Look where we all live & Introductions

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    My name is Gail and I have been weaving for about 16 years. For the last couple of years I have been ‘coaching’ an open studio at the Art Studio operated by New Castle County in Delaware.  The county studio has a number of Leclec and Macomber looms, a Union rug loom, a number of table looms and I sometimes bring some rigid heddle looms from home if a weaver is interested in trying it. The program used to run as a regular class but we weren’t getting any students signing up, so we changed to the open studio and now students only pay for the sessions they attend.  Some days we have 2 weavers and somes days there are 12 weavers working! Some of the weavers who have been participating for a couple of years are very accomplished and some are brand new to weaving.  I help to get the new weavers started on a project and coach them through all the steps, help solve problems and lend an extra hand when that’s what is needed. I also try to keep all the looms in good working order. It can get pretty chaotic when the studio is full and many people are at different stages of their projects. We have a great group of regulars who pitch in with advice, ideas and help (Thanks, Bob!)  I’m particularly happy about the diverse, welcoming, supportive, friendly community that’s developed in the studio.



    Hi I’m Nancy, I live in New Hampshire.  I learned to weave 20 years ago, wove for a couple of years and then dropped it.  The family was very young and I didn’t have the time to focus on it, and instead spun and knit.  I sold off all my weaving equipment a couple of years ago and regretted it.  Last summer I purchased a used 4 shaft 40″ macomber and love it.  I have so much handspun yarn one of my goals in weaving is to weave up my large stash.  I am still a beginner and signed up for Jane’s class as a refresher.



    Hi! I’m Marti (Tamarz on Ravelry). I live right outside Washington, DC (no jokes please! It’s not our fault and we are truly suffering around here. You folks in Canada are so lucky!).

    I started weaving in 1991 and had a Mighty Wolf and later acquired a 24 shaft Louet Magic Dobby. Was totally enthralled with it. But then  I  stopped weaving for about 10 years when we adopted our youngest daughter.

    Started up again about 4 years ago and felt like a total beginner. I found my taste in weaving had changed over that time and when I tried to weave on the Magic Dobby, all the planning and using PC Fiberworks to figure out complex designs seemed like a chore instead of the fun it used to be. So I’ve gone in the opposite direction — bought a 4 harness Saori loom and have sold my Magic Dobby in order to buy a used 8 shaft countermarche loom (Oxaback Lilla). My daughter and I are off to pick it up next weekend!

    If I love the Lilla (which I expect to), I’ll be selling my Mighty Wolf. It will be painful because I wove so many things on it — it’s full of memories. But I’m excited about my new adventures in weaving — learning all about countermarche looms.  The back to front warping lessons in these videos couldn’t have been better for that! Really enjoyed first 2 lessons and am waiting with anticipation for the 3rd. And wow Jane Stanford seems like a terrific person to learn from. If I weren’t on the other side of the continent I’d sign up for a class. I am saving in hopes of taking the basics class at Vavstuga summer after next but we have to align it with kids’ vacations and my youngest starting college (OMG!)



    Hi Everybody

    My name is Jani (I think the system is going to pick up my legal name from my credit card, Neola) my Ravelry name is Janientrelac and I blog at Knitting behind your back.

    I live in Calgary Alberta and belong to the http://www.heritageweaversandspinners.org/   Knitter and crocheter for 40 some years, spinner for 10 and I swore that that was enough crafts.  That didn’t last, now the proud owner of a Leclerc and a Flip Rigid Heddle.

    Jane is a wonderful teacher in person but it is great to have the videos that I can watch over and over.





    I am Jessica/Jekka, currently living in Charlottesville, VA.  I have an 8 shaft Mighty Wolf that I acquired maybe 12 years ago, and took a week-long workshop at Webs when I acquired it (I lived in the Boston area then).  So far I’ve only been using 4 shafts.  I’ve been weaving longer on rigid heddle looms and learned to spin about 25 years ago, when I lived in Berkeley.  I also knit. crochet, sew, and know how to make Idrija bobbin lace.  I am in the process of reacquainting myself with my loom, as I lived in China for 4 1/2 years, where I built myself an inkle loom from PVC and did some backstrap weaving to deal with missing my loom (I had spindles and an electric spinner, so spinning was easier).  I am looking forward to trying Jane’s techniques; I love where she puts the raddle.



    Hi everyone, I’m Karen from Washington State. I belong to the Desert Fiber Guild and have be weaving for about 4 years. I have really enjoyed your lessons so much and look forward to the next months. Thank you so much for forming this online guild.



    Hey Hello Friends; My name is Jurate and I live on a remote lake in the boreal forest of Northwestern Ontario, Canada. I retired early from a happy career as an exploration geologist and live the snowbird lifestyle. Winters are spent in the Hill Country of Texas. I have been knitting for a long time and only in retirement have started to pursue spinning, weaving and fibre prep seriously.

    Between my two studios I own three large floor looms: Harrisville Rug Loom ( v. countermarche with shaft switching) ; Leclerc Nilus II ( jack)  and Leclerc Colonial ( set up for counterbalance). I enjoy learning the differences between the three types of looms. I also have inkle and belt looms, rigid heddle looms and a pile of frame looms suitable for bead weaving.

    I run a guild in Texas where I teach knitting and spinning every two weeks. It is a labour of love and it helps me to learn as well. I am going to introduce weaving soon, but since we do not have a dedicated room, I cannot really get into anything requiring storage.

    I am looking forward to making friends and learning along the way. Cheers


    Nina Kennedy


    My name is Nina and I live in Indianapolis, Indiana. I have been weaving “on and off” for about 30 years and with each year I feel there is still so much more to learn. I am fortunate in that there are actually a couple of weaving/fiber shops in this area and that I belong to an active weaving guild, Weaving Indiana. I have also been able to attend Convergence a couple of times and the Midwest Weavers Conference  a few times (which is being held here in Indianapolis this year – Yay!). I would love to attend one of Jane’s workshops some day but in the meantime I am so glad she is providing these online courses. I loved the first lesson and am online this morning waiting for the 2nd lesson to post!

    I have a Louet Hollandia loom and a David loom and have been dabbling into tapestry so just bought a little Mirrix tapestry loom. (What can I say – I am a loom enthusiast).

    It is nice to be able to meet everyone on this online forum!



    Another hello from Europe. My name is Gaby. I am from Germany and I am a newbie in weaving. Two years ago I wove my first two scarves on a rigid heddle loom, which I borrowed from a friend. I liked the result but not my aching shoulder  and decided that I will try a real loom or a workshop. But Germany with all its weaving traditions seams to be a weaving diaspora there be only a handful possibilities to learn and never ever a shop near to see a real loom. I searched through the internet, looked small videos on “you tube” and found ” Jane” and her parts of the video which come with the louet looms.  A wish grow! But it is an amount full of money which is needed to buy a loom without knowing wethter there will be again an aching shoulder. Last year in spring I persuaded my husband to make a little journey to Louet in the Netherlands. .only two hours with the car from where I live and met Jan Louet and his enthusiasm for looms. He explained and showed his looms and I also had the possiblity to see the amazing factory where the looms and wheels are made. I fell in love with the spring and decided to save a little more money ((-: But lucky me another spinning friend renovated her house and she lent me her 4 shaft counternarsh loom. So I had six great months to play and a wishlist for father chrismas. How perfect that the online guild started in January and I have the chance to learn. I enjoy the first episode and all the comments here and I am counting the hours to the nextepisodes..

    please forgive my not so correct english.. I give my very best ((-:

    Who wants to see more from my textiles hobbies can have a little look at my blog




    Good Morning from  U.K. 🇬🇧.   Loving Episode One.  I have been weaving for a couple of years and have a Louet Jane 40 and now a Louet David 70 both 8 shafts.  So many little tips which make the whole process so much more successful.  Thank you.



    Hi all.  I’m Liz and I live on a small island about a days paddle north of Jane’s island. I’m mostly a spinner but the spinning piles up so I have to find something to do with it.  My knitting is so slow so weaving is a good option.  I wove years ago but I am still a beginner so these videos are very helpful.

    It’s amazing to see where everyone is from.  There are so many Americans and even a few from England!  I’m looking forward to learning more and meeting everyone even if it is only online.




    Hi, my name is Shelley and I am from Comox, BC on Vancouver Island.   I have been a 3d artist for many years but have done fiber stuff (embroidery, fine crochet etc etc) since a young girl (back when doilies were actually a thing people used!). But clay can only go so far so I have made a jump shift back to the soft stuff.  I love it and feel like I have come home.

    I have taken a beginner weaving class, joined the Woodgatherers Guild and acquired a sweet 24″ Leclerc floor loom.  HUGE learning curve (which I love).   Also have taken up knitting again which is another soft joy.

    Met some nice ladies and just having a blast. I already have learned so much from lesson one.  Looking forward to number two with great anticipation.



    Hi everyone, I’m Val. I’m a shepherd in S.W. Saskatchewan between the Cypress Hill and the National Grasslands Park. I long for more time for my projects: spinning, knitting, weaving, tapestry weaving, quilting, gardening.

    As time goes by my spinners flock gets larger and more diverse (lots of fibre is good), but  it really cuts into weaving time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sheep and can’t envision life without them or their wonderful wool! It’s their coming into my life that put me on the wild and wooly adventures of spinning and weaving! I sell their wool at woolywoolofthewest on Etsy. So with over 500 plus pounds after each shearing, its a full year of work getting it put into the shop and getting ready for the next spring shearing.

    Enjoyed Jane’s first lesson and can’t wait until tomorrow when lesson 2 arrives. This is going to be a great refresher course and hopefully I’ll form some new habits and learn to enjoy warping my looms. Every month waiting for the next lesson will be  like a kid’s Christmas! First project will be the cotton boucle tea towels. A big departure from weaving with wool!

    big girls



    Hi I am another Linda. I live in Seattle and am a member of the Seattle Guild. I have been weaving for about 30 years!!  Shocking.. I also knit quite a bit. I love fiber and textiles. I usually have an indigo vat in the summer.

    I weave rag and wool rugs, towels and some tapestry. I have a Glimakra floor loom and a smaller floor loom.. can’t remember the brand. Plus I have two small tapestry looms. I taught myself to do wedge weave last year. I love it!
    I have taken one class from Jane at Maiwa in Vancouver.


    Elaine Lewis

    Thanks, Kathleen, for suggesting we introduce ourselves. I have enjoyed reading the short bios that people have provided – what a diverse group we are! My name is Elaine, and I learned to weave in January 2014. I learned to read a draft and was able to follow all sorts of patterns to create fabric – usually very complex 8-shaft, multicoloured, complex treadling patterns. Then last May I took Jane’s Colour and Design workshop! Who knew weaving could be creative and fun? Now I’m on a year-long plain-weave-only journey, and I’m playing with colours, with graphics, with texture, with fibre, with silliness. I discovered the Elaine method for stripes without using alternate colours (a knowledgeable weaver said, “oh, crammed and dents”). OK, so it was invented before, and I probably read about it, but it was still new to me when I discovered it and gave me a “this is way cooooool” moment at the loom.

    I loved the first set of videos that Jane posted because of Jane’s creative and often random approach to making them. Want to know how to make the cross – watch video 5, want to count threads – watch video 1 (or was it 2?), and so on with information scattered throughout videos as the ideas came to Jane.  As someone who spent >20 years preparing and delivering lessons, it is liberating and refreshing to see someone teach whatever pops into her head.  I’m looking forward to more.

    I’m also looking forward to reading your posts and learning from each of you as we progress through the videos. But right now there are 230 threads of alpaca with a need to be warped.

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