Jane Stafford

Retailer Spotlight: Jane Stafford Textiles

Location: On beautiful Salt Spring Island, situated between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland in the Salish Sea.

Website: janestaffordtextiles.com

Jane Stafford Textiles

Jane Stafford is one of North America’s most highly skilled weaving instructors and the namesake of the Louet Jane loom (yes, really!). She has been weaving most of her adult life, and teaching for many of those years. Since becoming a Louet dealer in 1990, she has worked closely with the company and gave invaluable advice for developing what many call the best table loom on the market.

Jane’s studio on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada is a weaver’s paradise. It’s a place where the joy of the craft comes to life! Since opening, hundreds of weavers have come to the studio to deepen their skills on the loom.

planning weaving in Jane Stafford's studio

The studio is located on an island in the Salish sea, located between Vancouver Island and the British Columbian mainland. It features spectacular coastal and pastoral scenery and a moderate climate. The local area is known for the hiking, the food producers, the shoreline, the artisans, the quaint country roads, the artists.

Jane Stafford’s studio has all of the Louet looms on display on the floor and boasts tremendous customer service, not only in teaching, but also in product support.

Jane Stafford

Sounds like a dream, right? Are you already checking flight prices?

Alas, a visit to that lovely corner in the world isn’t practical for all of us, which is why Jane offers the Jane Stafford Textiles Online Guild. For $75 per year, online students receive access to all the Online Guild episodes produced to date, plus every episode produced over the coming year as well. It’s an amazing way for weavers across the world to get a flavor of visiting the studio without leaving home!

The last Online Guild episode was on the topic of weaving with mohair, and in addition to the episode, students have access to the Online Guild forums, where they can chat, connect and share.

Jane says her favorite physical product (because, of course, weaving & teaching are her first passions!) is the lovely hand-dyed silk, dyed right on the island. Wouldn’t that make an amazing souvenir?

Whether you are lucky enough to visit in person, or just virtually, weavers of all levels will be inspired by spending some time with Jane!

Address: 142 Richard Flack Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1N4, Canada

Website: janestaffordtextiles.com

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Guest Post: Jane Stafford on Weaving with Louet Organic Cotton

Today, Jane Stafford returns as our guest on the Louet blog to share the reasons why she loves weaving with our cotton yarns in her studio. Jane also suggests some great weaving patterns which are designed specifically for today’s featured yarns and are available as free downloads on our website. Enjoy!

At Jane Stafford Textiles (JST), we love weaving with cotton and cottolin, especially when it is spun with organic cotton. Louet North America’s Organic Cotton and Cottolin yarns are manufactured by Venne in Holland, spun from Egyptian cotton, and certified organic through GOTS (Global Organics Textile Standards).

Organic cotton is so SOFT! It is amazing how different it feels compared to regular cotton, and it reduces the impact that growing cotton has on the environment. That’s why we love to use it at JST: to support the production and growth of sustainable textiles, while creating exquisitely woven pieces. Venne’s Organic Cotton can be used for so many items: the traditional tea towel, runners, scarves, shawls, and more.

I have always looked at the humble tea towel with great respect. Towels do so much work for us everyday, from drying our hands and dishes, to looking absolutely beautiful on a table or in a basket. We like to sett our 2/8 Venne at 18 epi for plain weave tea towels….it beats in at 18 ppi easily and the result is a stunning fabric. The patterns for our Cornucopia Tea Towels are available for free download here.

Cornucopia Towels - Free Weaving Pattern at Louet.com.The result is soft yet sturdy with a lovely drape and hand. Having said all that, why not take your 2/8 cotton out of the kitchen and into some luxurious
scarves and shawls. This Bronson Lace scarf is light and lovely, perfect for a summer evening out and about (click here for a free pattern download).

Elegant and versatile, organic cotton also makes lovely place mats or a runner for your living room, dinning room, kitchen, or anywhere. This plain weave runner incorporates log cabin blocks to create a beautiful, earth-tone piece for a table or side board. It is also available for free download here on Louet’s website.

Click here to explore all of our VENNE yarns for your next weaving project. 

Guest Blogger: Jane Stafford Reviews the Octado Loom

We recently asked Jane Stafford to review our Octado Loom, a dobby loom that  is easy on the weaver because it eliminates the need for tie-ups.  The Octado can be operated with a mechanical dobby, or with an electronic interface, giving the end user endless possibilities. The electronic interface works with most popular computer weaving software, including Fiberworks PCW, Patternland, PixieLoom, Weavemaker, Proweave and Weave It. Jane shared the following comments from her customers with us, along with her final thoughts when it comes to this user-friendly floor loom.

“The Octado has revived my passion for weaving! The loom allows me to warp and weave in comfort. From the raddle on the castle, to the single wide pedal, to the elegant tension mechanism and the smooth shuttle race, every part of the loom works together to provide a joyful weaving experience for me. I am grateful each time I am at my Octado. It is perfect for me! And it is beautiful too!”  
Linda, Vancouver Island, B.C.

“I am almost 71 and have some ‘hip’ issues.  My Octado has allowed me to keep weaving with minimal wear and tear on my body.  I love the fact that I can play around and experiment without having to crawl around on the floor changing the tie-up.  No more yelling for Nick to help me get up off the floor.  It has been incredibly helpful both physically and emotionally, perhaps even saved our marriage!”
Tanis, Salt Spring Island, B.C.

 

In the end, my review of the Octado sums it all up like this: what a fabulous, easy loom to work on.  There are 10 million things you can do with 8 shafts and it is so easy to try them all out without having to change the tie-ups under the loom.  A simple click or two on the computer and everything is changed.  It is so liberating as I get older.  I will also add that I am not a computer person; I have come kicking and screaming to this but I have found the loom so simple and easy to use that I am not intimidated by any part of it!

-Jane Stafford, Lifetime Weaver

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.