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September 26, 2023 newsletter

Add your own touch to these downloadable patterns!

We can’t pretend anymore that the last day of Summer is solidly behind us! Now that we are seeing the end of September, we thought that you and/or your Guild might be looking for inspiration for a tea towel exchange or weaving Christmas gifts. This week we are featuring our $10 patterns, the ones that aren’t in kits, so you can change the colours and add your own personal colour palette to the items you want to weave 😉


Mavis’ Monk’s Belt & Basket Weave Scarves

Have you been dreaming about creating a beautiful scarf or two in the near future? The Mavis’ Monk’s Belt & Basket Weave Scarves pattern comes in both versions in the downloadable pattern. You get to pick the one that appeals to you or weave both, and you are all set for seasonal Guild or craft sales and/or gift-giving. 

Garnet & Ginger
woven with

Zephyr (wool/silk) in Garnet
12 gauge Bambu Ginger

Zephyr (wool/silk) in Chartreuse
20/2 Bombyx Silk in Salt Spring Sky


JST Tea Towel Patterns

One of our favourite things we get to weave is a tea towel warp. We are offering a downloadable selection of different towel patterns. Tea towels are always a popular item at Guild Sales and seasonal craft sales. Or put a warp on your loom and weave off a gift for everyone in your extended family! 

Harvest Splendour Tea Towels

These towels use our lovely Venne 8/2 Organic cotton in an array of beautiful fall colours. What better combination of Mother Nature and organic yarns.

Undulating Twill Tea Towels

This 8-shaft Twill towel woven by Sharon Broadley was first seen on the All About Stripes episode. We had lots of requests and Sharon shared her pattern with us!

Spring Has Sprung Tea Towels

Great for the beginner weaver! Weave 8 towels in plain weave using 8/2 cotton in a colourful array of greens with a touch of Raspberry.

Kiki’s Swedish Lace Tea Towels

These classic towels were designed by Kiki for the Swedish Lace Show & Tell. She used Fibonacci numerical series to come up with her wonderful graphic placement of the blocks.

Jane’s Favourite Organic Tea Towels

Jane’s Favourite Organic towels were designed after her trip to India where she was surrounded by an amazing palate of colours. The pattern uses Venne’s Organic 8/2 cotton but you can use any 8/2 cotton to weave these 4 towels.

Cornucopia Tea Towels

Another favourite pattern using Venne’s Organic Cotton in Bright Pink, Flaming Red, Orange & Havana. These towels will bring life to any kitchen!


JST Blanket Patterns

Mohair Blankets

Here’s an opportunity to weave a mohair blankie and change up the colours before you order your yarn. This way you can create a blankie in your favourite colours or…someone special’s happy colours 😉 If you already have a stash of mohair – then do your “wrap the ruler” test to check on the sett that you would need for your personal project. If you don’t … have a lot of fun choosing your personal colour choices from the 32 colours of the fabulous mohair we carry! 

Spring Stripes Mohair Blankie
click here to purchase Spring Stripes

Three Stripe Mohair Blankie
click here to purchase Three Stripe

These pattern have instructions to weave one mohair throw with finished dimensions 41” x 74” plus fringes. The patterns include instructions for warping with sticky threads front to back, threading, weaving & finishing.


Whole Lotta Huggin’ Blanket

Do you want to weave a blanket but not in mohair? Then the Whole Lotta Huggin’ is the blanket pattern for you! It’s woven in our reasonably priced Quebecoise 2-ply wool. Quebecoise comes in a wide range of colours you can choose from – should you wish to get creative with the colours in your blankie. The bonus of this blanket warp is that you’ll end up with 3 blankets – 2 that you can sell and 1 that you can keep so you and your family are cozy this coming winter.

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Finished Dimensions : 39″ X 75-78″ plus fringes

Purchase Quebecoise 2-ply wool here


In Case You Missed It

School of Weaving

Turned Taquete Lesson

Our latest episode aired last Thursday! This is a great episode that will help you get blocks that look close to Turned Twill on just 4 shafts. Turned Taquete is a wee marvel with a straight draw threading and the ability to manipulate 2 blocks on 4 shafts.

This episode will teach you all you need to know so you can weave this exciting variety of tea towels. It’s hard to believe they are all off the same warp! That’s the magic of Turned Taquete!

You can buy the full kit here. Kit includes all the yarns needed plus the weaving instructions (including draft) to follow along with the videos.


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September 19, 2023 newsletter

Cozy Wraps & Blankets

Mohair and Harrisville Shetland yarns

Evenings are getting cooler and – if you have been tempted by the JST cozy wrap and blanket kits – now is the time to weave some warmth for your shoulders as we move into Fall. It’s hard to believe after the heat this summer has given us that we cross the Autumn Equinox this coming Friday!


Ruckle Beach

This kit has become a favourite project for the weavers who have woven and worn it! It will bring cozy comfort on cool autumn evenings to whoever grabs it to throw around their shoulders 😉 If you are fortunate enough to have a loom that will allow you to weave a blanket 43″ in the reed – you are all set to weave a blanket instead of 2 wraps.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Plain weave
Material: Harrisville Shetland
Each kit makes: 1 blanket or 2 wraps


Burgoyne Berry Shetland Wraps

Looking for a tad more challenge in your weaving? This wrap is perfect for you. It’s basically the same size as the one above but in a pattern that is fun to watch develop as you weave.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 3/1 twill, 1/3 twill & Basket weave
Material: Harrisville Shetland
Each kit makes: 2 wraps 24″ X 72″ plus fringe


Two Stripe Mohair Blankets

Looking for a new experience in weaving? Why not weave a Two Stripe Mohair Blanket and have it ready and waiting for a cool winter’s night? If you are a member of the School of Weaving – you can learn how to weave with mohair – Season 1 Episode 9 – Making a Mohair Blankie… Yes!  Have fun choosing your favourite from the colour options below.

Check out our Knowledge Base articles on:
Weaving with Mohair
Finishing Mohair
Skeleton tie-ups on a Counter-Marche Loom

Grant’s Shetland Blankie PDF Pattern

Grant’s Shetland Blankie PDF pattern is available as a FREE download. The pattern is for 2 blankets and requires 6 cones of Harrisville Shetland yarn. You can purchase the colours in the pattern or choose your own. Your loom and reed need to be able to welcome a 45″ width. This is a perfect pattern for the beginner weaver!

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure:Twill
Material: Harrisville Shetland
pattern yields: 2 Blankies

Click here to purchase the yarn.
 
For fulling instructions, visit JST Knowledge Base
Fulling your handwoven fabric.

Limited Colourway Edition!

We are happy to bring back this wonderful limited edition colourway, Majestic Maple in Tussah. Grab them while we have them!

Falling Leaves Huck Lace Tea Towels

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

This week we are sharing this wonderful blanket that Ruth from Montana wove as a gift for her son and his wife to commemorate the year they got married.

In an additional note from Ruth she explained how she came up with the idea for the stripes in this treasured blanket: The idea to use the daily high temperatures for the weft colors came from knitted scarves I remember from several years ago. Those scarves were inspired by the Tempestry Project.

Good morning Jane,

I wanted to share the double weave blanket I made using the techniques provided in Season 3 Episode 7 of the School of Weaving.

The blanket commemorates the year my son and daughter-in-law were married. I used Harrisville Shetland set at 8 EPI, a simple charcoal frame, and for the color sequence in the weft used the high temperature readings for the year they were married. I assigned a different color to each 5 degree temperature change and each day was 2 shots of weft. There were lots of color changes so it was intentional weaving with lots of time to remember the year and my lovely children. The finished blanket has a wonderful, cuddly, soft hand and measures 64” x 96.5” excluding the fringe.

I’ve attached photos so you have an idea of the blanket.

Thank you so much for the instruction and information you provide through the school – you are an inspiration!

Kindest regards,

Ruth Terry


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September 12, 2023 newsletter

September’s Paint Box

Venne 22/2 Cottolin

From left to right: Deep Red, Raspberry, Mauve, Cassis, Bright Pink, Flaming Red, Rich Berry, Autumn Red, Orange, Jaffa, Golden Yellow, Yellow & Very Light Yellow

Opening up the yarn pages of any Venne yarn on our website is like opening a paint box. You get to choose the colours you want to see “playing” together. You can then design your unique tea towels, runners, or other household linens with the colours you choose. Venne Cottolin is our favourite yarn for tea towels because you can weave hard-wearing and absorbent towels that will last for years. Cottolin is made of 70% organic cotton and 30% linen. The linen in the combination has been used for centuries for household items. Our ancestors referred to them as “linens” and had a “linen” cupboard so they could store their kitchen and household textiles for a lifetime.

  • Plain weave 16-20 epi (ranging from a gossamer fabric at 16 epi to firm cloth at 20 epi)
  • Twill 20-24 epi (ranging from a nice drapey fabric at 20 epi to a firmer cloth at 24 epi)

Venne Collection

Cottolin isn’t the only magical Venne yarn that we carry. We also carry their Organic Cotton, Eco Jeans recycled yarn, and Organic 16/2 Linen. The quality of these yarns makes them the go-to yarn for many weavers who want to create a lasting gift for cherished families and/or themselves.

Organic Cotton

Venne 8/2 Organic GOTS certified cotton is available on 100g cones with 710 yds/cone (3,230 yds/lb.).

Plain weave: 16-20 epi (ranging from gossamer cotton at 16 epi to firm cloth at 20 epi
Twill: 20-24 epi (ranging from a nice drapey fabric at 20 epi to a firmer cloth at 24 epi

Eco Jeans Recycled Yarn

Are you aware that Venne’s Eco Jeans yarn is 100% recycled and is made from worn jeans, jackets and other articles of jeans fabric? Here’s your chance to create a wonderfully soft scarf, shawl or… as well as doing a tiny something for our tired planet. It’s made of 48% cotton, 47% polyester and 5% other material. This super soft yarn is a tad thicker than 8/2 cotton and slightly textured.


Organic Linen

This exquisite line of 16/2 linen comes in stunning colours and is just waiting for you to design a “one-of-a-kind” treasure. It’s available in 100g tubes – 600 yards per tube (2,700 yards/ lb). Both setts below give you a nice drapey fabric.

  • Plain weave: 15 epi & 15 ppi   
  • Twill: 18 epi & 15 ppi

Inspiration

A few weeks ago we posted this photo on social media from one of our customers who purchased this wonderful pallet of autumn colours in Venne GOTS certified organic cottolin Olive, Brass, Golden Brown, Rich Berry, Autumn Red, Deep Red, Brick Red and Apricot. We just had to share it with all of you in case you are looking for a bit of inspiration for your next project. 


From Our Inbox

Our “From Our Inbox” this time comes to us from Austria where Brigitte Schweitzer created this stunning length of cloth after watching Jane’s School of Weaving episodes. She wove this treasure using Venne Organic cotton and we’re guessing from your photo Brigitte – that you have 8 shaft Turned Twill towels in your future 😉
Hallo Jane and Team,
I’m really happy of my last weaving. I love the colours and the material, it’s Venne Bio cotton. Thank you for your inspiration.
Best wishes from Austria,
Brigitte Schweitzer


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September 6, 2023 newsletter

Brushed Mohair

September is here and we’re headed into a colourful fall – in more ways than one! You can add to the colour of your September by weaving a mohair throw – or shawl or scarf 😉 Check out the range of colourful mohair you can “dress” your loom with. Design your own project using one of your favourite graphics with Fibonacci as your guide.

Brushed 78% mohair, 13% wool, 9% nylon,
available in 100 g cones – 215 yds/cone (approx. 975 yds/lb).

We have a Reference Guide available for download for a scarf, shawl or throw.


Weaving with Mohair – Season 1 Episode 9

Watch while Jane talks about mohair as she weaves a scarf and a throw.
Not a member of the School of Weaving – now’s the time to start with a 7-day free trial!
This is what you’ll learn in Season 1 Episode 9:

-Making the fuzziest warp ever
-Warping Front to Back
-Tying one warp onto an existing warp or a pseudo warp.
-Winding on the stickiest warp in the world…….easy, peasy
-Creating the perfect tie-up for a nice clean shed
-Beat sequence
-Winding bobbins with fuzzy yarns
-Hemstitching with mohair

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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

Spools

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 😂


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Summer and Winter with Colour and Weave is Live!


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August 8, 2023 newsletter

JST Silk Bombay

Magic always happens in a dye pot – but sometimes in ways that surprise you. Our silk colour Favourite Wine came out of the dye pot in the deeper, richer colour of a Cabernet Sauvignon rather than the cheerful bright red of a Shiraz! A happy accident that is available while quantities last. Grab a skein or 2 of Bombay in 30/2 Bombyx or in 20/2 Tussah.


Sweetheart Bronson Lace Scarf

When I was creating the content for block analysis that we learned in Season 6 Episode 9 of the School of Weaving I had leftover warp and thought I’d play a bit more. Hearts popped off my graph paper and into the cloth. One version took 12 treadles and I kept playing around until I could get a heart using just 10 treadles which all 8 shaft looms have (I think)! If you look at the scarf, the hearts on the left hand side need 10 treadles so that is what this pattern has been written for.

We can make this kit in any silk colour you like! Simply, put the Sweetheart Bronson Lace Scarf kit into your cart, on the checkout screen in the “notes” section let us know what colour of 20/2 Bombyx silk you would like us to make the kit in.


Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: 8 Shaft Bronson Lace
Material: 20/2 Bombyx Silk & 8/2 cotton

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 8
Reed: 8 dent
Weaving width:18″
Finished Dimensions: 16″ X 63″ long (plus fringe)


Charlie’s Silk Scarf

This beautiful scarf was designed by Charlotte Holmes using two of our Tussah silk yarns. It is a simple two stripe design with log cabin patterning, half the warp is threaded dark/light and the other half light/dark. You can play with your stripes however you wish!

Warping is fast and easy because you get to warp with two ends in your hand 😉

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: 20/2 Tussah Silk in Chocolate Cherry & Natural
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

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


From Our Knowledge Base

Wet finishing fine yarn fabrics

New to weaving with silk and/or other fine yarns? Wondering how to finish it after you have taken your precious item off the loom? We thought it was a good time to share the article from our Knowledge Base that covers your questions and/or concerns. 

I have recently woven a 20/2 silk scarf in a lace weave, which turned out beautifully. However, when I washed it, spun it for 30 seconds in the gentle spin, hung to dry and ironed it dampish, the fabric is still showing creases, which won’t iron out. The same thing happened with the last three bamboo scarves in plain weave. I cannot get the creases out. I rewashed them but it didn’t make a difference. Where have I gone wrong?

Silk loves to crease when it is wet. When I wash my silk, I never wring it out. I have always hand washed my silk scarves and stoles in the kitchen sink and I let them drip dry in my shower. Imagine taking your silk scarf and lowering it into your sink, lowering it down like an accordion. I then raise and lower the silk up and down to wash it. When I have finished the washing I accordion it into a lasagna pan sitting beside the sink. Rinse it the same way, always ‘accordioning’ it, never wringing it. I then take the lasagna pan up to the shower and drape the scarf over a broom handle stretched across the shower (I have a corner shower) and I let the scarf drip dry. Then I steam press it with a thin cloth over it. Same thing with any fine yarn, like the bamboo.


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August 1, 2023 newsletter

New Baby Alpaca Yarn

We are so excited to finally introduce you to our new Baby Alpaca yarn and the wonderful range of colours that you can choose when you weave with it. Just imagine the wonderful scarves you could create for both the men and women in your family as ……… presents. (we don’t want to use the “C” word in August – this year is already flying by too quickly ;

6/2 Peruvian baby alpaca is available in 100 g cones
with 984 yds/cone (4457yds/lb)

This stunning baby alpaca is sure to convert even the itchiest of people into alpaca lovers. This yarn can be used in the warp and the weft and blends absolutely beautifully with 40/2 linen, 30/2 and 20/2 silk and even 8/2 cotton! This is not a superwash yarn. Check out our Fulling Instructions on the JST Knowledge Base for tips on fulling!

Sett

  • plain weave: 16 epi
  • twill 18 epi

Free Pattern – Alpine Alpaca Scarf


Last Chance Kit

Sometimes we just have to say so long, farewell and goodbye to some of our kits due to lack of space 😔 So ….. it’s goodbye to Berry Bowl and Kiwi (both are different colourways for our Just Monk’n Around tea towel kit). There are only a few left in these colours and when they are gone – they’re gone!

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: Monk’s Belt with Plain Weave
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 8 Tea Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 10 dent
Weaving width: 22.7″


Share your weaving project!

We’ve been delighted to include so many wonderful examples of what our members have learned through our School of Weaving and how they have interpreted that knowledge into their own unique cloth. We’d love to see what YOU are creating – send us your photos, and the story behind what you have created on your loom as a member of the School of Weaving.


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July 25, 2023 newsletter

Thick & Thin

Have you ever wondered how to weave with both thick and thin in your weft? The following is Jane’s answer to this question from our Knowledge Base.

How do I make different weft thicknesses all come out the same width on the final product if the warp is all the same thickness? Fulling helps it but it still looks odd.

This is always a tricky situation. Thick wefts will always push your warp out and thin wefts will always pull your warp in. So you can do 2 things. One… you can build a pattern into the design where you use those tendencies as a design element when creating your fabric.

The second thing you could do is to purposefully draw in more when you are using your thick yarn. Draw it into the width of your fine weft area. Or when you throw a pick of your fine weft you need to leave that yarn at a higher angle so that more weft can get into the shed, this will control the draw-in on the fine weft. It all comes down to selvedge control, but knowing that thick wefts and thin wefts will draw in differently, you can use it as a design feature.

One more thing………if you want, you could wind several ends of the fine to make a thicker weft – that would reduce the problem, but if you are after the thick/thin effect, that won’t work.

For more information and a video – head to School of Weaving Season 2 Episode 8 – Playing at the Loom and watch as Jane plays with thick and thin yarn and Bouclé! Endless possibilities …….

New Eco Jeans Colours!

Our shelves now have more colour options for you to design your cloth in our new range of Eco Jeans colours. Initially, we started with just the colours that were originally produced in this fabulous yarn which is created out of old jeans and pop bottles. We now have a total of 12 colours just waiting for you to play with! Check out our new colours Steam, Pelican Pink and Primavera available in 100g cones. Venne is in the process of discontinuing 50g cones and switching to 100g cones for their Eco Jeans yarn and these new colours are the first on our shelves!


Cramming & Denting Eco Jeans Scarf Kit

This Eco Jeans kit has proven to be a favourite amongst our JST shoppers. It’s a fun project to weave and would be a perfect accessory for all the students in your life heading off to university or school in the Fall.

This Eco Jeans kit has proven to be a favourite amongst our JST shoppers. It’s a fun project to weave and would be a perfect accessory for all the students in your life heading off to university or school in the Fall.

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″


Cone Ends Sale Restocked!

Have you been wanting to play with different yarns to see if you like weaving with them? Have you wondered what yarns you aren’t familiar with would be like after you have finished it? Our cone ends packages give you a surprise choice of part cones in a variety of colours, Try one in the fibre of your choice so you can test out new-to-you yarns! The colours shown below and on the website may not be the same colours in your surprise order 🙂

Each bag weighs 200g of surprise colours!


Keeping you informed

As you may have heard on the news there is a pending UPS strike that may happen on August 1, 2023. We have lots of yarn in stock so this should not affect our inbound orders from suppliers but will affect our customers in the USA. We have made arrangements to ship with USPS should the strike happen but they will also be very busy with other companies shipping with them during this time. If you are needing yarn for your next project, it might be a good idea to order this week to ensure you get your parcel in a timely manner. We will do everything we can to minimize the interruption to our customers.


From Our Inbox

This letter from Leslie Strong, from Calgary, AB arrived in our InBox last November. We were waiting for just the right newsletter to share her ideas with you. 
Jane provided such a wonderful opportunity to take away from all the episodes on Twill and venture into making scarves for Christmas presents. I made a total of 6 Scarves, 3 in Merino/Tencel and 3 in just Tencel.

First Three: – A twill, ” Wall of Troy” design using Merino/Tencel 2/10. Pattern from Handwoven Loom Theory. The photo reflects Scarf 1 in Kaki Pale for the Weft and Natural for the Warp. I truly love this scarf. It has a 3″ twisted fringe, 67 1/2″ long, 8 3/4″ wide. Scarf 2 Warp: Natural and Weft Silver. This scarf did not show the design as much and the silver was a bit bluish instead of silver but still goes very nicely with a black outfit. Scarf 3: Warp: Acier(Grey) and Weft: Black – which is my favourite. All these scarves are so soft with wonderful drape.

The last Three: – A plaited twill in Tencel. Tencel is pretty tricky to work with but I love the drape and feel of these scarves. I live in Calgary right now and have found out to work with Tencel in a dry climate requires some preparations such as a humidifier in the room, a water spritzer bottle, silver thread copolymer fishing line, and patience. Sounds intimidating but rewarding. An important thing to remember, is if you make a longer warp, and you walk away from your project for any length of time, ensure you release the tension until you return. Tencel has a tendency to break. I had a much straighter selvedge with the silver thread as a separate selvedge along with the required selvedge. I put both in different reed slots, separated with light weights attached to each. It worked perfectly. I pulled the silver threading out before washing, it easily pulls out and leaves a beautiful straight edge. I used a pattern from Handwoven Magazine which followed one of Carol Stickler’s 8 shaft patterns, page 103.

Scarf 1: A variegated tencel in the Warp and a Wine Colour tencel in the Weft. The Variegated warp hid the design a little but still turned out so nice.

Scarf 2: I used solid colours for the warp and weft in these two scarves. Weft in Brown and Warp in Havana. I love the shine and the drape.

Thanks to Jane, I just love weaving so much! Can’t wait for next year. I have made numerous towels, scarves, and placemats through her teachings. I only became a weaver through Jane’s On-Line learning. Never woven before.

I love quotes which could relate to weaving: “Life experiences are all woven together” and the other: “Don’t allow fear to limit you”. I follow both of these.

Leslie Strong

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July 18, 2023 newsletter

New Linen Colours

Now comes the fun part of clearing off our shelves to make room for new colours – we’ve just added 4 stunning shades to our 40/2 Linen. Imagine what you can create using one or two new colours and mixing them with the 40/2 Linen we already have on our shelves. If you haven’t woven with this linen – you are in for a treat! And, If you are new to weaving with linen – you can check out the School of Weaving – Season 3 Episode 2 where the magic happens by combining Cramming and Denting and 40/2 Linen.

40/2 Linen Setts

Plain weave: 24 epi and 24 ppi to create a crisp but still drapey fabric
30 epi and 30 ppi to create a little crisper fabric which will still be soft.

Combined with 30/2 Bombyx silk in the warp and weft:
Plain weave: 24 epi and 24 ppi for a beautiful, stable and drapey fabric.

Using 30/2 silk as the warp and 40/2 linen as the weft:
Plain weave: 30 epi and 30 ppi for a fabulous, drapey fabric that is a little firmer than above.


Lavender Lace Kit in any colour!

Have you been admiring the beautiful Lavender Lace Kits in the JST Online shop but the colours offered – just don’t quite appeal to you? Did you know that you can order the kits in any colour of 40/2 Linen you want? 

When you have put the kit into your cart and you proceed to Checkout – go to the bottom of the page and you’ll see an “Order notes (optional)” box. Let us know in that box that you would like to weave the Lavender Lace kit in Emperor blue – for instance – or choose any colour from our rainbow of 40/2 Linen that calls to you.


A Few More Linen Kits

Fulford Mist Linen & Silk Scarves
 
For the Advanced Beginner
2/2 Twill Weave

30/2 Bombyx Silk & 40/2 linen

Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

Ganges Sunrise Scarves

1/3, 3/1 Twill Weave

We offer 2 options for this kit!

with 2 JST Exclusive hand-dyed silks
or for more colour options,
with 4 JST Exclusive hand-dyed silks


8/2 cotton in Khaki

We will be discontinuing 8/2 cotton in Khaki shortly as we continue to add new colours to the yarns we carry. If you have a project in mind where you would use Khaki – now is the time to grab the few we have left to add to your stash!


School of Weaving Linen Episodes

We have two lessons where the projects are woven in Linen. If you are new to weaving with linen – those two episodes are certainly worth watching.


From Our Inbox

We have a real treat for you this week – music and beautiful cloth. Helen Deighan of Hindhead, in the UK, sent this delightful email to From Our Inbox. It’s been a treat to read her email and listen to the song she writes about, as we looked at the stunning Name Draft pieces she has shared with us.

Hi Jane and team,

I thought you might like to see my Name Drafting pieces and also to thank you for a wonderful programme. I have been weaving for a number of years, really just following patterns. I now understand enough to design my own pieces – thanks

In 1969 my husband wrote a song ‘Champs Elysee ‘ It became a huge hit in France and is still very popular today even used by the French football team when they won a big trophy. This song has been part of our lives for over 50 years so I thought I would use it for my Name Drafting exercise, Season 6 episode 5. I just took the letters of the song title. Red, white and blue were not my usual colours of choice but thought they were right for this work. I created three little blocks which will be displayed together for my husband to hang in his studio.

A little bit about the history of the song. It was first written by my husband Michael Deighan with his partner Mike Welsh in 1969. It was called Waterloo Road. It was then taken to France and translated and was recorded by Joe Dassin and became a big hit. If you Google ‘Champs Elysee song’ lots of recordings come up including the original version by Joe Dassin.

Hope you enjoy it.
Helen Deighan

Want to learn more about Name Drafting on Overshot? We have an episode at School of Weaving!


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July 11, 2023 newsletter

Limited Edition
Popsicle Tea Towel Kit in Bouclé

We’ve had so much fun designing tea towels using the photos in our current calendar. The colours in the July photo reminded us of popsicles. You start to realize that summer is really here when you see the brightly coloured popsicles lined up in the freezer. You can’t help smiling when you see the children enjoying them with all their drips and happy faces. Some of us have never grown up and we look forward to popsicle season too 😉

Here’s your chance to grab a Limited Edition tea towel kit woven in plain weave with Bouclé cotton as your warp and weft. You’ll discover that Bouclé towels are a “workhorse” in your kitchen and quickly dry anything you “throw” their way. The kit comes with a basic Bouclé Tea Towel PDF, (which was designed with a different colourway). It has all the information you’ll need to create your towels using the colours provided in the Popsicle kit. You’ll also get the information for your warp colour sequence as well as the instructions for weaving 5 towels. The warp will be long enough to weave 9 towels so you’ll have enough left to go crazy designing creations of your own!

Grab a kit now because when they are sold out – they are gone…….


JST July Calendar Image

July’s calendar photo gives us a “riot” of colours to choose from to create and weave a stunning summer scarf or ……. let your imagination run away with you 😉 Just picture a few of the colours and yarns below dressing your loom and cheering you on to the finish line 😉
  Starting at the top from left to right:

30/2 Silk Sweet Potato Pie
Venne 8/2 organic cotton Bright Pink
8/2 cotton Fuchsia
8/2 cotton Salmon
8/2 cotton Bleached
8/2 cotton Orange
Zephyr Wool/Silk blend Mythical Pink
Bouclé cotton Hot Pink
Bouclé cotton Lemon

A few more favourite Bouclé kits

We have quite a selection of Bouclé tea towel kits – some woven with only Bouclé like the one featured above or with 8/2 cotton in the warp and Bouclé in the weft. They are fun to weave and handy as appreciated gifts should you need one at the last minute. 

Choose from the always favourite – Granny Pam’s Inspiration Tea Towel Kit or picture a tea towel called Ocean, Country Renaissance or Not Enough Green for Grant – but wait ….. there are more, check them out!

Bouclé Tea Towel Kit – Granny Pam’s Inspiration

Bouclé Tea Towel Kit – Ocean

Bouclé Tea Towel Kit – Country Renaissance Kit

Bouclé Tea Towel Kit – Not Enough Green for Grant


From Our Inbox

PK in New Zealand sent this to us when we asked for submissions to our From Our Inbox. Yes – the same PK that you’ve already seen in this space – we love how she has taken what she’s learned from the School of Weaving and said “What if” …. What she has created with the Parrot sample from Season 2 Episode 5 – Parrot and Fibonacci blows us away!
 
Finished S2 Sample 3 Parrot. As you will see, I really enjoyed this colourway. I kind of went to town with it. Not only did I do two 6 yd warps for both colour way napkins/tea towels, I also opened up the sett and made myself a cotton scarf – this time long enough!

After each lesson I use what I have learned so far to create something in merino (my go-to fibre). So I dyed merino in the 5 similar colours and made a shawl (that I actually sold at the market!!). I called the shawl Amazonia. It has elements of stripes and asymmetry.

I also wove an inlay for a jeans jacket gift I made for a 3 year old. Her fav colours are pink/purple (pinkle) and this gives the jacket its pièce de résistance.

Thanks for the fun and permission granted!

PK


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