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August 29, 2023 newsletter

Weaver’s Tool Box

Those little tips and tricks you learn from Jane and weaving friends…..

We thought you might enjoy a few “handy hacks” using items that you might have just lying around waiting to be used in a new way. Some you might have around your home and others you can find at your local hardware store or another store in your neighbourhood.

Sticky Note

Weaving Twill? Grab a sticky note, fold it in half corner to corner and use it to double-check your ppi by making sure you are weaving a 45-degree angle.

Removeable Tape or Stickers

Anyone weaving through School of Weaving episodes and watching Jane weave, knows how important these removable labels are for keeping your treadling in order. Note in this specific example – Jane puts her plain weave on the outside treadles and her Twill pattern treadles in the middle. Easy peasy to learn the rhythm of the pattern you are weaving.

Graph Paper

Not sure whether you understand the draft for a project? Graph paper is the perfect way to look at your structure without having to get a warp on the loom. JST graph paper is included in so many School of Weaving PDFs – find one, scan copies and away you go!

You can also download a 4 and an 8 shaft Draft Design Sheets right here:
4 shaft Design Sheet
8 shaft Design Sheet

LED Lights

These little LED light strips work wonderfully when you are threading your loom or weaving. They shed light where you need it most while threading and weaving. And you can find them in a hardware store or online in your own community.

Making A Repair Heddle

We have many little videos that help you fix or understand an issue you are having – this one is on making a repair heddle! Check out our YouTube channel.

Handy, Must Have, Tools


Winding a long warp with 2 or more threads in your hand but only have 1 or 2 cones of the yarn you are using? Wind a part cone onto one or two of these spools and you are all set to wind. What’s left on your spool can be wound off on bobbins and will be ready to weave.

Fringe Twister

Every weaver needs one of these Fringe Twisters. They are so much faster and neater than twisting your fringes by hand!

Fringe Twisters - Double

Traditional 11″ Brass Scissors

Jane’s favourite scissors! We all need one really great pair of scissors to be used only on fabric. Do you have one or more people in your life who don’t understand the necessity of keeping these away from paper? Label them with a sticker saying fabric only!

Harrisville Brass Heddle/Reed Hook

Any member of the School of Weaving knows how “attached” Jane is to her Harrisvile Heddle/Reed hook. 😉 It leads a busy life – threading heddles, sleying the reed AND last but certainly not last – as her pointer in so many School of Weaving episodes.

Dr. Beckmann Colour and Dirt Collector

One sheet added to your wash water, whether you wash by machine or by hand, will grab any fugitive colour lurking around in your yarn. They are truly amazing!

Cone Holder

The photo for this cone holder – tells the story. It will hold up to 8 cones and/or tubes of yarn waiting for you to quickly wind your warp with up to 5 ends in your hand. We aren’t suggesting that winding 8 at once would be the way to wind a good warp 😂

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

Summer and Winter with Colour and Weave is Live!

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