The Online Guild launched in January 2017 as a response to weavers wanting to come to Salt Spring Island to study in our studio. Our wait lists were getting longer and longer each year, so Jane decided to try a different approach. This was to take the beginners workshop she offered, flesh it out with more wonderful content and offer it by way of streaming on the great inter web. The immediate response spurred her on. She decided to take every one of her workshops, expand them in greater detail and now we have over 30 videos available online.  

The first year goes over all the fundamentals of weaving. Warping, various methods of dressing the loom, great weaving technique, project planning, understanding sett, information about different types of looms and yarns, weaving with difficult yarns like mohair, fulling and finishing.  

Season 2 lays the foundations of colour and design. The format is simple and easy, encouraging original design and making it accessible and fun. Concepts regarding colour theory, graphic, division of space and the architecture of design are laid down in a way that allows weavers to bring their ideas to reality.

Season 3 takes an in-depth look at Plain Weave. We get really familiar with our reed exploring denting, cramming and denting, weft faced, warp faced, double weave, collapse weave and supplementary warp. All of these ideas are laid down on top of what we learned in Season 2.

Season 4 is absolutely twilling 🙂 We explore threadings, tie-ups, treadlings, colour and weave, big threadings, little threadings and end up harnessing the power of 4 shaft looms in regards to the twill weave structure.

Further seasons are on the drawing board and we will continue to bring all of Jane’s workshops to the screen.  

Below you will find a more detailed description of what is in every episode. All this for $99.00 a year.  Your subscription gives you access to everything we have done so far as well as a new video every 5 weeks, along with PDFs for every episode.  

The online guild also has its own forum. This allows members to share ideas, their projects and to ask questions, all monitored by the wonderful staff at JST. Weavers around the world are creating their own supportive community centered on the lessons in the Online Guild.

Twills on 4 – Season 4

Season 4 we dive into the world of twill structure and will overlay it with everything we learned in Colour & Design and Pushing the Boundaries of Plain Weave. This strong foundation will allow us to take 4 shaft Twills to a new level.

2020 Release Schedule

Episode 1
Introduction to Drafting
January 16
Introduction to Drafting bringing Colour and Design to 4 harness Twills
We start the year off with learning basics of drafting, learning on graph paper and exploring the relationship between tie-up, threading & treadling
Our first of eight samples this year brings all the ideas from Season 2’s Colour & Design forward onto a straight draw twill
Episode 2
Introduction to Fiberworks PCW
February 20
We learn how to draft using Fiberworks PCW, my favourite weaving software program
The entire episode is presented by Bob Keates, creator of Fiberworks who introduces us to both PC and Mac versions
Episode 3
Small Threadings Twill Gamp
March 26
The Small Threadings Gamp has 6 different threadings and we weave them treadled as they were threaded on all our tie-ips
We throw a bit of basket weave and twill and you’ll be over the moon!
Episode 4
Point Twill Gamp
April 30
We look at point twills in great detail
We make patterns bigger and bigger and bigger
I present all kinds of ideas around treadling sequences that help us come up with new variations on old themes
Episode 5
Large Threading Twill Gamp
June 4
There are just so many things to do with threadings, we can undulate, network them, extend them to make them larger, we divide space with them
In every episode there are amazing examples to show how you can take this information out of the gamp and into your own original designs
Episode 6
Colour and Weave meets Twill (Gamp)
July 9
What would a year of weaving be without more Colour & Weave techniques
It doesn’t just belong to Plain Weave…we overlay it on twills with the addition of Basket Weave and it is just unbelievable!
Episode 7
Twills takes Basket Weave on a Date 🙂
August 13
Basket weave is the perfect pairing for 4 shaft twills woven on a 2/2 tie-up
We give it equal billing in our threading along with any twill threading which provides us with a way to structurally divide space and to frame twills
We all know how important framing is when it comes to design
Episode 8
Shadow Weave
September 17
We study shadow weave and learn to take any twill threading and shawdow it
It is a very simple system and understanding the theory behind it makes it so easy to weave
Episode 9
Weft Faced Twills
October 22
Finally, we pick up our Weft Faced ideas where we left off last year in Pushing the Boundaries of Plain Weave
We learn to understand how to draft treadling on opposites which allows us to play with so many new design ideas
Any 4 shaft twill threading can be turned into a Weft Faced piece of cloth
We just have to know how to build the threadling
Episode 10
Twills on 4 Grande Finale
November 26
In this grande finale, we look at all that we’ve learned this season and how Twills on 4 builds on everything I have presented in the previous 3 years of the Online Guild

Pushing the boundaries of plain weave – Season 3

Season 3 pushes the boundaries of Plain Weave. We explore denting, cramming and denting, weft faced, warp faced, double weave, collapse weave and supplementary warp. All of these ideas are laid down on top of what we learned in Season 2 Colour & Design.

Available immediately

Episode 1
Denting
Using our reed to create Lacey fabric
Adapting our technique with our beater to weave these types of fabrics quickly and easily
Episode 2
Cramming & Denting
Using multiple setts in one piece of cloth
Adapting our sleying & beating to create absolutely beautiful fabric all done in linen
Episode 3
Plain Weave Log Cabin Blocks
Log Cabin can be viewed as a block weave and we can insert blocks of log cabin into existing graphics that you already have
We learn how to create asymmetrical & symmetrical log cabin
How to frame log cabin with other colours
Episode 4
Weft-Faced
Using colour & weave effects from log cabin and pouring them into weft faced plain weave
Branching into twill & other tie-ups
We master the ideas around weaving on opposites
Episode 5
Warp-Faced
Getting your sett right for Warp Faced
Basic design principles in plain weave
How colour sequences work in Warp Faced plain weave
Episode 6
Simple Collapse Weave
Ways to collapse a fabric
Creating puckery & 3 dimensional fabrics
Weaving with fine silk & merino in both warp & weft to create amazing scarves
Episode 7
Double Width, Double Layers
This episode is a double weave primer
We look at weaving double width
Weaving 2 separate layers at the same time
Weaving a tube
Switching layers by manipulating our tie-up
Changing sides of our double width to get an entirely new graphic
Episode 8
Plain Weave with Supplementary Warp
This is the first of 2 episodes about using supplementary warps
We learn how to figure out the sett, how to thread & how to control 2 layers in a super duper easy way
We look at all possible tie-ups on 4 harnesses to manage those supp warps
No extra equipment is needed for this!
Episode 9
Plain Weave with Supplementary Warp & Weft
Our second episode on supplementary warp
Weaving supplementary warp threads made of merino sitting on a ground of fine bambu
We learn about the unbelievable graphic possibilities with just 4 harnesses
And then at the end we can collapse the fabric or not, so much fun!
Episode 10
Grand Finale
We look at everything we have learned throughout the year
So much about bringing the lessons from Colour & Design into a whole new world
It all just keeps building and building and building

Colour & Design – Season 2

Season 2 lays the foundations of Colour and Design workshop. We learn about colour theory, graphic, division of space and the architecture of design, all presented in a way that allows weavers to bring their ideas to reality.

Available immediately

Episode 1
Colour & Design
One and only Guild meeting of the year
Intro
Another chat about sett
Resleying without re-beaming
Episode 2
More on division of space
More on division of space
Your sample – asymmetry
Episode 3
Colour… colour… more colour
Colour… colour… more colour
Organize your stash
Sketching
Episode 4
The Colour & Weave sample release party
Using Colour & Weave in a million different ways
In case you’re wondering what Colour & Weave is, it’s alternating sequences of dark and light.
Episode 5
More on Fibonacci
More on Fibonacci
Sample – Parrott
Clasped weft
Inlay
Episode 6
Designing plaids
Designing plaids
Sample plaid and how to make it not look like a plaid 🙂
Episode 7
All about stripes
All about stripes
Changing things up again
Playing with a different weft
Sample stripes
Episode 8
Colour on natural ground
Muted colour gamp on natural ground
So much to learn from gamps
Playing with colour
Episode 9
And now for something completely different
And now for something completely different
Let’s make a garlic basket & festive star to give away in a few months
Episode 10
2nd colour
2nd colour gamp
Primaries & secondaries of black
Episode 11
Grand finale
Grand finale
Putting it all together

Foundation – Season 1

Season 1 goes over all the fundamentals of weaving. Warping, dressing the loom, weaving technique, project planning, understanding sett as well as different types of looms and yarns along with how to weave with difficult yarns like mohair.

Available immediately

Episode 1
The importance of making a good warp
On a warping board
On a table top warping mill
On a big floor model
Tying the cross
Counting your ends and keeping track
Chaining
Episode 2
Warping a loom back to front
Placement of the raddle
Spreading your warp
Beaming it
Threading it
Sleying it
And tying it on
Episode 3
Proper posture at the loom
Winding a good bobbin
Shuttle handling
Throw Beat Change Beater Back
Mending a Broken Warp Thread
Selvedges
Hemstitching
A Brand Spanking New Weaver
Episode 4
It’s time we had a little chat about Sett
Wrapping a ruler for PW
Wrapping a ruler for Twill
Introduction to Master Sett Chart with samples
We now have a canvas
Episode 5
Project Planning 101….putting it all together
on your canvas
How Long
How Wide
How Much
What do all those numbers mean, Sheesh!
Episode 6
Division of Space
Fibonacci the man of my dreams
Broad Strokes and the Big Picture
Fine Tuning the Details
Episode 7
All About yarn
Cotton
Linen
Wool
Silk
Man Made Fibres from Cellulose
Episode 8
All about looms
An overview of the 3 main types of looms
Counter-Balance the most widely used loom in the world.
Counter-Marche Looms
Jack Looms
Episode 9
Making a Mohair Blankie….Yes!
Making the fuzziest warp ever
Tying one on at the front
Winding it on…easy, peasy
Weaving Mohair
Episode 10
Finishing up our first year with FINISHING!
Washing
Ironing
Fulling that Mohair Blankie from Episode 9

FAQ

What is the JST Online Guild?
JST Online Guild is similar to any Weaving Guild. You pay your yearly membership ‘dues’ and this gives you access to a library of videos and PDF workbooks created by Jane Stafford. When you pay your dues you get all the videos that are presently in the guild library and you also get the next ten that will be released during the 365 days of your membership.

Year 1 are the Weaving Foundation Videos: Making a Good Warp, Dressing a Loom, learning about yarns and sett, etc. Year 2 is our comprehensive Colour & Design Workshop where you learn basic design and colour theory and Year 3 is the full workshop Pushing the Boundaries of Plain Weave. Up to 3 hours of new videos released every five weeks.

The Online Guild also has a Forum where we do our Show & Tells and have discussions on the weaving related topics covered in the episodes.

How long does my membership last?
365 days from the day you register. After the 365 days, your membership will automatically renew unless you tell us differently.

Are the videos available for download?
No, our videos are not downloadable, but you can stream them over and over for as long as you are a member of the JST Online Guild.

Are there workbooks available?
Yes, we have supporting PDFs that you can download for most lessons.

Can I view previously aired episodes?
Absolutely! With your yearly membership you have access to all lessons & PDF workbooks that have been released.

Is there a weaving project for each episode?
Year 1 lessons are all foundational videos on how to make a good warp, dress a loom, how to calculate EPI, sett charts, project planning, how to weave a Mohair Blankie, finishing techniques and information on looms & yarns. We finish the year with the Mohair Blankie project that you can weave and you’ll be able to download the pattern.

Year 2 has 7 workshop samples that you can follow along and Year 3 has 9 samples. Each sample comes with a downloadable PDF pattern.

Is there a material list?
Yes! When you sign up for the JST Online Guild, we send you a list of the yarns you’ll be needing for Year 2 and 3.

Do I need to purchase yarn?
Year 1 lessons are all foundation videos so you don’t need to purchase any yarn for these lessons.

Year 2 and Year 3 both have samples. We have kits available for you to purchase in our Online Shop, but if you have the yarn in your stash we encourage you to use it. You get the draft with the video so you can even make substitutions.

All additional yarns used in the extra samples shown on the videos are available to purchase at JST Online Shop.

Do you provide additional weaving support?
We have the JST Forum on our website where you will find answers to questions related to the episodes and you’ll also be able to post as a member of the JST Online Guild. We also have an extensive Knowledge Base on our website that is available for viewing.

I’m a bit hard at hearing, do you have Closed Captions?
YES! we do!

Twills on 4

Scheduled for 2020

“All you can eat” for $99 (Canadian dollar) a year… I wanted this to be affordable for everyone and I think it is. Please spread the word and help us grow.

Jane Stafford