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A Weaver’s Challenge: 30 Tea Towel Designs in 30 Days


A few days before we broke for Christmas one of my dearest friends and longtime JST employee Susan Brown (25 years) called to say she was coming in to show me something.  She told me a wonderful story and Susan has graciously agreed to share some of it with you.  Once again, it reinforces the […]

Weaver Spotlight: JST Online Guild Member Linda P.


This month we are going to shine the spotlight on one of our JST Online Guild members…the talented Ms. Linda Pickett from Victoria, B.C. Earlier this year, Linda attended our last workshop and brought along some fabulous show and tell. I was so excited that I begged her to let me share 3 of the pieces with […]

Design for Weavers: Colour Theory & Practice


Colour is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment. Claude Monet Colour is the child of light, the source of all light on earth. From “Colors: The Story of Dyes and Pigments” My weaving colour choices are an emotional response, a response to some stimulus that has moved me—a flower, a painting, a picture in a […]

Design for Weavers: Fibonacci & Division of Space


Division of Space In my colour and design workshops, we always look to the world around to gain our initial source of inspiration. Photographs, gardening, travel, and fashion magazines can provide you with images that make your heart sing. I have a huge stash of magazines for students to thumb through, and once they find […]

Weaving Architecture: Step 1 of the Design Process


I start every Colour and Design Workshop off by explaining to my students that there are hundreds of different ways to tackle the subject of design. Every designer has their own particular way of working, of organizing thoughts, and of bringing ideas to fruition. All I can do, as a designer and a teacher, is […]

In Praise of Good Selvedges: Practical Tips for Weavers


We’re all in search of that perfect straight edge, that golden selvedge, and there are many ways we get there. We employ special threadings, floating selvedges, denser edges. You can use regular shuttles, open bottom shuttles, end feed shuttles or temples to aid you in your selvedge journey. I have trained a lot of weavers […]

Weaving Philosophy: Find What Works For You


My philosophy on weaving is really very simple: we should all just be having a blast and enjoying the ride. Weaving is an amazing craft because it provides a creative vehicle for so many different personality types, from the precise analytical mind, to the free-spirited, let’s-fly-into-the-wind types, to all the rest of us in between. […]

How the JST Online Guild Came to Be


When I started weaving, 40 years ago, I did not belong to a guild. In fact, I’d been weaving for nearly eight years before I even knew there was such a thing as a weaving guild. It was when I moved to beautiful Salt Spring Island after art school that I discovered the joy of the weaving guild. I was swooped up by my […]

August 2018 Newsletter


Oh it’s a long while from May ’till September To celebrate the upcoming legalization of cannabis in Canada we’re having a sale on all things pot related: Potholder Loom Deluxe and Lotta Loops. Potholder Loom Deluxe makes six technicolour potholders whilst Lotta Loops is a 1 lb bag of cotton loops that fit the Potholder Loom Deluxe and makes approximately ten gaily […]

July 2018 Newsletter


Remembering Mary Andrews Last week Alberta and all of Canada lost one of our most treasured weavers. Mary Garnham Andrews passed away at the age of 102 in Banff Alberta. Mary shared her love and vast weaving knowledge with weavers across this country for over five decades and she influenced my weaving path more than […]