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Season 3

Episode 9 – Plain Weave with Supplementary Warp & Weft

Welcome back to Season 3 Episode 9! This episode continues to build on everything we have done so far this year. It adds some very rich sauce to our plate of pasta!   🙂 Dr. Seuss could have written a children’s book about it….Oh the places you’ll go! Our pasta this time around is a very...

Episode 8 – Plain Weave with Supplementary Warp

In this episode we’re going to add a little pizzazz to our plain weave warps by adding supplementary warp threads right into the warp when we make it. I always think of supplementary warps threads as simply extra threads that come down from the sky and sit on our warps. They aren’t an inherent or necessary part...

Episode 7 – Double Width, Double Layers

This episode is all about simple double weave on 4 harnesses…. so be prepared to have TWICE as much FUN 🙂 If you’re a weaver with a narrow loom dreaming of making cloth that is wider or if you’re a weaver with a wide loom wanting to make cloth that is gigantic….this one’s for you....

Episode 6 – Simple Collapse Weave

In this episode we learn how to use active yarns (shrinkers) and inactive yarns (not so shrinky) to create highly textured fabric. This time our perfectly wonderful plain weave is woven at a ridiculously open sett in 30/2 silk and 18/2 merino. We continue to push our technique to another level….learning how to control that...

Episode 5 – Warp Faced

This time around we’re going have a peak at warp faced fabrics. We’re going to sett our warp threads so closely together that the weft will be nothing more than a burrowing worm searching for a selvedge to pop out at 🙂 We will learn how to obtain different colour effects, how sett controls the success of...

Episode 4 – Weft Faced

It is so good to weave this sample after the last sample because we bring over those colour and weave effects from Log Cabin and pour them into Weft Faced plain weave.  They are definitely connected.  We do branch out into twill and other tie-ups and we master the ideas around weaving on opposites.  ...

Episode 3 – Log Cabin

Oh my goodness, I love Log Cabin sooooooooo much.Log Cabin can be inserted into any existing graphic that you have.  Imagine if we took some of the samples from last season, like Parrot for instance and we overlaid Log Cabin on top of that graphic.  Or what if we built Log Cabin into our Plaid...

Episode 2 – Cramming & Denting

This sample is all about using multiple setts in one piece of cloth.  We learn how to adapt our sleying and beating to create beautiful fabrics and we do it all in Linen 🙂 Things you will learn: Linen is awesome! Using multiple setts in one piece of cloth We use our reed to create...

Episode 1 – Denting

In this first sample for Season 3 we are using our reed to create a wonderful lacy looking fabric in plain weave. Things we will learn: To weave with finer threads Dented fabrics need to have a firm sett… they are not woven at an open sett. Our reed and our beat create the open...

Season 2

Episode 11 – Grand Finale

We’ve learned so much this year with Colour & Design! We’ve woven 7 samples filled with colours, graphics & architecture. We talked more about sett. We learned how to change our warp by taking out zingers and replacing them, opening our sett without re-beaming our warp to create different fabrics, adding texture to our cloth,...

Episode 10 – Primaries & Secondaries on Black

Things you will learn: the power of a black background, how black keeps other colours clear, how the balance of colour changes in twills because we see more of each colour due to the float length, how colour and weave patterns appear in twills when we alternate colours in the warp and weft, we have...

Episode 9 – Basket Weaving

We are in for a treat this month because our wonderful friend, neighbour and Tuesday Girl….Joan Carrigan is going to share a bit of her world with us. Joan is a full-time basket maker and basketry teacher who has lived on Salt Spring Island, BC for over 20 years. Joan studied Fine Art and Art...

Episode 8 – Muted Colour Gamp on Natural Ground

Things you will learn: arranging muted versions of the primary and secondary colour wheel in a gradation from light to dark laying them all on a natural background weaving the colours solid on solid and alternating on alternating bringing the loud members of the family to the party to brighten things up working with textured...

Episode 7 – All About Stripes

Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! Zebras Have Stripes and Everyone Loves Zebras. I love stripes… fat ones, skinny ones… fat stripes with skinny stripes on them… there’s so much to do with stripes. The stripe has an ancient textile history but hasn’t always been loved. For much of history the stripe was used to label you an...

Episode 6 – Designing Plaids

Plaids have been identified in archeological digs dating back 3000 years. In Scotland a plaid is a length of woolen cloth slung over the shoulder that can be used as a blanket. It is usually called a tartan but in North America we use the word plaid to describe a fabric woven in plain weave...

Episode 5 – More on Fibonacci

The inspiration for Sample #3 was a parrot. It honestly had all these colours in it, it was just breathtaking. All my early inspiration comes from some external source and eventually it morphs into something that has my fingerprint on it. Things we will learn: Using Fibonacci in yet another way. I have taken the...

Episode 4 – The Colour & Weave sample

This is the first of three gamps in this workshop. Gamps are great for getting a lot of information out of one warp. Colour & Weave is pure magic. How can all these little sequences of dark and light net us so many remarkable little patterns. The patterns themselves are remarkable but the sequencing is...

Episode 3 – Colour… colour… more colour

Ookie Dokie Artichokies, it’s time to break open that new box of coloured pencils, aka as pencil crayons in Canada. I know you have all been chomping at the bit to use them. In this episode we start looking for sources of inspiration, how to look deeper into an image or a flower and pull...

Episode 2 – More on division of space

Make sure you have your sketch book out and be ready to take notes. You might also like to review Season 1 Episode 6, where I introduce you to division of space as my second step in the design process. We go further now… you have your canvas and now you divvy up your space...

Episode 1 – Colour & Design

Now we start our little escapade into the world of colour and design.  It is a system that I have developed after years of production work and I have seen it empower hundreds of students. When students do this workshop in house, the first morning is spent taking a good look at sett.  We started...

Season 1

JST Online Guild Episode 10

Episode 10 – Finishing up our first year with FINISHING!

Our final episode of our first year is appropriately all about finishing. We go over twisting fringes with a fringe twister and by hand. I demonstrate washing silk so you don’t get any stubborn wrinkles. Then we tackle fulling those mohair blankies from Episode 9 in the washing machine and smaller projects by hand in...

Episode 9 – Making a Mohair Blankie… Yes!

Episode 9 is my favourite, hands down. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love weaving with brushed mohair. I wove my first mohair throw in 1982 and since then I have woven over 1000 of them. We still weave them in the studio to this day. They are so light and warm...

Episode 8 – A Few Things About Looms

In this episode we are going to take a peek at the 3 main types of looms in popular use at the moment. The Jack Loom, The Counter-Balance Loom and the Counter-Marche loom. We use all three of them on our studio. As weavers it is very important that we understand how our equipment works...

all about yarn episode 7

Episode 7 – All About Yarn

A few wee things about yarn….not all yarn, just some yarn. My favourite yarns…….those made from cotton, linen, wool and silk. Welcome back to Episode 7. This beautiful planet that we live on has given weavers so much to work with and we all owe a great deal to the farmers who tend these plants...

Episode 6 – Division of Space

Welcome back to Episode 6 where we carry on with project planning. When we first start weaving we pretty much all start by following a recipe, we do this with so many new things in our lives. After awhile we get a hankering to change up those recipes whether it be in the kitchen or...

Episode 5 – Project Planning 101… Putting it All Together

Welcome Back kids! In this episode I have taken the opportunity to have a guild meeting. I explain how I decided on the guild model and how it works. There is some info on how to find pdfs and volume control and the Online Forum. We have a section called unfinished business where I review...

Episode 4 – Let’s Have a Little Chat About Sett

In life it is our teachers who mould us and help us see new ways of seeing the world.  I have been so blessed to have had so many amazing teachers.  One of the most memorable workshops I have ever had the privilege of assisting was one given by Jack Lenor Larsen called ‘The Consummate...

Episode 3 – Good Weaving Technique

This episode is all about having a great time sitting at the loom.  It is so important to be comfortable at the loom so you can weave for extended periods of time without hurting yourself.  Posture is everything.  Once you feel good at the loom the next thing you need to think about is how...

Episode 2 – Dressing Your Loom Back to Front

Necessity is the mother of invention. In the past 39 years I have warped a lot of looms and I have tweaked my technique along the way, over and over and over again. If any of you have the Louet DVD you will notice that I don’t warp with a lot of tension…and in the...

Episode 1 – Making a Good Warp

Years ago I read a gardening book that talked about the concept of 5 %’ers.  Basically the author was talking about paying attention to little details in the process of growing an awesome garden.  If you paid attention to ‘this or that detail’ your garden would be 5% better and if you added up all...