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July 26, 2022 newsletter

Complete Tussah Line Now On Our Shelves!

Finally, all our fabulous line of JST Hand-dyed 20/2 Tussah silk has been reinvented and is ready for you to weave your magic with!

We’ve switched the Tussah line over to a bleached Tussah. This produces colours that are brighter and clearer than they were on the natural Tussah, more like the sparkle of the 20/2 Bombyx and 30/2 Bombyx. Our dyer has been working hard to get our full line of colours ready for you to explore and create with. All of JST’s silks are hand-dyed right here on Salt Spring Island!

For optimum drape we sett it at 20 epi for Plain Weave and 24 for Twill. Check out Jane’s Master Sett Chart for ideas and setts for combining silk with other fibres.

100% Silk spun in Switzerland – 20/2 Tussah 5000 yds/lb.
Available in 100 g skeins with 110 yds/skein.

Styrene Spools

One JST 100 g skein of silk will fit perfectly on a styrene spool! You can see how I make that happen below 😉

Buying one of our silk skeins?
We’d be happy to wind it onto a styrene spool for you. The Winding Fee includes the Leclerc styrene spool which becomes yours to put away to reuse.

Ask Jane

Moving silk on a skein to a large spool for warping.

I’ve just bought some silk from JST and I don’t want to mess it up! Do you recommend winding silk onto spools in the same way she winds bobbins? 

All our silks are in skeins. To get your silk to be easy to wind into a warp, the first thing you need to do is to “open” up your skein. That’s done by putting your hands inside the skein and quickly force the skein out a number of times, as you move the skein around your wrists. This helps the silk to stop clinging to it’s neighbours and get ready to unwind happily from the swift. Once on the swift, find where the 2 ends of the skein are tied together and take the outside one and get it started by winding a bit around a spool to secure it. Put your spool into your bobbin winder and away you go! A large Leclerc “storage” spool will hold 100 g of silk if you wind the spool firmly enough. See the photos below to see what I mean.

School of Weaving subscriber? Watch Season 1 Episode 1 – Making a Good Warp for more great tips which includes winding a bobbin, how to use a warping board, table top and floor model warping mills as well as how to hold multiple ends in your hand to help winding your warp much faster!

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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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