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February 27, 2024 newsletter

Love the kit but not the colours?

Did you know that you can customize the colours in the kits listed below? Just put the kit you are dreaming about in your cart. Then…leave us a note in the Notes Box on the bottom left of the checkout page. Your note can tell us which colours you want us to substitute for the colours in the kit. See below for some kits that our weavers have enjoyed creating in their personal choice of colours.


Lavender Lace Scarf

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Canvas Weave
Material: 40/2 linen
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves 15.5 X 92″ plus eyelash fringe

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 10 dent
Weaving width: 16.5″

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
3 cones of 40/2 Linen


Cramming & Denting Eco Jeans Scarf

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: Venne Eco Jeans
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 10 dent
Weaving width: 13″

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
1 – 50g cone of Venne Eco Jeans – first colour
5 – 50g cones of Venne Eco Jeans – second colour


Michelle’s Zephyr Scarf

Each kit makes two scarves
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: 2 Block Turned Twill
Material: Zephyr Wool/Silk Blend
Finished Dimensions: 8.5″ X 65″ plus fringe

Loom requirements:
8 shaft
Reed used: 8 or 12 dent
Weaving width: 10″

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
3 cones of 18/2 Zephyr – choose 3 different colours


Bouclé Tea Towel Kits

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: Cotton Bouclé
Each kit makes: 9 Tea Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 6 or 8 dent
Weaving width: 22″

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
5 different colour cones of Cotton Bouclé


Holly & Berry Towels

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave & Atwater Bronson Lace
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 4 Tea Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 23.5″

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
2 cones of 8/2 cotton – Natural
1 cone of 8/2 cotton – You choose!


Twill & Grace Placemats

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:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 16.6″

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
3 cones of 8/4 cotton – your first colour choice
3 cones of 8/4 cotton – your second colour choice
1 cone of 8/2 cotton – same as one of your colour choices
or go crazy and choose a different colour (for hems)


From Our Inbox

We always look forward to emails showing us what you are creating! This email was no exception and came from Sivia Harding of Oregon. We were thrilled to see what she had woven after waiting patiently for 9 months to be able to weave again! Her generosity with her Collapse Weave scarves was wonderful considering what she had to get through to weave them. ❤️

Hi Jane and crew,

I thought I would send you photos of some collapse weave scarves that just came off the loom recently, my first attempt at this technique. I’m proud to have finished them finally, after waiting nine months for my right foot to heal sufficiently to treadle my loom after an injury and subsequent surgery. The incentive was to produce an item for a charity auction at a fiber event, Red Alder in Tacoma, WA. I’m thrilled with the result and I know I’ll be doing more collapse weave! I love playing at the loom with this structure.

One of the scarves has been donated to the charity auction. I really enjoyed wearing the other two and had lots of comments from people about them! Mostly… “Did you weave that yourself?” I had to hold myself back from telling them how very, very easy these are to weave!!

Best wishes to you all

Sivia Harding

About Sivia’s scarves: The “shrinker” warp stripes were 18/2 Zephyr yarn. The silk warp was old mystery yarn from stash, hand-painted lace-weight silk knitting yarn close to a 20/2 weight. Weft was similar, with the addition of JST’s 2/30 silk.


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Sample from Season 3 Episode 6 – Simple Collapse Weave


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February 21, 2024 newsletter

Potholder looms and loops are back by popular (Jane & Joan’s) demand

Jane and Joan have been looping like crazy and can’t get enough of it. (Joan is our fabulous Salt Spring Island Basket Weaver – friend and teacher of Season 8 – Basketry, Weave a Rib Basket – for everyone!) 

We’ve had to order extra loops to keep up with their production! So, we thought there might be other “loopers” out there who also need more loops.

Or, maybe there are aspiring loopers craving a potholder loom, so we decided to add Potholder looms and loops to our permanent inventory. If you haven’t made these potholders, give them a try! The possibilities are endless, as Jane discovered before Christmas 😉 She had fun making enough potholders so that Freya had Christmas gifts to give everyone as her gift to them!

There is even a potholder design wizard to help you visualize your next project (like a mini Fiberworks)! Have fun exploring potholder possibilities!
5 Great Reasons to Love Potholder Looms
1. You can make a warp and thread the loom in under 5 minutes
2. It’s virtually impossible to make a threading error
3. You can use loops to make beautiful bracelets and anklets ala Freya
4. You can take your loom anywhere (in the car, plane, train bus, vacation etc)
5. It only takes 30 minutes to finish a project, instant gratification 🙂

Party Packs

There are 4 delightful colourways to choose from for your Party Pack Lotta loop bag or bags. It’s fun to mix colours from different colourways as you can create up to 18 potholders out of each bag. 

While the number of loops of each colour may vary, bags are weighed to ensure they contain enough loops to make those promised 18 potholders. Cotton loops are custom-sized to fit our 7″ Potholder Loom. Every loop fits.

Rainbow packs include Turquoise, Blue, Plum, Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Lime & Green.

Earthtones Packs include:
Chocolate, Burgundy, Spice, Ochre, Leaf, Willow & Pine.

Botanical Packs include Daffodil, Tiger Lily, Robin’s Egg, Powder blue, Hydrangea, Lavender & Carnation.

Neutrals Packs include White, Winter White, Flax, Autumn, Silver, Pewter, Dark Navy & Black.


The Louet’s Table Top Warping Mill has been upgraded!

The mill is still the same size and folds flat. But…the upgrade has added ball bearings to give us smoother spin and it now spins like a top!


From Our YouTube Channel

Are you having problems with a particular part of your weaving process? Jane has many wee videos on her YouTube Channel that can help you get over particular challenges. Counting your warp threads at the Cross is just one of the helpful videos. Check out what’s available here.


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New to weaving?

Check out Season 1 Foundation where you will learn warping, dressing the loom, weaving techniques, project planning, understanding sett as well as different types of looms and yarns along with how to weave with difficult yarns like mohair.


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February 13, 2024 newsletter

Chocolate Box

Shameless, Chocolate Cherry & Violet Ice in our 30/2 Bombyx silk

Doesn’t February make you think of Valentine’s Day? Are you craving chocolates but still sticking to your New Year’s resolution? We have a calorie-free treat for you that you can wrap yourself in as you think of chocolate 😉 We think that you will find that our low-cal Chocolate Box colourway can brighten your day, and give you a sugar-free way to dream about creating a Valentine’s scarf.

Of course, we are talking about our February Colourway of JST’s fabulous silks. We’ll bet you will never look at these silks together without thinking of this colourway as a box full of Shameless, Chocolate Cherries wrapped in a Violet Ice ribbon!


New Kit Tulips

Can’t get enough of pinks and red around Valentine’s Day? This new version of our Cotton Boucle tea towels has got you covered! We’ve created a towel that will make you smile as you weave a bright spot for your kitchen. This kit weaves 8 towels – you’ll have lots to share with friends and family as a bright pink “hug” to hang in their kitchens.


From Our Inbox

We have the perfect project to share with you all for Valentine’s Day! Lorraine Whale from Blaine, Washington sent us a wonderful report on the shawls she had woven for the brides in her life. Our Elizabeth was happy to chat and help Lorraine choose the yarn for her youngest daughter’s wedding shawl as well as another wedding shawl for her good friend’s daughter.
Woven with Love: Shawls and the Enchantment of Weddings
Ah, it’s almost Valentine’s Day and I have a love story to tell. So, last week I was sitting with my husband, pouring my heart out about how much joy weaving shawls for my daughters’ weddings brought me. I’m going on about how it would not have been so enjoyable without an amazing partner. And what does he say? “ Aww.” Now he thinks I am talking about him. Sinking back into my chair I contemplate how to respond to that, without hurt feelings. Don’t get me wrong, he is a wonderful partner, but I meant JST, my go to yarn supplier and giver of great advice.

Summoning my courage, I told him what I was thinking and we both erupted in laughter because that was not what he was thinking, but let’s be real, one must give credit to where it belongs, the fabulous folks at JST. So consider this my valentine to you JST – a tale of fiber romance that I hope brings a smile to your face.

Now let me tell you all about the shawls that I made for love with your help. In 2019 my first daughter got married and I wanted to make a shawl for her, and the bridesmaids. While I sourced the cashmere for her shawl elsewhere, JST gave excellent advice on yarns for the bridesmaids’ shawls. I decided on a 20/2 Salt Spring Skies colour silk warp, and an Navy 18/2 merino wool weft, sett at 24 epi. The pattern that I chose was from Handwoven May/June 2014 in an article entitled American Snowflake Shawl by Jan Josifek. Photo by Jody Goodwin Photography www.jodygoodwinphotography.com

Fast-forward to winter 2022 and my youngest daughter was getting married. So what you do for one, you do for all, so it was time to start shawl planning. She wanted a light blue shawl and with the help of JST we found this Zephyr Ice Blue colour that was perfect. I wove her shawl with a 30/2 White silk warp and a zephyr, sett at 26. I used design # 70110 from Handweaving.net. For the bridesmaids, I used the same pattern, and zephyr ice blue for the warp and Zephyr Marine Blue for the weft. The Selbu mittens were knit using the same materials by the talented Lori Mae. The photograph is by Tara Hill Studios www.tarahillstudios.com.

And just when I thought my wedding shawl-making days were over, my good friend’s daughter announced her wedding and I eagerly said, let me make your wedding shawl. It was a fall wedding and the groom was wearing an ultra suede suit in mahogany. I panicked. How will I find a match? I did what I now know to do. I called JST and discussed it, and we came up with a 30/2 Chocolate Cherry silk, which I used for the warp, and a 16/2 cotton in a light brown colour to tone down the sheen of the silk against the ultra suede. It worked perfectly at a sett of 30. The pattern was a variation of the one I used for my daughter’s wedding from handweaving.net number 70110.

So here’s to you JST, the unsung heroes behind my woven tales of love. With your support my project visions are transformed into tangible expressing of my affections. Thank you for all you do.

Happy Valentine’s Day
Lorraine


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Sample from Season 2 Episode 6, Designing Plaids


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February 6, 2024 newsletter

In-House Favourites

So many things at JST have Jane’s personal “stamp” on them – after all …. she is the creator of almost everything we work with 😉 However, amongst all the beautiful things in the Studio surrounding her every day, she still has her “most” favourite items like her essential silks, Jane’s Favourite Tea Towel and her Tea Towel Time with Jane kit. Some of her extra favourites are named after her sweetheart Grant, Not Enough Green for Grant and Grantius Green Silk.


Not Enough Green for Grant Towel Kit

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: Cotton Bouclé
Each kit makes: 9 Tea Towel

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 22


Grantius Green Silk

Grantius Green in 30/2 Bombyx

20/2 Bombyx is available in 100 g skeins with 1,100 yds/skein (5,000 yds/lb).
30/2 Bombyx is available in 100 g skeins with 1,650 yds/skein (7,500 yds/lb).
20/2 Tussah is available in 100 g skeins with 1,100 yds/skein (5,000 yds/lb).

To find the optimum sett and yarn combinations to use with silk, download Jane’s Master Sett Chart. Jane’s Master Sett Chart encompasses more than 40 years of weaving experience, trial & error and extensive sampling with many of our yarns. This chart is an invaluable treasure trove of weaving advice.


Jane’s Essential Silks

We asked Jane which silks she would want with her if she were stranded on a deserted island. She asked “How many skeins do I get?”…. and we said 10. Here is what she came up with:

My favourite sample from Season 2 of the School of Weaving was the Muted Colour Gamp so I chose 6 colours to match the colours in that warp. My favourite part of weaving that warp was weaving the hot crazy colours from Parrot (S2 E3) on top of the muted colourways. So I chose 4 colours from that sample….I could weave these colours together forever! -Jane

This colourway has every colour in the rainbow giving you a palate for endless creativity, fun and includes ten 100g skeins each in:

Ariel’s Voice
Autumn Spice
B.B. Blue
Buddha Berry
Dragon Fruit
Favourite Wine
Grantius Green
Lime Light
Starfish
Tiger Lily

Colourways are available in both 20/2 Bombyx Silk and
30/2 Bombyx Silk.


Tea Towel Time

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain weave, 2/2 Twill, Basket Weave, Turned Twill, Broken Twill, 1/3 or 3/1 Twill
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 12 towels. Finished dimensions: 21″x 27″ hemmed.

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4 or 8
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving Width: 26″


Jane’s Favourtie Tea Towel Kit

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: 8/2 Cotton
Each kit makes: 8 Tea Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 24″


Jane’s Favourite Schacht 11″ Shuttle in Maple


Tea Towel Time with Jane Videos

These colourful towels were woven during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of 3 weeks these towels were woven live on Facebook and during that time a fun, creative, caring community was formed. The videos are available to watch on our YouTube Channel.


David and Spring looms are in stock and ready to ship to you!


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