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    Hello – my name is Renee and I live in Austin, TX (though a midwestern Michigan girl at heart!).  I am an avid knitter, crocheter and doodler.  After walking away from a stressful career as a derivative trader and moving to TX (marry a Texan and they don’t tell you up front that you will be moving there!) I was introduced to weaving working as the Studio Manager at the beautiful Old Oaks Ranch – now sadly closed.  I acquired a 8 shaft floor room….got rid of our fancy dining room table..and taught myself how to use the loom.  I now take textile classes at the beautiful Southwest School of Art in San Antonio and dabble on my floor loom at home.  I am always looking for help and support and stumbled on the video subscription to JST Textiles.  Just watching the first video I had some oh……moments!  So much to learn!   Nice to meet everyone.




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    Hi back at you, Cindy!  Haven’t seen you on Instagram lately ……….



    Hi everyone,


    I’m Carolyn from Victoria, BC. I’m very new to weaving. I took a beginner’s course, and I’ve made 2 scarves and 2 tea towels 🙂 I have a no-name four-harness floor loom. I am sooo excited to be here!


    Linda GM

    Another Linda here from north eastern PA. I started weaving in the 70s, mainly self taught, had a big break then jumped back into weaving about 7 years ago. I now have quite a few looms: small hand held, rigid heddle and multi shaft floor looms. I enjoy the whole process of weaving from designing to final product.  In the past few years I have taken some classes at the Mannings and now at Red Stone Glen. Would love to be able to take a class with Jane at her lovely location. There is always more to learn!



    Geri Hargreaves from the uk. I am a spinner, weaver, dyer and knitter. Now retired I am reviving my crafting skills after a long lapse due to family and work commitments.  Most of my weaving is with a sectional warp but will definitely be using my warping board for shorter warps from now on. I am lucky enough to have a sister living on Mayne Island near saltspring so hope to one day visit janes studio or if I’m lucky take one of her courses.



    xmas 2016Hello from northern Poland. My name is Ewa (pronounced Eva). I have been weaving for over 20 years, self-taught which means I have probably learnt many “mistakes” which I hope this course will help me to overcome. I have a Louet Spring 4 harness loom and a small Ashford  8 harness looms. I live on an almost self-sufficient small holding and weave mostly in the winter.

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    Linda Finkelstein

    Hello Everyone!

    I’m Linda from Mesa, Arizona since 1984 and from suburban Detroit originally where some family still reside. Joan, I am aware of Heritage Spinning and Weaving… Congrats on both your business and volunteer work!

    My interest in weaving has been “consistently episodic” since the mid 1970s. After marriage, Cranbrook was only a couple miles from my home but there were no weaving classes as part of their offerings for the general public. Later, from about 1986 thru 2006, living in Arizona, I became more serious and consistent as a member of the local Mesa and Phoenix weaving guilds but that ended with serious consuming illnesses and debilitation of my better half. Up to that point, I had woven off only fourteen warps in a most inefficient manner and with a  struggling albeit perfectionistic style. I took a number of workshops and read a number of books on various weaving styles but not actually enough about good foundational methods. My style really needs to improve (when my daughter has watched me weave she would marvel at how I could  like doing that which I obviously had such difficulty doing). So now, I appreciate and am excited about Jane’s online guild to review the basics, to learn better methods for everything, to build fine weaving skills, and to increase productivity… happy, happy, joy, joy!

    Since my husband’s passing in late May I have reemerged by rejoining the Mesa weaving guild and by taking wonderful Navajo and inkle weaving classes at the Fiber Factory.  My 8 Harness floor loom awaits my full attention having been warped and threaded with a name draft in late 2006 which went on as white linen but now looks fashionably gray, given all the dust…  Self confidence is not yet strong enough to begin weaving off this project but will increase with my exposure to Jane’s instruction.  I am so very pleased to join with each of you as we travel our fiber friendly path!





    I live in Western New York, just south of Buffalo.  I retired a couple of years ago and have begun weaving in earnest!  I took my first weaving course in 1977 (!!!), the life became too busy.  In the 1990’s I began spinning.  I have always been a knitter, so everything seems to just go together for me as far as my love for fibers.  I have finally been able to join a local guild, where I have found great inspiration to get outside of the box and explore.  I’m trying some scarves with painted warps, thick fibers, thin fibers, took a class in deflected doubleweave (which I loved!), and added a 16H Ashford table loom to my collection of tools.  What can I say?  I love it, and I’m so happy to be part of this very diverse group!

    Look forward to interacting more in the future




    I’m Cindy and I live in Michigan near Detroit.  I started weaving around 1980 I have been weaving on and off throughout the years and have acquired many looms.  Currently I own a 16 Harness AVL mechanical dobby, a pre-AVL 12 shaft mechanical dobby, an 8 harness baby wolf, a Jane table loom, a 4 harness Norwood loom, a handmade 4 harness counterbalance loom and a 4 harness Cromaine loom made in Heartland Michigan.  I am currently the Vice-President of the Michigan League of Handweavers.  Now that I am retired I have more time to weave and use these many looms.

    Hey Sandra, we met on Bonesmart when we both had our knees replaced back in 2015.  Hope you are doing well.



    I’m Joan and I hail from southeast Michigan, USA. I learned to weave and spin in 1999. Opened a brick and mortar store in 2000 (Heritage Spinning and Weaving) and haven’t looked back. I’ve been to Jane’s three times for classes and once to become one of the first Louet Certified Dealers. I teach weaving in my shop and in our region at festivals and conferences. I enjoy all parts of weaving, just wish I had more time. My special weaving interests are historical and Norwegian weaving — one of these days I will make the overshot coverlet of my dreams. I also am a bit passionate about inkle weaving. In my “Spare Time,” I am a volunteer “Textile Specialist” at The Henry Ford Museum in the Textile Conservation lab. I have been going there one day a week for over four years and love the work and the honor of helping preserve our history.



    My name is Amanda and my interests are… eclectic. True to my ISTJ nature, I get obsessive about something until the next shiny thing comes along. Interests rarely truly die (that category includes sewing reenactment costumes, crochet and drawing) but instead cycle as my interest is recaptured. Therefore I knit very well, spin decently, weave poorly, and am fascinated by but have not made a genuine attempt at bobbin lace. (But I own the accoutrements!)

    I am also a language geek with only the time on my hands to devote to one new language at a time. I consider myself passing conversational in French, and I have dabbled briefly in Japanese, Welsh, Dutch and German. Those are my bucket list languages at this point.  Arabic and Russian are somewhere in my future too, I have no doubt. I am a student of computer science and I hope to make a career out of the joint pursuit of language and computer science in the field of natural language processing.

    I cannot in all honesty stop there: I also enjoy a small fountain pen hobby, and I consider spoiling my cat to be a hobby as well. My fiancé joins me on this last one in particular — a wonderful man whose favorite socks are handspun, who insisted on wearing a faded handknit sweater to Thanksgiving, and won’t take off his fingerless mitts from December to April.

    My loom and partner on this weaving journey is a 30 year old Bergå Ullman 60″ wide, 12 shaft, 14 treadle countermarche that is in a state of functional restoration. She has been sadly neglected over the past decade at least (no information of her original owner, I believe I am the fourth) and it is my intention to see her at work at long last.

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    Hi, my name is Gail.  I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Several of my knitting friends also weave, and I took a weekend beginning weaving class in 2014 to try it out.  I got a Louet Jane table loom about a year ago.  So far I’ve only made a sampler and a scarf on it, but it’s on to dishtowels in 2017.  I’ve been an avid knitter for 40 years (ripple on Ravelry) .  I used to sew, quilt, cross-stitch, needlepoint, and embroider, but gave them all up for more knitting time.  Spinning is another  new-to-me hobby, but it’s not sticking yet.  Weaving is fascinating, and the online guild is a great way for me to learn more.


    Regina Noble

    Hi everyone, I’m Regina.  I live in Northern Virginia in the US.  I have been weaving for about 4 years (rigid heddle) but have only had my floor loom for about a year or so.  I took a beginning weaving class with Tom Knisely in Pennsylvania – as well as a few other classes – and have really become addicted to weaving over all other fiber activities.  I tend to jump into projects that are sometimes over my head, so my focus this year is to back up a bit and really work on perfecting the basic skills…perfect timing for the online Guild!




    I live in Merritt, BC and have been weaving for about 3 years.  I enjoy learning about weaving, it seams every time I read a book or watch a video I pick up one more thing that helps me to understand this craft a little more.  I also enjoy learning more about the history of weaving….so much to learn.

    I weave in the winter months a lot and rarely in the summer as work, gardening and beekeeping keep me busy.  So I am always happy to be snug in the house during the winter because that means I finally get to weave. Yay!

    looking so forward to the next set of videos.



    sorry, Kathleen, I haven’t been keeping up with comments.  I think I just went to My Account/Dashboard/Profile here – what ever it is called. and there was a way to browse my PC for a photo. I have several avatars set up already, so I picked on.

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