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November 29 2022, newsletter

Units, Blocks & Profiles – What a year!

None of us can believe that another year has flown by and we are getting ready to launch Season 7, the sequel to Units, Blocks and Profiles. We have covered so much ground and given you so much to absorb but…that’s the beauty of the School of Weaving format. I know that many of my students who have taken “in-house” workshops in the past are delighted that they can now go through everything we learned this year, at a pace that gives them time to absorb all the information.

We started our first project of the year with a bang by taking 8-shaft Twill to another level by playing with blocks and tie-up quadrants. We watched the magic happen! We took what we learned about Monk’s Belt and pushed it up a notch. We learned how to use the unit system for Overshot and how to adapt our designs using Twill shapes in the mix. We learned how to do name drafting, which is so much fun. We finally got to know and play with Crackle Weave, learning how to add layers to this eye-popping structure. Next came M’s & O’s with all the treadling elements you could incorporate in the structure to create a beautiful cloth. We took our first steps into the almost endless possibilities of weaving using Summer and Winter. Before we knew it – we were blowing our minds learning to analyze blocks and then weaving the fabulous Block Analysis/Bronson Lace scarves.

Now it’s time to just enjoy the holiday season and weave with all the knowledge you’ve gained this past year!
Thank you for coming on this journey with me : )
Jane


School of Weaving In-Stock Kits

8 Shaft Twill Block & Tie-up Quadrants

Level of Difficulty: intermediate
Weave structure: Twill Blocks & Tie-up Quadrants
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 12 Tea Towels

Things we learn:

  • ways to manipulate the tie-up box
  • we consider it in quadrants
  • how to frame Lace with Twill
  • how to frame Basket Weave with Twill
  • how to frame Plain Weave with Twill
  • we don’t fret about clean cut lines
  • how to play with graphic and colour.

Monk’s Belt

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: Monk’s belt
Material: 8/2 cotton & 8/4 cotton
Each kit makes: 12 Placemats

Things we learn:

  • Monk’s Belt uses 2 opposite twill units. A is 1&2 and B is 3&4
  • the number of times a unit is repeated lengthens the pattern float
  • the number of times a unit can be repeated is also dependent on the EPI of the warp
  • it is woven with alternating tabby picks between pattern picks
  • it can be woven on other threadings ie. point twill for a 3-end unit and Huck for a 5-end unit.

Overshot

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: Overshot
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes a warp for 3 Scarves

Things we learn:

  • the unit system for Overshot
  • how understanding Twill shapes will help us identify those shapes in Overshot
  • Tromp as Writ, Rose Fashion, treadling on opposites
  • using contemporary graphics in the threading
  • adding other Plain Weave elements to the overall design.


Crackle Weave

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: Crackle Weave
Material: 8/2 & 8/4 cotton
Each kit makes: 9 Towels


Things we learn:

     • Crackle weave is a twill-derivative structure
     • it can be woven with or without alternating tabby picks
     • how to interpret a Twill threading as a profile draft
     • doubling the units to double the size of the pattern
     • Overshot style treadling
     • on opposites treadling
     • classic Crackle threading, 3 wefts, (no tabby)
     • Bronson Lace treadling
     • Summer and Winter treadling
     • composition of graphic.


M’s & O’s

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: M’s & O’s
Material: 8/2 organic cotton & 8/4 cotton
Each kit makes: 12 guest towels or 12 placemats


Things we learn:

  • traditional threading for M’s & O’s
  • that we can thread Plain Weave selvedges and we can weave a version of Plain Weave selvedge… BUT, not both… you have to pick which one you want.
  • if you go for the version of Plain Weave we can use floating selvedges to spiff up the selvedge (we are using 4 per side)
  • that we have 2 units that can be repeated with care… I’ll explain in the video
  • that we can treadle: almost Plain Weave, traditional M’s & O’s, honeycomb, a version of Monk’s Belt, a version of Bronson Lace & repetitive sequences playing with all those things.

Summer and Winter

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: Summer & Winter
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 1 sampler and 8 placemats

Things we learn:

  • the unit system of Summer and Winter
  • what a two-tie structure means
  • how to make your hem exactly like the pattern in reverse
  • how to treadle in pairs X style
  • how to treadle in pars O style
  • how to treadle in singles alternate style (bricks)
  • how to treadle in Dukagang style (columns)
  • how to change your ground patterning by changing your tabbies
  • having neutral warp allows us to bring in any colour we want.

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JST 2023 Calendar

You now have the option to have the calendar shipped letter-mail to save on shipping. These images will inspire you all year long. Why not give them to your favourite weaving friends 🙂

$5 to ship in Canada and $7 CAD to ship to the USA.
Just click the “letter-mail” shipping option at checkout.


From Our Inbox

We were delighted to see Jacqueline Hitchen’s beautiful sample towels using what she learned in Season 6 – Episode 6 – Crackle Weave. Jacqueline wove them with Overshot and Summer & Winter treadling and we were pleased to see her results woven in her own choice of colours.


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November 15 2022, newsletter

Look what we have to make 2023 brighter in your world!

We are so excited to share our latest project with you! It has been so much fun working with Sophia on our photography for the past year. Many of her images were crying out to become something new…and so the idea of the calendar was born. 12 gorgeous images pairing the beauty of our natural world with the beauty of yarns that bring our weaving to reality.  

Jane


We have placemats and towels for you to weave to help give your home a festive air with the big holiday about to arrive for our neighbours to the south. The rest of us have a bit more time to weave special items for decorating our homes or have them ready as gifts for the other holidays and events we will be celebrating before the end of this year!

Twill and Grace Placemats


Christmas Crackle Placemat & Runner


Huck Lace Cotton Tea Towel Kit – Falling Leaves


Bouclé Tea Towel Kit – Country Renaissance Kit


Some Festive Inspiration!

Here is a photo of a festive version of Season 6’s Monk’s Belt placemats woven by Saskatchewan’s Susanna Miller. (School of Weaving – Season 6 Episode 3) Susanna created a version that would brighten anyone’s Christmas table, along with the addition of her cheery coordinating napkins. With this as inspiration – It’s a great time to catch up on our Monk’s Belt lesson and interpret your own cheerful design!


From Our Inbox

Brigitte Schweitzer sent in this photo for us to see and we thought we’d share it with you. Jane was delighted to see a beautiful example of Turned Twill hanging in Brigitte’s garden.


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November 8, 2022 newsletter

It’s the little things that make our weaving lives easier and the weaving fun!

It’s that time of year when you can start dropping hints for the items that will make your weaving life a tad easier. We now have the Harrisville Cone Holder in stock – it can hold up to 4 cones while you are winding your warp or bobbins -making winding easy peasy. Wishing for an extra Schacht shuttle so you don’t have to keep changing your bobbins while you weave?? We have them in stock! Or…do you really want to make your bobbin winding faster and more efficient (including being able to wind those luscious silk skeins onto Leclerc’s large Styrene Spools) – using your brand new double-ended bobbin winder? We’ve got all these items and more….even lots of my handy-dandy JST pointer, which is actually the Harrisville Brass Heddle/Reed Hook, that is often found in my hand in the videos 😉

Jane

Shuttles


Bobbins


Fringe Twiters


Double Ended Bobbin Winder


Dr. Beckmann Colour & Dirt Collector


Harrisvillle Cone Holder – NEW PRODUCT!


Harrisville Brass Heddle/Reed Hook


JST Hand dyed Silk

Add some colour to your Christmas wish list – nothing is more wonderful that receiving beautiful silk that you will have a delightful time designing and weaving into your own unique cloth.


Wish List

Since we’ve mentioned Christmas gifts – and I know Christmas is still a way off, but ….. have you been dreaming about that particular tool, some fabulous yarn – or dreaming really big, maybe about a new loom? Set up a Wish List on the JST Shop Store and just in passing mention that your list can be found there 😉 You can manage your list under your account which gives you different options on how you might want to share it. Your close circle can get a chance to look at your list, find something perfect for you OR possibly give you a JST Gift Certificate towards something that you are really wishing for.


Get these lucious “one-off” colours while they last!

At the moment we have some “Limited Edition” silk skeins that are available at a reduced price – lovely 20/2 Blue Mist or Dusty Rose. Get them while you can! The cones of yarn are sold out – sorry 🙁


JST Pattern Page

After having a lot of requests – we have decided to create a Pattern page where our wonderful weavers could purchase a selection of our most loved patterns. There are 11 patterns available to download and add to your weaving wish list for $10.00 each. And – listen for the drum roll ……

Autumn Orchard Wrap

Burgoyne Berry Wrap

Ruckle Beach Wrap

Cornucopia Towels

Harvest Splendour Towels

Heavenly Check Scarf

Jane’s Favourite Towels

Undulating Towels

Spring Stripes Mohair Blanket

Three Stripe Mohair Blanket 

Whole Lotta Huggin Blanket


Merino & Silk Scarves – Chocolate & Vanilla

This supremely beautiful scarf ticks all the boxes! Since it is made with silk on merino, it is super soft and warm with silky drape, and has that magic sheen we all love. The design is simple and classic with two stripes on the warp and design options for the weft. This is one of those life-time scarves. It just won’t go out of fashion or favour. The cosy colours you will use in this scarf are Suede and Vanilla merino in the warp with silk in Violet Ice and Double Chocolate for weft. Delicious!


From Our Inbox

PK Maracin has reached out to us from Cromwell, OT on the beautiful South Island of New Zealand – about as far south as you can get on our planet before reaching Antarctica! PK – your adventure in weaving was a delight to read and I can’t get the smile off my face after reading your saga with your Fanny loom. How wonderful to know that we are reaching out to weavers everywhere through our School of Weaving – it makes it all worthwhile.
 
Hi team Jane!

Weaving toddler here. I just finished Sample 1 – Season 2: Asymmetry.

From my local weaving guild I was able to purchase a 1950s Fanny loom in very good condition some months ago. Hardly used from the dear old lady. But, of course, zero directions on how to use (though LeClerc sent me some). You can imagine how happy I was when Jane used her Fanny to show some warping techniques!

So off I went learning to use my warping board, chaining up and then putting the warp on the Fanny. I am quite proud that I was able to change out the zinger mid stride. Well not really mid, but after 1 napkin and 4 tea towels. Then came the tea towel and napkin sans red.

Then I thought I would try the resleying at 12epi. Even though I didn’t really want to, I am in Weaving School for a reason = to learn. You never know when it may come in handy. I admit that was quite difficult. I think I left the process too late in the piece. My back beam would not hold any tension, I guess it was too short. I resleyed with no tension and then tried to wind the warp back on the back beam to get things tight. Therefore I lost warp length as my tie on was too long. And my “new” zinger grey threads all fell back on the floor because I forgot about them! So I had to rethread those. I persevered over hours, determined not to give up. All that for a dinky winky boucle wash rag! It could have been wider but I ran out of boucle. I only dyed so much. Really don’t see why I would do this in the future, but I did it here.

The 12 dent reed that came with the loom is very narrow (probably for a table loom). Only 2 1/2″. So it was sometimes difficult for wee me to get a nice shed. And I only had 2 narrow boat shuttles to fit through the shed! I have since ordered a new 12 dent reed from LeClerc and am waiting for that to arrive.

Anywho… I learned heaps from this first section of the course. Your teaching style is very similar to how I teach sewing. So an obvious big like!

I cannot continue right now as I am waiting for your yarns to arrive. Here in NZ there is a limited amount of cotton yarns, and if they do sell Brassard half of the colours are out of stock (hence no white). And Ashford, for some odd reason, sells 10/2 and not 8/2. I decided to purchase the rest of the Season 2 kits from you as 1) I like your colours and 2) I know I will have enough of what I need.

Cheers and thanks for the journey
PK

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November 1, 2022 newsletter

Scarves to keep you and your loved ones warm!

Fall has arrived in full force on the “wet” coast, bringing the rain we have all been wishing for after months of very little. We’re back to saying, “If you can see the mountains – it’s going to rain! If you can’t see the mountains – it’s raining!” Along with the rain come cooler, damp weather and the need to wear something warm. This newsletter we thought was a good chance to feature some fabulous, warm scarves to have ready to wear or give this winter. Our Melting Ice Scarf is woven with luscious merino and silk. Both Linda’s 4 Shaft 2/2 Twill scarf and her 8 Shaft Turned Twill scarf are woven with Zephyr and Bambu and are both so beautiful and warm. Kiki’s scarf is also woven with Bambu for warp and weft and is designed in warm, winter colours. And, last but certainly not least, is Michelle’s wonderfully elegant scarf woven in Zephyr in both warp and weft.

With so many different scarves to choose from – we hope you can find the perfect one for you this winter! Keep warm and dry …….
Jane


Melting Ice Scarf Kit


Linda’s Scarf in 4 Shaft Kit


Linda’s Scarf in 8 Shaft Kit


Kiki’s Scarf Kit


Michelle’s Scarf Kit


From Our Inbox

Jadie from California has sent us photos of these striking towels that she designed after being inspired by what she had learned in Season 4 Episode 7 – Twill & Basket Weave go on a Date. We love seeing what you have learned from the School of Weaving and how you’ve created something uniquely yours with that knowledge.

I’m really enjoying Season 4. I was inspired by it to make a set of towels using alternating stripes of twill and basket weave based on the colors of the Ukrainian flag. While I was weaving I wasn’t sure how I felt about them, but once I washed them the flowery patterns bloomed, so I called them “Flowers for Ukraine”. Thanks so much for the classes.


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October 25, 2022 newsletter

Garlic or …..

Now, do I have your attention??? 😉  We love growing our own garlic and enjoy having it handy in the kitchen. IMHO – there is no better place to store it than in a basket I’ve woven after being coached by Salt Spring’s basket weaver extraordinaire – Joan Carrigan. But … these baskets can also be made in different shapes and hold other things – use your imagination to create a basket that will hold almost anything. The kit makes 3 baskets,  so – you could weave 3 for yourself or … IF you can part with them, you could have 1 or 2 made and waiting to be gifts 🙂 They are so much fun to make and I loved weaving something that has a human history that is as old as our time on this planet.
Jane

Learn how to weave a basket with Joan and Jane

There are two ways that you can learn

-as a subscriber (and for free) of Vimeo’s Joan’s site (she has some very informative videos)

-or…if you are a member of the School of Weaving – by watching Season 2 – Episode 9 on the School of Weaving. You can download the PDF there.

Christmas Crackle Placemats & Runner

Everything moves in a circle here at JST. I was doodling around with Crackle and was inspired by the colours that Arlene Kohut had used in the Just Monk’ing Around Tea Towel Kit Berry Bowl version that I had to try them on the Crackle. Then I asked Rebecca Logan to bring her wonderful graphic sense to the pattern and weave them up the way she wanted to. I love this type of collaboration. The patterns are always the result of many weavers joining minds. How cool is that! I hope you enjoy weaving these wonderful placemats.

Loom requirements:

Shafts: 4

Reed: 10 dent

Weaving width: 16.2″

Each kit includes:

Weaving instructions (including draft)

3 cones of 8/4 cotton – Merlot

2 cones of 8/4 cotton – Dark Brown

3 cones of 8/2 cotton – Cherry


Are you planning to get seasonal tea towels woven for your kitchen or as gifts? Then, now is the time to get that warp up and ready to weave those festive towels. And…have we got a choice of kits for you! You can have fun weaving with solid red with Just Monk’ing Around in Berry Bowl or choose either green or red for the Holly & Berry Kit now available in regular cotton!

Just a head’s up, the Postal Service is a bit slow at the moment, so order NOW to get your kits and yarns to weave before the holidays!

Just Monk’ing Around Berry Bowl Towels
also in Kiwi or Surf’s Up


School of Weaving Episode 9 live this Thursday!
Block Analysis 8 Shaft Kit

Want to be ready?
Buy the whole kit here!


Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: 8 Shaft Bronson Lace
Each kit makes 3 scarves

Kit includes: Weaving instructions (including draft), 3 skeins of 20/2 Bleached Tussah and 2 cones of 8/2 Bleached cotton.

You will need approximately 200 yards of Dark Grey 8/2 cotton for your motif isolation threads. They can be any darker colour you want. Choose from your stash!


From Our Inbox

As well as being a productive weaver – Karyn Davis of New Zealand is a gifted photographer of her world travels and backyard. I’ve had a peek at the blog link that Karyn has listed at the bottom of her email to us. We love hearing from our “kids” from near and far. I also love hearing how someone like Karyn – who is isolated from a local weaving community – has been able to learn and grow while belonging to our School of Weaving.  She has methodically worked from Season 1 and learned her new skill, one step at a time. She is paving a good solid foundation in weaving while reaping the rewards as she masters her new David loom. 

Jane
I have been working my way through Jane’s videos for a couple of years now – I started at the beginning and am currently part way through Season 6. I haven’t made all of the things, but I have loved those that I have made. When I began learning from the videos I had been weaving for a couple of years on an old Ashford 60cm 4-shaft table loom that I bought used for $50. The videos are perfect for me as I live in a rural area with no weavers nearby.

A year ago I decided that it was time to change to a floor loom, but which one??? After a lot of research (Jane, thanks for your wonderful loom videos in Season 1) I decided to go with a Louet 110cm David III. It finally arrived at the end of June and I put it all together. I had seen the Season 5, Episode 1 video on Turned twill, so decided that this was the place for me to begin learning to use my beautiful new loom! I decided to play with the full loom width and all 8-shafts – I used 5/2 mercerised cotton sett at 15epi to make a baby blanket for the brand new granddaughter of a friend. She chose the colours, I sent her some design ideas created on my computer and off I went! The dimensions of the finished piece are 97x126cm (108cm in the reed). I am REALLY pleased with this piece – the colours are gorgeous, the patterns are great, it was fun to weave and the finished fabric is SO soft. And as always, the magic is in the water!!

Thanks for your fantastic videos, Jane. I look forward to continuing learning from them,
Karyn Davis

My weaving adventures
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Warp 30 – 1st piece
Warp 30 – 1st piece completed
Warp 30 – 1st piece completed

Don’t be shy – share your creative designs with us 🙂

We’d love to see how you’ve taken what you’ve learned through the School of Weaving using JST Kits and/or our yarns and made it your own. Send us your photos, including the story behind your cloth. Click here to share your information, photos, and adventure with us. With your permission, you might see your work featured in a future newsletter!


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October 18, 2022 newsletter

Hot off the Press!

Free Bench with any Louet loom purchase at JST

(Offer valid for a limited time)

Purchase any Louet floor loom from JST now through the end of October 2022 and receive a complimentary Louet bench to match your loom. Your FREE bench will automatically be added to your order when you add a Louet floor loom.

Louet has been working very hard to increase production and we are excited to announce that most David and Spring looms are in stock and ready to ship! Louet is now shipping looms UPS express from Holland which means once the loom ships it will be at your door in approximately 5 days! 

David looms are in stock and ready to ship, Spring 8 shaft looms are in stock and ready to ship. Spring 12 shaft looms will be delivered to customers at the end of November.

See the videos below where Jane introduces and points out the features of the new David 3 and Spring 2.

We also offer FREE shipping on all Louet looms within Continental North America. We also offer the option to pay a $1000.00 CAD deposit on your loom with the balance due when the loom ships out to you. This gives you the flexibility to make smaller payments toward your balance, at your convenience.


Watch the videos below on the new David 3 and Spring 2

Jane will introduce you to the new looms with the updates and improvements on each of these fabulous looms.

Louet’s David Loom 3

Louet’s Spring Loom 2


From our Inbox

This week we showcase Joanna Bateman from Pound Ridge, NY.  She is mastering the art of layering lessons learned, from other projects, onto cloth that is uniquely hers. We love what she has created by layering the structure and some colours from the Ruckle Beach Wrap kit and weaving these fabulous tea towels. Beautifully done, Joanna!

I was just ironing these and remembered the newsletter saying submissions were welcome for ways we’ve used JST’s genius in our own lives! I made these tea towels (and one napkin with the leftover warp) using the design of the Ruckle Beach Wrap. I love the dark – dark – light sequence in the middle and think the design translates perfectly to kitchen textiles. I’m planning to make a set of napkins at some point in another colourway – keeping the black and white center but replacing the gold with I-don’t-know-what! Naturally, I used Brassard 8/2 cotton for both warp and weft.

Joanna

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October 11, 2022 newsletter

New Colours in Eco Jeans Yarn

We’re excited to let you know that our Eco Jeans line has expanded with two wonderful new colours that can’t wait to play with the fabulous colours that we already have in stock. These yarns are kind to the environment – having been made out of recycled jeans – and are also cozy to have next to your skin as the weather changes. The added bonus is that they are affordable! Just think of the scarves you could create using one (or both) of these new colours that you could include in a design of your own. Then, if you could part with a scarf, it could become a gift for someone special, later this year 😉 Just imagine the hand this yarn will give you – it’s super soft, slightly thicker than 8/2 cotton and has a bit of texture.

Jane

Check out our full collection!

This fabulous yarn is made out of recycled jeans, jeans clothing and uses PET plastic bottles. Old clothes are given a second chance thanks to this unique production process. Denim fabric is made very small, but no thread can be spun from this loose fibre. A thread can be spun by adding used, finely chopped PET bottles to the loose jeans fibre. This results in a sturdy linen-like thread with a soft structure. So much fun to work with, along with the added bonus of being kind to the planet while you are weaving! Originally available in “real” jeans colours, but is now available in 7 colours – Deep Red, Deep Navy, Slate Blue, Cloud, Sandalwood, Anthracite and Platinum.


Eco Jeans Scarf Kit Back In Stock!

Our original Eco Jeans Scarf Kit is back in stock! This fabulous scarf kit flew off the shelves when we first had it in our newsletter. Now is the time to order one so you have it handy when you get a chance to weave this beauty.


From Our Inbox

We’ve received an inspiring email from Kim Daniel of Kirkland, WA. Never let it be said that you can’t accomplish a lot on a table loom – we were blown away by what Kim has been busy creating on her loom, in just a little over 2 years! Scroll down to see what Kim has been making as bridal shower gifts – such a great idea as well as being the colour inspiration for the napkins.

I started weaving in Feb 2020 after being inspired by a day spent with a weaving community in Peru a few years ago. When my class got canceled partway through, I looked online for resources and found JST. Wow, did I ever learn a lot! Thank you Covid!

My favorite combination is an 8/2 warp with a boucle weft. I think it makes lovely soft tea towels. I’ve recently been making napkin sets – pair them up with a set of melamine dishes or a platter and they make wonderful bridal shower gifts!

I work on a 4-shaft table loom on a stand. I’ve added treadles so I can use my feet instead of the levers. It goes much faster and it feels like a ‘big person’ floor loom, lol.

Friends and family are thrilled with my new passion and I appreciate having so many people to ‘gift’ my creations to.

Kim


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October 4, 2022 newsletter

New JST Kit!

Squares & Rectangles Tea Towels

This pattern comes to you from the loom of Janet Cameron of Salt Spring Island. I have known Janet for years, and her weaving is stunning. She is also Elizabeth’s Mom (Elizabeth is our indispensable JST Office Manager).

I first met Janet Cameron at a conference in Edmonton in 1999 when Janet took the Colour and Design workshop.

Janet beside Jane, Edmonton 1999

When she went home she designed a draft with what she had recently learned and put on a beautiful warp for the new draft she had created. Elizabeth, who was around 8, wove the last part of the warp off.

Elizabeth’s weaving age 8

Fast forward 19 years, Grant and I were going through the cash at our grocery store with a huge order, and the teller asked us what we were doing with all the food. Grant said, “my wife runs weaving retreats,”  the teller responded, “is your wife Jane Stafford?” The teller was Elizabeth and the next time Grant was in there he slipped her my phone number and offered her a job. Janet moved to Salt Spring to be closer to her granddaughter Olivia and Olivia’s Mom and Dad too 😉 It’s a small world and a pretty wondrous one too 🙂 

Elizabeth age 8

We thought it would be fun to put an example of Janet’s weaving into a kit for you. I love the hand and drape of these towels, they are very absorbent, soft and pliable – like a good kitchen towel should be. You’ll have a lot of fun playing with the Turned Twill treadling options and the graphic while you weave these towels.

Jane.

In case you haven’t ‘met’ Elizabeth in person, we thought we’d share a photo of her today at our studio.
Jane and Elizabeth today

Squares and Rectangles Tea Towel Kit

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave Structure: Turned Twill
Yarn: 8/2 cotton & Bouclé cotton
Each kit makes 12 towels

Loom Requirements:
8 shafts
8 dent reed
22 3/4″ weaving width


A Few More Turned Twill Favourites

Can’t get enough of Turned Twill? Why not stock up on a couple of the kits below – like the 8 Shaft Turned Twill Garibaldi Flats kit – OR – Tea Towel Time with Jane either in English Garden Version or the original design. Both of the Tea Towel Time with Jane kits can also be woven on 4 shafts. The first 10 towels were woven in plain weave and 2/2 twill but I changed the tie-up for the last 2 towels. For you Turned Twill lovers, you could weave them all using the turned twill tie-ups provided. Just think of the pile of tea towels you could have in your gift stash for the busiest time of the year racing towards us 😉

Tea Towel Time with Jane – English Garden

Tea Towel Time with Jane – Original Design

Garibaldi Flats – 8 Shaft Version


Want to learn how to weave Turned Twill?

Our School of Weaving has you covered!
This kit has all you need to follow along with our Season 5 Episode 1 lesson.
Check out the videos right here!

Season 6 Episode 2 lesson on 8 Shaft Twill Block and Tie-up Quadrants Kit is also available!

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September 27, 2022 newsletter

Mohair Blankies!

I have woven more mohair blankets in my life than any other item, over 1000 by the time I moved on 🤣. They were the foundation of my livelihood. I mastered them technically by developing my ability to get a warp on with ease, wind a bobbin with ease and throw a sticky, fuzzing bobbin with ease. It flew inside the shed and out the other side without any snagging. I share everything I know about weaving with mohair in the School of Weaving but in this newsletter I will share all the written documentation about it. 

I wove them all on a 45″ 4 shaft Fanny counter-balance loom. There were 270 warp threads in each blanket at 6 EPI and 7 PPI and I tied on to a dummy warp so I wouldn’t lose any of that expensive yarn as loom loss. I allowed 2.5 yards of warp per blanket because there really was no loom loss and I never made a warp longer than 7.5 yards because then my system started to lose ground as stickiness was building up. Five yards is perfect for two blankets. I played with colour till the cows came home and never ever got tired of putting new colours together. You need 800 grams of our brushed mohair to weave one blanket.

I hope you enjoy this documentation and if you want to see me warp a mohair loom, weave a mohair blanket and full one in a top loader you can watch it all in Season 1: Episode 9 & Episode 10 of the School of Weaving. Download your copy of the Mohair Blankie!

Jane

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: Brushed Mohair
Each pattern makes: 1 Blanket 41″ X 74″ plus fringes

Shafts: 4
Reed: 6 dent (do not use a 12 dent reed as 0,1 will strip the mohair)
Weaving width: 45″

Brushed Mohair

Choose your own colours!
You’ll need 800 grams of brushed mohair.

Our line of brushed mohair comes in such a range of colours that’s it’s hard not to choose some of each 😉  Instead, play with a stripe design, drop different colours into your sketch and imagine the amazing blankies you could create – and go for it!


Mohair Blankie Kit

You can purchase a Mohair Blankie Kit in a variety of colourways – all you have to do is decide which one is calling to you!

Each kit makes: 1 Blanket 41″ X 74″ plus fringes. Kit comes with the all the yarn needed and the printed pattern.

Royal, Turquoise

Learn to weave our own Mohair Blankie!

The best way to learn how to weave your very own Mohair Blankie is to watch the expert at work! In Season 1: Episode 9 – Making a Mohair Blankie – Jane leads us step by step through the whole process. You’ll learn how to create a Pseudo Warp (Dummy Warp) which will protect the wonderful Mohair warp that you are putting on your loom. Jane explains that she uses a Skeletal tie-up for her Mohair blankets – tieing on 1 treadle to 1 harness. She shares her experience with mohair with her weaving techniques. Finally in Season 1: Episode 10 shows us how to finish our fabulous new blankies – from fulling them in our top loading washing machines to brushing them when they are still damp. Just think of the magic you could create by designing your own blanket.

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From Our Inbox


WOW – the future of weaving is looking great….. The following email popped into our Inbox from Susan Wright in Gig Harbor, WA. I loved the story – being a new grandmother myself – and know that all the Mom’s and Grandmom’s out there will be impressed by Mara’s desire to learn to weave that matches her Grandmother’s! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story, Susan!
  I bought my first floor loom, a Schacht 8 shaft, taking delivery of it in late January 2020 – just in time for COVID. Prior to this I had not tried, nor even seen, a multi-shaft loom (but did a lot of research first). Thanks to the recommendation of my friend, Joan, I joined the School of Weaving and the JST Study Group, part of the Olympia, WA Weavers Guild. I am now in Year 5 (Laces) and enjoying it tremendously.

Meanwhile, my granddaughter Mara wanted to learn to weave. Since she was 5 when I got my loom, her feet couldn’t reach the treadles, but of course she grew. I took delivery of a used Schacht Baby Wolf which now fits her perfectly. At age 7 she is still a little young to handle the ins and outs of dressing the loom, so I warped up a simple scarf for her. Other than putting the header on and showing her how to weave on the first inch, she wove the rest herself. When she made mistakes, she told me, “I can fix them myself!” She also became quite competent in advancing her warp, then adjusting it to the correct tension. At the end, she attempted to learn hemstitching although got a little frustrated. She also learned to twist a fringe and use a steam iron (“the steam is scary!”). I wish someone had introduced me to weaving at that age! The pictures show Mara proudly holding her finished scarf, as well as a closeup of her work. Her selvedges are amazing, in my opinion, for a first-ever project. The skills I have learned over the past couple of years taught by Jane in a relaxed, approachable manner carried over in introducing Mara to weaving. Of course, I will be introducing her to the School of Weaving as soon as her interest progresses! –Susan Wright

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September 20, 2022 newsletter

Linen Lace Scarf in English Rose

Our Linen Lace Scarf is one of my favourites – I know…how can I choose just one 😉 We thought it would look fabulous in our 40/2 English Rose Linen yarn and it does! One of my favourite Lace structures is Canvas Weave and our English Rose Linen makes it shine. The beauty of this linen is that the more you wear it and love it – the softer it gets – linen is happiest being out and about. Have fun weaving one for your wardrobe and another for someone special in your life!

Jane

All the yarn you need
Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Canvas Weave
Material: 40/2 linen

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

Each kit makes: 2 scarves

We can make this kit for you in any colour you’d like! Simply, put the Lavender Lace kit into your cart and, from the checkout screen in the “notes” section, let us know what colour you would like us to make your kit in.

Huck Lace Falling Leaves Tea Towel Kit


Are you ready for Fall? You can sit at your loom and imagine of the piles of leaves under magnificent trees as you see the Fall colours laid out in front of you as you weave! These lovely towels feature Huck Lace which gives you a chance to “play” with Huck and create the designs provided in the pattern OR create your own designs. You will have 8 tea towels when your warp is done that can be used as gifts or kept for your kitchen, brightening it up with the colours of Fall!


From Our Inbox

The day that France Therrien’s email popped into our Inbox was a happy day! We love seeing how new weavers, and more experienced ones, take what they’ve learned from the School of Weaving and are inspired to create new designs with their expanded knowledge. We thought you would enjoy seeing how France has explored Turned Twill after falling in love with that structure.

I have been weaving since 2010 and I am passionate about the classes Jane Stafford offers to learn even more about weaving my own projects. I fell in love with the turn twill. This is my first creation with Fiberworks. This technique brings me a lot of satisfaction because it is infinite. Each piece is unique. Color, texture, shape etc. I continue to learn the other techniques but I often come back to the turn twill, like a relaxation.

For the moment, I have a full-time job in accounting, and I learn in the morning with lunch or in the evening, but I hope one day to work less and have more fun while weaving. 

Thank you Jane and all your team for giving us this unique experience.


We offer FREE shipping on all Louet looms within Continental North America. We also offer the option to pay a $1000.00 CAD deposit on your loom with the balance due when the loom ships out to you. This gives you the flexibility to make smaller payments towards your balance, at your convenience.


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