Workshop - Weaving through India

by - Wednesday, May 07, 2014

[2014 Symposium registration opens June 23 at 10am.]

2014 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Workshop Weaving through India
Jane Stafford

$$450 includes 80 lab fee
October 20, 21, 22, 23 - Class Limit 12
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC

In January of 2011 Jane Stafford travelled to India with the Maiwa Foundation and had the great privilege of observing some of India’s finest weavers. She visited again with Maiwa in early 2014. This workshop has been created based on the extraordinary pieces that Jane observed and brought back.

Jane writes: “India’s tradition of clothing itself with uncut cloth has created a weaver’s paradise. Everywhere I looked I saw magnificent coloured and textured cloths.  Often the simplicity of the handloom techniques led to the most sensual and ingenious of fabrics.”

Join master weaver Jane Stafford as she shares her weaver’s insights into Indian technique. Students will learn about supplementary warps used to create patterned borders over a plain weave structure, stripes, and double weaves. In addition there will be unusual embellishment techniques such as the use of sequined yarns.

Jane will set the stage by contrasting India’s handloom techniques with the craft-loom approach taken in the west. She will also present a slide show: a weaver’s perspective on an incredible tradition.

Students will need to have solid basic weaving technique and an eight-shaft table loom for the workshop. Warps will be prepared in advance and sent to the students before the workshop. During the workshop students will migrate from loom to loom creating samples of six different fabrics. Students will also receive all their weft materials so that bobbins can be prepared before the workshop.

Instructor Bio   

Jane Stafford spent seven years at the Banff School of Fine Arts both studying and teaching textiles. In 1988 she moved to Salt Spring island and opened her own business, Jane Stafford Textiles.

For many years Jane was a production weaver creating limited lines of mohair blankets and silk damask scarves and a line of chenille products. Jane loves to teach, and it has been her main focus for the last seven years. She regularly teaches and lectures throughout North America, sharing the knowledge she has gained over the past 32 years working as both a weaver and an educator. Her love of colour and her energetic enthusiasm shine through in all her classes and demonstrations. Passing on knowledge is her greatest joy.  

Jane is also a consultant to Louet North America and with them co-designed the Jane Table Loom. JST also markets a large inventory of quality yarns, looms, books, and accessories for weavers and spinners.

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  1. Oh, how I would love to take this workshop. Let's see if the Money Fairy decides to smile at me :-)


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