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January 3, 2024 newsletter

Weaving Essentials

Starting your journey into the world of weaving can feel overwhelming, considering the array of equipment and tools involved. But don’t worry! Jane’s essential weaving tools and equipment are listed below and will simplify the process for beginners. Whether it’s looms, shuttles, or yarn, Jane’s essential list has got you covered. We’ve selected some of her favourite tools that will help you warp, thread and learn to weave your beginning projects.


A Loom

We absolutely adore the Louet Jane, David, and Spring looms – they’re our top picks for weaving success! But really, any loom can kickstart your weaving journey. So, gather your tools, join the School of Weaving to guide you as you learn to weave and you’re off to a good start!

Jane 16 shaft Table Loom

All David and Spring looms are in stock and ready to ship. Once ordered the looms generally take 5 days to reach our customers!


11″ Schacht Open Bottom Shuttle & 4″ Bobbins

Jane’s all time favourite shuttle is the 11″ Schacht Open Bottom – you’ll always see at least 2 sitting on her loom as she is weaving for us on the School of Weaving. They come in several different sizes as well as 2 different kinds of wood – maple or cherry and are light and easy to throw. The magic of these shuttles is that they have an opening on the bottom of the shuttle which gives you a chance to slow down your bobbin with your finger as your shuttle leaves your shed. 

Schacht 11″ Open Bottom Shuttle


Warping

One tool that you can’t do without is a good warping board or a warping mill. One of the best ways to get good results on your the loom, is to have a warp that is wound perfectly, slips onto your loom happily and can’t wait to get started 😉 Don’t have room to hang a warping board in your home? How about a warping mill that makes winding a warp so much easier.

Leclerc Warping Boards

Leclerc Warping Mill – Table Top


Bobbin Winders

We all need good bobbin winders no matter whether you choose an electric double bobbin winder or hand bobbin winder that we carry. Any one of these bobbin winders will make your weaving life easier. If you are treating yourself to some of our wonderful silk with the gift certificate you got for Christmas – the double ended bobbin winder, an umbrella swift plus a wee stash of the large Leclerc spools and you’ll be weaving with silk in no time.

Leclerc Double Ended Bobbin Winder

Leclerc Hand Bobbin Winder


Sley Hook

The sley hook is a tool we always have sitting by our looms. It’s the “queen” of sley hooks made by Harrisville and is another one of the tools that Jane can’t live without. You’ll notice that Jane uses it for many things including as a pointer as she takes us through the PDFs that come with our School of Weaving projects 😉

Harrisville Heddle/Reed Hook


8/2 Cotton

We carry a full range of colours in our 8/2 cotton yarn which becomes a staple yarn in every weavers stash. It’s popular, versatile, and won’t break the bank! The perfect yarn for a beginner to practice winding a warp, dressing your loom and then weaving off a tea towel, runner or your first project.

8/2 cotton


School of Weaving Subscription

Kick off your new year with a bang! This January, let’s tackle weaving together. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned weaver, the School of Weaving is ready to help you level up. Join us – you won’t regret it!


Beginner Kits
Colour & Weave Season 2

School of Weaving’s Season 1 is all about you learning how to get your loom up and ready for you to weave. Then – you get to play with Colour & Weave in Season 2! There are so many projects that you can weave while you play with the colour and design of your cloth as the fun really begins. Check out Season 2 kits and soon you’ll be weaving samples become reference samples as you start to design your own unique cloth!


Season 8 First Kits Now in Stock!

Our first 3 kits for Season 8 are in stock and waiting for you. These kits are designed for Intermediate weavers for the first 3 projects that we cover in Season 8 episodes 1 & 2.

M’s & O’s Go On a 2nd Date in Episode 1

Shadow Weave 4 shaft project scarf for Episode 2

Shadow Weave 8 shaft project gamp for Episode 2

Here to help

Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.

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August 29, 2023 newsletter

Weaver’s Tool Box

Those little tips and tricks you learn from Jane and weaving friends…..

We thought you might enjoy a few “handy hacks” using items that you might have just lying around waiting to be used in a new way. Some you might have around your home and others you can find at your local hardware store or another store in your neighbourhood.

Sticky Note

Weaving Twill? Grab a sticky note, fold it in half corner to corner and use it to double-check your ppi by making sure you are weaving a 45-degree angle.


Removeable Tape or Stickers

Anyone weaving through School of Weaving episodes and watching Jane weave, knows how important these removable labels are for keeping your treadling in order. Note in this specific example – Jane puts her plain weave on the outside treadles and her Twill pattern treadles in the middle. Easy peasy to learn the rhythm of the pattern you are weaving.


Graph Paper

Not sure whether you understand the draft for a project? Graph paper is the perfect way to look at your structure without having to get a warp on the loom. JST graph paper is included in so many School of Weaving PDFs – find one, scan copies and away you go!

You can also download a 4 and an 8 shaft Draft Design Sheets right here:
4 shaft Design Sheet
8 shaft Design Sheet


LED Lights

These little LED light strips work wonderfully when you are threading your loom or weaving. They shed light where you need it most while threading and weaving. And you can find them in a hardware store or online in your own community.


Making A Repair Heddle

We have many little videos that help you fix or understand an issue you are having – this one is on making a repair heddle! Check out our YouTube channel.


Handy, Must Have, Tools

Spools

Winding a long warp with 2 or more threads in your hand but only have 1 or 2 cones of the yarn you are using? Wind a part cone onto one or two of these spools and you are all set to wind. What’s left on your spool can be wound off on bobbins and will be ready to weave.


Fringe Twister

Every weaver needs one of these Fringe Twisters. They are so much faster and neater than twisting your fringes by hand!

Fringe Twisters - Double

Traditional 11″ Brass Scissors

Jane’s favourite scissors! We all need one really great pair of scissors to be used only on fabric. Do you have one or more people in your life who don’t understand the necessity of keeping these away from paper? Label them with a sticker saying fabric only!


Harrisville Brass Heddle/Reed Hook

Any member of the School of Weaving knows how “attached” Jane is to her Harrisvile Heddle/Reed hook. 😉 It leads a busy life – threading heddles, sleying the reed AND last but certainly not last – as her pointer in so many School of Weaving episodes.


Dr. Beckmann Colour and Dirt Collector

One sheet added to your wash water, whether you wash by machine or by hand, will grab any fugitive colour lurking around in your yarn. They are truly amazing!


Cone Holder

The photo for this cone holder – tells the story. It will hold up to 8 cones and/or tubes of yarn waiting for you to quickly wind your warp with up to 5 ends in your hand. We aren’t suggesting that winding 8 at once would be the way to wind a good warp 😂


All David and Spring looms are in stock and ready to ship. Once ordered the looms generally take 5 days to reach our customers!

Summer and Winter with Colour and Weave is Live!


Here to help

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

Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.