Meet Jane and Her Loom

Jane Stafford is a weaver’s weaver. For over thirty years, she has explored the wonders of woven cloth. She operates Jane Stafford Textiles on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada. Her studio-based workshops are so popular, they often fill up a year ahead of time. Jane is a consultant to Louet North America and the Jane Table Loom shares her name. We asked Jane to share a bit about what makes this table loom so special.

Jane: The Jane Loom has several wonderful features.  My favorite feature is its portability. Imagine a sixteen-inch loom that will weave any eight-shaft pattern, and the whole thing folds down and fits under your bed!  It has a very large shed. You can weave five-inches before you have to advance your warp.  Those are just a few features that make weaving on the Jane Loom so pleasurable. There is also the built in raddle, overhead beater, lovely handle to carry her around by, and easy-to-use levers.  I could go one and on.

The Jane Loom has a lot to offer to any weaver. Most weavers love to take workshops and attend conferences and retreats. In four easy steps and approximately sixty seconds you can fold her down, lock her up, and take her away. Good for travelers and anyone who doesn’t have a lot of room in their house to devote to a loom. 

Its eight shafts mean you can take any beginner through advanced workshop.  If it is a round robin workshop your classmates will love you for owning one because their weaving experience will be great, too.

For weavers that are moving beyond the rigid heddle loom, the Jane Loom is the perfect next step.  Learning weave structures on a table loom is often easier because you can really see how the tie-up controls what is happening with your warp.   Most new weavers eventually get shaft envy and want to create more complex patterns and they need more shafts and The Jane already has eight.

Want to try out the Jane Loom for yourself? Visit our website to find a store near you.

12 thoughts on “Meet Jane and Her Loom

  1. Hi Dave, You don’t have a Contact page (there are easy to use wordpress plgnius to help you set that up) so I’ll use this page. I bought the book based on a tiny something that caught my eye in the most recent issue of HandWoven. From my first reading it looks nicely done and thought out. Writing documentation is not easy, I know! I wanted to let you know that you make a reference to appendix A Supplies (on page 37 under Weaving Supplies) and I don’t seem to have Appendix A in my copy. I am familiar with resources for weaving supplies so it’s not an issue for me, but I wanted to give you a heads up. Also: thank you for making it spiral bound and providing large margins for notes!

    • Holy crap Jess! I’m so impressed with your mad wivaeng skills! I really love the pattern, I hope to see it in person one day. talk to you guys soon!

      • >Ah, the Shannock .I like what Lyn Hart did with hers, and I plan to do the same. She used Texsolv heddles. Check it out on her blog, it’s Desert Song, if you don’t know it, there’s a link on my blog.

        • Hello! I have been searching for soenome to teach me to spin. I do not have a wheel yet (I don’t want to buy one until I can use it). I can use a drop spindle and would very much like to take some lessons and rent a wheel. Will you contact me if you have any openings? Thank You, Lori 330 995 3724 (Aurora)

  2. Hi Jane,

    Hello from Parramatta, News South Wales, Australia

    Today I purchased a 40cm ‘Jane’ table loom (15 inch) (10 dent reed). I was helped considerably by the retailer who gave me personal assistance to put it together from the package. I have looked at all the videos suggested by the Louet site and got quite a lot from them, but, as I am a novice, I wondered if you had a dvd or book showing how to get the warping started using the table loom.
    I will be 75 this year -a bit late to start weaving but as I took up spinning 18 months ago and have mastered the art, it seems logical to use the yarn I have made – hence me buying a ‘Jane’.
    Kind regards from Judith

    • Hi Judith,
      Thank you for making your first loom a Louet Jane! We are sorry you are having trouble getting started. We have a few books to recommend. First, The Big Book of Weaving Laila Lundell or you could try visiting the Jane Stafford webiste, she also has a helpline for weavers of all levels and an entire page for warping FAQs. We hope that gets you started. You are never too old to learn a new skill. Happy weaving!

      • That looks very cool! I need some giant crochet hooks I think, most of mine are pttrey average (3-6 size). I’m not sure that I have a favorite gift this year. I got tickets to see Jann Arden (musical artist that I love and met i November), but I think my favorite is my tea thermos (it’s clear, insulated and has a strainer for leaves) from my wonderful man who pays attentions to when I talk about stuff and the giant Jack Skelington (Nightmare Before Christmas) mug my mom got in Disneyland. Can’t wait to see what kind of wonderful things you creative with your new loom!

    • Dear Petra,It depends on the faimly tradition, if the Christkind or Santa brings the presents. We are living in Frankonia and in Kindergarten my eldest learned everything about the Christkind and it brought the presents to the Kindergarten.But here at home, Santa came, ate the Cookies we had made just before and left the presents in exchange (he came back on the first and second day, but this was only because the kids got so much presents from their grandparents, we had to split to all three days). Since we stayed at home, it was a very peaceful christmas. Love,Lia

      • Thanks! Believe it, or not, the weaving shown in the photo is the waste therad leading up to the actual project. I haven’t yet started the log cabin pattern. I’m waiting till I finis the book before continuing with the weaving. Once I weave the first 12 inches or so, I’ll post some pictures.

        • >Jan,Texsolv heddles for the Shannock! What an awesmoe idea! Thank you pointing me in this direction! I’m on it!Kathy,Thank you! The little study is 8″ x 6″, and full size piece of most of her body plus background will be 24″ x 24″ but big, but about as big as I’ve ever worked.

    • Petra, it looks like you had a beautiful Christmas! And yes, isn’t it amiznag how our moms seem to always know best? What beautiful yarn!!! I was surprised this year by my uncle he gave me a gently used Nikon F100 complete with a very nice camera bag. I cried when I opened the box because I never expected such a nice camera. I felt so blessed! May you have a blessed new year, Petra! Much love from your friend in Texas P.S. I haven’t tried the Slovak recipes yet but I still intend to do so!

    • All looms purchased in North America receive a stainless steel apron rod from Louet North America.

      You can simply look locally for an 8mm ( or something close) stainless steel rod. It shouldn’t be too expensive.

      The wooden improvisation is a great idea.

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