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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!


Here to help

Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.

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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!

Here to Help

Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.

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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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Here to help

Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.

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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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