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May 29, 2024 newsletter

Ponyo Towels

One of the great things about being a Nana is getting to watch children’s movies again. Freya’s favourite is My Neighbour Totoro. I was searching for it on Netflix and came across another amazingly beautiful film out of the same studio in Japan called Ponyo. From the minute I started watching I was blown away by the colour, the graphics, the movement and story. 

We had just finished filming Shadow Weave with Rebecca Logan and the waves in the animation reminded me of one of the threadings from her gamp that was based on the curved threading and we still had her gamp on the loom. It was immediately rethreaded from selvedge to selvedge and Ponyo the towel pattern was born. Ponyo means soft and squishy in Japanese. Seems like it was all meant to come together. I hope you can find a minute to watch Ponyo, it is such a beautiful story.

Ponyo Towels is only available for purchase as a PDF download.

Add Ponyo Towels PDF Pattern Download to your shopping cart and check out as usual. You will receive a confirmation email which includes the link you can use to download the pattern.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: Shadow Weave Powell System on 8 shafts
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 7 tea towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 8
Reed: 8 dent
EPI: 16
Weaving width: 24.6″
Finished Dimensions: 20″ wide X 30″ish long

Stash Busting with Ponyo!

Once you’ve purchased the Ponyo Towels PDF Pattern, you will need 2 cones of 8/2 cotton Light Grey, 2 cones of 8/2 cotton in Black and 1 cone of 8/2 cotton in Magenta for the warp.

For the weft, we used the following from our stash:
Charcoal, Seaton, Turquoise, Peacock, Blue, Periwinkle, Magenta, Apricot,  Turmeric, Orange, Black, Lemon, Pale Limette, Limette, Red, Rust, Wine, Fuchsia, Hot Pink, Light Plum and Bleached.

This is a great stash blasting pattern so feel free to use what you have in your stash 🙂

Alpine Alpaca Scarves In Stock!

Have you tried weaving with our wonderful alpaca yarn yet? Alpaca is hypoallergenic and a lightweight, stunning fibre to weave with. Delightful to wear in any season 🙂

Introduce yourself to alpaca by weaving a scarf in one of our 2 different colour schemes – Valley or Mountain.


Each kit makes 2 scarves
Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill
Finished Dimensions 16.5″x 74″ (plus fringes)

Loom requirements:
4 shaft
Weaving width of 18″ minimum
Reed used: 12 dent (or use your reed substitution chart)

Each Kit Includes:
Weaving instructions and draft
4 cones 16/2 Baby Alpaca


Brushed Mohair on Sale!

We are discontinuing our current mohair line. All our current stock of mohair is 20% off until it’s gone. We’ll be making room for the exciting new range of colours that we will introduce to you at the end of summer.

Shadow Weave at the School of Weaving

To learn about Shadow Weave we suggest to start with the School of Weaving’s Season 4 Episode 8 – Shadow Weave followed then with Season 8 Episode 2 – Shadow Weave, Atwater to Powell with Rebecca Logan where the Ponyo pattern is based on.

Season 8 Episode 2 – Shadow Weave, Atwater to Powell

Season 4 Episode 8 – Shadow Weave

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