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Summer Sizzle

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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.

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Spring has Sprung

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Spring has finally Sprung.  We have been enjoying this much needed sunshine and warmth.  The fruit trees are all in blossom, the potatoes are just poking through the ground, the garlic is 10″ high.  Ooo-la-la, how I love gardening !

New Yarn!  Organic 2/8 Cotton.

We are so pleased to announce that we have organic cotton.  It’s extremely high quality, spun in Germany and a great alternative if you’re looking for a way to continue enjoying your craft with a lighter impact on the environment. Our cotton comes in 100 gram cones @ $10.00 per cone and each cone has 710 yds. It is certified organic by GOTS (Global Organic Textiles Standard).  New Patterns coming soon!

Patterns

We’ve also added a new pattern to our scarves section of the store.  Bet you can’t guess who that glamorous starlet is!

This scarf is a Twill on four shafts using our 7 Gauge Bambu yarn and will make 2 scarves.

Like our other  patterns we’ve put together several colour way options for you or you can pick your own favourite colours.

Anything and everything is possible.

Spinner’s Corner

Calling all Spinners!  Colour Control in Spinning is being offered again September 28 & 29!  Gather round the circle and learn how to surround yourself with magnificently blended colours all through the winter. Cheryl Huseby-Wiebe is back!  She’s here to share her extensive knowledge and love of colour with all of us spinners who would like to improve our multi-coloured spinning techniques.   She’ll help us make the beautiful images that we see in our brains come to life in our skeins.

 

After Cheryl’s last class – Know Your Fibre, Know Your Wheel, Charlotte got seriously to work.  During the class she had her first taste of spinning with Louet’s Mohair and promptly ordered three bags full of White, Honey and Black. She’s combining the Black and Honey to make an exquisite golden grey.  The yarn is such a treat to spin and knit.  It’s so smooth and that sheen!  Divine!  Look at this!  Can you even believe it? Charlotte is so cool.  (She wrote this.)

Workshops

There is one spot left in our Oct 11 – 15th  Double Weave workshop.  If you missed this one last year because it filled up so fast, now’s your chance!   This is such a fascinating weave structure and not as hard as you might think.  You will be so impressed with yourself after taking this workshop because you’ll be able to do horizontal joins, weave fabrics that are double width with staggering layers, create double faced fabrics on 4 and 8 shafts, stuff pockets and learn to control colour in 2 block Double Weave.  The architectural possibilities of this weave structure will blow your mind wide open and leave you seriously jazzed about all the project ideas zinging around your brain.

We have also had a cancellation in our To Twill or Not to Twill workshop (of course To Twill is the answer) on July 16 – 20th.  Another exciting course, this is an excellent 3rd workshop for anyone who has taken Jane’s Colour & Design and her Pushing the Boundaries of Plainweave workshops.

Give us a call or drop us an email anytime to reserve your special spot!

Student’s Corner

The greatest reward a teacher can receive is seeing the wonderful results of a student’s hard work.  A few years ago, Jennifer Barrett walked into the studio to return some soccer gear (when I was a soccer mom).  Little did she know when she wandered around completely intrigued by the looms that she would be turning out her own beautiful work just a couple of years later.  Jennifer took a beginners weaving course through our local guild and then came to JST for Colour and Design and then Pushing the Boundaries of Plainweave.   She is one of those students who goes home and takes one of the ideas and completely designs her own project.  The Repp sample struck her fancy and below is her final creation.  She used her sketching skills from the Colour and Design workshop and overlayed them with the Repp ideas and voila….her very own design beautifully executed.    WOWEE!   This Cotton Repp Bathmat Is Stunning!

It is woven in 4/8 cotton sett at 36 e.p.i. and she used our Mop Cotton and 2/8 cotton for the weft.  The colours are Peacock, Pale Limette, Medium Blue and Turquoise.  We are working up her pattern and will have it in the pattern section very soon.

 

HelpLine

Jane has added a great discussion about Colour in Lace Weaving on the Helpline.   Our Helpline is constantly growing and is full of useful information.  It’s really quit exciting to build this resource!  If you don’t find your question answered there, just send us an email!

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Happy New Year!!

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A New Year Brings New Life!

Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope you can forgive us for not sending out our Usual Festive Holiday Greeting…..we had great plans, but alas, our computer had major health issues and was sent to MacHospital the week before Christmas!  You can imagine our distress.

As they say, better late than never….Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Break a Leg, Eat, Drink and be Merry….May all your New Year’s Resolutions last more than 3 weeks but most importantly we wish you all Health and Happiness for 2012 and always.

Delicious News!

You know …, dreams really do come true. For as long as I have dreamed about having my weaving school (decades) I have also dreamed about finding a way to marry my other 2 passions to the business,  growing food and making delicious meals.
As many of you know we have a pretty big garden and grow heaps of awesome food to feed our family and guests and now JST has taken the next step and brought on board the lovely, delightful and talented chef Rosemary Harbrecht.   Rosemary trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, owned her first bakery called “Rosemary’s” near Berkely, CA and then owned the Brulee Bakery in Calgary, Alberta.  She has co-authored cookbooks, taken cooking tours to France and Tuscany and is now the pastry chef for the renowned Hastings House on Salt Spring Island.  Rosemary helps complete the circle.  She loves cooking and gardening….coffee and chocolate……. and other such essentials!  Can you believe our luck?  New retreats are on the horizon bringing cooking, weaving and gardening together.

 

One Spot Left!

Know Your Fibre, Know Your Wheel.  There’s room for one last person in Cheryl Huseby-Wiebe’s spinning workshop January 21st & 22nd.

If you want to have more control over your wheel and understand the difference between many animal fibres, this workshop is for you!  For more information go to the link above.

Workshop Updates:

Everything is full until Colour Control in Spinning May 10th & 11th with Cheryl Huseby-Wiebe and we still have spots available in Joan Carrigan’s Wicker with Nature’s Bounty workshop May 24th & 25th.  For more information on these two workshops, please click on the links.

And Now for Something Completely Different!  We had to leave you with a laugh!

Two Dogs Dining in a Busy Restaurant!

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December Newsletter

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And the winner is ….

We know you’ve been waiting with bated breath all week to find out who our Grand Prize Winner is!

The lucky person who gets to spend 5 days immersed in weaving, eating great food, drinking good wine, and laughing with a bunch of other wonderful folks….. nestled here in the woods …

is VALERIE DZIAK!!!

Congratulations

We’ll be seeing her soon!

It was so much fun doing this contest, that once we’d picked our grand prize winner, we just couldn’t stop.  We decided we had to add two more prizes.  Claire Simons was our lovely 2nd place winner of a $100 gift certificate and Judy Sloan won the third place Namaste bag! Congratulations to everyone and thank you all so much for the enthusiastic participation!

On the Workshop Front:

 

There are only 3 spots left for Cheryl Huseby-Wiebe’s Know Your Fibre, Know Your Wheel 2 day workshop, January 21 and 22.  We’re really excited to have Cheryl back again.  Her previous dying workshops were a resounding success and now she’s ready to bring her 30+ years of enthusiasm and expertise to help us understand our wheels and favourite fibres.

If you have been spinning for a while and don’t really understand your wheel or how to tweak it, then this workshop is for you.   And, if you think protein fibres just come from four legged animals, then there is another reason to sign up!  You will be spinning a variety of wools and luxurious fibres like cashmere and fine mohair, but you will also be spinning man made protein fibres like latte, corn fibre and soy silk.

For more information click here.

Jane’s workshops for the year are almost full.  For retreats earlier in the year – Colour & Design still has 2 spots open.  February 6-10.  And we have one spot left in the B&B.  For more information, click here.

This workshop lays an exceptional foundation for newer weavers and advanced weavers, especially if designing your own fabrics is your goal or if you struggle with colour and sett decisions.

 

Holiday Shopping is Easy!

Are you wondering what to get your friend to celebrate their successful stash reduction?

Is your husband still puzzled by your favourite colours after 30 years of marriage?

Does he do all his shopping after dinner on December 24?

If you’ve answered yes to one (or more) of these skill testing questions, then have him call us!  We know exactly what you need and what colour it should be – a bright green Gift Certificate!  It goes with everything!  You can’t go wrong with this one.

 

For the younger ones in your lives you may want to consider the merits of the Harrisville Educational, Enriching and Entertaining Easy Weaver, Lap and Potholder Looms.  They will provide your young friend with an engaging, creative experience where they can learn a useful skill, apply mechanical ability and make a fun project all in one!

For these and hundreds of other titles please click here!

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Win a 2012 Workshop Contest Almost Over!

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Well folks,

there are just 3 days left (including today) for your chance to win a free retreat with accommodation here at JST. Remember you just have to spend a mere $100 (on yarn that you need anyway ;^) to get your name in our pretty little ballot box!

We will be drawing the winning name on Wednesday at 5pm!

We’ll let the winner know immediately, and put their name in the December Newsletter due next week!

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November Newsletter

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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!

Sample Cards!

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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October Newsletter

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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.

Check out our full

WORKSHOP AND RETREAT SCHEDULE for 2012!

Helpline

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.

Fabulous Contributions

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,
Jane

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September Newsletter

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EXTRA EXTRA! Read all about it!

Workshops for Beginners and those who need Refreshing!

Here is your chance to spend a day or three learning some great weaving basics.

On Salt Spring

In October, we’ve got three consecutive 1 day workshops: Honing Your Basic Weaving Skills; Project Planning 101 and Warping with Sticky Threads.
You can pick one, two or take all three.

WHERE: Jane Stafford Textiles Studio, 142 Richard Flack Rd., Salt Spring Island

TIME: 9-4

COST: $100.00/day Includes HST (yum yum!), lunch, coffee, tea and goodies.

TO REGISTER: PLEASE CALL JANE STAFFORD @ 250 537-9468

or email jane@janestaffordtextiles.com

October 5: Honing Your Basic Weaving Skills. Do you dread dressing your loom? Do you have trouble with tension and selvedges? Then come spend a day and learn to take control! Become a dominatrix in yor own studio! We will cover warping back-to-front, selvedges, bobbin-winding techniques, shuttle-throwing, proper posture and other exciting tidbits.

October 6: Project Planning 101 Is the mathematics of weaving contributing to our alcohol consumption? Come detox with Jane. We will look at warp and weft calculations, planning yardage requirements, configuring warp ends for a given draft and basic draft reading. Don’t be scared …. we’ll simplify the process.

October 7: Warping with Sticky Threads (aka tyeing one on!). This seminar has had great reviews from weavers who have had difficulty dressing their looms with sticky yarns such as mohair or highly textured yarns. We will review basic warping techniques and then Jane will demonstrate dressing a loom with a 100% Brushed Mohair warp and provide all the weaving techniques she has learned after weaving thousands of Mohair Blankets. Weaving with these yarns is very easy and enjoyable when you know the tricks. Each participant will receive a step-by-step instruction sheet with illustrations.

In Vancouver!

Jane will be bringing Honing Your Basic Weaving Skills to Vancouver! For all you Lower Mainland weavers you don’t have to take the ferry to learn how to make a great warp, dress a great loom, have great selvedges and tension, etc.

WHEN: SATURDAY OCTOBER 22

WHERE: Kanata Co-operative Community Building, 7155 Blake Street, Vancouver

TIME: 9-4

COST: $100.00 Includes HST (yum yum!), lunch, coffee, tea and goodies.

TO REGISTER: PLEASE CALL JANE STAFFORD @ 250 537-9468
or email jane@janestaffordtextiles.com

Click link for a Map to Kanata Co-Operative.

Last Retreat at JST for 2011

Also, just a little reminder that we have 2 spots available in our Collapse Weave workshop November 7-11.

Our Much Anticipated 2012 Workshop Schedule will be coming out in Early October! Watch for the October Newsletter!

Remember, we are always here to help :^)

Our Helpline is growing with useful information and tips. Ask your questions directly on the Helpline or in just email us here in the studio. We will post all answers on the helpline anonymously for everyone to see and benefit from. It may take a day or two to answer your questions, we thank you for your patience!

Maybe someone you know would like to be on our mailing list. Please consider forwarding this newsletter.

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A Colour and Design Fiesta

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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.

Happy Weaving,
Jane