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April 9, 2024 newsletter

Baby Hygge Organic Blanket

So many of you have asked for a pop of colour in our Cloud Cotton Baby Blankie and we are very happy to be finally able to share our new, stunning, cheery, baby blanket with you today! The colours just pop and will attract any baby as they grow and love to drag their blankie behind them as they learn to crawl and walk 😉 The JST team has had a lot of experience weaving our baby blankets and we know that the little ones in our lives, keep those blankets near and dear to them as they grow ❤️. We’ve watched it happen over and over again! You’ll be wrapping the lucky child in an organic cloud…it is that soft. Woven in beautiful simple plain weave and threaded to a symmetrical Log Cabin “cloud”.
 

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Each kit makes: 3 blankets 29.5″ X 45″ plus fringe

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

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
500g cone – Organic Cotton Cloud – Natural
500g cone – Organic Cotton Cloud – Lime
500g cone – Organic Cotton Cloud – Peacock


Organic Cloud Cotton Yarn In Stock!

Natural


Seat Sale Ends Soon!

Now until April 15, 2024, we are giving away a free Louet bench with your purchase of any Louet floor loom.

All Louet looms are in stock and ready to ship. Shipping on looms is free in North America. To our friends in the USA, no duties/import fees apply and you can pay for your loom in US dollars.

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April 2, 2024 newsletter

40/2 Linen Yarn

Have we told you how much we love weaving with our 40/2 linen?

Unfortunately, due to the rising cost of producing this fabulous yarn, the price per cone will increase on April 12th. However … you can still purchase cones and/or your favourite kits using our 40/2 linen at today’s prices until then! Stock up at the current price while you can…

Our 40/2 wet spun line linen comes in 100 g cones – 1,540 yds/cone (7,000 yds/lb). We currently carry a rainbow of 24 colours of this supple linen, perfect for your elegant scarves, wraps, and more! You can create a stunning scarf or wrap using the 40/2 linen and choose one or more of JST’s 30/2 hand dyed silks as the weft. This linen would also weave up beautifully using 40/2 linen for warp and weft to create light, breezy lace curtains for a kitchen or a bathroom…


JST Hand Dyed Silk Collection

All of our silks are hand dyed right here on site in the JST’s dye studio.


Linen Kits

Fulford Mist Scarf Kit

Island living can mean that you can be surrounded by morning mist – especially when you are at another harbour on Salt Spring, waiting for a ferry to take you to Vancouver Island. Fulford Harbour gives you mountain views and a magical mist before the sun burns it off. Wrap yourself in the beauty of that spot when you weave and wear this fabulous scarf woven on a 40/2 linen warp and JST 30/2 silk as the weft.

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

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Width in the reed: 16″


Ganges Sunrise Scarf Kit

Love the idea of weaving with a 40/2 Linen warp but would like to add a splash of colour and shine to the weft of your scarf? The Ganges Sunrise Scarf will do that and also remind you of a sunrise every time you wear it – even if you aren’t standing in Ganges Harbour on Salt Spring Island 😉

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

Weave structure: 1/3, 3/1Twill Weave
Material: 30/2 Bombyx Silk and 40/2 Linen
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent


Lavender Lace Kit

A Lavender scarf makes a quiet statement as you wrap yourself in one for summer’s special occasions. These scarves are woven with the wonderful open weave structure – Canvas Weave. You’ll weave a light and airy scarf to add that final touch to any special outing. Order either the Lavender Lace, the Lavender English Rose kit or…we can make this kit in any colour you like! Simply, put the Lavender Lace kit into your cart, on the checkout screen in the “notes” section, let us know what colour you would like us to make the kit in.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Canvas Weave
Material: 40/2 Linen
Both kit makes: 2 scarves, 15.5 X 92″ plus eyelash fringe

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


Seat Sale Continues!

Now until April 15, 2024, we are giving away a free Louet bench with your purchase of any Louet floor loom.

All Louet looms are in stock and ready to ship. Shipping on looms is free in North America. To our friends in the USA, no duties/import fees apply and you can pay for your loom in US dollars.

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March 27, 2024 newsletter

Signs of Spring!

Can you imagine a scarf woven out of these wonderful colours which remind us of Easter and Spring that is just around the corner? Such a soft blend of colours to be wrapped in as we move from the cold, wet months of winter into inspiring spring!

Imagine the warmth of the scarf you could create with Zephyr Wool/Silk as the warp and the weft featuring silk highlights of Old Man’s Beard, Natural, Princess Pamuk and Margaretta Violetta! We’d love to see what you create with these colours! It’s the perfect project to say goodbye to the month that came in like a Lion and hopefully goes out like a Lamb 😉


A Few Spring Kits

It’s time to get ready for the great escapes we look forward to as the days get warmer and drier! Are you lucky enough to have a cabin waiting to welcome you back? Give it a fresh Spring start with a set of new towels that can hang around waiting for you to return 😉 Another spot of Spring that will invite you to bring this magical season inside – is the Tulip Boucle Towel Kit. They are very absorbent and popular in any kitchen – as are our Huckleberry Waffle towels. Add their spots of brightness to your cabin, cabin on wheels or any adventure you are planning for Spring.

Spring at the Cabin Tea Towel Kit

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Log Cabin
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 8 Tea towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 23⅓ “


Huckleberry Waffle Towel Kit

Spring Colourway

Fall Colourway

Level of Difficulty: intermediate
Weave structure: Waffle, Huck, Twill & plain Weave
Material: 8/2 Venne organic cotton
Each kit makes: 9 Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 20″


Tulip Bouclé Towel Kit

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

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


Seat Sale Continues!

In case you missed it last week…from now until April 15, 2024, we are giving away a free Louet bench with your purchase of any Louet floor loom.

All Louet looms are in stock and ready to ship. Shipping on looms is free in North America. To our friends in the USA, no duties/import fees apply and you can pay for your loom in US dollars.

David III Loom

Sprin II Loom



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March 19, 2024 newsletter

We’re Having a Seat Sale

Not that kind of seat sale! JST has not branched into aviation… From now until April 15, 2024, we are giving away a free Louet bench with your purchase of any Louet floor loom.


Louet Looms

All Louet looms are in stock and ready to ship. Shipping on looms is free in North America. To our friends in the USA, no duties/import fees apply and you can pay for your loom in US dollars.



The new Jane 16 shaft!


Louet Loom Accessories

If you already have a Louet loom and want to spiff it up, we have all sorts of accessories we’d like to share with you. Below are some of our favourites, which will help make your weaving experience even more enjoyable.

Jane Loom Shuttle Race Kit

Have you been dreaming about adding a shuttle race to your Jane loom?
Jane Loom Shuttle Race Kits for the 50 Jane and 70 Jane are now available!


Spring I

Did you know you can upgrade your Spring I warp beam handle? The fabulous new handle/brake that comes with Spring II is now available for you to use on your Spring I. Winding your warp on has never been easier on your wrist!


Extra Treadles for Spring I and II

Need extra treadles for your Sprig I or II loom? We’ve got you covered! These kits will increase the number of treadles possible on either a Louet Sping I or a Spring II.


Shaft End Replacement Kit

The Spring/Delta shaft end replacement kit allows owners of older (2018 and older) models of Spring and Delta loom to add new harness ends to their loom. These harness ends snap on/off and allow a user to easily add and remove heddles. The kit includes enough ends for 12 shafts, a screwdriver & instructions.


New Limited Edition Silk Colours

While Jane was in the studio filming the upcoming School of Weaving episodes, Sharon was in the dye studio playing with colour. This is our first run testing some new colours for our silk line, so they are limited editions! We have 12 skeins of each colour in 20/2 Bombyx. Once they are gone, they’re gone!

20/2 Bombyx Silk – Raspberry

20/2 Bombyx Silk – Rose Petal

20/2 Bombyx Silk – Brass

20/2 Bombyx Silk – Curry

20/2 Bombyx Silk – Arbutus


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

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March 12, 2024 newsletter

A Few Staff’s Favourite Kits

What happens when you ask your staff, as we did, what their favourite kits were. Well – for people that are constantly surrounded by the kits and the possibilities – it’s a difficult question to answer! So, “here are a few of our favourite things” and be thankful we’re not pretending to be Julie Andrews and 🎶 singing this newsletter to you 🎶

Delphinium Bouclé Tea Towel Kit

As a beginner weaver, “office” Sharon loved how quickly these towels wove up! This kit can also be a jumping-off point giving you the option to create your design based on Jane’s ideas in the draft. Sharon has given most of the towels away to friends and family.

“It’s so heartwarming to see one of my handmade towels displayed as a table runner, or an ornamental side table placemat. I am told they are too pretty to use as tea towels! ❤️”


Twill & Grace Placemats

Twill & Grace Placemats are Elizabeth’s favourite because they can easily be woven in so many different colours. A fun trick is to make the warp twice as long and then swap out the coloured selvedge threads after the first set, then weave a completely different colour for the second set.

“I have fond memories of my daughter helping me finish these placemats.”


Ruckle Beach Wrap

Sandra has woven this kit a couple of times – and every time she wears it, another member of her family starts craving one of their own! She has woven them choosing the favourite colour of the recipients.  

“A third wrap project is heading to the loom soon for two family members who have moved across the country and can use an extra hug from me in the form of a wrap ;-)”


Tuscan Twill Towel Kit

This kit is definitely a ‘staff favourite’! These eye-catching towels were designed by Susan Brown…Jane’s first (and longest) employee. JST’s “second” Sharon…Jane’s newest employee, who also doubles as JST’s new silk dyer and is a new weaver – wove the samples! If “new weaver” Sharon could weave them – so can you!


From Our Inbox

The following just popped into our Inbox from Chris in Delaware, USA and we loved seeing our Monk’s Belt placemats woven in a bright, cheery colourway that would be perfect anywhere – especially near a beach. Thank you for sharing, Chris. 

Jane and gang,

I love your newsletters! I have been a part of School of Weaving for so many years now, and am an enthusiastic student! Always willing to learn more. Thanks for this email suggesting color changes. Attached is a photo of a color change that I did to the Season 7 Episode 3 – Monks Belt with Color and Weave. I live at the beach in Delaware and needed a little bit more “pop” than what was in the lesson. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

You guys are a huge part of my weaving life. Thanks for all you do!!!

Chris


School of Weaving Subscribers

Our Monk’s Belt episode in Season 7 – Episode 3 took what we learned in Season 6, challenged what we had woven and started to ask “what if”… What would happen if we overlayed Colour & Weave sequences on Monk’s Belt? How can we challenge our ideas around Monk’s Belt treadling and balance? How can we weave super thick placemats with only 2 shuttles or…how we can weave lovely drape into scarves on the same warp, without changing the sett? Check out how we did it all by clicking on the Monk’s Belt episode button below.


Want to weave the Monk’s Belt Kit?

These kits are in stock! Each kit includes weaving instructions (including draft) and 1 cone each of 8/2 cotton in Ivory and Dark Brown and 1 cone each of 8/4 cotton in Ivory and Dark Brown.


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


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March 5, 2024 newsletter

Want to weave with Baby Alpaca?

We have a beautiful new kit that will help you transition between winter and spring! Our Baby Alpaca pattern is being released as a kit in its original colourway, as well as in a brand new one. Even the names of the scarves tempt us to wrap one around our necks, as we head out for a long walk in our local mountain range!

Each kit weaves 2 Scarves.
Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill

Finished Dimensions 16.5″x 74″ (plus fringes)
Material: Baby Alpaca

Loom requirements: 4 shaft
Weaving width of 18″ minimum

Each Kit Includes:
Weaving instructions and draft
4 cones 16/2 Baby Alpaca

Mountain Colourway


Valley Colourway


Harrisville Shetland Line

Our shelves are newly loaded with colour and brighten up our days. The full Harrisville Shetland line is finally back in stock and waiting for you to weave that wrap or shawl with the magic and colour that is Harrisville Shetland!


20% OFF on Bambu 12

We have decided to discontinue carrying the Bambu 12 line. To be able to have room on our shelves for the new bamboo yarn…we need your help 😉 All our current Bambu 12 yarn has been discounted with 20% off the shelf price. Grab this bargain while you can and help us clear the shelves for our new stock.


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Shadow Weve From Atwater to Powell

We are excited that our second episode in Season 8 is airing this Thursday. Rebecca Logan is an amazing teacher and the perfect guest instructor to introduce you to Shadow Weave From Atwater to Powell. We have a little video for you to get a sneak peek at the lesson.

This is the first episode where you will learn how to weave samples on 4 AND 8 shafts in the School of Weaving. You’ve been asking for 8-shaft projects…and we are delivering 😄

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Shadow Weave From Atwater to Powell Kits

We have 2 project kits for Season 8 Episode 2 in stock and waiting for you!
The 4 Shaft Scarf Kit and the 8 Shaft Gamp Project Kit.

4 Shaft Scarf Project Kit

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: Powell Shadow Weave
Material: 18/2 Merino
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

Loom requirements: 4 shafts
Reed: 10 dent, EPI: 20
Weaving width: 19″
Finished Dimensions: 17″ X 70″ long plus eyelash fringes


8 Shaft Gamp Project Kit

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: Powell Shadow Weave
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 5 gamps and a bit of play

Loom requirements: 8 shafts
Reed: 12 dent, EPI: 18
Weaving width: 20.6″


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


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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.


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


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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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