Workshop: Weaving in the Maiwa Tradition

by - Tuesday, May 11, 2010

2010 Maiwa Textile Workshops
Weaving in the Maiwa Tradition
Jane Stafford

$395 (Includes $90 Lab Fee) Four full days

October 14 - 17 (Thu - Sun) 10am - 4pm
Maiwa Loft, Net Loft Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada
Class Limit 14

Registration Opens June 21, 2010

We were very pleased to get this workshop proposal. The synergy of ideas expressed here inspires us. Instructor Jane Stafford explains the motivation for this workshop ...

I have always been so inspired by the exquisite handwoven fabrics that are produced for Maiwa. They bear witness to the beauty and elegance of plain weave, elegant use of colour, great design, and ingenuity. This workshop has been developed based on the loom-controlled techniques used in Maiwa’s handwoven textiles. They are simple structures pushing the boundaries of plain weave in fine yarns. Students will weave eight fabrics over four days.

Students will need to have basic weaving experience and their own table loom. Warps will be prepared in advance and sent to the students before the workshop. During the workshop students will migrate from loom to loom thus gaining access to a wide variety of structures and weaves.

Students will also receive a variety of weft materials so that they can prepare bobbins.

Prerequisites: Basic weaving knowledge and a table loom.


Jane Stafford joins us from Salt Spring Island. She has had a loom named in her honour (and designed with her recommendations and input). See the “Jane” loom produced by Louet.

Jane started weaving in 1978 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Her studies took her to Banff, Alberta, where she studied and taught at the Banff School of Fine Arts. She moved to Salt Spring Island in 1988 and opened her business. Jane Stafford Textiles produces a line of mohair blankets, silk scarves, and chenille stoles. Jane also teaches a variety of weaving workshops at beginner and advanced levels.

Student Supply List

Personal table loom or portable floor loom. Jane will send you a warp and instructions for dressing the loom one month prior to the class. A list of what students should bring with them to class will be sent to you at that time. All other materials provided.

Look for the full course calendar on the web in Mid May. A print version will be available in June. Registration opens June 21, 2010.

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