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January 30, 2024 newsletter

JST Unique Hand-Dyed Silks

A little about our silks…

When designing with our JST silks, a world of possibilities will open up for you. Our colour range is dyed over two different types of silk offering you two options to choose from for your project. Bombyx is pure white and gives a clear, bright colour when dyed. We also dye over Tussah’s naturally soft beige colour. Tussah is produced by silkworms that feed on oak leaves and other leaves that are rich in tannin. Using these base yarns gives us two different colour ranges in our silk – the bright dyed on Bombyx and the more muted using Tussah as a base. We dye both lines in 20/2 weight silk but… if you are looking for something finer…we also have our full range of colours dyed on a 30/2 Bombyx base.

Popular Silk Kits

Flowers & Lattice Towels & Wrap

Rebecca Logan is a member of the School of Weaving’s Dream Team. She created this stunning project for our episode on Block Analysis in Season 6, Episode 9 Block Analysis Show and Tell. We are delighted to share it with the wider weaver community.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: 7-shaft Bronson Lace
Material: 8/2 cotton & 20/2 Bombyx silk
Each kit makes: 5 towels & 1 wrap

Fulford Mist Linen & Silk Scarves

On Salt Spring Island, we are so lucky to live near both the ocean and the mountains. At Fulford Harbour, you can admire the two at once, especially as you approach the island on the ferry. Lovely deep ocean views complemented by misty mountain tops – so West Coast, so subtle and inspiring.

These elegant scarves are made with two colours of our 30/2 silk woven on our 40/2 linen in a timeless 2/2 twill. The combination of crisp linen and shimmering silk is exquisite.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill Weave
Material: 30/2 Bombyx Silk & 40/2 linen
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

Ganges Sunrise Scarves

These lovely scarves are perfect for spring and summer! Woven with our finest silk on 40/2 linen in alternating bands of 1/3 and 3/1 twill, they have a gorgeous sheen and drape with a slightly crisp texture that will only get softer and more shimmery with wear.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 1/3, 3/1 Twill Weave
Material: 30/2 Bombyx Silk 40/2 linen
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

Carefully Selected Silk Colourways

You want to create your design but you aren’t sure where to start? Which colours would look wonderful in a silk scarf or create something using the 40/2 linen as warp and the 30/2 silk as weft? Well…we’ve got you covered 😉 These colourways were created with a design element in mind – look at the fabulous colours that work so well together in the Storm Watching Colourway or what about the punch in the Majestic Maple Colourway? Choose one of the colourways and design a fabulous scarf using your choice of warp – Zephyr, Merino, Linen or ……

From Our Inbox

We received the photos and story about this delightful creation from Jaime Enachescu of Calgary, Alberta. Her ideas are based on her discoveries that came from the Colour & Weave gamp in Season 2, Episode 4 – Jane’s famous black, white, black, black, white, etc., sequences. We thought you would all be as amazed as we were when she shared her project with us.

Hello Jane,

Attached are some pictures inspired by your black/white variations. The project was an assignment for a course at the Alberta University of the Arts. The assignment was a fibre project that looked at the origins of the words weaving, texere; the origins that connects the termstext and weaving. And who knew, the word text is in textile?

The project I made for this assignment is a book, woven in black and white with different variations of black and white sequences. It was inspired by your black and white gamp. The title and bookmark were woven on an inkle loom.

Enjoyed the creative use of your black and white gamp.

Jaime Enachescu
Calgary, Alberta

About Jaime’s Project

Text in Textile explores the connections between the written word and woven fibres. The words text and textile are connected through their Latin root word: texere, to weave. The expressions “weaving a story” and “spinning a tale” illustrate the close association of these two terms.

Writers use words to tell a story, the meaning is created on how these words are arranged in sentences, paragraphs, and chapters. Weavers use fibre to create cloth, they generate a pattern by interlacing warp and weft threads in a particular sequence. Words are accumulated in a dictionary and given meaning. Patterns are collected and noted down in weaver catalogues. Words for writers and patterns for weavers form languages for the creator’s art form.

This “book” was woven on a Canadian Leclerc loom. The colours were kept simple, black and white, to imitate text in a book. The patterns were created by sequencing black and white threads in different orders in the warp and the weft. The text was woven on an Inkle loom.

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Sample from Season 2 Episode 4, The Colour & Weave Sample

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