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December 22, 2023 newsletter

Wishing you all a peaceful, safe & joyous
Holiday Season

As I reflect on this past year, I’m so thankful that I’ve had the privilege of watching you all grow and bloom as you sit at your looms. The posts you write on our Forum or in our Group on Ravelry show me you are absorbing and applying the new skills you’ve learned. The bonus is when I see what you’ve taken and developed into your unique style. Every time I spot a member’s post showing us a project that they have designed from what they have learned – I wish you could see the big smile on my face 😉 I’m like a mother hen watching her chicks grow up and head out to explore the possibilities in their new world.

I’m really looking forward to this Christmas because Freya is just the right age to absorb the magic that Christmas gives children and she believes it with all her heart. Can you tell I love being a grandmother?

So – thank you, thank you again and again for all the support you give to JST, every customer, every student, every friend 🙂 It is so appreciated.

Sending you all hope, love and best wishes for a Happy New Year and may 2024 bring our world some Peace.

Love, Jane

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December 19, 2024 newsletter

Winter Berries Silk Colourway

Winter Berries in Bombyx Silk

We’ve just created our December Silk ensemble – its title sounds as tasteful as the Winter Berries colourway is. At this time of year, we all want to wear something elegant to seasonal events. Just imagine a scarf or wrap woven with our JST Bombyx or Tussah silks in colours named Double Chocolate, Jam Jar and Buddha Berry. These delicious colours could weave into a stunning scarf or wrap using our 40/2 linen, 18/2 merino or Zephyr wool/silk as the cream on your Winter Berries 😉

Available in both 20/2 & 30/2 Bombyx and 20/2 Tussah silks.

Winter Berries in 20/2 Tussah Silk

If receiving skeins of silk is a little overwhelming, we can wind the skeins you order onto spools – for a small fee. If you are a School of Weaving subscriber, we have a video of Jane demonstrating how to wind onto a spool using a skein winder. You can check out how in Season 1 video 1.1.2 Warping on a Warping Board. Not a subscriber yet? Sign up today for your FREE 7-day trial today!

You can also read an article in our JST Knowledge Base on how to do it yourself. If you don’t have any spools in your stash – remember to add them to your next silk order.


Wrap Kits Back in Stock!

Our popular wraps – woven in soft, delectable Harrisville yarn – are back in stock. Can there be anything cozier than being able to wrap yourself in a Ruckle Beach, Burgoyne Berries, or Autumn Orchard “hug”? Order a kit while we have them in stock and dress your loom in beautiful Harrisville Shetland yarn. As you weave, picture yourself wrapped up in one of these as you curl up with a good book on a cold winter’s night. You can create 2 wraps with each of these kits giving you a second one so you can share a “hug” with someone special.


Get ready to take your weaving to the next level with Jane’s Weaving Essentials!


Gift Certificates

Don’t forget about our e-gifts to the JST Shop or a School of Weaving Subscription. Your recipients will get those in time for stuffing inside a pretty envelope and slipping it under a tree. If your life partner is unsure of what to give you – you could just print out this newsletter and accidentally leave it in a place in your home where it won’t be missed. Hummmm – how about the dining room table 😉

One last reminder!

Louet Loom price increase starts January 1, 2024

Prices on all Louet looms and accessories will be increasing on January 1st by about 2-3%. All orders placed with us before January 1, 2024, will receive the current prices.

Jane 16-shaft Table Loom


JST Holiday Days

The JST Studio will be closed starting December 23rd and will open again on January 2, 2024. We will be shipping orders out until December 22 at 10 am PST and all orders placed after this time will be shipped out on January 2, 2024.


From Our Inbox

We were delighted with the perfect timing of Cathy Spatz’s email popping in and telling the story of these beautiful, seasonal towels. Cathy is from Warrington, Pennsylvania and she has taken Jane’s “what if” and created a wonderful selection of towels that will be happy in any kitchen during the holidays. Jane was delighted to see that Cathy took what she learned watching on YouTube and weaving the Tea Towel Time with Jane towels. Read Cathy’s story and see the towels she created below. Jane often says – take a pattern and make it yours – Cathy did exactly that and we were delighted to see the results.
Hello Jane & Crew –

Needing to make a batch of seasonal towels this December, I wondered what would happen if I went through Tea Towel Time with Jane once again, this time using traditional Christmas colors. I am so thrilled with both the process and the results! I re-watched all the Facebook Lives from 2020, and found little bits of inspiration and instruction I’d missed the first time around. I did condense the width to 442 ends so it fit my 22″ reed, and I alternated three colors rather than two in the stripes. Knowing I couldn’t rely on color interplay with the restricted palette of black, natural, red and green, and wanting to avoid three-shuttle designs, I played with twill variations. I thought the Pinwheels were seasonally festive, found Herringbone & Rosepath both fun and effective, and may have incorporated more Basketweave if I’d had more than 10 yards on the loom.

Thank you for opening up the world of weaving in my little corner of Pennsylvania. I have been a member of the School of Weaving on and off since 2018, I think. Sometimes, like now, I need a pause in membership to explore and play with what I’ve learned so far. This past summer I was stuck on huck – just loved it and probably could have stayed with it for the rest of the year. These latest towels have reawoken my love of twill, and now that I have an 8-shaft loom, I have even more ways to play, so I think I’ll be on twill through the winter, at least. I’m looking forward to re-joining the school sometime next year.

Cathy Spatz

Pin Wheel!

Turned Twill!

Pinwheel and plain weave 🙂

Herringbone!


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December 12, 2023 newsletter

Gifts For Your Weaving Buddy

Are you lucky enough to have a special weaving buddy in your life? It’s hard to thank someone as special as that or to really know what they are wishing for this Christmas. We’ve got some ideas for you……..


Gift Certificate

Every weaver loves gift certificates which gives them a chance to choose something special that they have wished for. Half the fun is in looking through all the possibilities in the JST Shop. Could it be a new shuttle or a beautiful skein of JST hand dyed silk? A gift certificate gives your weaving friend a chance to choose something that they have been dreaming about.


School of Weaving Subscription

Get your weaving buddy excited with a School of Weaving subscription – the gift of learning is one of the best gifts anyone can receive. They will have access to all past and upcoming lessons during their monthly or yearly membership. No need to worry about missing out on anything – we’ve got them covered with your gift of a subscription!


JST Stationery in Stock!

Get ready to spread joy with our new greeting card packs! You – or your weaving friend – can have a variety of designs waiting for just the right occasion. Stock up and share individual cards with friends and family that say a lot about your passion for weaving 😉 Each pack comes with 10 blank cards and 10 envelopes. Choose one of our three packs, Out in the Wild Card set, On the Loom set and/or In the Studio set.

Out in the Wild

On the Loom

In the Studio


Louet Loom Price Increase starts soon!

Prices on Louet looms and accessories will be increasing on January 1st by about 2-3%. All orders placed with us before January 1, 2024, will receive the current prices. All David and Spring looms are in stock and ready to ship. Once ordered the looms generally take 5 days to reach our customers!

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December 7, 2023 newsletter

New Colours in Organic Cotton Cloud

We have had so many requests for more colours in our beautiful Organic Cotton Cloud yarn, that we decided to add some “hot” colours to the line. These three colours were inspired by three of our top-selling silk colours, Ariel’s Voice, Buddha Berry and Lime Light.

Our Organic Cotton Cloud is 100% Organic Cotton, available in 1 lb cones (1,200 yds/lb) and we recommend a sett of 8 EPI for plain weave.

This super soft yarn weaves up into wonderful, snuggly baby and/or adult blankets! It washes up easily which is important to a well-loved baby blanket.😉 

Peacock

Magenta

Lime


JST Greeting Cards

Looking for a stocking stuffer for a weaving friend? We have 3 different theme packs of greeting cards. They are selling for C$16.99 for a pack of 10 cards. And, if that’s the only thing you are buying – then you have the option to have them mailed to you for $5CAD within Canada or $5USD mailed to the US.

Out in the Wild

On the Loom

In the Studio


E-Gift Cards

Gift certificates are the perfect gift choice which gives the weavers in your world a way to plan a project and choose the yarn they want to use to create their own unique “kit”. We have a selection of patterns available for purchase which could be the starting point of their next project 😉 Or – if you are the only weaver in your family circle – you could drop hints, print out this newsletter and accidentally leave it lying on the coffee table, or plant the idea with a family member who might share that information with others 😉 If you are hoping for the gift of a month or a year for the School of Weaving – these gift options can be purchased on the same page.

Vintage gift box on wooden background

From Our Inbox

Hanneke van Gorcum from the Netherlands has created these fabulous pillows using Overshot with colour and weave – Season 7 episode 5. We were blown away by what she created and had to share her photo of her 3 pillows with you.


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December 5, 2023 newsletter

Double the Fun

in Season 8!

Hello dear weavers,

I’ve been very busy creating new episodes for Jane Stafford’s School of Weaving for 2024.

We’ll be delving further into M’s & O’s and Huck, the Powell method of drafting Shadow Weave, a great introduction to Deflected Double Weave, Block Double Weave, and Double Faced Twills. We’ll be doubling our fun by looking at structures on 4 shafts and taking them to 8 shafts.  

I’m so excited to be introducing three guest teachers to the school. Rebecca Logan (Shadow Weave), Barbara Mitchell (Block Double Weave), and renowned basket weaver Joan Carrigan. It is going to be another amazing year of learning.

Remember, nothing ever goes away at the School of Weaving….all previous 7 years are available to you 24/7 with your yearly or monthly subscription.  

Please join us for another exciting year of learning at the loom.

Xo Jane

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November 28, 2023 newsletter

Louet Jane Table Loom 16-shafts

We’ve had some exciting news out of Louet! Have you ever wished you had a loom that could give you almost endless design possibilities but didn’t take up a whole room in your home? Louet’s 16-shaft Jane Loom is your answer!

There are a few Jane 70 16-shafts available to be shipped out on December 15th (expected to be delivered to you before Christmas) with the next batch of 50cm & 70cm looms to be delivered February 2024.

Louët Jane 16 Shafts Video

Louet Loom Price Increase

We’ve heard that prices on Louet looms and accessories will be increasing on January 1st by about 2-3%. All orders placed with us before January 1, 2024, will receive the current prices. Orders placed before December 12th will ship out before Louet’s closure on the 15th (provided the item is in stock).
Email us for loom inquiries at info@janestaffordtextiles.com

Potholder Looms Last Chance!

Last chance to order potholder looms and extra loops. Because these potholder looms make a fun seasonal gift – we just brought more in for the holidays! If you looking for a stocking stuffer or have someone’s birthday in the near future, these are a delightful, fun gift to have on hand. Planning a car trip over the holidays but not doing the driving? It might be fun to have the time to create your own potholders while the scenery flies by. Order yours now – when our current stock is gone, it’s gone.

Lotta Loops Back In-Stock

You’ll have enough loops with your Potholder loom to create 6 potholders. However, take our word for it – you will run out of these loops before you know it 😉 Especially if you have grandchildren wanting to weave when they see you weave on the looms at your house! We have stocked up on 4 different colourways so get them while you can and be ready for the creativity to flow!


Holly & Berry Cottolin Tea Towels

Our Holly & Berry Tea Towel kit in cottolin comes in Forest Green or Rich Red and weaves 4 towels each, perfect for the festive season. There’s still time to weave them!


From Our Inbox

We’ve been saving the following letter we received from Teresa (Denver, Colorado) since the summer. We thought she would inspire everyone with her fabulous napkins that would look perfect on any Christmas table. You still have time to be inspired by what she has woven and have fun weaving with red and white to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. Well done, Teresa 👏👏👏

Greetings!

I am a huge fan of the School of Weaving, and have watched every episode so far. Jane is the best teacher!! I am writing to you from a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

I was very intrigued with Season 6, Episode 9 (Block Analysis), and decided to try interpreting several traditional Swedish cross-stitch patterns in fine linen. As in this episode, the weave structure was Bronson Lace, threaded on 7 shafts. The warp was 40/2 linen, bleached with block framing threads in red, slayed at 30epi (600 ends), in a 10-dent reed. The warp length was 8 yds, enough to create 10, 23” napkin lengths (including 1 1/2” for hem at each end),with a bit left over; warp width on the loom was about 20”. The weft was the same bleached or red 40/2 linen. I eventually used 4 different tie-ups, each with 5 pattern treadles and 2 tabby treadles. I wove each of the four patterns, either using red linen for the pattern with bleached linen plain weave in between patterns, or bleached on bleached patterns with red linen dividers. I also wove a couple of the patterns as “bands” with 3” of plain weave in between.

My selvedges were not perfect, but overall, I was pleased with the results, and had fun with the designs! Please see the attached photos.

Best regards,
Teresa Coons

A Closer Look!


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November 14, 2023 newsletter

Mix & Match Towel Gifts

Shades of Grey

Oslo Tea Towels

We’re excited to introduce you to a new kit..Oslo. Oslo grew out of our Rustic Elegance Tea Towel and is perfect for anyone who liked the look of that tea towel but thought a bit of colour might make it sparkle. We played with a different Colour and Weave threading, framed our new creation with Cherry and it popped!

We realized, as we were “playing” with Oslo, that we have a number of tea towels that it would pair beautifully with – in anyone’s kitchen. The idea grew into why not weave several different kits while there’s still time. You would have a selection to choose from when you are deciding who would get what for Christmas 🙂 And…the recipients of your thoughtfulness would have towels that would add an elegant look to any kitchen. One thing led to another.

Think about it – Oslo hanging out with Alfresco, or Garibaldi and Rustic Elegance patiently waiting together to be put to work. Depending on how ambitious you are – you could weave them all and give the very special people on your list a selection of towels – instead of “just” two.

As a bonus – think of the fun you would have weaving them!


Alfresco

These towels are based on classic, old-world patterns with a contemporary twist. Incredibly versatile, they’ll be perfect with charcuterie and wine in a modern stainless steel kitchen, or a rustic picnic in the great outdoors come springtime. Woven in Turned Twill, Alfresco Kit weaves 8 towels in 8/2 cotton.


Rustic Elegance – Linen

Our beautiful huck tea towels have a rustic yet modern elegance, perfect for your minimalist decor. Woven in organic 16/2 linen from Venne in Holland, these towels will be passed down for generations….they are new heirlooms. Rustic Elegance in Linen kit includes 5 cones of organic linen to weave 4 stunning towels.


Rustic Elegance – Cotton

It is always so much fun to design contemporary fabrics with weave structures that have been used for centuries. Huck has been used for towelling since the middle ages. The simple 2 stripe design presents 4 different ways to use Colour and Weave patterning on Huck weft floats. Rustic Elegance, the 8/2 cotton version gives you 8 towels woven on 4 shafts with a finished dimension of 21.5″ wide by 28″ long.


Garibaldi

Garibaldi 4 shafts

Garibaldi 8 shafts

Our Garibaldi Flats collection is inspired by the greys and whites seen on the mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park in beautiful British Columbia. This kit is available in 4 shafts simple straight draw 2/2 Twill or 8 shafts Turned Twill. The graphic and colour plays are endless with both of these kits.


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M’s & O’s with Huck Theory Towels

When M’s & O’s, Colour & Weave and Huck get together, the end results are stunning! This kit has all the yarn, the draft plus the treadling for 10 different towels to follow along with the videos. If you’re a member of the School of Weaving and have already downloaded your PDF from the most recent episode, you can order the yarn right here. You’ll need 3 cones of 8/2 cotton in Natural and 3 cones of 8/2 cotton in Black.


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November 7, 2023 newsletter

7″ Potholder Loom Deluxe

We are bringing in potholder looms, just for the Holiday Season. They make a perfect gift for kids and adults alike.

Jane wanted to order one for her granddaughter so…we decided that Freya shouldn’t be the only one receiving this fun gift 😉 There will be enough in stock for you to pick up one too!

Harrisville has a super cool Potholder Design Wizard on their website. You can select your colours and pattern and it will show you the warp and weft sequence, similar to Fiberworks but for the potholder loom! You can create your very own potholder designs.

Check out how to weave a potholder by watching this Video.

Kit includes….

  • Sturdy metal loom 7″ x 7″
  • 2 Hooks (one metal for loop weaving and one plastic for finishing)
  • Illustrated instructions with lots of ideas.
  • Enough cotton loops to make six potholders
  • Multicoloured 100% cotton loops

Additional loops sold separately.


Extra Lotta Loops

Add an additional bag of extra Lotta Loops to your order so you can make 6 more potholders. We have 4 colourways to choose from.

Rainbows

Bonaticals

Neutrals

Earth Tones


Louet Erica Loom

Louet’s Erica won’t fit in a stocking 😉 but “she” is the perfect gift for an aspiring weaver. Or…a gift for someone who wants to weave while travelling or …even staying home using the Erica as a sample or workshop loom.

Erica Looms are in stock and ready to ship.

Erica is available in two sizes and in either 2 or 4 shafts:

Erica 30, 2 shafts 11 ¾” (30 cm) weaving width
Erica 30, 4 shaft
11 ¾” (30 cm) weaving width
Erica 50, 2 shaft
19 ½” (50 cm) weaving width
Erica 50, 4 shaft
19 ½” (50 cm) weaving width


A Few More Stocking Stuffers & Gift Ideas

Leclerc Double-Ended Electric Bobbin Winder

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As we approach the end of Season 7 – we’ve looked back at all the lessons, samples and projects that we have shared since the beginning. If you are not a member – then now’s the time to hint that you’d like to have the School of Weaving as a gift. 😉 Every active member has access to the past 7 Seasons, which include a lot of projects (including PDFs) that will reinforce what you are learning with each episode you watch. You will also have access to an active forum where you can chat with fellow members. All this is available to you through an all-inclusive subscription for $99.99 US/year or $9.99 US/month (local currencies may apply). Still not sure? Take advantage of our one-week free trial to check out what the School of Weaving has to offer!


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October 31, 2023 newsletter

Holiday Gift Weaving Ideas

Shhhhhh – I know none of us want to face the inevitable…especially since today is Halloween…but Christmas isn’t that far away if you plan to give any of your handwovens away as gifts. We thought that giving you a ‘heads-up” with suggestions for your “seasonal” weaving might prevent from weaving like crazy during the week before the big day.

We’ve put together different kits that make perfect gifts at this time of year……

Christmas Crackle Placemats are the perfect seasonal project if you plan on having a festive table – nothing will help you (or a delighted receiver of these as a gift) create a festive look as Christmasy as your tree.

Twill & Grace Placemats could be woven in different colours – check out the note at the bottom of the Twill & Grace kit web page.

Holly & Berry Tea Towels are the perfect seasonal touch for your or someone else’s kitchen. Kits are available in both regular 8/2 cotton and 8/2 cottolin.

Lots to choose from and everyone loves receiving a handwoven tea towel to brighten their kitchen or a set of placemats for their festive table!


Christmas Crackle Placemats

Project Specs

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: Crackle Weave
Material: 8/4 cotton and 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 8 Placemats and a short runner

Loom requirements:

4 shafts, 10 dent reed, weaving width: 16.2″


Twill & Grace Placemats

Project Specs

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 4 shaft Twill
Material: 8/4 cotton & 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 8 Placemats plus
a wee bit more if you want a short runner

Loom requirements:

4 shafts, 12 dent reed, weaving width: 16.6″


Holly & Berry in Cotton or Cottolin

Project Specs

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: plain weave & (Atwater) Bronson Lace
Each kit makes: 4 tea towels

Loom requirements:

4 shafts, 12 dent reed, weaving width: 24″


School of Weaving

M’s & O’s goes on a Date with Huck and Colour and Weave!

These towels are a blend of ideas from one structure M’s & O’s with another – Huck and adding an overlay of Colour and Weave. You can learn more on how to influence M’s & O’s by using Huck theory at the School of Weaving in Season 7 Episode 9.

Watch the preview here!

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October 24, 2023 newsletter

Flowers & Lattices

Rebecca Logan is a member of the School of Weaving’s Dream Team. She created this stunning, original design for Season 6 Episode 9 Block Analysis’ Show & Tell. Rebecca used 7 shafts for her beautiful design and if you have an 8-shaft loom, this Bronson Lace wrap and tea towel kit is the perfect project for you! Rebecca’s pattern has flower and lattice motifs in both the wrap and towels. She wove the wrap with our exclusive hand-dyed 20/2 Bombyx silk in Black Magic as the weft. The warp is a combination of 3 colours of 8/2 cotton in Black, Purple and Wine – a magical combination of colours to weave with. Using a skein of our luscious Bombyx Black Magic silk gives the wrap an elegant hand. We are delighted to be able to share it with our wider weaving community.

Project Specs
Weave structure: 7 shaft Bronson Lace
Kit weaves 5 towels and 1 wrap

Finished dimensions:
21” wide – 29 to 33” long – towels
22” wide – 72” long plus fringes – wrap
Warp: 8/2 cotton
Weft: 8/2 cotton towels – 20/2 Bombyx silk wrap


Abalone & Ebony

On with the theme of “1 warp/2 projects”…Abalone & Ebony also gives you an opportunity to weave off 3 tea towels and then weave a fabulous scarf using our beautiful 20/2 Bombyx Silk as the weft (sold separately). What a wonderful project to have on our looms as we see the “gifting” season approaching 😉 

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: 4 shaft Bronson Spot
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 3 Tea Towels & 1 Scarf (silk for scarf sold separately)

You will need to purchase 1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx silk for the scarf (not included in the kit). The colours used in the scarf were Ariel’s Voice, Starfish & Lime Light. You can choose 1, 2 or all of them for your scarf.

20/2 Bombyx Ariel’s Voice
20/2 Bombyx Starfish
20/2 Bombyx Lime Light


JST October Calendar Image

Fall is a wonderful time to be surrounded by soft colours, as rain and cooler temperatures mute the colours in our outside world. The perfect time of year to weave a project with the subdued colours of autumn. Get out your notebook and coloured pencils and see what you can design with these colours. The October Calendar image below features 4 of our 24 colours of 40/2 wet spun line linen. The soft and dreamy colours below are Flax, Olive, Lavender, and Hickory.


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