A Year of Living with Colour and Design

Imagine having the luxury to take a year-long workshop with your favourite weaving teacher.  An internship really.

Well, that is exactly the experience I had by following Jane Stafford and the JST Online Weaving Guild for 2018.  https://janestaffordtextiles.com/online-guild/

Over the course of the year Jane delivered eleven episodes and seven sample warps in Season Two: Colour and Design.

Thanks, Jane Stafford, for a superb year.  Now that the last piece for the year has been woven, I am taking the time to reflect on this year of weaving and playing and to think about what I learned and gained from this experience.

The focus of Season Two was colour and design in plain weave (mostly).

For a mere $99.00 I received over 19 hours and 25 minutes of high-quality video instruction.

But wait, that’s not all!  I received seven complete drafts exploring Colour and Design.  I made seven warps, totaling 58 yards.  For these warps I sleyed and threaded 2,473 ends, and then re-sleyed them all over again to change setts throughout the projects.  A whopping total of 20,458 yards of 2/8 cotton was used in the warps.

The weft used 8,520 yards of 2/8 cotton, 1,380 yards of cotton boucle, 5,244 yards of silk, 1,814 yards of bambu 12, 2,083 yards of zephyr wool/silk, and 149.86 yards of other materials.

The grand total cost of materials directly used for warp and weft: $526.14.

I made 9 pure samples, 21 tea towels, 1 table runner, 8 shawls and 2 scarves.


Hours of experience – designing, measuring warps, sleying, threading, tying and winding on, weaving, hemstitching, finishing, pressing and ironing, sewing hems, twisting fringes:  approximately 500 intense hours.


What I learned from this experience:

  • Not to be afraid of a longer warp. There is so much to do and change that I can’t be bored.
  • There is a system and method that can be learned, so that mixing colours is easy.
  • Start with a graphic and build from there, pouring in colour, texture and pattern.
  • Changing sett changes everything – and gives you the drape to match the function of the cloth.
  • Play with numbers and sequences, but don’t be bound by the numbers.

So much more than you would ever get from a one-week workshop.

Learning, playing, and finding inspiration: priceless.

Looking forward to the new year and “Pushing the Boundaries of Plain Weave” and it will be so much fun to see all the variations of plain weave:  denting, cramming & denting, log cabin, warp-faced, weft-faced, double-weave, collapsed weave and supplementary warps.  Can’t wait.  And all for just $99.00

About spinweaverbarbara

I have been steadily weaving since 1980. I enjoy sharing and passing on my learning.
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7 Responses to A Year of Living with Colour and Design

  1. KerryCan says:

    This sounds amazing (and a lot of work!) You really stuck with the program and produced so much! The $75 price is a great bargain.

  2. LizA says:

    I also took this workshop. It was amazing. I.did all the projects and learned a lot. I’m not a ne weaver. I’ve been weaving for 12 years. I feel this workshop has taken my weaving toma new level. It’s been a great year and I can’t wait to see what Jane teaches me in 2019.

  3. giraph says:

    This season was fantastic. I’m looking forward to being reunited with my loom so I can play along next year!

  4. Kathleen says:

    I agree with you on your experience with Jane. She is helping many weavers to become fearless.

  5. karen says:

    I’m working on the second colour and weave project in season two. A fabulous course which is taking me to new heights and teaching me to be fearless trying new things.

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