August 9th, 2012
Where has this summer gone? We have been so busy with retreats and the garden that I really haven’t noticed the days clicking by. We have had a very mixed bag of weather here in B.C. but we are finally pulling ahead of the slugs, beetles, deer, rabbits and oh I almost forgot…..the tent caterpillars that have invaded us this year. During the June Twills on 4 Retreat, my whole class got into picking them off the raspberries every night. Despite all their efforts (the caterpillars) we have harvested a bumper crop of raspberries which will last the whole winter.
Every night now we are feasting on fresh greens, potatoes, tomatoes, summer squash, peas, cabbage, carrots~the garlic and onions are hanging to dry~oh my! Each day provides us with the opportunity to be eternally grateful for our bountiful lives. This also means that all our retreat guests are going home with extra big smiles on their faces. This is the first summer we have had our chef Rosemary Harbrecht cooking for retreats. I just can’t tell you how amazing it is to go to the table during our retreats to see what a French Trained Chef can pull off. Don’t ever think you will be able to come here to weave and go home having lost weight! It isn’t possible…but you’ll be very happy. I don’t know if Rosemary has ever had such rounds of applause or so many hugs at her other jobs :^)
Organic Cotton Patterns
We have created two lovely sets of tea towels from our new Organic Cotton. They are very soft and absorbant and we are so proud to be able to sell this quality of cotton. It is certified organic, spun and dyed in Holland by the same company that produces our very high quality cottolin Venne. These two sets of organic cotton tea towels are now available as patterns on our store site. This 2/8 cotton is sett the same way you would sett our regular cotton but is grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides. It is the perfect yarn for those specials gifts that are easier on the planet.
Our First Basketry Retreat at JST
In May we had the pleasure of hosting a Wicker Basket Workshop with the incomparable Joan Carrigan. She took over our classroom with dyed willow reeds, wild crafted materials and spray bottles. As you can see, the results were exquisitely beautiful! Many of these students had never made a basket before and look at what they created in just 2 days. We will be offering many more workshops like this in the new year. Watch for the 2013 class lists that will be coming out in the October Newsletter.
Our next visiting instructor is our favourite spinner Cheryl Huseby-Wiebe. She will be teaching us how to use colour in our spinning to dazzle and delight! Check out her class description here!
There are 2 spaces left in this workshop running September 28th and 29th.
Maiwa Symposium “Inspiration from the Sari”
There are also 2 spots left in Jane’s workshop “Inspiration from the Sari” which is part of the Maiwa Symposium in Vancouver. The dates for the workshop are October 23rd to 26th. Here is a photo of the samples you will weave during this workshop. They are pretty darn spectacular. Doubleweave inlaid with sequins, cramming and denting, stitched doubleweave with supplementary warps….oh my! If you have taken Pushing the Boundaries of Plain Weave with Jane you are ready for this workshop…….she will push you even further!
Speaking of the “Inspiration from the Sari” workshop, these photos show Sheri’s Ward’s creative use of her left over warp after taking this workshop last fall. She wove off the rest of the warp and turned the fabric into Speaker Covers.
And this delightful bit of craftwork is from our very own little Charlotte who spun, dyed and crocheted almost all the yarn in this sweet baby blankie for her friend Sylvie’s brand new daughter Elora Mae. The orange border is dyed Mikado.
The sizes of the squares are based on the Fibonacci sequence to make a cubed Fibonacci Spiral.
And Speaking of Fibonacci, here is another wonderful link to information about our favourite Italian dude.
Win a Free Retreat!
Someone will get an early Christmas present!
For every $100 you spend in the month of November, before tax and shipping, you get your name put in for a big draw and the prize is a 5 day retreat with B&B at your choice of an available JST workshop in 2012. If you order $200, we’ll put your name in twice! Order $300 and you get it in there 3 times! Order $400 … you get the idea.
The draw will take place on December 1st and we’ll notify the lucky person right away. We will announce the winner in the December newsletter.
Some people just take off after our workshops! And you could be one of these happy ladies!
Jane Stafford Textiles has a beautiful sample card for each one of our yarn lines. The full set of 15 cards has over 500 six inch yarn samples for you to fondle and drool over. The yarns are presented in an analogous colour arrangement which makes colour choices easy. Each card also lists yds/lb, put up and Jane’s sett recommendations for that yarn. The set of cards alone is a stunning sight, not to mention all of the creative imaginings they will inspire. Each card is $3.00 and the entire set is $35.00
Each sample card set now comes with Jane’s Master Sett Chart, chock full of essential sett recommendations for many exciting projects.
2012 Retreats and Workshops are filling up pretty darned fast! Check them out here!
Know Your Fibre, Know Your Wheel with Cheryl Huseby Wiebe.
In January we are so lucky to have Cheryl Huseby Wiebe teaching her new workshop Know Your Fibre, Know Your Wheel. Cheryl has been spinning for over 30 years. Her spinning and dyeing knowledge are immense. She has accumulated her knowledge by taking spinning workshops with practically every well known spinning teach on the planet, however, what makes Cheryl so special is her ability to share her knowledge so graciously and competently.
Cheryl is also known for her precision dyeing. She has been dyeing for Treenway Silks for over 10 years and was featured in the book: The Yarn Lover’s Guide to Hand Dyeing by Linda La Belle.
If you know how to spin but haven’t had a chance to really understand your wheel or to fully appreciate the difference between all kinds of fibres, this workshop is for you! The workshop runs January 21 and 22.
Perfect Fall Project
Isn’t this a great photo? Claire Simon of Salt Spring Island sent this in last week.
These towels were woven in our boucle cotton at 12 epi, 12 ppi. 5 cones will make you 6 towels. We have the pattern up on the store with 3 different colour combinations but Claire picked her own for this batch of towels. She used Cayenne, Gold, Orange, Turmeric and Rust.
It just makes you want to run out and get a clothesline.
The Delectable Sari
Last week in Vancouver I presented the Delectable Sari workshop designed for the Maiwa Symposium and based on my observations while travelling in India. Twelve great weavers gathered together for four days at the Maiwa Loft on Granville Island. The entire workshop used just two yarns: 2/16 cotton for the warp and 2/30 silk for the weft. We looked at supplementary warp, double weave, cramming & denting, inlay and iridescence. It was wonderful!
Group and Bulk Orders
For all yarn orders over $300 we offer a 10% discount and for yarn orders over $500 we offer a 10% discount plus free shipping. So why not gather a few of your weaving friends and put your orders together. You will save save save.
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The JST Schedule is Here!
The moment you’ve all been waiting for! What everyone has been calling about! It’s here, the time is now!
Working on the 2012 schedule has been exciting. In addition to all our weaving workshops we are thrilled to have Cheryl Huseby Wiebe teaching two spinning workshops and Joan Carrigan teaching a basketry workshop for us this year.
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WORKSHOP AND RETREAT SCHEDULE for 2012!
Jane’s Helpline is filling up with some very exciting and useful information. Our newest addition is Jane’s Canvas Chart. Jane has spent her life sampling and testing yarns on their own and in different combinations for her workshops and production lines. She knows everyone doesn’t have time to sample to this extent so she is sharing the knowledge gained from that testing with everyone.
We are so lucky that our customers are also our good friends and friends share. We wanted to show off what some of you have been up to.
This cashmere stole was woven by Salt Spring weaver, Barney Guthrie. Barney does beautiful work in silk, weaves tartan in fine merino and just blew us away with his stole below. The hand and drape were just amazing. Barney used 5 cones of our 2/28 cashmere to create this piece.
Some of these pieces are the result of a retreat here at JST. Below is Linda Knowles’ Double Weave scarf in Zephyr that she made after taking our Double Weave workshop in August.
Jeanette Newton used Zephyr for her dented stole in sage and teal after taking our Pushing the Boundaries of Awesome Weave aka Plain Weave workshop in May:
We have more projects to share with you in our next newsletter, but we’re keeping it short this time so you can concentrate on the retreats!
However, some light entertainment that you might find fun can be found below:
If you’re really serious about weaving, every detail counts.
If you don’t believe us (you should), check this out.
(Thanks to Ingrid Servold for sending us the link!)
We also wanted to share news about a new DVD called Blue Alchemy, Stories of Indigo produced by Mary Lance. It can be purchased through Maiwa in Vancouver.
I am off to Vancouver next week to teach my new workshop, the Delectable Sari for the Maiwa Symposium. I’ll be back with more stories for the next newsletter in a couple of weeks. Until then, happy weaving,
Last week from Monday through Thursday six lovely ladies descended upon my studio to focus on colour and design theory. 2 were from Salt Spring, 1 from Cedar, 2 from Victoria and 1 dragged 4/5ths of her family from Calgary. Over the four days the girls wove seven different samples out of one style of yarn all in plain weave. The samples were colour gamps, a colour and weave gamp, studies in asymmetry, stripes, gradation, analogous colour harmonies, numerical systems – all created as tools to support the lectures. We tore magazines apart and honed our skills of observing. Toni walked in the woods collecting inspiration and now sees the world as a giant grid waiting for colours to be poured into. We shared meals and life stories, laughed and cried and created fond memories on so many levels. This was the first workshop where three of the students stayed and did the B&B thing. We all helped prepare meals and being together in the evenings deepened our bonds.
On our last evening we went to town for a great dinner and then headed back to Annie’s house for a ceremonial “cutting a dog off the loom event”. Anne had at that moment a warp that had been on her loom for 8 years.
Due to life’s assaults she had left her loom for quite awhile. We cut that warp off and cleaned the slate for new creations. It was a perfect way to end our week.
On Friday I was definitely tired, but also exhilarated with a magical energy.
Thank-you to Sasha, Mary-Anne, Toni, Sandra, Annie and Susan for such a wonderful experience.