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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
All David and Spring looms are in stock and ready to ship. Once ordered the looms generally take 5 days to reach our customers!
Do you need an excuse to pamper yourself with a nice, cozy scarf? Well, how about…now that Fall has arrived, I need a tad of warmth around my neck. Or…I’ve always wanted to weave a scarf in Zephyr (wool/silk blend). Or…this pattern weaves 2 so I’ll have one left over to give as a gift 😉 Fill in the blank ______ and make up your justification 😉
Linda’s Scarves Kits
An all-time favourite kit at JST is Linda’s Turned Twill scarf. Linda fell in love with a scarf she had seen at Jane’s Studio. Soooo – she mentally noted the basics and went home to design her own take on it. Linda’s scarf is available in either a 4-shaft or 8-shaft kit.
Linda’s Scarf Kit using 4 shafts
Level of Difficulty: Beginner Weave structure: 2/2 Twill for 4 shafts Material: Bambu 12 in Black & Sweet Corn & Zephyr 50% silk/50% wool in Ebony and Pewter Each kit makes: 2 Scarves
Michelle designed this warm, cosy and delightful Turned Twill scarf after taking Jane’s Units, Blocks and Profiles workshop many years ago. This kit has also been a long-time favourite on the JST Online Shop. The colours and yarn Michelle chose to design her scarf will give you an elegant and cozy scarf to wear this winter.
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate Weave structure: 2 Block Turned Twill Material: Zephyr Wool/Silk Blend in Marine Blue, Royal and Iris Each kit makes: 2 scarves Finished Dimensions: 8.5″ X 65″ plus fringe
Huck is such a pretty and versatile threading. We can move from creating the distinctive Huck “circles” that appear when weft floats alternate with Plain Weave to the full Huck Lace effect by alternating warp and weft floats throughout. Huck always pleases. These beautiful scarves were woven by Barbara Mitchell, one of our Dream Team members. In her words: ‘I dreamt of bringing this traditional weave forward into my wardrobe, in an updated way.’
Our Popsicle Bouclé Towel Kit was a limited edition variation for summer. Summer has now come to a close and we are looking to make room for more cozy scarves on our shelves. Once these kits are gone – they are really gone 😉 Get yours while they are still in stock!
It’s always a delight to receive a message from across the Pacific Ocean, so we were thrilled to hear from Karyn David who lives and weaves in a rural area of New Zealand. Kudos to her for learning to weave through the School of Weaving. She is now weaving on her newish Louet David lll. Your email made our day/week Karyn! Scroll down to see what Karyn has been weaving……
Hi Jane and team,
I’ve been a member of the online guild for a few years now. Most of what I know about weaving has come from Jane! This is such a wonderful resource – I live in a rural area of New Zealand with no weavers nearby, so being able to have a teacher in my studio with me whenever I want her is amazing!
When I wanted to “upgrade” my weaving loom from a 4 shaft table loom, I used the information in Jane’s videos to help me select my new loom. I settled on an 8-shaft Louet David III – which I love! There wasn’t one nearby for me to go and try, I simply trusted the information in the videos and placed the order. I’m so glad that I did! I’ve been weaving on it now for just over one year and have no regrets.
I have also enjoyed the weaving classes. I haven’t woven anything from the current season, and I don’t use Jane’s yarns (shipping from Canada to New Zealand makes this unrealistic). But, I have used similar yarns for projects where possible. I’m currently working with various silk yarns – 20/2 mulberry silk, hand-reeled mulberry silk, 60/2 eri silk, 60/2 muga silk and handspun tussah silk and am loving the colours and textures.
Thanks for your help Jane, Karyn Davis
60/2 eri silk warp (indigo dyed) and predominantly 60/2 eri silk weft; on the left side there is a section of handspun tussah silk (has coffee coloured, elongated diamonds), hand reeled mulberry silk (has white, very square diamonds) and 60/2 muga silk (coffee coloured diamonds).
20/2 mulberry silk warp and weft – scarf
10/2 mercerised cotton warp and weft – huck lace baby blanket – I didn’t realise that the pattern was missing a section at the right hand end until it was hung at an exhibition!!
We thought every big person (not just babies) should have their own special blanket. Hygge is that blanket! “Hygge, a Danish word about taking time away from the daily rush to be together with people you care about – or even by yourself – to relax and enjoy life’s quieter pleasures. The word hygge dates back to around 1800, at least in the meaning it has today.” From the great interweb ….. pronounced hyoo·guh 🙂
So here you go…..a blanket that will embrace you and bring joy to every moment you’re wrapped in it. Happy Weaving…….
Weave Structure: Plain Weave Material: 2 cones of Organic Cloud Cotton Each kit makes 1 blanket 39″ wide X 76″ long plus fringes
We’ve been wanting to have an organic fluffy cotton blanket yarn for a long time and wanted one that could come in different colours. We’ve found a wonderful source for the yarn and they are also willing to dye it. We thought we’d start with a neutral and asked for a grey sample. We loved it….. we ordered it and now have it in stock. As you know, the proof is in the pudding and ….. our pudding is the Hygge Blanket above. You can have second helpings of pudding! Because we are ordering in very large quantities, we are able to offer this yarn at an extremely good price. Try out our Organic Cloud Cotton in natural or grey and see for yourself.
Organic Cloud Cotton in Grey
Our Organic Cloud Cotton in grey is dyed exclusively for JST and cannot be found anywhere else!
We were asked if our Tussah Majestic Maple could be dyed in 20/2 Bombyx & 30/2 Bombyx silk weights. Our dyer got busy with her dye pots and you can see the results below. A perfect opportunity to weave a scarf that will make you feel like fall is here and then wear it during the winter to keep those memories alive 😉
To give you more variety weaving with this environmentally friendly yarn – we’ve added more colours to our Eco Jeans colour range. Now you can add Olive, Havanna, Black and Rush to your choice of colours when designing your next project with this fabulous yarn. These 4 colours come in 100-gram cones with 656 yards per cone.
Lisann (Elisabeth) from Maple Ridge wrote in looking for advice with the Cramming & Denting scarf she designed using our Eco Jeans yarns. She had made many variations of this pattern with great success but this time her selvedge threads kept breaking on one side. Lisann felt that this particular colour felt different than the others…a little softer perhaps, the spin wasn’t quite the same.
Lisann kindly sent us a photo of her beautiful scarf on the loom with the broken selvedge threads.
Jane replied below:
At this point, it is selvedgeable …. haha!
Occasionally you get a batch of yarn that’s not quite the same as others and if it’s on the selvedge…which takes so much more wear and tear than any other place in your warp….it will break.
You could first try to limit the draw-in on that side by leaving a higher angle in the weft before you beat, that can definitely help with selvedge breakage but, if it doesn’t, you might need to size your warp threads.
I take 1 tbsp of all-purpose flour and make a paste by adding water until it’s like runny glue. Then, I size the warp threads on the selvedge. I just use my fingers…wet your fingers and run them along the warp threads on either side of the castle. You can let it dry for a few minutes and then every time you advance your warp you will do that. As soon as you add it, the yarn gets stronger. Once the scarf comes off the loom and you wet finish, it all disappears and you’d never know it was there.
I had to do this on an Alpaca warp not long ago….it was just one colour. In India, they soak rice in water and do the same thing. 🙂
Thank you! I knew you’d know what to do. And yes, I feel much more hopeful – I have pasted and sized and all seems to be holding together so far. And I had a lovely memory of what my hands felt like after making play doh with my kids years ago…. 🙂
Jane was happy that Lisann was able to work it out: Yay flour and water! So hi tech!
Lisann sent us a photo and the best quote:
Just off the loom with nary a broken thread after sizing. Thank you so much for your help! I see so many life lessons in my weaving practice, and I think this one is: When the stresses of life threaten to pull us apart, a few carbs can help us keep it all together. 😉
Add your own touch to these downloadable patterns!
We can’t pretend anymore that the last day of Summer is solidly behind us! Now that we are seeing the end of September, we thought that you and/or your Guild might be looking for inspiration for a tea towel exchange or weaving Christmas gifts. This week we are featuring our $10 patterns, the ones that aren’t in kits, so you can change the colours and add your own personal colour palette to the items you want to weave 😉
Have you been dreaming about creating a beautiful scarf or two in the near future? The Mavis’ Monk’s Belt & Basket Weave Scarves pattern comes in both versions in the downloadable pattern. You get to pick the one that appeals to you or weave both, and you are all set for seasonal Guild or craft sales and/or gift-giving.
One of our favourite things we get to weave is a tea towel warp. We are offering a downloadable selection of different towel patterns. Tea towels are always a popular item at Guild Sales and seasonal craft sales. Or put a warp on your loom and weave off a gift for everyone in your extended family!
Jane’s Favourite Organic towels were designed after her trip to India where she was surrounded by an amazing palate of colours. The pattern uses Venne’s Organic 8/2 cotton but you can use any 8/2 cotton to weave these 4 towels.
Here’s an opportunity to weave a mohair blankie and change up the colours before you order your yarn. This way you can create a blankie in your favourite colours or…someone special’s happy colours 😉 If you already have a stash of mohair – then do your “wrap the ruler” test to check on the sett that you would need for your personal project. If you don’t … have a lot of fun choosing your personal colour choices from the 32 colours of the fabulous mohair we carry!
Spring Stripes Mohair Blankie click here to purchase Spring Stripes
Three Stripe Mohair Blankie click here to purchase Three Stripe
These pattern have instructions to weave one mohair throw with finished dimensions 41” x 74” plus fringes. The patterns include instructions for warping with sticky threads front to back, threading, weaving & finishing.
Do you want to weave a blanket but not in mohair? Then the Whole Lotta Huggin’ is the blanket pattern for you! It’s woven in our reasonably priced Quebecoise 2-ply wool. Quebecoise comes in a wide range of colours you can choose from – should you wish to get creative with the colours in your blankie. The bonus of this blanket warp is that you’ll end up with 3 blankets – 2 that you can sell and 1 that you can keep so you and your family are cozy this coming winter.
Level of Difficulty: Beginner Weave structure: Plain Weave Finished Dimensions : 39″ X 75-78″ plus fringes
Our latest episode aired last Thursday! This is a great episode that will help you get blocks that look close to Turned Twill on just 4 shafts. Turned Taquete is a wee marvel with a straight draw threading and the ability to manipulate 2 blocks on 4 shafts.
You can buy the full kit here. Kit includes all the yarns needed plus the weaving instructions (including draft) to follow along with the videos.