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