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June 21, 2022 newsletter

Season 2 – Colour & Design Kits

Have you always been tempted to do (or redo) the Colour & Design projects from way back in Season 2? There is something magical about the simplicity and versatility of creating cloth using these basic tools. Once you’ve had a chance to “play” with them – so many “what if” ideas will pop into your head 😉

Each kit comes with a weaving draft so you can follow along while you watch the videos of me playing with so many colour and design elements. Each kit includes enough yarn for a 6 yard warp which becomes your personal canvas to experiment and play on. You will learn how to weave towels on these warps – and on some – magically see that by opening up your sett, you can also weave a scarf or shawl on the same warp. You can even incorporate some of your own stash yarns for your weft. The possibilities are endless.

excerpt from Season 2 on SoW:

Season 2 lays the foundations of Colour and Design for your journey into weaving. We learn about colour theory, graphic, division of space and the architecture of design. All are presented in a way that allows weavers to bring their ideas to reality.

This entire year we will be working with 7 warps that all start at 18 EPI but I change the sett throughout, so it is important that we talk about sett even further to lay our foundation. I provide all the technical information you need to do this on your own looms.


Asymmetry

Asymmetry will give you a great foundation. We start out at 18 EPI and 18 PPI and as you will see in the videos, I change it up once we get some of the basics covered. 

And the things we will learn

  • How beautiful asymmetrical graphics are.
  • Fibonacci used as an incremental unit of 10 ends – movement of weight across a Canvas… dark to light. 
  • Graduating colours.
  • The power of a zinger.
  • Training your eye to see square.
  • How to change out a colour in the warp.
  • How to change our sett in relationship to changing our weft.

Asymmetry Kit includes one cone each of Black, Dark Grey, Light Grey, Bleached & Red in 8/2 cotton.


Colour & Weave

Gamps are great for getting a lot of information out of one warp. Colour & Weave is pure magic. How can all these little sequences of dark and light net us so many remarkable little patterns. The patterns themselves are remarkable but the sequencing is very important, it is the source of so much of the “play” in all of my work.

Things we will learn

  • Practice making a warp with different numbers of warp ends in the seven different sequences.
  • How putting in coloured divider threads help us keep each section clean and easy to read.
  • How crazy beautiful these pattern are 🙂
  • How to read a gamp.

Colour and Weave Kit includes 3 cones of Navy, 3 cones of Natural & 1 cone of Apricot in 8/2 cotton.


Fibonacci with Gradation AKA Parrot

The inspiration for Sample #3 was a parrot. It honestly had all these colours in it, it was just breathtaking. All my early inspiration comes from some external source and eventually morphs into something that has my fingerprint on it.

Things we will learn

  • Using Fibonacci in yet another way. I have taken the numbers; 2, 3, 5, 8 and 13 and added a zero to each one e.i 2>20,3>30,5>50,8>80, and 13 > 130. The graphic grows systematically.
  • The power of a line.
  • The idea of same/same. You have two ways to make your warp with the same colours – you get to pick – either way is equally beautiful.
  • Colour gradation plus another element with strong contrast.
  • Clasped weft technique.

Fibonacci with Gradation AKA Parrot Kit includes 1 cone each of Apricot, Pale Orange, Hot Pink, Fuchsia & Peacock in 8/2 cotton.


Plaid

We are weaving this simple pattern made up of 2 different sized squares with a striping sequence in a very traditional layout. When you watch episode 6 you will start out playing in a very traditional way with the squares and the stripes, but by the time we finish you won’t even recognize this warp. You won’t be thinking traditional tartan or plaid.

Things we will learn

  • Yet another way to use Fibonacci.
  • Working with complementary colours.
  • Challenging our ideas around value.
  • Creating more complex colour by mixing values… One in the warp, one in the weft.

Plaid Kit includes 1 cone each of Olive, Gold, Purple & 2 cones of Red in 8/2 cotton.


All About Stripes

The stripe has an ancient history but hasn’t always been loved. For much of history the stripe was used to label one as an outcast of some sort, a leper, a prisoner or a prostitute to name just a few. Stripe had to wait for modern times to be seen as loveable.

Things we will learn

  • That big division of space come first, even with stripes.
  • How to create repetitive sequencing with narrow and wide stripes.
  • How to work with colours of very close value and still see graphic.
  • How to use up your stash.
  • Learn the power of a zinger, even a thread or two.

All About Stripes Kit includes 1 cone each of Butter, Nile, Pale Limette & 2 cones of Lemon in 8/2 cotton.


Muted Colour Gamp

This is the first of two colour gamps in this workshop. Don’t let the word “muted” fool you, we take this warp and bring brilliance to the muted warp colours by overlaying all those bright colours from the other samples you have woven so far. You will have so much fun doing this.

Things we will learn

  • Arranging muted version of the primary and secondary colour wheel in gradation from light to dark, laying them all on a natural background.
  • Weaving the colours solid on solid and alternating on alternating.
  • Bring the loud members of the family to the party to brighten things up.
  • Working with textured weft yarns.

Muted Colour Gamp Kit includes 1 cone each of Forest, Natural, Navy, Raspberry, Gold, Purple & Cayenne in 8/2 cotton.


Primaries and Secondaries

This gamp we work with primary and secondary colours in purer hues on a black background. We will weave it very much like the last gamp but this is the first time we delve into twills.

Things we will learn

  • The power of a black background.
  • How black keeps other colours clear.
  • How the balance of colour changes in twills because we see more of each colour due to the float length.
  • How colour and weave patterns appear in twills when we alternate colour in the warp and weft.
  • We have been developing our technique to control our beater throughout this whole workshop and now we will use this control to weave twill and plain weave at the same sett.

Primaries and Secondaries Kit includes 1 cone each of Black, Emerald, Royal, Light Purple, Red, Orange & Lemon in 8/2 cotton.


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June 14, 2022 newsletter

JST Hand-dyed 20/2 Tussah is back!

We are so excited to share the re-launch of our JST Hand-dyed 20/2 Tussah silk!

We’ve switched the Tussah line over to a bleached Tussah. This produces colours that are brighter and clearer than they were on the natural Tussah, more like the sparkle of the 20/2 and 30/2 Bombyx. Our dyer has dyed half of our line of colours so far and we’re so happy to have them back in stock, brightening up our shelves while they wait for you to put them to work 😉

100% Silk Spun in Switzerland – 20/2 Tussah 5000 yds/lb.
Available in 100 gr. skeins with 1100 yds/skein.

Autumn Spice

Weave a Spring scarf with our beautiful linen…Lavender Lace Scarf Kit

C$71.00

This linen scarf is so wonderfully light and luscious. It billows like a sail in the wind and the light shines through this delicious cloth. Woven in our fine JST 40/2 linen makes it strong and very easy to weave. The kit will give you all you need for 2 scarves!

Canvas Weave, is such a lovely, delicate lace weave. It has an interesting characteristic, double threads coming out of the lace areas showing up in the plain weave areas in both warp and weft. The vertical lines are coming from the double 2’s and 3’s in the threading and, where you see them horizontally, they are from the 2 picks in 1 shed. The full instructions and draft for these delightful summer weight scarves, come with the kit. 

We can make this kit in any colour you like! Simply, put the Lavender Lace kitinto your cart and on the checkout screen, in the “notes” section, let us know what colour you would like us to create your kit in.


Spring Stripes Tea Towel Kit

C$71.00

After a long, cold, wet spring on the “wet” coast – we thought what we needed was to weave a bright spot for our kitchens! These towels are perfect – easy to weave and fun to play with while you create your own design with the weft.

This kit is made entirely of organic cotton – you can actually feel the difference in the cloth once woven. Using organic cotton is a great way to begin supporting yarns that are respectful of the earth and the farmers that grow them. Our organic cotton is GOTS certified (Global Organic Textile Standard).


School of Weaving

Season 6: Episode 6

Crackle Weave Kit is in stock!

Do you want to be ready weave when the Crackle Weave Episode goes live next month??? The Season 6: Episode 6 – Crackle Weave kit is now available in the JST Shop. Look at all the fun you are going to have with this exciting episode 🙂 Such a variety of possible patterns will be yours to create in Crackle, once you understand how this structure works.


We offer FREE shipping on all Louet looms within Continental North America. We also offer the option to pay a $1000.00 CAD deposit on your loom with the balance due when the loom ships out to you. This gives you the flexibility to make smaller payments towards your balance, at your convenience.


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June 7, 2022 newsletter

New yarn on our shelves!

Venne Eco Jeans banner

We’re excited to share the news that we are now carrying Venne’s Eco Jeans recycled yarn! It’s a beautiful yarn that is amazingly spun from items that would have been headed for a landfill somewhere in the world. Given a new life on your loom – this yarn would create a wonderfully soft wrap or scarf for anyone in your life – including you 😉

Venne Eco Jeans Recycled Yarn Nm 12/2
50g cones – 328 yards per cone (2971 yards/ lb)

100% recycled. The Eco Jeans yarn is made from recycled jeans and used plastic bottles. Worn jeans, jackets and other articles of jeans fabric will get a new life. Made of 48% cotton and 47% polyester and 5% other material. This super soft yarn is slightly thicker than 8/2 cotton and is a bit textured.

Sett

  • plain weave 14 epi
  • twill 16 epi

From Our Staff!

Elizabeth has woven Twill & Grace Placemats in Dusty Blue and Pale Limette on an Ivory warp. Just think of the different colours you could use to weave these placemats. Choose colours from your kitchen/dining room or your china to weave with and make this kit your own. They would make a wonderful, useful gift for someone in your life who is setting up a new home – or would appreciate a new spark of colour to a well-used one.

We can create your kit in any colour you’d like!

Simply, put the Twill & Grace kit into your cart, on the checkout screen and in the “notes” section let us know what colours you would like your kit in. Take a peek at our 8/4 cotton page to see the colour range and availability. Be sure to let us know what colour you want for the 8/2 cotton hem (it should match the main warp colour).


We offer FREE shipping on all Louet looms within Continental North America. We also offer the option to pay a $1000.00 CAD deposit on your loom with the balance due when the loom ships out to you. This gives you the flexibility to make smaller payments towards your balance, at your convenience.


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May 31, 2022 newsletter

In Case You Missed it!

We thought it was time to think about colourful weaving as we start to see colour finally popping up in our gardens after a cool, wet, spring. Our “wet” coast gardens are still waiting for temperatures to get above 10°C overnight! Tea Towel Time with Jane is a perfect example of “exploding” colour that you can have tons of fun with – as I did weaving them 😉 Scroll to the bottom of this newsletter and you’ll see that we have made Tea Towel Time with Jane, the Facebook videos, available on YouTube. I had so much fun weaving those towels, I wanted to share them with everyone.

We also thought you might enjoy some of our more recent tea towel kits that give you different colours, structures and yarn to play with.


Just Monk’ing Around

C$67.50

Choose one of three different colour schemes, Berry Bowl, Kiwi, or Surf’s Up for your kit and weave 8 towels, using 8/2 cotton, in Monk’s Belt and Plain Weave.


Spring at the Cabin

C$66.50

Spring at the Cabin is woven in a classic Colour & Weave effect on Plain Weave. The kit includes everything you need to weave these lovely towels in 8/2 cotton.


Tea Towel Time with Jane

Original Colourway Kit C$89.00

This is the original colourway that Jane wove live on Facebook (and now available on YouTube!) With this kit, you’ll weave 12 towels in Plain Weave, 2/2 Twill, Basket Weave, Turned Twill, Broken Twill, AND 1/3-3/1 Twill! Now that’s a whole bunch of fun at the loom!


Tea Towel Time with Jane

English Garden Colourway Kit C$89.00

With all the same weave structures as the original Tea Towel Time with Jane above, you can weave these in a different colourway – using the smashing colours of Nile, Navy, Magenta and let’s not forget, Hot Pink!


Tea Towel Time With Jane videos now on YouTube!

Those of you who follow us on Facebook, know that Tea Towel Time with Jane (TTTWJ) was originally done live on Facebook. Since some of you aren’t Facebook users, we thought that it would be a great idea to also make it available on our JST YouTube channel. We’ve added the 16 videos into a playlist, starting by Jane winding the warp and ending with the Show & Tell. If you have ever wanted to be standing beside Jane, watch her wind her warp and put it on her loom – this is your virtual chance to do it. You get to listen to her chat with you through every step of the process!


We offer FREE shipping on all Louet looms within Continental North America. We also offer the option to pay a $1000.00 CAD deposit on your loom with the balance due when the loom ships out to you. This gives you the flexibility to make smaller payments towards your balance, at your convenience.

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May 24, 2022 newsletter

Unforgettable Sherella!

One of the great pleasures that has come with decades of teaching, has been the opportunity to spend time with remarkable women. I have been blessed with long and lasting friendships and some of them just have to be shared. I’d love to introduce you to Sherella Conley, one of those gals that lights up a room the minute she enters and leaves everyone wanting more.

I first met Sherella in 2008 when she started coming to Salt Spring for our in-house retreats. Her wit, humour and wisdom made every workshop that she attended, richer, like the yummy dark chocolate she is fond of 🙂

I recently reached out to her to see if I could do a wee interview and now I get to share her with all our readers.

Sherella’s Beautiful Tapestries & Shaft Loom Treasures

Units, Blocks & Profile workshop at the studio, 2012

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May 17, 2022 newsletter

Late Spring Weaving

Whole Lotta Huggin’ Blanket Kit

C$185.00

Out here on the “wet” west coast of Canada – we’ve had a spring that hasn’t fully arrived yet! It’s so damp and chilly today that I would love to grab one of these cozy blankets and curl up with a book 😉 Sharon Broadley designed these beautiful blankets for 3 dear friends that needed a good hug. Each kit makes 3 blankets and is a very quick weave – sett at 8 epi and 44″ in the reed. Quebecoise 2 ply is similar to Harrisville Shetland and fulls beautifully!


SweDISH Tea Towel Kit

C$80.00

On this unusually damp and cool day on our coast, when all I really want to do is to get out into the garden and start planting … I need to get my fix of sun and warmth in a different way. These tea towels always remind me of blue skies and warm sun shining down. Stunning towels and so much fun to weave, a blend of Swedish and Huck Lace!


From Our Inbox

Sheila Holland sent a note with pictures of her baby blanket. She wove it in Log Cabin using 8/4 cotton in White and 3/2 mercerized cotton in King Blue and Pistachio. We are so pleased that, from watching the School of Weaving episode on Log Cabin, Sheila was inspired to create and design an absolutely beautiful baby blanket.
Jane, before the pandemic started I was taking a class once a week in Toronto to learn how to weave. When the classes stopped and I relocated to the lake house for the duration of the pandemic, I found myself referring to your tutorials time and again. I’ve kept weaving and learning, making several wool throws and two of your lovely scarf kits.  

This March I decided to weave a baby blanket for my first grandnephew but was struggling with an idea for a pattern until I came across your log cabin tutorial. I ran with it and am very happy with the result! I’ve included two photos.  

I purchased a couple of tea towel kits from you a while ago and I’m currently going through your Swedish Lace tutorials before I start the first set. I hope they turn out as well as my baby blanket.  

While the classes in Toronto have resumed, I’m still at the lake house, so your online guild is the only teaching to which I have access. Thanks for all of it!

School of Weaving subscribed member?
You can watch Jane’s lesson on Log Cabin.
Click here!


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May 10, 2022 newsletter

Spring at the Cabin

Whether you are dreaming of a cabin in the forest or one by a lake, these tea towels will feed your imagination. Picture yourself nestled between the trees, and from your window…you see a vast blue sky or lake – or both – it’s your dream 😉 Under the trees and in the grasses, there is a dusting of light purple as the spring flowers enjoy the sun’s warmth, as you are. I can see it all now…..

Log Cabin is such a beautiful, classic Colour & Weave effect on “just” Plain Weave and it’s so easy to weave on a “warp canvas” that is just begging you to explore and create your unique designs.

These Spring at the Cabin towels have been designed by JST Dream Team member, Gail Maier and are simple to weave on a warp that gives you 8 towels to “play” with! Keep on dreaming!!


A few more towel kits

The following towel kits also give you a chance to explore creating your own designs as you go. You can design your own towels using any of the three warps as your blank canvas. Experiment and create your own Colour and Weave, Asymmetry or Huck Lace tea towels while working with “Mr.” Fibonacci to create some full-sized samples.

Sassy Brassy Log Cabin Tea Towel Kit

C$144.00

Organic Cotton Stripes Tea Towel Kit

C$117.00 – C$133.00

Huck Lace Cotton Tea Towel Kit – Pretty Pansy

C$80.00


Ask Jane

A number of you have a new, or new to you, Louet loom living at your house. We thought this might be a good time to share a Q&A from the JST Knowledge Base that Jane wrote about the Louet raddle and how to use it in the world of inches 😉

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The Louet raddle has a space every .5 cm.  So do I convert the width of my project to cm, figure out how many threads per 1/2 centimetre and group the raddle cross that way, and for fractions just skip spaces on the raddle every once and a while?

Your Louet raddle has 5 slots in each inch.  Over 5 inches you gain an extra slot (because the raddle is actually metric) so all I do is leave one empty slot every 5 inches.  I always work in ends per inch.  If you have 20 epi you need to put 4 in every slot.  I often use the #5 reed column on a reed substitution chart to figure out have many ends to put in a slot.  The important thing to remember with all raddles is this: If you have warped with more than 1 end in your hand don’t split those ends up and put one end on one side of a raddle peg and the other on the other side.  You are just asking for trouble if you do that.  In the raddle, they should be treated like best friends that need to stay together.

The other thing to always remember about your reed is that it has nothing to do with the pattern, its only function is to help you spread your warp out to the desired width. If you are out by 1/2” it won’t matter, if you aren’t perfectly centred it won’t be the end of the earth. I think it’s good to be a little ‘off’ :^) I like life to be simple so I use two main methods of warping. For 99.9% of all of my weaving, I warp back to front with only one cross because my loom is small and there isn’t a huge reach to my lease sticks. Warping with two crosses was often used because old-style looms were so darn long…..you couldn’t reach your lease sticks at the back without climbing inside your harnesses. Our looms are short in comparison so using 2 crosses is just more work than is necessary (in my opinion and remember, it is only my opinion and it doesn’t have to be yours).

If I want to reduce stickiness going through the lease sticks then all I do is warp with more ends in my hand.  I use 2 or 3 ends and that reduces the intersections on your lease sticks by either half or thirds.  Usually, that is all you need to do and it also makes warping twice or three times as fast. Bonus, bonus! Less work, simpler. If I am dealing with a truly sticky warp, like brushed mohair…I warp a very particular way which is a combination of front to back and tying on.  You can see detailed instructions for that on my Knowledge Base under “Weaving with Mohair”.

If you are a subscriber to School of Weaving, you can watch Jane dress a loom with a Mohair warp and weave it in Season 1 Episode 9 Making a Mohair Blankie Yes!


We offer FREE shipping on all Louet looms within Continental North America. We also offer the option to pay a $1000.00 CAD deposit on your loom with the balance due when the loom ships out to you. This gives you the flexibility to make smaller payments towards your balance, at your convenience.


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May 3rd, 2022 newsletter

Thinking of Moms!

Mom or Mum’s the word at this time of year – no matter where you live and how you spell it 😉 Every one of us has a Mom and some of us are Moms, “Grand”moms or to a very special person in your life as an “adopted” Mom. We wish you an amazing day of being celebrated or celebrating the woman who is that person in your life.

I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without my Mom. She was my rock.  Happy Mother’s Day this coming Sunday ❤️💐

JST Store E-Gifts

If you are looking for a last minute gift that will give your “weaving” Mom some fun choosing an item that she has been wanting to add to her weaver’s toolbox – these E-Gifts are perfect.


School of Weaving Lessons

Coming up this Thursday is the release of the Overshot episode for this Season’s Units, Blocks & Profile. If you have not subscribed yet and would like to sign up or gift a subscription, click here to learn more!

Our Baby Blankie Collection

For those of you who are “expecting” a new arrival in your world – nothing is better than having a blankie waiting to wrap them up in. The Monte Cristo Blankie has wrapped hundreds of babies and then turned into a most loved “security” blanket as the toddler grew. These blankies have been dragged on lots of adventures and survived as an important part of growing up for many wee ones.

The Canvas Weave Baby Blanket is a newer version with the same comfort and softness of the original. Monte Cristo yarn gives a softness that is hard to beat – but not when you are actually weaving with it 🙂

Monte Cristo Baby Blanket Kit

Canvas Weave Baby Blanket Kit


From Our Inbox

Grand Aunts are so special!

Sharon Allen’s first grand-nephew Kirk just loves his new baby blanket 🙂


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April 26, 2022 newsletter

Discontinued Silk Colours…

get them while they last!

Well, we’re doing our own spring cleaning 😉 We’re changing up the colour range in our hand-dyed silks. In order to add some fabulous new colours, we need to say goodbye to others. If you have fallen in love with any of the following colours – stock up now before they disappear.


Asymmetry

One of the great things about the School of Weaving is that we have students working on every sample, all of the time. New students are working on Season 2, others are midway on their journey and many, who’ve been with me since the beginning, are working on Season 6. I love seeing everyone’s work….on the forum, Ravelry, Pinterest and Facebook. The Asymmetry sample was the first sample of Season 2 from way back when 🙂 …the first sample where I introduce graphic and repetitive sequences. I love seeing it woven in new colours or changed in some way that reflects the weaver’s aesthetic…this makes me so happy. I’m inspired by this simple idea to this day. xox Jane

From our Inbox

So…..I sent out a little request to members asking them to send in their photos of asymmetry. We’ve picked a few of them to share with you, and maybe inspire you to look at this sample again. Thank you to everyone who sent us a picture 🙂 Some of them aren’t featured here but will be featured in another newsletter.

Pat Olsen’s samples following the PDF for the lesson and breaking out with new colours on her last one.

Lee Scott’s napkins, woven using 8/2 cotton at 18 epi/ppi.

In addition to weaving towels with the Asymmetry draft, Jennifer Bogut wove this beautiful scarf.

Gabi Tomas used Venne’s Organic 8/2 cotton along with some Bouclé cotton to weave her samples from the episode.

Lynn Pitet pushed the asymmetry idea to a new place and wove towels in twill using our Falling Leaves Tea Towel Kit and adding Fuchsia and Pale Limette.

Joey Barnes used a hemstitch on two of the pieces and then made napkins with the rest. She replaced the red zinger with green.

Lise added texture to her pattern via the tie-up and treadling and was inspired by Easter colours.

Mary’s beautiful sequin top! Who says any of this has to be a towel? Take it where you want to 🙂!


The Asymmetry sample was the first of the lesson projects out of the gate! There was a great deal of excitement and discussion as we finally got down to putting a project on our looms! If you want to see and read what was happening in 2018 as we got down our first challenge – it’s all on the original Forum – which you can find here… Asymmetry at the Loom. And, we have gone through our Forums, emails and Ravelry to find some examples of how this simple graphic can create wonderful woven cloth.
Tara’s chose Spring crocus colours to be Easter treats tea towels for her family. She increased the white thread count to weave a good size towel.

Maria-Theresia wove 4 towels using cottolin and had fun playing with the weft.

Lise Marleau Nesbitt used alpaca yarn she had on hand for the Asymmetry project and wove these three pieces. The cowl was woven with a cotton Bouclé.

David Schulz decided to put his newfound knowledge to use and design a warp inspired by Jane’s sample for this project. He used Fibonacci numbers to work out the thickness of each stripe.

Amy opened up her 8/2 cotton warp sett to 12 EPI and wove it with wool.

 Michelle wove something completely different and created a Ruana by cutting up the middle of the fabric to the halfway point and then stitching it up.

Anita wove her 3rd ever warp with our Asymmetry sample back when the episode was first released!

Jean wove one of her samples using repetition of 3rds.

Jennifer wove a blanket after a friend of hers saw her asymmetry samples. She used purple as her zinger and wove it in Twill instead of Plain Weave.

How about Mohair! Woven by roellien sett at 12 ppi.

Sharon using completely different colours as well.

Gabriele used blues & greens for her towels.

Jean took her inspiration from a trip to Galapagos. She concentrated on the designs she was creating.

Sue made a second Asymmetry warp and used different colours & fibre. She opened her sett to 16 epi and used 8/2 cotton for the warp and bouclé for the weft.

And Clare, who we featured in our September 2019 Weaver Spotlight with her beautiful shawl.

This little idea went on a great walkabout….so much fun. If you would like to contribute to posts like this one, please send us your photos.

We love celebrating everyone’s work!


If you are a subscriber to School of Weaving and want to learn more about asymmetry and design, watch Season 2 Colour & Design episode 1, an introduction to Colour & Design and episode 2, Asymmetry and Division of Space.


We offer FREE shipping on all Louet looms within Continental North America. We also offer the option to pay a $1000.00 CAD deposit on your loom with the balance due when the loom ships out to you. This gives you the flexibility to make smaller payments towards your balance, at your convenience.

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April 19, 2022 newsletter

Maiwa Foundation

New “Pay What you Want” Tea Towel Pattern

Just Monk’ing Around

Most of you know how passionate I am about supporting the Maiwa Foundation in any way I can. You’ve helped me raise money for the Foundation as they work hard to help some incredibly skilled textile artisans in India. I asked Charllotte Kwon (the founder and fearless leader) of Maiwa for an update that we could share with you…and this is what she wrote.

“We are still supporting the Jiwaja weavers. Maiwa has finally been able to place a large order with the leatherworkers that will keep them working from February to December 2022. Like everywhere, the supply and delivery infrastructure in India (and therefore for Jawaja) is slow but they are innovative and things are getting done – just a bit slower. There are very few craft fairs opening up and retailers in India are not yet placing orders as tourists have yet to return. But that is slowly happening, however – the tourist season is mainly over now until September. 

Maiwa has not yet placed an order for the handwoven carpets but we are working on that and should be able to place one by July. In the meantime we continue to support monthly. The entire village and the Jawaja cooperative are incredibly grateful for the assistance the Maiwa Foundation has been able to give – and 90% of that has come from your fundraisers. We all truly believe, that had we not stood up immediately, the craftspeople of Jawaja would have really suffered.  

The Maiwa team will (finally) be returning to India in September of this year – for two months – and we will have several meetings at Jawaja. We will visit all the artisans in India who we work with. It will be good to be able to sit, in person together, and hear all the stories and see the situation first hand.”

We are adding a new “Pay What you Want” tea towel pattern to our list of Maiwa Fundraising towels. Our Dream Team member – Arlene Kohut took one of this year’s featured structures – Monk’s Belt – and created a new, fun, set of tea towels for you to play with, Just Monk’ing Around! The Maiwa Foundation receives 100% of the money raised on these PDF downloadable pattern sales. Please…help me, help them!


Monk’ing Around Kits Available!

You can also purchase Just Monk’ing Around in kit form including the pattern and all the yarn you need. You have 3 colourways to choose from!

Surf’s Up Towels

Kiwi Towels

Berry Bowl Towels


More ‘Pay What You Want’ From Our Maiwa Fundraiser

At a price that anyone can afford…you choose how much!

I also want to take a minute to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all the support you have already given. In 2021, JST was able to give over $20,000.00 to the Maiwa Foundation. This was all raised by the continuous sale of these patterns and, in particular, the weavers on my Dream Team who so generously designed and donated their patterns to help the Maiwa Foundation.

Thank you so much…..Sharon Broadley, Barbara Mitchell and Arlene Kohut.

Please feel free to share this post with anyone you think might be interested in helping us to raise funds for Maiwa in 2022, let’s see if we can beat what we raised in 2021 🙂

xoxo Jane

All proceeds from the “Pay What You Want” PDF downloadable patterns will be donated directly to

the Maiwa Foundation.

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