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Thursday 1 April 2021


I have just published my fourth pdf tutorial on Boundweave techniques, which is available to purchase and download from the Shop section of my website. These detailed and illustrated tutorials are each in the form of a full workshop, and contain all the information you need to weave a sampler of colourful motifs and learn how to create your own designs.
The fourth tutorial, Further Adventures in Boundweave, covers 2/2 twill and 2/2 twill on Opposites. On payment a link is immediately provided to download the pdf.

Thursday 25 June 2020

Threading Your Rigid Heddle Loom in a Rosepath Sequence

For those who kindly bought my previous pdf digital download "Four-Shaft Boundweave on a Rigid heddle Loom", the page below should help those who may be unfamiliar with reading a draft for a loom with shafts. I hope it will assist you in threading your heddle rods in the Rosepath sequence.

Friday 19 June 2020

NEW PDF tutorial available!

My new detailed and fully-illustrated pdf tutorial is now available via my website shop! All the guidance you need to enable you to reproduce a range of motifs and create your own original designs.

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Monday 21 October 2019

New Weaving Tutorial!

Now available via my website Shop, a new illustrated tutorial covering how to set up your rigid heddle loom to weave intricate weft-faced patterns that usually require a loom with four shafts!

Tuesday 30 July 2019

Finished at last-the Boundweave rug, ready for Summer School next week!

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Boundweave Rug in Progress

Not long now till the AGWSD Summer School 2019 at Askham Bryan near York, where I will be teaching a week-long workshop on Boundweave on a Rosepath threading. Everything is ready, apart from this very bright rug, which I am hoping to finish in time for the tutor's exhibition. I'm just over halfway and have a month left-it's slow-going!

Thursday 13 June 2019

Helmshore Mills Midsummer Fair

There will also be demonstrations of spinning and weaving by hand and by machine, and I will be running free children's craft activities on a drop-in basis. Please do support this wonderful resource, as we continue to fight to save this vital part of our textile heritage!

Wednesday 22 May 2019


It has been a long time since I posted, mainly due to a ruptured ligament in my hand which has meant there has not been a lot of weaving going on in the shed for a while.
Things are slowly improving, so here are details of a couple of forthcoming events:

Helmshore Mills Textile Museum is now open again for the Summer Season on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the cafe will also be open serving soup, sandwiches, cakes and beverages. On June 29th it is the Midsummer Market/Fair and I will be there demonstrating weaving and other traditional textile techniques.

In August 2019 I will be tutoring a week long Boundweave workshop at the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Summer School at Askham Bryan near York.

In 2020, I will again be running two residential weaving workshops at Waddow Hall near Clitheroe in February and September, but I'm afraid these are both fully booked already!

I continue to teach weaving classes in my garden workshop/studio but I am currently unable to take on new students, at least until such time as my hand has started to function more effectively.

Monday 10 September 2018

Bountiful Exhibition of Weaving

On October 20th 2018 is the first ever Exhibition and Open Day of our talented and enthusiastic group, Lostock Weavers.
This will be open from 10.30-4 at Lostock Parish Centre, Tempest Road, Bolton, BL6 4EL, just a couple of minutes walk from Lostock railway station and on the 715 bus route between Bolton and Wigan.
In addition to a display of hand woven items, there will be demonstrations of weaving and spinning, children's weaving activities, weaving yarns and equipment available for purchase and delicious cakes and drinks for sale. There is no entrance fee to this event. Contact me for further details!

Wednesday 6 June 2018

The first ever exhibition and Open Day for our weaving group! The group was started only a year ago and has a talented and enthusiastic membership of hand weavers from around the north west of England. All welcome!

Wednesday 3 January 2018

Weaving Weekends at Waddow Hall

Happy New Year!
I am increasingly being asked for information about the residential weaving weekends I run twice a year at Waddow Hall near Clitheroe, so I will add those details here very soon. However, both the February 2018 weekend and the four-night long weekend in September 2018 are now fully-booked with waiting lists…sorry about that! Please email me if you wish to be put on a waiting list and to receive full details of these workshops. janesflanagan@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 28 October 2017

Creating Texture Using Pick Up Sticks on the Rigid Heddle Loom

Spent a very enjoyable day teaching members of Eden Valley Guild. Here they are keeping very busy.

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Boundweave Samples on a Rosepath Threading

I am putting together some photos of samples of weft-faced boundweave on a Rosepath threading, as a potential future workshop. Several of my weaving students have contributed to this collection, and I am grateful for their permission to use the photos. This collection is a work in progress!

Another Wonderful Waddow Weekend of Weaving

Another four days of weaving and feasting are over, and once again we had a fantastic time and some amazing weaving was created by our lovely participants! We also presented the woven cushions to the staff and Friends in a lovely informal ceremony. I was so busy that I didn't get time to take many photos of work! I will of course post these as soon as they start coming in from the participants!

Friday 28 July 2017

My Unusual Commission

I have been busy! My latest commission has been to recreate, as closely as possible, the original fabric used to cover the speakers on certain models of Dansette record players from the 1950s and 60s. This has been a real challenge, but an enjoyable and rewarding one. Starting from analysing the original fragments (very fragile, nicotine-stained and damaged) to ascertain the yarns, the sett and the weave structure, I sampled extensively until the best possible likeness was achieved. The photo shows the final sample in situ in a newly-renovated Dansette, brought back to life by Mike from Dansette http:/dansette.com
Looking mighty fine! Now all I need to do is weave the remaining 20 metres!

Tuesday 6 June 2017

New Lostock Weavers Group

It has been too long a time since my last post. Life has got in the way, but now things are improving  and the most exciting news is that we now have a regular monthly weaving group, right here in Lostock and available to weavers from around the north west of England.
This is not a class, or a guild, but an opportunity for weavers to bring a loom, get together and weave, talk about weaving and exchange ideas and knowledge with like-minded people.
Lostock Parish Centre is a modern, light and well-equipped venue only 5 minutes from Junction 5 of the M61 and less than 5 minutes walk from Lostock railway station.
The first gathering was held on Saturday May 13th, and the next dates booked are June 17th, July 15th, August 12th, September 16th and October 21st.
Places are limited so it is essential to pre-book by contacting me at janesflanagan@yahoo.co.uk or on 07772 455536.
The group runs from 10-4 and there is a charge of £20 per person per day, which includes drinks and biscuits-but please bring a packed lunch.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
Lostock Parish Centre
Tempest Road

Sunday 5 March 2017

February Waddow Weaving Weekend

Another happy and productive weekend of weaving took place at Waddow Hall last month! The September 4-day workshop is now full for this year, and next February's weekend, from the 16th-18th is almost full already! There are just a couple of places remaining. Please email me for details.