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March 15, 2022 newsletter

Basket Weaving

Open Twined Pouch

Baskets make me think of spring – and Joan Carrigan’s video on weaving Open Twined Pouches has me thinking about the many ways these lovely pouches could be used – holding bobbins, shuttles, measuring tape from your loom – pop into mind. These are one of my favourite baskets because of the variety of shapes you can create…..and they don’t all have to hold garlic, even though that was the first use I put them to 😉

In the video below, Joan and I weave these delightful small pouches. The material provided with the Open Twined Garlic Basket provides you with enough material to make several of these delightful pouches. Just follow us in the video below to make your own!


Open Twined Garlic Basketf

If you want to try weaving a basket – we have a kit! The Open Weave Garlic Basket is woven with regular twining using rattan reed. This kit includes material for 3 baskets –  3 sets of spokes and 3 sets of weavers in a variety of natural and dyed colours for you to mix and match. And, they can be used to hold lots of different treasures. The free video takes you through the process of building your own – the video below was filmed for School of Weaving’s Season 2: Episode 9. You can use your own material or buy the kit, which also includes the written instructions.


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From our Old Forum

A few baskets posted from the Online Guild Discussion Forum.
These lovely baskets were woven by Karen, Sharon, Barbara & Wendy.


Access our old forum anytime right here to view past posts.
If you’d like to read the new School of Weaving forum click here.
To post on the new forum, you must be a subscriber to School of Weaving.


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on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.


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March 8, 2022 newsletter

Abalone and Ebony Tea Towel & Scarf Kit

Treat yourself to a project that will have you mentally wandering a west coast beach. Something catches your eye; you pick it up, turn it over, see the beautiful colours of abalone sparkling up at you hidden inside a clamshell. Look closer and you will see that it’s framed by the ebony black of the outside of the shell. As you know, I love anything that is nicely framed.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: 4 shaft Bronson Spot
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 3 Tea Towels & 1 Scarf
(silk for scarf sold separately)

Close-up look at the patterning

Log Cabin squares framed with black & white dividers.
Squares have 4 quadrants with a background of Log Cabin.
Lace unit profile while alternating two colours.
The scarf is woven exclusively with JST’s hand-dyed 20/2 silks

Ganges Sunrise Scarf Kit

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


Season 6 Episode 2, 8 Shaft Twill Block and Tie-up Quadrants

Back in stock! All the yarns needed to follow along with Season 6 Episode 2 of School of Weaving.

If you have downloaded the PDF for 8 Shaft Twill Block and Tie-up Quadrants, we have updated the pattern for towel #7, you may want to download it again 🙂

School of Weaving Forum

Have you dropped into the School of Weaving Forum lately? There is always a lot of chatter happening there – questions asked and answered, insight into how other weavers have solved a problem or created their own cloth. Join us and let us know “What’s on YOUR Loom” – by posting your story and photos to a new thread we’ve added to the Forum.

From our Inbox

I first met Darlene well over 10 years ago when she travelled from Alberta to Salt Spring for our in-house retreats. She reminisced “I was in awe of all the towels hanging in the studio – wondering if I would ever have something worthy of being there.🌻” 

Well, my goodness…you’re doing it Darlene 🙂

Darlene has been exploring ideas around Turned Twill. She had come up with a lovely pattern where she threaded 2 A units alternating with 2 B units across the warp. Then she saw our JST African Violet Bouclé Towel Kit. She was inspired by the graphic & colour but wanted to change it up a bit and make them using 8/2 cotton in Navy, Nile Green, Pale Limette and Magenta. She kept the graphic and colours from the kit but overlaid them with her Block Twill pattern that was tied up for broken twill also known as false damask. Note: A units were threaded 1,2,3,4 – B units were threaded 5,6,7,8. The magenta dividers were threaded as 1 unit of A and B threaded in a broken twill.
I particularly love the 2 dark/1 light colour & weave sequence that Darlene used in the wide section on the right.
All these great ideas coming together in a new way. It is so wonderful to see where inspiration takes others. They are fabulous! Way to go Darlene! Thank you so much for sharing!

We love to receive your pictures 🙂 and you can share what’s on YOUR loom with us anytime at info@janestaffordtextiles.com.

Our towel wall from 2010 with my trusty old adding machine 🙂

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March 1st, 2022 newsletter

65788572 – isolated border on white with copy space of fresh red and orange spring tulips with green leaves

Back in Stock Feature

It’s so disappointing to find the weaving kit you want, or that the particular colour of yarn you have so carefully chosen for a project, is out of stock at JST. We have found a way to let you know when your item is available again. Simply add your email address to our ‘Want to be notified when this product is back in stock?’ on the product page and we’ll let you know when we’ve restocked our shelves! Easy Peasy 🙂


A splash of Spring colours for your loom?

We’ve just had a reminder that winter is still around on the west coast, with overnight temperatures well below freezing. We were sooo close to feeling like spring was almost here with our crocuses starting to show their colours – purple, white and yellow. So, while the feeling of spring quickly disappeared outside … we can bring it inside and still feel its promise on our looms.

Huckleberry Waffle Tea Towel Kit – Spring Colours

Not Enough Green for Grant


Ask Jane

Not sure how to read a weaving draft?

Jane explains all the basics and clears up any confusion

Download a 4 shaft blank draft and an 8 shaft blank draft.


Here to help

Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and

on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.


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February 14th, 2002 newsletter

Valentine

Add a little pink & red to your loom

It’s that time of year to listen to my heart ❤️ and play with the bright reds that make it sing 😉 The studio is full of red yarns, in a wide range of brightness and depth. My eyes can’t stop picking up a beautiful red and wondering…what if?

Grant and I had a bit of fun playing with words –
this is the result 😉

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Here are some Valentines
That I chose for you…

Will ewe be mine?
I love you so moss!
You’re sew special!
Don’t make me wine – be my Valentine!
Lime yours!
Wool you be my Valentine?
Olive you!
We’re mint to be!
I’m hooked on you!
You’re my butter half!
You have a peach of my heart!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


If you are wanting to surround yourself with warm reds on these cold winter days…we have kits that fit the bill! It’s a wonderful time of year to weave these kits…Simple Collapse Scarf – Autumn Equinox on 4 shafts or expand to 8 shaft to create Kiki’s Bambu Scarf in Turned Twill. Are the grey days making the kitchen feel that you need a spot of brightness? We have two kits that will warm things up! Tea Towel Time with Jane – English Garden Kit and Jane’s Favourite Tea Towel Kit. Both would be a bright canvas on your loom to play with and weave.

Simple Collapse Scarf – Autumn Equinox

Kiki’s Bambu Scarf Kit

Tea Towel Time with Jane Kit – English Garden

Jane’s Favourite Tea Towel Kit


Dr. Beckmann Colour & Dirt Collector

One sheet added to your wash water, whether you wash by machine or by hand, will grab any fugitive colour lurking around in your yarn. They are truly amazing! Always good to have a box on hand. Add one to your cart with your next yarn purchase! For instructions on how to use the Dr. Beckmann sheets click here!

Here to help

Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and

on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.


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February 8th, 2022 newsletter

Louet David Loom III

We are so happy with the new Louet David Loom III and it’s new features. It is a beauty to weave and I just had to do a demonstration video about it 🙂

Check it out!

Louet David III Loom

A few Louet Loom accessories!

Lift Help for Spring II & David III looms

This Lift Help accessory for the Spring II & David III allows a user to lift the loom by oneself in order to install the extension legs which raise the loom approx 12” making it easier to access the treadles to do tie-ups.


Spring II and David III Loom Leg Extension

The Leg Extension Kit provides Spring II and David III users 4 leg extension poles which attach to the loom legs (4). The purpose is to raise the loom approx 12” to make accessing treadles for tie-ups easier. When used with the loom lifting device, a user can install the legs by oneself.


Spring II Treadle Kit

Want to increase your pattern capabilities? Add 2 extra treadles!


Spring warpbeam handle/brake drum upgrade kit

Want to upgrade your Spring I loom handle and brake drum? We have a few in stock!

Louet has made a lovely new handle for the warp beam. What a wrist saver! This new handle is standard on the new Spring II but they have also made it available as an accessory for the original Spring. Winding on the warp has never been easier.

please note: This handle will not fit on the David loom.


Louet David III Assembly Video

The new David III has an assembly video on Louet World Wide’s YouTube channel, a step by step instructions on how to put your new loom together.

Check it out to see how easy putting this loom together is!


From our JST Knowledge Base files

Ask Jane

New to 8 shafts and not sure how to tie up the treadles?
I have some questions about the treadle tie-up process, and how the 10 treadles might come into play. I have only had 4 shaft looms, so using 8/10 treadles feels quite different to me. Once I pick my pattern, get the threading going and then the tie-up, it will probably be much clearer. If not, I’ll be sure to ask for guidance.

Just think of all those extra treadles as your reserve forces. When you make the move to more pattern shafts you will need those treadles because you will have so many more options for tying them up in different sequences. Typically every loom has 2 more treadles than they have pattern shafts. Most 4 shaft looms have 4 shafts/6 treadles, 8 shaft looms have 8 shafts/10 treadles, 12 shaft looms have 12 shafts/14treadles etc. Eventually, the more shafts you have will limit how many treadles you can fit under a loom and that is why dobby looms are in existence. And that is another world …… Which you don’t need to think about yet :^)

I guess my thinking will shift as I become familiar with 8 Shaft patterns. On my previous loom, I generally had a direct tie-up with 4 treadles and used the other 2 for plain weave/tabby,  but now I can’t assume the ‘additional’ 2 on the Louet are used for tabby…right??

Here is an example of how treadles work on 4.  A twill requires 4 treadles:

One treadle tied up to 1 and 2
One tied up to 2 and 3
One tied up to 3 and 4
One tied up to 1and 4

Plus 2 leftover treadles for tabby.
For an eight shaft twill there are many more options for tying up your twill and you will have threaded your warp on all shafts so here is just one option:

1234
2345
3456
4567
5678
1678
1278

Plus 2 leftover for tabby
I would recommend getting the book The Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns by Carol Strickler. The world’s your oyster now.



Turned Twill Online Lesson

Are you a subscriber to School of Weaving and would like to weave Turned Twill on your 8 shaft loom but haven’t done the plunge yet? Check out Season 5 Episode 1 – Turned Twill! You’ll learn that Turned Twill is based on a 4 shaft weft and warp predominant tie-ups, that you can have 2 blocks on 8 shafts and the twill direction changes with blocks. You’ll also learn the importance of clean cut lines, how to change the tie-up to frame a block and to weave a quadrant in broken twill. Jane also shows us how to use a broken treadling that gives you False Damask. You can weave so many different colourways on one warp … you won’t believe it! Check out the episode right here 🙂

Just a heads up, our very next episode release for 2022 expands on our Turned Twill Episode where we will learn how to manipulate our tie-up box and consider it in quadrants. We’ll frame Lace with Twill, Plain Weave with Twill and play with graphic and colours. So much more coming up on February 24th!

Not a subscriber yet but want to check it out? We have a free 7-day trial! You can watch any episodes during your trial. Binge-watching time!

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February 1st, 2022 newsletter

JST’s Turned Twill Scarves

Turned Twill is one of my favourite weave structures and the cloth it creates can seem like magic. Turned Twill gives you blocks of colour that can dance across your cloth. So much fun can be had with this structure and we have three lovely kits available. Our kits will weave 2 scarves each, one for you and one to put away as a gift for a special person in your life!


Each kit comes with all the yarn you’ll need and includes the draft with instructions – you just add the fun!


School of Weaving Kits

Our shelves are now stocked with Season 6 kits for episodes 2, 3 and 4!
All kits include the PDF pattern with instructions to be used in conjunction with the School of Weaving episodes airing this year.

Episode 2

8 Shaft Twill & Tie-up Quadrants

For this episode, we continue on where we left off last season with Turned Twill. We will explore new ways to manipulate the tie-up box as we study our tie-ups in quadrants. We’ll frame Lace with Twill, Basket Weave & Plain Weave as we explore so many more graphic ideas & colour palettes. The kit includes all the yarn you’ll need to weave 12 towels.

Episode 3

Monk’s Belt

The first weave structure we explore in Units, Blocks & Profiles this season is Monk’s Belt which uses 2 opposite twill units. We’ll learn how to lengthen the pattern floats and how your warp’s EPI controls the number of times a unit can be repeated. We’ll explore division of space in the weft by playing with block combinations, weaving Monk’s Belt with and without tabby and exploring the addition of inlay in our cloth. We’ll be weaving 12 placemats. You will receive detailed instructions for the 8 placemats in the photo below, leaving you plenty of warp left to weave your own designs for 4 more 🙂

Episode 4

Overshot

There is so much to explore with Overshot that we’re giving this structure two episodes. In this first episode we learn how the structure is derived from the 4 basic twill units and we’ll see how twills influence Overshot shapes. We’ll learn to treadle Tromp as Writ, Rose Fashion and on opposites. We’ll use contemporary graphics to bring the old and new together while adding Plain Weave elements to our overall designs. The kit includes the instructions and treadling notes to weave 5 scarves. However, you may want to create your own designs after watching this episode – so many possibilities!

(All of our silks are hand dyed right here on Salt Spring Island)


Renewals

Are you subscribed to School of Weaving previously known as JST Online Guild?

In April 2021 the JST Online Guild moved to a brand new website and changed the name to School of Weaving. This means you now require two logins, one for janestaffordtextiles.com to purchase yarns and supplies and one for schoolofweaving.tv to watch all the videos.

If you are currently an active subscriber, you’ll receive an email from us on your renewal day to sign up for your next year’s subscription. Once expired, you will need to go through the 7-day free trial and enter your payment details as well as choose whether you want to pay yearly $99.99US or monthly $9.99US. Please make sure your subscription has expired before signing up again, otherwise, it will not accept your renewal. This 7-day Free Trial renewal process is the only time you will have to do this on the School of Weaving site.

If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@schoolofweaving.tv or call us Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm PDT at 1-250-537-9468.


From the JST Knowledge Base files

Ask Jane

From my notes on your terrific twills videos, determining epi is clear, however, I am not sure about ppi. You say twill needs 45 degrees for drape, but how do I know when my ppi is balanced…. I always look for the “little square spaces” for plain weave, but does that apply to twill?

The easiest way to see if your twill is balanced is to take a square piece of paper and fold it into a triangle. You will then have a perfect 45-degree angle. I put that on the fabric and check my diagonal. If the angle is low you are beating too hard, if the angle is high you aren’t beating hard enough and if the angle is right on with the paper, you are beating just right. This reads like Goldilocks and the 3 bears. :^) Hope this helps.


You can watch Jane weave a balanced twill in Season 4 Episode 1
At the Loom, Introduction to Twill

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January 25, 2022 newsletter

Bouclé Tea Towel Kits Back in Stock!

We’ve replenished our shelves and our six Cotton Bouclé Tea Towel Kits are ready for your loom! Cotton Bouclé is wonderfully absorbent and at 12 EPI & PPI, is quick and fun to weave. Win/Win! The kit includes all the yarn you’ll need to weave 9 towels in Plain Weave, on a 4 shaft loom. Pattern draft & instructions included!


Louet Loom Prices

Just a reminder that the price of Louet looms will be increasing on February 1st.

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.
The new David III, read all about the new features!

School of Weaving Renewals

Not sure when your renewal date is and don’t want to miss an episode?

Don’t worry! We’ll send you an email on your expiry day with instructions on how to renew. Just this once, since you will be renewing for the first time on our new website School of Weaving, please let your subscription expire as you cannot renew until then. Once your subscription expires you will then need to go through the 7-day free trial and enter your payment details as well as choose if you want to pay yearly or monthly. This is the only time you will have to do this on the School of Weaving site. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@schoolofweaving.tv or call us Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm PDT at 1-250-537-9468.

Ask Jane

The difference between a Counter-Marche, a Jack and a Counter-Balance Loom

This is for anyone who doesn’t know the difference between a counter-marche loom, a jack loom and a counter-balance loom.

Jack Looms have 1 set of lamms….when you tie a lamm to a treadle…and then you step on that treadle…the shafts rise. Only one part of the warp moves.

Counter-Balance looms have 1 set of lamms…when you tie a lamm to a treadle…and then you step on that treadle…the shafts sink. (Well they don’t just sink, what you tie-up moves down and what isn’t tied-up automatically goes up because the shafts move on counter-balanced rollers). Both parts of the warp move.

Counter-Marche looms have 2 sets of lamms…one set (the upper ones) are like a Counter-Balance Loom..they sink. The other set of lamms (the lower ones) are like a Jack Loom…they rise. Both parts of the warp move.

When it comes to designing in Fiberworks you can select rising shed or sinking shed drawdowns. Click on Tie-up and see what has been selected. With a counter-marche it doesn’t matter which one you choose. What matters is how you interpret the draft when you tie-up your loom.

If you are designing using a rising shed drawdown then you take your tie-up straight from the draft and that is what you tie-up to your lower lamms (risers) and then everything else (all the white boxes) get tied to your upper lamms.

If you are using a sinking shed drawdown then you take the tie-up box from your draft and tie that up to your uppers lamms (sinkers) and then tie-up everything else (the white boxes) get tied to your lower lamms.

Now here is the really important tip to help you counter-march owners remember the difference:

When I am trying to keep it straight in my head…this helps. Lower lamms are risers because they are sitting on the floor and they have no place to go but UP Upper lamms are sinkers because they are up at the ceiling and they have no place to go but DOWN.

Are you subscribed to School of Weaving and want to learn more

on the differences between looms?

Check out Season 1 Episode 8, A Few Things About Looms. Jane reviews the Leclerc Fanny Counter-Balance loom, the Louet David sinking shed loom, the jack loom from Schacht Spindle Co – Wolf Pup, the Louet Jane table loom and Jane’s favourite loom the Louet Spring loom, a parallel Counter-March loom.


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Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and

on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.


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January 18, 2022 newsletter

Louet Loom Prices

The price of Louet looms will be increasing on February 1st, 2022. If you have been dreaming about a new loom, there is no better time than the present!

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.


Last chance on semi-bleached Tussah!

Our silk supplier is no longer carrying the semi-bleached 20/2 Tussah silk that we’ve been hand-dying for the past 10 years. But that’s okay …. we are switching over to a bleached Tussah that will make those colours brighter and clearer, more like the 20/2 and 30/2 Bombyx.

So …. if you loved that golden, honey coloured semi-bleached Tussah, now’s the time to get it while we have a few skeins left in stock. 

Ask Jane

Finishing Handwoven Silk

I have recently woven a 20/2 silk scarf in a lace weave, which turned out beautifully. However, when I washed it, spun it for 30 seconds in the gentle spin, hung to dry and ironed it dampish, the fabric is still showing creases, which won’t iron out. The same thing happened with the last three bamboo scarves in plain weave. I cannot get the creases out. I rewashed them but it didn’t make a difference. Where have I gone wrong? Silk loves to crease when it is wet. When I wash my silk, I never wring it out. I have always hand washed my silk scarves and stoles in the kitchen sink and I let them drip dry in my shower. Imagine taking your silk scarf and lowering it into your sink, lowering it down like an accordion. I then raise and lower the silk up and down to wash it. When I have finished the washing I accordion it into a lasagna pan sitting beside the sink. Rinse it the same way, always ‘accordioning’ it, never wringing it. I take the lasagna pan up to the shower and drape the scarf over a broom handle stretched across the shower (I have a corner shower) and I let the scarf drip dry. Then I steam press it with a thin cloth over it.  Same thing with any fine yarn, like bambu.
You can check out Season 1 Episode 10 at School of Weaving on finishing fabrics, video Handwashing Silk Fabrics 1.10.4 where Jane demonstrates this technique with Charlie’s Silk Scarf.


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Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and

on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.

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January 11th, 2022 newsletter

Mohair Prices

Our Brushed Mohair prices are going through the roof again. We just love weaving with this yarn and we are not going to give up on it! BUT…the prices are going up on the 1st of February so if you’re into making Mohair Blankies you might want to stock up now.

Present Price: C$34.50/100g, New Price: C$40.00/100g

Brushed 78% mohair, 13% wool, 9% nylon, available in 100 g cones – 215 yds/cone (approx. 975 yds/lb).

Sett
Plain Weave at 6 epi and 7 ppi for a cozy, cozy, cozy blankie,
Twill with Harrisville Shetland as the warp sett at 8 epi and mohair for the weft sett at 8 ppi for a cozy and fuzzy fabric.

Knitting Needles: 5-6 mm (8-10 US) Gauge: 3-4 sts per inch.

Never worked with brushed mohair before? Download our Mohair Blankie Quick Reference Guide.

Two Stripe Mohair Blanket Kit

Blankets don’t come much more luxurious than when they’re woven in brushed mohair. Mohair is strong, durable and, above all, warm. Drape one of these bad boys over your shoulders and you’ll need to turn down that heating a few notches. Our Two Stripe Mohair Blanket Kit has everything you need to make a beautifully coloured blanket which will stir up thoughts of glorious, crisp, spring days. We can use those mental images in the depths of January 🙂

Each kit contains the following:
-One set of instructions to weave one mohair throw 41” x 74” plus fringes; includes instructions for warping with sticky threads front to back; threading; weaving and finishing.
-Warp: material for 1 x 3-yard warp containing 270 threads
-Weft: appropriate colours for the pattern
-Approximately 800g of mohair

We have a few Two Stripe Mohair Blanket Kits in stock with the following colour combinations!

Lilac & Sky Blue

Light Grey & Natural

Oatmeal & Camel

Royal & Turquoise

Purple & Moss

Black & Grey


From our Inbox

Jane has worked with the weavers of Sabahar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia since 2016. After her last trip in 2019 she had an idea, to try and supply as many weavers at Sabahar and their outside weavers with texsolv heddles for their looms. YOU, our weavers, purchased the heddles with 100% of your donations going to Texsolv in Sweden…and we were able to purchase 1000 bundles of heddles. It was so wonderful and made such a difference to the weavers.  

This year when we learned of Sabahar’s plans for expansion in these crazy times Jane decided to purchase another 400 bundles to make things easier.

A huge heartfelt thanks to everyone who took part in the original fundraiser and to all our customers who help us help others. Last week we received Sabahar’s newsletter and wanted to share it with you 🙂

Facing the future with creativity, optimism, and innovation.

What a challenging year we all faced in 2021. As the year comes to an end, we are reminded that despite this, we have so much to be thankful for. In the last year, we shipped a staggering 64,894 hand-loomed products around the world, an 80% increase from 2020! Thanks to the steady orders from our loyal customers, we have been able to hire seven new at-home weavers and three new in-house weavers, bringing us to just over 100 weavers. The increase in our orders also dramatically increased the number of women who spin our cotton from 40 to close to 200. We are now proudly offering a stable income to over 94 full-time employees and around 300 artisans. OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS – NEAR AND FAR!!

Ethiopia is going through difficult times and we are doing our best to mitigate the negative economic effects by continuing to provide the security of income and employment for our artisans and workers. Calculating a “living wage” for our staff with inflation rising at around 40% in 2021 alone was interesting… to say the least. We have also continued to support our staff by providing small loans and a savings program. With determination and amazing teamwork, our staff have managed to ensure a reliable supply of raw materials as well as timely production and shipping of products amid a multitude of unpredictable factors.

With the support of Jane Stafford and Texsolv, we have provided the highest quality of heddles to home-based weavers and helped them set up four harness looms, a long-term goal of ours. We are so excited about the product and design possibilities these advancements will bring. Jane Stafford has been working with Sabahar for over five years and has been an inspirational teacher and mentor for our weavers. The team at Texsolv in Sweden, are always ready to support us with great products at discounted prices with such generosity. We have been truly blessed by all these friends!

Looking forward into 2022

Our strong foundation, creative solutions, loyal team, and dedicated customers have allowed Sabahar to continue to grow despite challenging circumstances. We are continuously expanding our range of products and this year, we are focusing on our waffle towels. We are happy to announce a fabulous new color range and an additional size. Bronze and Ivory have been added to our Zarima waffle towel collection and they will now be woven as a full solid and no longer have the thick white stripe on the bottom. We have also added a larger size waffle towel to our range. This new Zarima bath sheet will now be the size of our beach towels (100 x 180cm) and is available in the same color palette as the bath towel.

Keep an eye out for our new beach throw/sarong! It has a completely new woven design made possible by moving to 4 harness looms. We are so excited to show you these new products in the new year!!

As some of us take down our Christmas decorations, the holiday season is just beginning in Ethiopia. Like many Orthodox Christians around the world, Ethiopia celebrates Christmas on January 7th with prayer, food, and family, after a 45 day-long fast where only vegan food is consumed. In observance of the holiday, Sabahar will be closed from January 7th to the 10th.

Merry Christmas or Melkam Genna to all of you. May the Christmas prayers bring peace and health to us all.


JST Sabahar Blogs


Over several months in 2019, Jane wrote 4 blog posts prior to launching the Heddles for Sabahar Fundraiser. To begin to read all 4 posts, click here. You will be inspired!

Jane at Sabahar 2019

We are pleased to 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 allows the flexibility to make smaller payments towards your balance at your convenience.

Here to Help

Have a weaving question? Find us on the Jane Stafford School of Weaving Forum and

on Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.

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January 6th 2022, newsletter

Happy New Year!

2022 is upon us and the light is coming back. I’m already noticing our days getting a wee bit longer. Gotta love it!

I haven’t made any specific New Year’s resolutions, but I have tried to make intentions. I intend to be kinder to myself this year. I intend to listen to my poor achy body and not push it so hard. I intend to perfect my new mantra “whatever”….and let things go, because really, do those little glitches in life really matter? Even the big glitches are hard to control, so I intend to just be grateful for all I’ve got and keep moving forward. Heck……I’ve got to get on it because I’m going to be an Old Age Pensioner this year…..How did that happen 🙂 I’m not bothered by it, but I am kind of shocked.

My wish for you is that you’ll give yourselves the love you deserve. Be kind to yourself, weave kindness into each day and it will radiate out to all around you.

So…..off we go…..another year of weaving 🙂
Sending tons of love,
Jane


In case you missed it

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Huck Lace Cotton Tea Towel Kits

Looking for a splash of colour to pull you out of the white and grey skies of a northern winter? These Plain Weave and Huck tea towels are certain to bring a bit of sunshine and colour onto your loom and add a bit of zing to your kitchen. For those of you who live in sunshine at this time of year – weave them just for the joy of it!

Each JST Huck Lace Cotton Tea Towel kit includes the PDF pattern and weaving instructions along with all the 8/2 cotton needed to weave these towels.
Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner Weave structure: Plain Weave & Huck Lace
Material: 6 cones of 8/2 Cotton
Loom shaft requirement: 4
Reed size: 12 dent
Weaving width: 25 ½”
Each kit makes: 8 Tea Towels

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From our Inbox

Just before our holiday break we received a lovely note from Lynn of Cody, Wyoming that we just had to share with everyone. Well done Lynn!

“I’ve attached a photo of the tea towels I made for my bookclub for Christmas and, borrowing Jane’s creative way of displaying her towels, I hung them on a clothesline. You’ll probably recognize various lessons from Seasons 1 and 2.”

We always love seeing what everyone’s been up to…so please send it along 🙂

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