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January 18, 2022 newsletter

Louet Loom Prices

The price of Louet looms will be increasing on February 1st, 2022. If you have been dreaming about a new loom, there is no better time than the present!

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.

Last chance on semi-bleached Tussah!

Our silk supplier is no longer carrying the semi-bleached 20/2 Tussah silk that we’ve been hand-dying for the past 10 years. But that’s okay …. we are switching over to a bleached Tussah that will make those colours brighter and clearer, more like the 20/2 and 30/2 Bombyx.

So …. if you loved that golden, honey coloured semi-bleached Tussah, now’s the time to get it while we have a few skeins left in stock. 

Ask Jane

Finishing Handwoven Silk

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 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 bambu.
You can check out Season 1 Episode 10 at School of Weaving on finishing fabrics, video Handwashing Silk Fabrics 1.10.4 where Jane demonstrates this technique with Charlie’s Silk Scarf.

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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