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January 11th, 2022 newsletter

Mohair Prices

Our Brushed Mohair prices are going through the roof again. We just love weaving with this yarn and we are not going to give up on it! BUT…the prices are going up on the 1st of February so if you’re into making Mohair Blankies you might want to stock up now.

Present Price: C$34.50/100g, New Price: C$40.00/100g

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

Plain Weave at 6 epi and 7 ppi for a cozy, cozy, cozy blankie,
Twill with Harrisville Shetland as the warp sett at 8 epi and mohair for the weft sett at 8 ppi for a cozy and fuzzy fabric.

Knitting Needles: 5-6 mm (8-10 US) Gauge: 3-4 sts per inch.

Never worked with brushed mohair before? Download our Mohair Blankie Quick Reference Guide.

Two Stripe Mohair Blanket Kit

Blankets don’t come much more luxurious than when they’re woven in brushed mohair. Mohair is strong, durable and, above all, warm. Drape one of these bad boys over your shoulders and you’ll need to turn down that heating a few notches. Our Two Stripe Mohair Blanket Kit has everything you need to make a beautifully coloured blanket which will stir up thoughts of glorious, crisp, spring days. We can use those mental images in the depths of January 🙂

Each kit contains the following:
-One set of instructions to weave one mohair throw 41” x 74” plus fringes; includes instructions for warping with sticky threads front to back; threading; weaving and finishing.
-Warp: material for 1 x 3-yard warp containing 270 threads
-Weft: appropriate colours for the pattern
-Approximately 800g of mohair

We have a few Two Stripe Mohair Blanket Kits in stock with the following colour combinations!

Lilac & Sky Blue

Light Grey & Natural

Oatmeal & Camel

Royal & Turquoise

Purple & Moss

Black & Grey

From our Inbox

Jane has worked with the weavers of Sabahar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia since 2016. After her last trip in 2019 she had an idea, to try and supply as many weavers at Sabahar and their outside weavers with texsolv heddles for their looms. YOU, our weavers, purchased the heddles with 100% of your donations going to Texsolv in Sweden…and we were able to purchase 1000 bundles of heddles. It was so wonderful and made such a difference to the weavers.  

This year when we learned of Sabahar’s plans for expansion in these crazy times Jane decided to purchase another 400 bundles to make things easier.

A huge heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part in the original fundraiser and to all our customers who help us help others. Last week we received Sabahar’s newsletter and wanted to share it with you 🙂

Facing the future with creativity, optimism, and innovation.

What a challenging year we all faced in 2021. As the year comes to an end, we are reminded that despite this, we have so much to be thankful for. In the last year, we shipped a staggering 64,894 hand-loomed products around the world, an 80% increase from 2020! Thanks to the steady orders from our loyal customers, we have been able to hire seven new at-home weavers and three new in-house weavers, bringing us to just over 100 weavers. The increase in our orders also dramatically increased the number of women who spin our cotton from 40 to close to 200. We are now proudly offering a stable income to over 94 full-time employees and around 300 artisans. OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS – NEAR AND FAR!!

Ethiopia is going through difficult times and we are doing our best to mitigate the negative economic effects by continuing to provide the security of income and employment for our artisans and workers. Calculating a “living wage” for our staff with inflation rising at around 40% in 2021 alone was interesting… to say the least. We have also continued to support our staff by providing small loans and a savings program. With determination and amazing teamwork, our staff have managed to ensure a reliable supply of raw materials as well as timely production and shipping of products amid a multitude of unpredictable factors.

With the support of Jane Stafford and Texsolv, we have provided the highest quality of heddles to home-based weavers and helped them set up four harness looms, a long-term goal of ours. We are so excited about the product and design possibilities these advancements will bring. Jane Stafford has been working with Sabahar for over five years and has been an inspirational teacher and mentor for our weavers. The team at Texsolv in Sweden, are always ready to support us with great products at discounted prices with such generosity. We have been truly blessed by all these friends!

Looking forward into 2022

Our strong foundation, creative solutions, loyal team, and dedicated customers have allowed Sabahar to continue to grow despite challenging circumstances. We are continuously expanding our range of products and this year, we are focusing on our waffle towels. We are happy to announce a fabulous new color range and an additional size. Bronze and Ivory have been added to our Zarima waffle towel collection and they will now be woven as a full solid and no longer have the thick white stripe on the bottom. We have also added a larger size waffle towel to our range. This new Zarima bath sheet will now be the size of our beach towels (100 x 180cm) and is available in the same color palette as the bath towel.

Keep an eye out for our new beach throw/sarong! It has a completely new woven design made possible by moving to 4 harness looms. We are so excited to show you these new products in the new year!!

As some of us take down our Christmas decorations, the holiday season is just beginning in Ethiopia. Like many Orthodox Christians around the world, Ethiopia celebrates Christmas on January 7th with prayer, food, and family, after a 45 day-long fast where only vegan food is consumed. In observance of the holiday, Sabahar will be closed from January 7th to the 10th.

Merry Christmas or Melkam Genna to all of you. May the Christmas prayers bring peace and health to us all.

JST Sabahar Blogs

Over several months in 2019, Jane wrote 4 blog posts prior to launching the Heddles for Sabahar Fundraiser. To begin to read all 4 posts, click here. You will be inspired!

Jane at Sabahar 2019

We are pleased to 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 allows the flexibility to make smaller payments towards your balance at your convenience.

Here to Help

Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and

on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.

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