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January 30, 2024 newsletter

JST Unique Hand-Dyed Silks

A little about our silks…

When designing with our JST silks, a world of possibilities will open up for you. Our colour range is dyed over two different types of silk offering you two options to choose from for your project. Bombyx is pure white and gives a clear, bright colour when dyed. We also dye over Tussah’s naturally soft beige colour. Tussah is produced by silkworms that feed on oak leaves and other leaves that are rich in tannin. Using these base yarns gives us two different colour ranges in our silk – the bright dyed on Bombyx and the more muted using Tussah as a base. We dye both lines in 20/2 weight silk but… if you are looking for something finer…we also have our full range of colours dyed on a 30/2 Bombyx base.


Popular Silk Kits

Flowers & Lattice Towels & Wrap

Rebecca Logan is a member of the School of Weaving’s Dream Team. She created this stunning project for our episode on Block Analysis in Season 6, Episode 9 Block Analysis Show and Tell. We are delighted to share it with the wider weaver community.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: 7-shaft Bronson Lace
Material: 8/2 cotton & 20/2 Bombyx silk
Each kit makes: 5 towels & 1 wrap


Fulford Mist Linen & Silk Scarves

On Salt Spring Island, we are so lucky to live near both the ocean and the mountains. At Fulford Harbour, you can admire the two at once, especially as you approach the island on the ferry. Lovely deep ocean views complemented by misty mountain tops – so West Coast, so subtle and inspiring.

These elegant scarves are made with two colours of our 30/2 silk woven on our 40/2 linen in a timeless 2/2 twill. The combination of crisp linen and shimmering silk is exquisite.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill Weave
Material: 30/2 Bombyx Silk & 40/2 linen
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves


Ganges Sunrise Scarves

These lovely scarves are perfect for spring and summer! Woven with our finest silk on 40/2 linen in alternating bands of 1/3 and 3/1 twill, they have a gorgeous sheen and drape with a slightly crisp texture that will only get softer and more shimmery with wear.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 1/3, 3/1 Twill Weave
Material: 30/2 Bombyx Silk 40/2 linen
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves


Carefully Selected Silk Colourways

You want to create your design but you aren’t sure where to start? Which colours would look wonderful in a silk scarf or create something using the 40/2 linen as warp and the 30/2 silk as weft? Well…we’ve got you covered 😉 These colourways were created with a design element in mind – look at the fabulous colours that work so well together in the Storm Watching Colourway or what about the punch in the Majestic Maple Colourway? Choose one of the colourways and design a fabulous scarf using your choice of warp – Zephyr, Merino, Linen or ……


From Our Inbox

We received the photos and story about this delightful creation from Jaime Enachescu of Calgary, Alberta. Her ideas are based on her discoveries that came from the Colour & Weave gamp in Season 2, Episode 4 – Jane’s famous black, white, black, black, white, etc., sequences. We thought you would all be as amazed as we were when she shared her project with us.

Hello Jane,

Attached are some pictures inspired by your black/white variations. The project was an assignment for a course at the Alberta University of the Arts. The assignment was a fibre project that looked at the origins of the words weaving, texere; the origins that connects the termstext and weaving. And who knew, the word text is in textile?

The project I made for this assignment is a book, woven in black and white with different variations of black and white sequences. It was inspired by your black and white gamp. The title and bookmark were woven on an inkle loom.

Enjoyed the creative use of your black and white gamp.

Jaime Enachescu
Calgary, Alberta

About Jaime’s Project

Text in Textile explores the connections between the written word and woven fibres. The words text and textile are connected through their Latin root word: texere, to weave. The expressions “weaving a story” and “spinning a tale” illustrate the close association of these two terms.

Writers use words to tell a story, the meaning is created on how these words are arranged in sentences, paragraphs, and chapters. Weavers use fibre to create cloth, they generate a pattern by interlacing warp and weft threads in a particular sequence. Words are accumulated in a dictionary and given meaning. Patterns are collected and noted down in weaver catalogues. Words for writers and patterns for weavers form languages for the creator’s art form.

This “book” was woven on a Canadian Leclerc loom. The colours were kept simple, black and white, to imitate text in a book. The patterns were created by sequencing black and white threads in different orders in the warp and the weft. The text was woven on an Inkle loom.


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Sample from Season 2 Episode 4, The Colour & Weave Sample

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January 23, 2024 newsletter

Cloud Cotton Colours are waiting for you!

Are you looking for something cozy to use in a blankie? We’ve just restocked our shelves with Organic Cloud Cotton in all the colours we carry. Get your notebook out and design a blanket that fits your loom while you have fun playing with these bright colours mixed in with the grey or natural. Or, have you fallen in love with the look of the Hygge Blanket Kit – what better project to take off your loom on a cold day in January or February?

New baby about to appear in your life? The Organic Cloud Baby Blanket will be loved by a new little one and parents alike and it’s a soft blanket to wrap a baby in. Our Organic Cloud Cotton yarn is kind to our planet as well!

Magenta


Hygge Blanket Kit

Each kit includes the weaving instructions (including draft) and 2-1lb cones of Organic Cloud Cotton, 1 in Natural, and 1 in Grey.

Want to swap the 1 Grey cone of Organic Cloud Cotton for one of our bright colours to play with the 1 Natural cone in the kit? Let us know which colour you’ve chosen in the notes section at checkout.

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Each kit makes: 1 blanket 39″ X 76″ plus fringe

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Weaving Width: 44 1/8″
Reed: 8 dent


Organic Cloud Baby Blanket Kit

Level of Difficulty: Beginner

Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: Organic Cloud Cotton
Each kit makes: 1 blanket 33″ X 50″ plus fringe

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Weaving Width: 35″
Reed: 8 dent

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
1-1lb cone of Organic Cloud Cotton


School of Weaving

Sneak Peek at Season 8 Episode 1!

M’s & O’s Goes on a 2nd Date!

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Scarf and sample from Season 2 Episode 6, Designing Plaids

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January 16, 2024 newsletter

Tea Towels for Cold, Dark, Days

Our days are still short and last week it snowed! It’s not something that we get much of! Time to think warm – I’m sure our fellow Canadians are getting a kick out of the fact that we “complain” about our little amount of snow 😉 We decided that it was time to stay warm inside and replenish our stash of tea towels that have moved to other homes over the holidays.

So, what better than to weave the SweDISH Towels that have lots of hope (yellow) popping through the blue of winter? They are fun to weave while you dabble with weaving Huck with Swedish Lace. You’ll have 8 towels for your stash storage if some don’t disappear before they make it there 😉

Not fond of blue and yellow – nothing looks warmer than the bright red mixed with the white and grey of our Tuscan Twill Towels. There are so many ways you can create your designs on the graphics that are in these towels. Feel like a rest and just want to weave … the full instructions come with the kit.


SewDISH Towels

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Huck with Swedish Lace
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 8 Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 25″ ish

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
2 cones of 8/2 cotton Denim
2 cones of 8/2 cotton Dusty Blue
2 cones of 8/2 cotton Lemon


Tuscan Twill Towels

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure:Twill Weave
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 6 Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 10 dent
EPI: 20
Weaving width: 22″
Finished Dimensions: 27-30″ X 19″

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
3 cones of 8/2 cotton – Cayenne
2 cones of 8/2 cotton – Natural
1 cones of 8/2 cotton – Charcoal


School of Weaving

M’s & O’s

Are you excited about taking M’s & O’s to new heights? Season 8 – Episode 1 gives us our third episode on this amazing and versatile structure. You still have time to rewatch the two previous M’s & O’s episodes by reviewing Season 6 Episode 7 – M’s & O’s and Season 7 Episode 9 – M’s & O’s Go on a Date with Huck and Colour and Weave. Season 8 Episode 1 is released on January 25th and will complete the “set”. There will be a perfect trio of exciting episodes on M’s & O’s that show that Jane practices what she preaches by continuously saying “What if?”. Season 8 comes out of the gate with Episode 1 and we see and learn how Jane discovered even more that be will revealed in M’s & O’s Goes on a 2nd Date.

Intrigued and want to weave Jane’s journey with M’s & O’s? All three kits are waiting for you in the JST shop!

M’s & O’s
Season 6 Episode 7

M’s & O’s Goes on a date with Huck
Season 7 Episode 9

M’s and O’s Goes on a 2nd Date
Season 8 Episode 1


From Our Inbox

An email from Jessica Norris, whose motto is living simply in the Southern Highlands (Australia). We saved it until the right moment to share it with you – just before our third episode on M’s & O’s and all its possibilities. She had fun exploring and we loved seeing her results and wanted to share 😉

Dear Jane and the JST team,

I’ve dived deeply into M’s and O’s after watching Season 6 Episode 7, and I was particularly intrigued by the colour and weave possibilities, and also by combining with twill. I’d love to share with you all what I created, by combining all these ideas into one!

This is a tea towel with a pair of matching napkins. I used a division of space in three, with two columns of M’s and O’s separated by larger sections of twill (straight draw). I decided to use a D/L sequence in the twill sections, and I wanted to see what happened when I wove sequences from the Season 4 Episode 6 gamp (Twill Meets Colour and Weave).

Well: it was amazing!

The twill colour and weave bits were definitely fun, but my eyes bugged out of my head when the napkins came out of the wash and I saw the D/L over the M’s and O’s. There was a natural log cabin effect whenever I switched between the A and B blocks: what a joyful surprise!

I’m not done with this weave structure yet, so it’s great timing that Season 7 Episode 9 just came out (oh boy, I’m not up to this season yet, and now I can’t wait!)

Thank you, Jane, I’m having so much fun!

Kind regards,
Jess

Jessica Norris | Living Simply in the Southern Highlands
W: simplecraftylife.com


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Sample from Season 3 Episode 9 – PW with Supplementary Warp & Weft


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January 9, 2024 newsletter

New Silk Colourway Winter Sky

30/2 Bombyx B.B. Blue, Glacier & Salt Spring Sky

Our Winter Sky might not look like yours – we get excited when we occasionally get to see what’s above the clouds! Our skies are grey and heavy with rain at this time of year, and for that, we are thankful. We live surrounded by old-growth forests that need the rain, and our Winter Sky provides them with life. It can be very peaceful walking through the forest on a winter’s night with a “blanket” of blues overhead. We’d love to see what you create with our Winter Sky Silk Colourway.

20/2 Tussah B.B. Blue, Glacier & Salt Spring Sky

We can wind a silk skein onto a styrene spool. Winding fee (C$15.00) per skein. Fee includes styrene spool


Magical Silk Scarves

There is nothing more stylish or comforting than wrapping yourself with a combination of silk and another special fibre. One of our most delightfully elegant combinations is our 40/2 linen with our JST 30/2 silk. Our Fulford Mist and Ganges Sunrise scarves are prime examples of the happy outcome of the “marriage” of fine linen and fine silk.

Another happy “marriage” is between our soft and elegant 18/2 merino with our fabulous in-house dyed 20/2 silk. Our kit for 2 scarves comes in a choice of two colourways – Melting Ice or Chocolate & Vanilla.

Fulford Mist

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill Weave

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
1 skein of 30/2 Bombyx Margaretta Violetta
1 skein of 30/2 Bombyx Salt Spring Sky
1 cone of 40/2 linen Olive
1 cone of 40/2 linen Teal


Ganges Sunrise

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

Weave structure: 1/3, 3/1 Twill Weave

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
1 cone of 40/2 linen – Teal
1 cone of 40/2 linen – Olive
1 skein of 30/2 Bombyx – Coral Flame
1 skein of 30/2 Bombyx – Dragon Fruit


Melting Ice

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill Weave

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent (or use your reed substitution chart)
Weaving Width: 17.5″

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx Violet Ice
1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx Double Chocolate
1 100g cone of 18/2 Merino Suede
1 100g cone of 18/2 Merino Vanilla


Chocolate & Vanilla

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill Weave

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent (or use your reed substitution chart)
Weaving Width: 17.5″

Each kit includes:

Weaving instructions (including draft)
1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx Natural
1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx Rainy Day
1 100g cone of 18/2 Merino Shale
1 100g cone of 18/2 Merino Pewter


Designing Projects

Are you ready to design a New Year’s project, daring to take what you’ve learned in the Seasons and episodes you have watched and learned from so far? This is a very personal challenge for you…go back to the beginning of what you learned about design and colour, then start layering a structure you may never have woven before. Think about a scarf or wrap project you’d like to create – you have all that new knowledge just waiting to help you create your design. It’s time to get your notebook out again and design graphics until you design one that makes you smile. Start thinking – coloured pencils in hand – as you layer colours on your graphic. We are creating different silk colourways that have “asked” to live together and might give you some colour inspiration as you plan a wrap or a scarf using silk as part of your design. We’d love it if you could share with us – on the Forum or Ravelry – the story and photos of what you have woven using what you’ve learned from the School of Weaving.

Majestic Maple

Winter Berries

Storm Watching

Winter Sky

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Thinking of mixing colours and yarn? Here’s our January 2024 calendar yarn feature – starting at the top with Quebecoise 2 Ply Wool Natural GreyMohair – Orlando Loop and Quebecoise 2 Ply Natural White.

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January 3, 2024 newsletter

Weaving Essentials

Starting your journey into the world of weaving can feel overwhelming, considering the array of equipment and tools involved. But don’t worry! Jane’s essential weaving tools and equipment are listed below and will simplify the process for beginners. Whether it’s looms, shuttles, or yarn, Jane’s essential list has got you covered. We’ve selected some of her favourite tools that will help you warp, thread and learn to weave your beginning projects.


A Loom

We absolutely adore the Louet Jane, David, and Spring looms – they’re our top picks for weaving success! But really, any loom can kickstart your weaving journey. So, gather your tools, join the School of Weaving to guide you as you learn to weave and you’re off to a good start!

Jane 16 shaft Table Loom

All David and Spring looms are in stock and ready to ship. Once ordered the looms generally take 5 days to reach our customers!


11″ Schacht Open Bottom Shuttle & 4″ Bobbins

Jane’s all time favourite shuttle is the 11″ Schacht Open Bottom – you’ll always see at least 2 sitting on her loom as she is weaving for us on the School of Weaving. They come in several different sizes as well as 2 different kinds of wood – maple or cherry and are light and easy to throw. The magic of these shuttles is that they have an opening on the bottom of the shuttle which gives you a chance to slow down your bobbin with your finger as your shuttle leaves your shed. 

Schacht 11″ Open Bottom Shuttle


Warping

One tool that you can’t do without is a good warping board or a warping mill. One of the best ways to get good results on your the loom, is to have a warp that is wound perfectly, slips onto your loom happily and can’t wait to get started 😉 Don’t have room to hang a warping board in your home? How about a warping mill that makes winding a warp so much easier.

Leclerc Warping Boards

Leclerc Warping Mill – Table Top


Bobbin Winders

We all need good bobbin winders no matter whether you choose an electric double bobbin winder or hand bobbin winder that we carry. Any one of these bobbin winders will make your weaving life easier. If you are treating yourself to some of our wonderful silk with the gift certificate you got for Christmas – the double ended bobbin winder, an umbrella swift plus a wee stash of the large Leclerc spools and you’ll be weaving with silk in no time.

Leclerc Double Ended Bobbin Winder

Leclerc Hand Bobbin Winder


Sley Hook

The sley hook is a tool we always have sitting by our looms. It’s the “queen” of sley hooks made by Harrisville and is another one of the tools that Jane can’t live without. You’ll notice that Jane uses it for many things including as a pointer as she takes us through the PDFs that come with our School of Weaving projects 😉

Harrisville Heddle/Reed Hook


8/2 Cotton

We carry a full range of colours in our 8/2 cotton yarn which becomes a staple yarn in every weavers stash. It’s popular, versatile, and won’t break the bank! The perfect yarn for a beginner to practice winding a warp, dressing your loom and then weaving off a tea towel, runner or your first project.

8/2 cotton


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Beginner Kits
Colour & Weave Season 2

School of Weaving’s Season 1 is all about you learning how to get your loom up and ready for you to weave. Then – you get to play with Colour & Weave in Season 2! There are so many projects that you can weave while you play with the colour and design of your cloth as the fun really begins. Check out Season 2 kits and soon you’ll be weaving samples become reference samples as you start to design your own unique cloth!


Season 8 First Kits Now in Stock!

Our first 3 kits for Season 8 are in stock and waiting for you. These kits are designed for Intermediate weavers for the first 3 projects that we cover in Season 8 episodes 1 & 2.

M’s & O’s Go On a 2nd Date in Episode 1

Shadow Weave 4 shaft project scarf for Episode 2

Shadow Weave 8 shaft project gamp for Episode 2

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