Teanaustaye Textiles
Weaving Studio

Huronia Handweavers members who provide services related
to weaving are offered space
on this site to promote
their business. For information,
contact us at our email address

jette at loom  


10 Teanaustaye Drive,
Hillsdale, Ontario
(705) 835-2117

  Weaving with Jette
Check out her video series on Weaving Basics
  weave basics

Jette Vandermeiden weaves all types of cloth on looms with four and more shafts, including compu-dobby looms, but her love is Damask and Scandinavian weaves woven on her drawlooms. She offers classes in weave structure and theory and teaches extensively, presenting seminars and workshops at colleges, conferences and guilds, locally and internationally. Jette has served as Weaving Education Chair for the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners and as a columnist for Fibre Focus. Her goal is to share weaving skills so this ancient craft will continue to enrich our lives.

Learn to weave in a private weaving studio located in the beautiful Medonte Hills, in Mt. St. Louis, north of Barrie, Ontario. Weaving classes are small, with time for individual instruction. Class instruction is adapted to suit the participants.

Private lessons can be arranged upon request. You may also choose to arrange for a weekend workshop with your own group of friends.

There are several B&B’s within 5 kms. The studio is user-friendly, with no stairs at the entrance and a wide-door washroom on the same level. Cars can be driven almost to the door for easy loading and unloading of looms.

This video was filmed during the Blocks and Profiles workshop, November 2010.



Weaving weekends are offered throughout the year to groups of two or more weavers.  Choose a topic and bring along a friend for a class of your choice, or let me know what you are interested in learning and I will arrange a class with other like-minded weavers at a time that suits everyone.
Classes are small for personal attention.

Topics of interest might be:
Basic Draftingweaving weekends
Designing Huck Lace on 8 shafts
Polychrome Crackle
Learning to use PCW Fibreworks
Yarn and fibre analysis/determining amounts of "mystery yarns" for a project
Designing a project start to finish
Linen weaving
Scandinavian weaves
Block Weaves
Tied Weaves

Also check the list below of seminar and workshop topics offered to Guilds and groups. Any topic can be adapted for a Weaving Weekend program.

Even experienced weavers
will find new techniques to learn

OPEN STUDIO (private lessons) - Come to the studio and we will work together to study whatever weave structure you are working on. Please register by phone to set up your time.
Cost for individual teaching:
$60/hour; $120 for half day; $200 for full day

REGISTRATION: Class sizes are small, so register early. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the class cost is required to hold your spot. Warping instructions will be sent upon deposit payment. Call for class availability. For further information, call (705) 835-2117 or email teanaustaye.textiles@gmail.com


JetteBIOGRAPHY: Jette Vandermeiden
Jette has been creating textiles since early childhood.  Studying weaving, embroidery, knitting and bobbin lace at college led her to find her strength in weave theory, structure and design of cloth. DrawloomWith her extensive knowledge of fibre related topics, Jette has been a consultant to museums, documentary researchers, and developers of weaving curriculum for college fibre arts programs.  A prolific writer and teacher, Jette has conducted classes and workshops across Canada, USA and England and was a regular columnist for many years, writing Loom Bench for FIBRE FOCUS. She weaves damask and Scandinavian weaves on her drawlooms, and volunteers at several museums, consulting on the Jacquard loom.  Her goal is to share weaving skills so this ancient craft will continue to enrich our lives.








Jette offers a wide variety of seminars and workshops for your guild, school or conference. Contact her to include one of these presentations at your next event.




SEMINAR and WORKSHOP SUMMARY (detailed descriptions below)

Evening/ Day Programs 1-2 Day Workshops 2-3 Day Workshops

. The Versatile Twill
. Warp with a Trapeze/Mangle Your Cloth
. Linen Weaving
. The Noble Napkin
. Damask Goes North: The History of the Tablecloth
. Blocks and Profiles
. Name Drafting in Overshot
. Jacquard Weaving
. Skillbragd, Smaalandsvav and Threaded Opphampta
. Warping Woes
. Double Weave
. Shuttled!
. Canadian Eh!
. Jette's $50 Challenge
. Images on Transparent Cloth
. Doubleweave Pictures
. Satin and Damask

. Yarn Identification
. Confessions of a Crackle Addict
. Blended Drafts
. Get Sett!
. Waffle Weave
. Fascination of Twills
. Monk's Belt
. Summer and Winter
. PCW Fibreworks© Tutorial
. 1-day Satin and Damask (off loom)

. Blocks and Profiles
. Overshot on 4
. Overshot on More Than 4
. Lace Weaves on 4
. Multishaft Lace Weaves
. Drafting, Design and Structure
. All Tied Up!
. Beiderwand and Lampas
. Double Weave
. Linen Weaving
. Tied Weaves
. Using Your Network: An Intro to Network Drafting
. Satin and Damask


A silhouette... An image in a window.
.. Weaving a transparency is like painting a picture while you weave the background canvas at the same time. This seminar demonstrates the technique of weaving a transparency. We will find out which yarns to use, how to determine the background sett and how to experiment with yarns to create an image using a cartoon while still weaving the background cloth.

Doubleweave is a magical technique which lets you weave any picture on your cloth  that you can draw on graph paper.  This seminar will walk you through the steps needed to weave a doubleweave image.  Using a demo loom and a series of slides, we will walk through the steps together of how to use doubleweave pickup to weave your picture.

Damask on loomSatin or sateen.  Regular or irregular.  Damask or false damask.  Counters, interruption factors - all words pertaining to the study of satin and damask.  We will study what satin is, the types and numbering of satins, how to use the interruption factor to design different satins and how to design with satin weave.  We will discuss what damask is, the weave structures used for damask, how to get clean cuts and precise patterning.  A short presentation on the use of damask through the centuries, highlighting both traditional and contemporary designs will be given. (also offered as a 1-day off-loom workshop)

Twill is one of the first structure a weaver learns. Often woven as a 2/2 twill, it is easy to overlook the many other possibilities of the twill weave. How about: a reversible two-faced cloth on 4 shafts? a 3 shaft jean twill? a fancy twill woven on a simple threading? a stitched cloth with different twills on front and back? a twill that hides another twill underneath it? There are many possibilities with this well-known but often not well-utilized weave. Come explore some of these ideas on 3, 4 and more shaft looms.




The Scandinavians weave beautiful and fine cloth. They have a different approach to setting up a warp, preparing their looms, and weaving. Find out what a warping trapeze will do and how to mangle your cloth. Included are demonstrations of dressing a loom using a trapeze, and finishing cloth using a simple mangle.

Mangling linen

Linen is a fibre so beautiful when woven and finished properly and yet many weavers shy away from trying linen, having heard it is difficult to work with. This seminar outlines linen characteristics, gives suggestions for simple methods of weaving with linen and a discussion of finishing techniques that will make your linen shine. Come and fall in love with linen all over again! (Also offered as a 3 day workshop)

The way a table napkin was folded once indicated a person's position in society. Table textiles and their presentation had a great cultural significance in the earlier centuries. We will seriously study that and also have lots of fun learning to fold napkins into various shapes and patterns, so we can send our own messages when the table is set for dinner!

Where does the tablecloth come from? Why is it used? Tracing the emergence of the tablecloth through the centuries closely follows the movement of damask from the Middle East up to Scandinavia through Europe. The development of the drawloom and the Jacquard loom in Europe brought enormous cultural and societal changes to professional weavers of the time. Connections between religious and political events and the development of damasks and linens as royal textiles tell an interesting story of the influence of weaving on world events through the ages.

Block weave


Many drafts are written as profile drafts and use block weaves. What is a block weave, a unit, a profile? How does a short draft work? How do you get a threading draft from a profile draft? Based on 4-shaft theory, you will learn how useful and interesting playing with blocks can be.


Learn how to use your name as a basis for original overshot drafts. Explore some of the pitfalls of original drafting, how to design borders that complement your draft, and how to weave rose and star fashion overshot patterns. Add an appropriate treadling and presto! - you have an original pattern with a message.

John Campbell, professional Jacquard weaver from London, Ontario, left a loom with sets of punch cards for coverlets. Two of the original coverlet patterns are being woven on the hand Jacquard loom housed at the Ontario Science Centre, with emphasis on educating visitors about the early connections between the Jacquard loom and the modern computer. Come join us on an exploration of the Jacquard mechanism ca. 1865, how it works, how it relates to the drawloom of the time and why it was such an important development in modern science.

Skillbragd, Smaalandsvav, Threaded Opphampta: different names given to a Scandinavian weave woven on a double harness loom, with the pattern shafts threaded at the front and the ground shafts at the back. Warp threads go through several heddles at once, up to about 8. Supplementary weft patterning leads to interesting combinations of motifs across the cloth. The use of block theory for threading creates even more possibilities of patterning. With samples and patterns shared by Skillbragd weavers, this seminar will compile methods and ideas to successfully weave Skillbragd.

Presleying the reedWARPING WOES?  Help is available!
Warp loose? Edges tight? Paper too narrow? Shafts hanging low? Tension uneven?  Forgot to put the warp OVER the back beam? How does a trapeze work?  Should I pre-sley? All these and more problems will be addressed and questions answered in a demonstration warping clinic. We will have a well-warped loom and a not so well warped loom to compare and learn what to do when the warp demons strike.Join me in a warping clinic where we will look at the do’s and don’ts; the rights and wrongs of how to warp a loom. We’ll start with the warping board and mill, then work from back to front of the loom; checking in with the back beam, the lease sticks, the shafts, the heddles, the reed and the front beam. We will look at problems that often occur in each of these areas and how they can be solved.warping

Two layers of cloth; tubular cloth; double width cloth on a narrow loom - all are possible on a 4-shaft loom. This seminar discusses how to sett and weave double weave in several different variations, so you can create two layers of cloth at one time, weave belt loops and buttonholes, and make that wide blanket on your narrow loom. On 8 shafts learn how to weave a 4-page book in tabby, or 2-page book in twill. Also covered will be the intersecting of layers, for creating 3-D pieces. (Also offered as a 2 day workshop.)




Boats and Skis; Rags and Sticks; Damask and Universal; Double.  A wealth of shuttles is available to the weaver, yet we tend to stay with the same shuttle, tried and true, all the time.  Why?  What are the others for? This talk will help you through the maze of choosing an appropriate shuttle for the project you are weaving. The proper shuttle helps improve edges, increase speed of weaving and produce a nicer piece of fabric. Come and find out how.




Canada, such a unique country, has weaving traditions dating back hundreds of years.  Influenced by First Nations, immigrants from all over, and traditional Canadian skills, the mosaic of Canadian Weaving is rich and varied.  Searching from coast to coast, styles such as Salish, Acadian and French-Canadian emerge.  Names like Mary Black and Dorothy Burnham, and techniques of Chilkat blankets, catalognes, Jacquard coverlets and 21st Century "Smart fabrics" are now part of a multi-faceted Canadian textile tradition. Let’s explore the Canadian textile world!

Jette has amassed an amazing collection of handwoven textiles from around the world, simply by giving travelling friends a $50 budget to bring back a piece of locally produced handwoven cloth. The result is not only a cross-section of textiles and weaving techniques from an array of countries, but also wonderful stories of the quests and the weavers who produced the cloth.



SATIN AND DAMASK (1 day off-loom workshop)
Satin or sateen.  Regular or irregular.  Damask or false damask.  Counters, interruption factors - all words pertaining to the study of satin and damask.  We will study what satin is, the types and numbering of satins, how to use the interruption factor to design different satins and how to design with satin weave.  We will discuss what damask is, the weave structures used for damask, how to get clean cuts and precise patterning.  A short presentation on the use of damask through the centuries, highlighting both traditional and contemporary designs will be given. (also offered as an evening or ½ day seminar)

Teanaustaye Textiles is offering a one day class on PCW Fibreworks©.  Learn how to use the weaving program to design your own draft, right from concept to finalized weave plan which is printer ready.  We will cover the menus, tools, shortcuts for quick drafting and colour.

Level:  Basic weaving knowledge
Equipment:  Your own laptop with PCW Fibreworks© Silver installed and validated (Bronze version may be used, but does not have as many possibilities.) You may use either a PC or a Mac.  You will need to have basic computer skills and know how to find and open programs on your laptop.

Welcome to this workshop which helps shed light on yarns known and unknown to help us plan our fibre projects. We will work with cotton and linen, cottolin, wool and silk to identify important information about these yarns - 2/8 or 8/2?  - unmercerized or mercerized?  - line or tow? We’ll learn how to decide yarn size, how many yards are in a pound or kilo, and what a good sett would be. We’ll talk about twist and ply, S and Z. Then through burn tests, using the McMorran Yarn balance and other sleuthing techniques, we will identify mystery yarns and figure out just how much we have on each cone or in each skein. We’ll look at unusual yarns such as overtwist, crepe, soy, bamboo, reflective, metallic and others. We’ll look at yarn charts and sett charts and go away knowing what we have on our shelves and in our stash.

It’s true. I confess. I used to hate Crackle Weave. Not any more! Come share with me the joys of traditional, classic, polychrome, and Scandinavian crackle. Let’s discuss threading, transition threads and units. See what it looks like when woven as Summer & Winter or Bronson Lace, Italian style or swivel. And we’ll do all this on 4 shafts. So join me in exploring my new addiction – crackle!

Level: basic weaving knowledge needed
Loom: 4 shafts
Length:  1 or 2 days

Imagine taking two different pattern drafts, such as overshot and Bronson Lace, combining them into one draft and weaving both on the one threading on an 8 shaft loom.  Learn to add several weave structures together into one draft, and then play with weaving them separately or in combination for interesting fabrics.

This class can be split into two parts.  The morning session will cover the theory of blended drafts.  The afternoon session will be a hands-on workshop where participants will design their own blended draft, using the skills presented in the morning class.

Level:  basic drafting skills required
Loom: 8 shaft loom
Length:  1 or 2 days

The correct sett can make or break a fabric. The functionality of your cloth is dependent on its drape and density. There are easy ways to decide on sett before you sample. Learn to determine the best sett for your project through a series of experiments in plain weave and twill.

Level:  basic weaving skills
Loom:  4 shaft looms are ideal. Work on your own loom.
Length:  1 day

3D honeycomb cells in your cloth make it super absorbent and create an unusual texture. Put different colors on the back and front or make cells deeper or shallower. Learn half-waffles and variations of waffle weave. Discover the influences of colour vs. texture on the appearance of waffle weave.

Level:  basic weaving skills required
Loom:  4 or 8 shaft looms are suitable. Work on your own loom.
Length:  1 day


Make a twill gamp that has many types of twill threadings and just as many treadlings. Play with straight, point, advancing and intermittent twills. Discover some of the beautiful designs created by crossing one threading with a different treadling. The possibilities are endless.

Level:  basic weaving skills required
Looms:  4 or 8 shaft looms are suitable. Work on your own loom.
Length: 1-2 days

A two-block weave and very popular in Scandinavia, this structure gives clean, crisp patterning by using supplementary weft. Learn to design with 2 blocks and weave many colorful examples and variations of this delightful pattern. On 8 shafts, try a 4 block design and learn to weave vertical and horizontal borders simultaneously.

Level:  basic weaving skills
Loom:  4 shaft and 8 shaft looms are both ideal. Work on your own loom.
Length:  1 day

This useful unit weave structure with short floats creates supplementary patterning in block designs. You will weave a sampler of some of the many variations of summer and winter, including singles, brick fashion, x’s and o’s treadling and many other combinations.

Level:  must have basic weaving skills
Loom:  4 or 8 shaft loom. Work on your own loom.
Length: 1-2 days.





False damask, satin, sateen and true damask can be woven in different variations on as few as 4 shafts.  Explore techniques and variations of damask weaves, design traditional or contemporary patterns, learn about figured damask.  Looms with 4 or 8 shafts will be threaded in false damask, while 10 or 12 shaft looms can be threaded in satin.




Many drafts are written as profile drafts and use block weaves. What is a block weave, a unit, a profile? How does a short draft work? How do you get a threading draft from a profile draft? Based on 4-shaft theory, learn how to work with blocks. Many patterns will be designed for 4 shaft looms, with an introduction on the extension of block theory to multishaft looms. Sampler looms will be set up to experiment with various 4 shaft and 8 shaft block weaves.

Level:  must have basic weaving skills
Loom: 4 or 8 shaft
Length: 2 days, Round Robin format



Overshot, the favourite colonial pattern weave, can be woven in stars or roses, tables or crosses. Study the basic theory of overshot, how to refine your draft, add borders that compliment your pattern and then switch your design from a rose to a star fashion. Try to use your name as a drafting device to design your own original pattern. Experiment with treadling variations for unusual effects.

Level: must have basic weaving skills
Loom:  4 shaft. Work on your own loom.
Length: 2 or 3 days



Multishaft overshot has the possibility of rearranging half-tones in many locations. Secondary designs happen in these areas. Even and uneven tied overshot, stars and diamonds – very intricate looking patterns- are all part of multishaft overshot. Find out how to design your overshot pattern by placing the individual components exactly where you would like them.

Level: must have woven 4 shaft overshot
Loom: 8 shaft loom. Work on your own loom.
Length:  2 days

Lace weaves are a large group of very beautiful, elegant weaves that incorporate interlaced threads with open spaces to create airy, three dimensional pieces of cloth. This workshop will explore several 4 shaft lace weaves, with examples of how to expand the structures to more shafts for greater versatility in patterning. Discussion of different threading units and weave structures for laces such as Swedish lace, huck, Bronson and others, and specific characteristics of these will be covered.

Level:  must have basic weaving skills
Loom:  4 shaft loom
Length: 2 days, Round Robin Format

Designing your own patterns for Bronson Lace and Huck Lace is loads of fun. Learn to develop your own original lace pattern through the use of blocks and profile drafts. Weave up many different lace patterns on one warp threading. Choose huck or Bronson lace as your starting point and design a multitude of patterns. Try using treadlings from other weaves to accent your work.

Level:  basic weaving skills
Loom:  8 shaft loom. Work is done on your own loom.
Length: 2 days

DRAFTING, DESIGN AND STRUCTURE (This is a non-loom workshop.)  
Learn to read a draft easily and accurately. Analyze drafts quickly for recognizable threading units, which can be used to draft your own design. Discover how to draft a design using weaves suitable for your project.  Have fun manipulating parts of the draft to create balance, borders and special design areas so your draft looks perfectly balanced when woven. Find out about profile drafts and discover how to plug in different weave units for a variety of results. Explore drafts from other cultures and learn how to interpret them.

Level:  must have basic weaving skills
Length: 2 days. A shortened version can be done in 1 day.

Network drafting is a method of designing curvilinear threadings for multi-shaft looms. The weave design on the fabric shows more curvature and less of the rigid vertical and horizontal lines of other structures.

Two methods of designing will be used – digitizing and telescoping. Using a freehand curve, you will learn to create a proper network draft by using various matrices called initials, to develop a tie-up and treadling plan, and weave your own design.

Level:  intermediate
Loom: 8 shafts or more. Work is done on your own loom
Length: 3 days

ALL TIED UP!tie-up
The tie-up is your best friend!  Thread the loom with one versatile threading and learn how to re-arrange your tie-up so you can weave many, many different structures and projects without re-threading. Discover how integrated twills, layered double weave, summer and winter, plaited twill, breaks and recesses, M’s and O’s, waffle weave and so many others can all be woven with small changes to the tie-up.

Level:  Basic weaving skills required.
Loom:  Only 8 shaft looms are suitable. Work is done on your own loom.
Length: 2 - 3  days


A subset of Lampas, beiderwand uses one warp, which is divided into ground warp and secondary warp. The cloth itself is patterned and contains areas of two layer double weave, integrated or stitched doubleweave and ground weave. Woven predominantly in Schleswig-Holstein, Beiderwand actually means both sides, obvious in the cloth, as the back looks quite different than the front. Lampas, using different ground and pattern variations, will be woven as well.

Level:  must have basic weaving skills
Loom: 8 shaft loom required. Work on your own loom.
Length: 2 days



Two layers of cloth; tubular cloth; double width cloth on a narrow loom - all are possible on a 4-shaft loom. This workshop teaches you how to sett and weave double weave in several different variations, so you can create two layers of cloth at one time, weave belt loops and buttonholes, and make that wide blanket on your narrow loom. 8 shaft weavers will learn how to weave a 4 page book in tabby , or 2 page book in twill. Also covered will be layer intersecting to create 3-D pieces.

Level:  must have basic weaving skills
Loom: 4 or 8 shaft. Work on your own loom.
Length: 2 days



Linen, that most beautiful of fibres, has its own personality. In this 3 day workshop the process of learning to weave with different types of linen will be explored.

Objectives of this class are:
To study techniques in warping, dressing the loom and weaving with linen.
To use a trapeze when warping.
To try several weave structures suited to linen weaving.
To work with selvedges, tension, bobbin control, beat and balance in the weaving.

Come weave a linen fabric and fall in love with the lustre of linen.

Note: This is a process workshop, where the emphasis is on the methods of dressing the loom and weaving with linen, rather than the product. There will be some samples woven in class, but most of the time is spent on the process of setting up the loom correctly. Most samples will be woven on your own time after the workshop.

Level: must have basic weaving skills
Loom: 4 or 8 shaft loom.
Length:  3 days

1:1 2-tie unit weave. 3 and 4 tie weaves. What does this mean? Bergman, Quigley, Lampas, Bronson, halv-drejl are all called Tied Weaves. So are Summer and Winter and Bronson Lace and many others. Come and explore these weaves, which have short floats and lots of patterning possibilities. Create a profile draft to plan your own patterned cloth. Tied weave

Level: basic weaving skills and some familiarity with blocks and profiles
Loom: 8 shaft loom required
Length:  3 days Round Robin


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