Kit includes 7 cones of 8/4 cotton, 3 cones Nile, 1 cone Plum and 3 cones of whatever weft you have chosen, as well as the pattern to get you on the loom and weaving.


Large Threadings Twill Gamp

When Twill threadings are repeated, they create stunning results. You will have a 6 yard warp to play with that will be 17″ in your reed. You can use those shapes to overlay your cloth with other threading concepts…. it really is simple once you break it all down and then build it up again. Just imagine the unique placemats you could create! So much fun. So many possibilities.

The Large Threading Gamp Kit includes 5 cones of 8/4 cotton, 2 cones Black, 2 cones Bleached, and 1 cone Cherry, as well as the pattern draft.


Shadow Weave Meets Twill

You’ll have a wee chance to play with Atwater Shadow Weave applied to 4 harness Twill shapes in this kit. Your warp is 6 yards and the width in your reed is 17″ so you’ll have a large enough canvas to create your own unique scarf, or …..

The Shadow Weave Meets Twill Kit includes 6 cones of 8/2 cotton: 2 cones Black and 1 each Fuchsia, Pale Orange, Apricot and Peacock plus your pattern draft.  If you have some 8/2 cotton in your stash – or some 20/2 silk for a bit of additional softness – you are well on your way to weaving something special.


From Our Inbox!

We thought you would enjoy seeing the fabulous tea towels that Berly (Kimberley) has been creating with fresh insight from what she’s learned on the School of Weaving …..

I picked up weaving about 5 years ago and found JST during the beginning of the pandemic. Before that, I’d learned to weave and purchased my own loom from the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild in Atlanta. There are a few things I picked up from the JST classes that I think have made all the difference for me. The first one is that you should beat on an open shed. I gave it a try, what a difference it made to my selvedges (seriously!!). The second is when I tried out the color and weave – hot pink – kit. It really opened my eyes when it comes to color, and color in the warp. I’ve now turned my weaving into a side hustle with really fun, and colorful boucle tea towels. 

Below are photos of a few towels I’ve made since then. 

Give Berly a follow on IG @berl_textiles


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Don’t be shy – share your creative designs with us 🙂

We’d love to see how you’ve taken what you’ve learned through the School of Weaving using JST Kits and/or our yarns and made it your own. Send us your photos, including the story behind your cloth. Click here to share your information, photos and adventure with us. With your permission, you might see your work featured in a future newsletter!


We offer FREE shipping on all Louet looms within Continental North America. We also offer the option to pay a $1000.00 CAD deposit on your loom with the balance due when the loom ships out to you. This gives you the flexibility to make smaller payments towards your balance, at your convenience.


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Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and on

Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.