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February 6, 2024 newsletter

In-House Favourites

So many things at JST have Jane’s personal “stamp” on them – after all …. she is the creator of almost everything we work with 😉 However, amongst all the beautiful things in the Studio surrounding her every day, she still has her “most” favourite items like her essential silks, Jane’s Favourite Tea Towel and her Tea Towel Time with Jane kit. Some of her extra favourites are named after her sweetheart Grant, Not Enough Green for Grant and Grantius Green Silk.


Not Enough Green for Grant Towel Kit

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: Cotton Bouclé
Each kit makes: 9 Tea Towel

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 22


Grantius Green Silk

Grantius Green in 30/2 Bombyx

20/2 Bombyx is available in 100 g skeins with 1,100 yds/skein (5,000 yds/lb).
30/2 Bombyx is available in 100 g skeins with 1,650 yds/skein (7,500 yds/lb).
20/2 Tussah is available in 100 g skeins with 1,100 yds/skein (5,000 yds/lb).

To find the optimum sett and yarn combinations to use with silk, download Jane’s Master Sett Chart. Jane’s Master Sett Chart encompasses more than 40 years of weaving experience, trial & error and extensive sampling with many of our yarns. This chart is an invaluable treasure trove of weaving advice.


Jane’s Essential Silks

We asked Jane which silks she would want with her if she were stranded on a deserted island. She asked “How many skeins do I get?”…. and we said 10. Here is what she came up with:

My favourite sample from Season 2 of the School of Weaving was the Muted Colour Gamp so I chose 6 colours to match the colours in that warp. My favourite part of weaving that warp was weaving the hot crazy colours from Parrot (S2 E3) on top of the muted colourways. So I chose 4 colours from that sample….I could weave these colours together forever! -Jane

This colourway has every colour in the rainbow giving you a palate for endless creativity, fun and includes ten 100g skeins each in:

Ariel’s Voice
Autumn Spice
B.B. Blue
Buddha Berry
Dragon Fruit
Favourite Wine
Grantius Green
Lime Light
Starfish
Tiger Lily

Colourways are available in both 20/2 Bombyx Silk and
30/2 Bombyx Silk.


Tea Towel Time

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain weave, 2/2 Twill, Basket Weave, Turned Twill, Broken Twill, 1/3 or 3/1 Twill
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 12 towels. Finished dimensions: 21″x 27″ hemmed.

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4 or 8
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving Width: 26″


Jane’s Favourtie Tea Towel Kit

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: 8/2 Cotton
Each kit makes: 8 Tea Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 24″


Jane’s Favourite Schacht 11″ Shuttle in Maple


Tea Towel Time with Jane Videos

These colourful towels were woven during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the course of 3 weeks these towels were woven live on Facebook and during that time a fun, creative, caring community was formed. The videos are available to watch on our YouTube Channel.


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January 30, 2024 newsletter

JST Unique Hand-Dyed Silks

A little about our silks…

When designing with our JST silks, a world of possibilities will open up for you. Our colour range is dyed over two different types of silk offering you two options to choose from for your project. Bombyx is pure white and gives a clear, bright colour when dyed. We also dye over Tussah’s naturally soft beige colour. Tussah is produced by silkworms that feed on oak leaves and other leaves that are rich in tannin. Using these base yarns gives us two different colour ranges in our silk – the bright dyed on Bombyx and the more muted using Tussah as a base. We dye both lines in 20/2 weight silk but… if you are looking for something finer…we also have our full range of colours dyed on a 30/2 Bombyx base.


Popular Silk Kits

Flowers & Lattice Towels & Wrap

Rebecca Logan is a member of the School of Weaving’s Dream Team. She created this stunning project for our episode on Block Analysis in Season 6, Episode 9 Block Analysis Show and Tell. We are delighted to share it with the wider weaver community.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: 7-shaft Bronson Lace
Material: 8/2 cotton & 20/2 Bombyx silk
Each kit makes: 5 towels & 1 wrap


Fulford Mist Linen & Silk Scarves

On Salt Spring Island, we are so lucky to live near both the ocean and the mountains. At Fulford Harbour, you can admire the two at once, especially as you approach the island on the ferry. Lovely deep ocean views complemented by misty mountain tops – so West Coast, so subtle and inspiring.

These elegant scarves are made with two colours of our 30/2 silk woven on our 40/2 linen in a timeless 2/2 twill. The combination of crisp linen and shimmering silk is exquisite.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill Weave
Material: 30/2 Bombyx Silk & 40/2 linen
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves


Ganges Sunrise Scarves

These lovely scarves are perfect for spring and summer! Woven with our finest silk on 40/2 linen in alternating bands of 1/3 and 3/1 twill, they have a gorgeous sheen and drape with a slightly crisp texture that will only get softer and more shimmery with wear.

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


Carefully Selected Silk Colourways

You want to create your design but you aren’t sure where to start? Which colours would look wonderful in a silk scarf or create something using the 40/2 linen as warp and the 30/2 silk as weft? Well…we’ve got you covered 😉 These colourways were created with a design element in mind – look at the fabulous colours that work so well together in the Storm Watching Colourway or what about the punch in the Majestic Maple Colourway? Choose one of the colourways and design a fabulous scarf using your choice of warp – Zephyr, Merino, Linen or ……


From Our Inbox

We received the photos and story about this delightful creation from Jaime Enachescu of Calgary, Alberta. Her ideas are based on her discoveries that came from the Colour & Weave gamp in Season 2, Episode 4 – Jane’s famous black, white, black, black, white, etc., sequences. We thought you would all be as amazed as we were when she shared her project with us.

Hello Jane,

Attached are some pictures inspired by your black/white variations. The project was an assignment for a course at the Alberta University of the Arts. The assignment was a fibre project that looked at the origins of the words weaving, texere; the origins that connects the termstext and weaving. And who knew, the word text is in textile?

The project I made for this assignment is a book, woven in black and white with different variations of black and white sequences. It was inspired by your black and white gamp. The title and bookmark were woven on an inkle loom.

Enjoyed the creative use of your black and white gamp.

Jaime Enachescu
Calgary, Alberta

About Jaime’s Project

Text in Textile explores the connections between the written word and woven fibres. The words text and textile are connected through their Latin root word: texere, to weave. The expressions “weaving a story” and “spinning a tale” illustrate the close association of these two terms.

Writers use words to tell a story, the meaning is created on how these words are arranged in sentences, paragraphs, and chapters. Weavers use fibre to create cloth, they generate a pattern by interlacing warp and weft threads in a particular sequence. Words are accumulated in a dictionary and given meaning. Patterns are collected and noted down in weaver catalogues. Words for writers and patterns for weavers form languages for the creator’s art form.

This “book” was woven on a Canadian Leclerc loom. The colours were kept simple, black and white, to imitate text in a book. The patterns were created by sequencing black and white threads in different orders in the warp and the weft. The text was woven on an Inkle loom.


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Sample from Season 2 Episode 4, The Colour & Weave Sample

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January 23, 2024 newsletter

Cloud Cotton Colours are waiting for you!

Are you looking for something cozy to use in a blankie? We’ve just restocked our shelves with Organic Cloud Cotton in all the colours we carry. Get your notebook out and design a blanket that fits your loom while you have fun playing with these bright colours mixed in with the grey or natural. Or, have you fallen in love with the look of the Hygge Blanket Kit – what better project to take off your loom on a cold day in January or February?

New baby about to appear in your life? The Organic Cloud Baby Blanket will be loved by a new little one and parents alike and it’s a soft blanket to wrap a baby in. Our Organic Cloud Cotton yarn is kind to our planet as well!

Magenta


Hygge Blanket Kit

Each kit includes the weaving instructions (including draft) and 2-1lb cones of Organic Cloud Cotton, 1 in Natural, and 1 in Grey.

Want to swap the 1 Grey cone of Organic Cloud Cotton for one of our bright colours to play with the 1 Natural cone in the kit? Let us know which colour you’ve chosen in the notes section at checkout.

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Each kit makes: 1 blanket 39″ X 76″ plus fringe

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Weaving Width: 44 1/8″
Reed: 8 dent


Organic Cloud Baby Blanket Kit

Level of Difficulty: Beginner

Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: Organic Cloud Cotton
Each kit makes: 1 blanket 33″ X 50″ plus fringe

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Weaving Width: 35″
Reed: 8 dent

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
1-1lb cone of Organic Cloud Cotton


School of Weaving

Sneak Peek at Season 8 Episode 1!

M’s & O’s Goes on a 2nd Date!

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Scarf and sample from Season 2 Episode 6, Designing Plaids

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January 16, 2024 newsletter

Tea Towels for Cold, Dark, Days

Our days are still short and last week it snowed! It’s not something that we get much of! Time to think warm – I’m sure our fellow Canadians are getting a kick out of the fact that we “complain” about our little amount of snow 😉 We decided that it was time to stay warm inside and replenish our stash of tea towels that have moved to other homes over the holidays.

So, what better than to weave the SweDISH Towels that have lots of hope (yellow) popping through the blue of winter? They are fun to weave while you dabble with weaving Huck with Swedish Lace. You’ll have 8 towels for your stash storage if some don’t disappear before they make it there 😉

Not fond of blue and yellow – nothing looks warmer than the bright red mixed with the white and grey of our Tuscan Twill Towels. There are so many ways you can create your designs on the graphics that are in these towels. Feel like a rest and just want to weave … the full instructions come with the kit.


SewDISH Towels

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Huck with Swedish Lace
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 8 Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 25″ ish

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
2 cones of 8/2 cotton Denim
2 cones of 8/2 cotton Dusty Blue
2 cones of 8/2 cotton Lemon


Tuscan Twill Towels

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure:Twill Weave
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 6 Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 10 dent
EPI: 20
Weaving width: 22″
Finished Dimensions: 27-30″ X 19″

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
3 cones of 8/2 cotton – Cayenne
2 cones of 8/2 cotton – Natural
1 cones of 8/2 cotton – Charcoal


School of Weaving

M’s & O’s

Are you excited about taking M’s & O’s to new heights? Season 8 – Episode 1 gives us our third episode on this amazing and versatile structure. You still have time to rewatch the two previous M’s & O’s episodes by reviewing Season 6 Episode 7 – M’s & O’s and Season 7 Episode 9 – M’s & O’s Go on a Date with Huck and Colour and Weave. Season 8 Episode 1 is released on January 25th and will complete the “set”. There will be a perfect trio of exciting episodes on M’s & O’s that show that Jane practices what she preaches by continuously saying “What if?”. Season 8 comes out of the gate with Episode 1 and we see and learn how Jane discovered even more that be will revealed in M’s & O’s Goes on a 2nd Date.

Intrigued and want to weave Jane’s journey with M’s & O’s? All three kits are waiting for you in the JST shop!

M’s & O’s
Season 6 Episode 7

M’s & O’s Goes on a date with Huck
Season 7 Episode 9

M’s and O’s Goes on a 2nd Date
Season 8 Episode 1


From Our Inbox

An email from Jessica Norris, whose motto is living simply in the Southern Highlands (Australia). We saved it until the right moment to share it with you – just before our third episode on M’s & O’s and all its possibilities. She had fun exploring and we loved seeing her results and wanted to share 😉

Dear Jane and the JST team,

I’ve dived deeply into M’s and O’s after watching Season 6 Episode 7, and I was particularly intrigued by the colour and weave possibilities, and also by combining with twill. I’d love to share with you all what I created, by combining all these ideas into one!

This is a tea towel with a pair of matching napkins. I used a division of space in three, with two columns of M’s and O’s separated by larger sections of twill (straight draw). I decided to use a D/L sequence in the twill sections, and I wanted to see what happened when I wove sequences from the Season 4 Episode 6 gamp (Twill Meets Colour and Weave).

Well: it was amazing!

The twill colour and weave bits were definitely fun, but my eyes bugged out of my head when the napkins came out of the wash and I saw the D/L over the M’s and O’s. There was a natural log cabin effect whenever I switched between the A and B blocks: what a joyful surprise!

I’m not done with this weave structure yet, so it’s great timing that Season 7 Episode 9 just came out (oh boy, I’m not up to this season yet, and now I can’t wait!)

Thank you, Jane, I’m having so much fun!

Kind regards,
Jess

Jessica Norris | Living Simply in the Southern Highlands
W: simplecraftylife.com


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Sample from Season 3 Episode 9 – PW with Supplementary Warp & Weft


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January 9, 2024 newsletter

New Silk Colourway Winter Sky

30/2 Bombyx B.B. Blue, Glacier & Salt Spring Sky

Our Winter Sky might not look like yours – we get excited when we occasionally get to see what’s above the clouds! Our skies are grey and heavy with rain at this time of year, and for that, we are thankful. We live surrounded by old-growth forests that need the rain, and our Winter Sky provides them with life. It can be very peaceful walking through the forest on a winter’s night with a “blanket” of blues overhead. We’d love to see what you create with our Winter Sky Silk Colourway.

20/2 Tussah B.B. Blue, Glacier & Salt Spring Sky

We can wind a silk skein onto a styrene spool. Winding fee (C$15.00) per skein. Fee includes styrene spool


Magical Silk Scarves

There is nothing more stylish or comforting than wrapping yourself with a combination of silk and another special fibre. One of our most delightfully elegant combinations is our 40/2 linen with our JST 30/2 silk. Our Fulford Mist and Ganges Sunrise scarves are prime examples of the happy outcome of the “marriage” of fine linen and fine silk.

Another happy “marriage” is between our soft and elegant 18/2 merino with our fabulous in-house dyed 20/2 silk. Our kit for 2 scarves comes in a choice of two colourways – Melting Ice or Chocolate & Vanilla.

Fulford Mist

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill Weave

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
1 skein of 30/2 Bombyx Margaretta Violetta
1 skein of 30/2 Bombyx Salt Spring Sky
1 cone of 40/2 linen Olive
1 cone of 40/2 linen Teal


Ganges Sunrise

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

Weave structure: 1/3, 3/1 Twill Weave

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
1 cone of 40/2 linen – Teal
1 cone of 40/2 linen – Olive
1 skein of 30/2 Bombyx – Coral Flame
1 skein of 30/2 Bombyx – Dragon Fruit


Melting Ice

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill Weave

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent (or use your reed substitution chart)
Weaving Width: 17.5″

Each kit includes:
Weaving instructions (including draft)
1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx Violet Ice
1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx Double Chocolate
1 100g cone of 18/2 Merino Suede
1 100g cone of 18/2 Merino Vanilla


Chocolate & Vanilla

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill Weave

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent (or use your reed substitution chart)
Weaving Width: 17.5″

Each kit includes:

Weaving instructions (including draft)
1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx Natural
1 skein of 20/2 Bombyx Rainy Day
1 100g cone of 18/2 Merino Shale
1 100g cone of 18/2 Merino Pewter


Designing Projects

Are you ready to design a New Year’s project, daring to take what you’ve learned in the Seasons and episodes you have watched and learned from so far? This is a very personal challenge for you…go back to the beginning of what you learned about design and colour, then start layering a structure you may never have woven before. Think about a scarf or wrap project you’d like to create – you have all that new knowledge just waiting to help you create your design. It’s time to get your notebook out again and design graphics until you design one that makes you smile. Start thinking – coloured pencils in hand – as you layer colours on your graphic. We are creating different silk colourways that have “asked” to live together and might give you some colour inspiration as you plan a wrap or a scarf using silk as part of your design. We’d love it if you could share with us – on the Forum or Ravelry – the story and photos of what you have woven using what you’ve learned from the School of Weaving.

Majestic Maple

Winter Berries

Storm Watching

Winter Sky

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Thinking of mixing colours and yarn? Here’s our January 2024 calendar yarn feature – starting at the top with Quebecoise 2 Ply Wool Natural GreyMohair – Orlando Loop and Quebecoise 2 Ply Natural White.

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January 3, 2024 newsletter

Weaving Essentials

Starting your journey into the world of weaving can feel overwhelming, considering the array of equipment and tools involved. But don’t worry! Jane’s essential weaving tools and equipment are listed below and will simplify the process for beginners. Whether it’s looms, shuttles, or yarn, Jane’s essential list has got you covered. We’ve selected some of her favourite tools that will help you warp, thread and learn to weave your beginning projects.


A Loom

We absolutely adore the Louet Jane, David, and Spring looms – they’re our top picks for weaving success! But really, any loom can kickstart your weaving journey. So, gather your tools, join the School of Weaving to guide you as you learn to weave and you’re off to a good start!

Jane 16 shaft Table Loom

All David and Spring looms are in stock and ready to ship. Once ordered the looms generally take 5 days to reach our customers!


11″ Schacht Open Bottom Shuttle & 4″ Bobbins

Jane’s all time favourite shuttle is the 11″ Schacht Open Bottom – you’ll always see at least 2 sitting on her loom as she is weaving for us on the School of Weaving. They come in several different sizes as well as 2 different kinds of wood – maple or cherry and are light and easy to throw. The magic of these shuttles is that they have an opening on the bottom of the shuttle which gives you a chance to slow down your bobbin with your finger as your shuttle leaves your shed. 

Schacht 11″ Open Bottom Shuttle


Warping

One tool that you can’t do without is a good warping board or a warping mill. One of the best ways to get good results on your the loom, is to have a warp that is wound perfectly, slips onto your loom happily and can’t wait to get started 😉 Don’t have room to hang a warping board in your home? How about a warping mill that makes winding a warp so much easier.

Leclerc Warping Boards

Leclerc Warping Mill – Table Top


Bobbin Winders

We all need good bobbin winders no matter whether you choose an electric double bobbin winder or hand bobbin winder that we carry. Any one of these bobbin winders will make your weaving life easier. If you are treating yourself to some of our wonderful silk with the gift certificate you got for Christmas – the double ended bobbin winder, an umbrella swift plus a wee stash of the large Leclerc spools and you’ll be weaving with silk in no time.

Leclerc Double Ended Bobbin Winder

Leclerc Hand Bobbin Winder


Sley Hook

The sley hook is a tool we always have sitting by our looms. It’s the “queen” of sley hooks made by Harrisville and is another one of the tools that Jane can’t live without. You’ll notice that Jane uses it for many things including as a pointer as she takes us through the PDFs that come with our School of Weaving projects 😉

Harrisville Heddle/Reed Hook


8/2 Cotton

We carry a full range of colours in our 8/2 cotton yarn which becomes a staple yarn in every weavers stash. It’s popular, versatile, and won’t break the bank! The perfect yarn for a beginner to practice winding a warp, dressing your loom and then weaving off a tea towel, runner or your first project.

8/2 cotton


School of Weaving Subscription

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Beginner Kits
Colour & Weave Season 2

School of Weaving’s Season 1 is all about you learning how to get your loom up and ready for you to weave. Then – you get to play with Colour & Weave in Season 2! There are so many projects that you can weave while you play with the colour and design of your cloth as the fun really begins. Check out Season 2 kits and soon you’ll be weaving samples become reference samples as you start to design your own unique cloth!


Season 8 First Kits Now in Stock!

Our first 3 kits for Season 8 are in stock and waiting for you. These kits are designed for Intermediate weavers for the first 3 projects that we cover in Season 8 episodes 1 & 2.

M’s & O’s Go On a 2nd Date in Episode 1

Shadow Weave 4 shaft project scarf for Episode 2

Shadow Weave 8 shaft project gamp for Episode 2

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December 22, 2023 newsletter

Wishing you all a peaceful, safe & joyous
Holiday Season

As I reflect on this past year, I’m so thankful that I’ve had the privilege of watching you all grow and bloom as you sit at your looms. The posts you write on our Forum or in our Group on Ravelry show me you are absorbing and applying the new skills you’ve learned. The bonus is when I see what you’ve taken and developed into your unique style. Every time I spot a member’s post showing us a project that they have designed from what they have learned – I wish you could see the big smile on my face 😉 I’m like a mother hen watching her chicks grow up and head out to explore the possibilities in their new world.

I’m really looking forward to this Christmas because Freya is just the right age to absorb the magic that Christmas gives children and she believes it with all her heart. Can you tell I love being a grandmother?

So – thank you, thank you again and again for all the support you give to JST, every customer, every student, every friend 🙂 It is so appreciated.

Sending you all hope, love and best wishes for a Happy New Year and may 2024 bring our world some Peace.

Love, Jane

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December 19, 2024 newsletter

Winter Berries Silk Colourway

Winter Berries in Bombyx Silk

We’ve just created our December Silk ensemble – its title sounds as tasteful as the Winter Berries colourway is. At this time of year, we all want to wear something elegant to seasonal events. Just imagine a scarf or wrap woven with our JST Bombyx or Tussah silks in colours named Double Chocolate, Jam Jar and Buddha Berry. These delicious colours could weave into a stunning scarf or wrap using our 40/2 linen, 18/2 merino or Zephyr wool/silk as the cream on your Winter Berries 😉

Available in both 20/2 & 30/2 Bombyx and 20/2 Tussah silks.

Winter Berries in 20/2 Tussah Silk

If receiving skeins of silk is a little overwhelming, we can wind the skeins you order onto spools – for a small fee. If you are a School of Weaving subscriber, we have a video of Jane demonstrating how to wind onto a spool using a skein winder. You can check out how in Season 1 video 1.1.2 Warping on a Warping Board. Not a subscriber yet? Sign up today for your FREE 7-day trial today!

You can also read an article in our JST Knowledge Base on how to do it yourself. If you don’t have any spools in your stash – remember to add them to your next silk order.


Wrap Kits Back in Stock!

Our popular wraps – woven in soft, delectable Harrisville yarn – are back in stock. Can there be anything cozier than being able to wrap yourself in a Ruckle Beach, Burgoyne Berries, or Autumn Orchard “hug”? Order a kit while we have them in stock and dress your loom in beautiful Harrisville Shetland yarn. As you weave, picture yourself wrapped up in one of these as you curl up with a good book on a cold winter’s night. You can create 2 wraps with each of these kits giving you a second one so you can share a “hug” with someone special.


Get ready to take your weaving to the next level with Jane’s Weaving Essentials!


Gift Certificates

Don’t forget about our e-gifts to the JST Shop or a School of Weaving Subscription. Your recipients will get those in time for stuffing inside a pretty envelope and slipping it under a tree. If your life partner is unsure of what to give you – you could just print out this newsletter and accidentally leave it in a place in your home where it won’t be missed. Hummmm – how about the dining room table 😉

One last reminder!

Louet Loom price increase starts January 1, 2024

Prices on all Louet looms and accessories will be increasing on January 1st by about 2-3%. All orders placed with us before January 1, 2024, will receive the current prices.

Jane 16-shaft Table Loom


JST Holiday Days

The JST Studio will be closed starting December 23rd and will open again on January 2, 2024. We will be shipping orders out until December 22 at 10 am PST and all orders placed after this time will be shipped out on January 2, 2024.


From Our Inbox

We were delighted with the perfect timing of Cathy Spatz’s email popping in and telling the story of these beautiful, seasonal towels. Cathy is from Warrington, Pennsylvania and she has taken Jane’s “what if” and created a wonderful selection of towels that will be happy in any kitchen during the holidays. Jane was delighted to see that Cathy took what she learned watching on YouTube and weaving the Tea Towel Time with Jane towels. Read Cathy’s story and see the towels she created below. Jane often says – take a pattern and make it yours – Cathy did exactly that and we were delighted to see the results.
Hello Jane & Crew –

Needing to make a batch of seasonal towels this December, I wondered what would happen if I went through Tea Towel Time with Jane once again, this time using traditional Christmas colors. I am so thrilled with both the process and the results! I re-watched all the Facebook Lives from 2020, and found little bits of inspiration and instruction I’d missed the first time around. I did condense the width to 442 ends so it fit my 22″ reed, and I alternated three colors rather than two in the stripes. Knowing I couldn’t rely on color interplay with the restricted palette of black, natural, red and green, and wanting to avoid three-shuttle designs, I played with twill variations. I thought the Pinwheels were seasonally festive, found Herringbone & Rosepath both fun and effective, and may have incorporated more Basketweave if I’d had more than 10 yards on the loom.

Thank you for opening up the world of weaving in my little corner of Pennsylvania. I have been a member of the School of Weaving on and off since 2018, I think. Sometimes, like now, I need a pause in membership to explore and play with what I’ve learned so far. This past summer I was stuck on huck – just loved it and probably could have stayed with it for the rest of the year. These latest towels have reawoken my love of twill, and now that I have an 8-shaft loom, I have even more ways to play, so I think I’ll be on twill through the winter, at least. I’m looking forward to re-joining the school sometime next year.

Cathy Spatz

Pin Wheel!

Turned Twill!

Pinwheel and plain weave 🙂

Herringbone!


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December 12, 2023 newsletter

Gifts For Your Weaving Buddy

Are you lucky enough to have a special weaving buddy in your life? It’s hard to thank someone as special as that or to really know what they are wishing for this Christmas. We’ve got some ideas for you……..


Gift Certificate

Every weaver loves gift certificates which gives them a chance to choose something special that they have wished for. Half the fun is in looking through all the possibilities in the JST Shop. Could it be a new shuttle or a beautiful skein of JST hand dyed silk? A gift certificate gives your weaving friend a chance to choose something that they have been dreaming about.


School of Weaving Subscription

Get your weaving buddy excited with a School of Weaving subscription – the gift of learning is one of the best gifts anyone can receive. They will have access to all past and upcoming lessons during their monthly or yearly membership. No need to worry about missing out on anything – we’ve got them covered with your gift of a subscription!


JST Stationery in Stock!

Get ready to spread joy with our new greeting card packs! You – or your weaving friend – can have a variety of designs waiting for just the right occasion. Stock up and share individual cards with friends and family that say a lot about your passion for weaving 😉 Each pack comes with 10 blank cards and 10 envelopes. Choose one of our three packs, Out in the Wild Card set, On the Loom set and/or In the Studio set.

Out in the Wild

On the Loom

In the Studio


Louet Loom Price Increase starts soon!

Prices on Louet looms and accessories will be increasing on January 1st by about 2-3%. All orders placed with us before January 1, 2024, will receive the current prices. All David and Spring looms are in stock and ready to ship. Once ordered the looms generally take 5 days to reach our customers!

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December 7, 2023 newsletter

New Colours in Organic Cotton Cloud

We have had so many requests for more colours in our beautiful Organic Cotton Cloud yarn, that we decided to add some “hot” colours to the line. These three colours were inspired by three of our top-selling silk colours, Ariel’s Voice, Buddha Berry and Lime Light.

Our Organic Cotton Cloud is 100% Organic Cotton, available in 1 lb cones (1,200 yds/lb) and we recommend a sett of 8 EPI for plain weave.

This super soft yarn weaves up into wonderful, snuggly baby and/or adult blankets! It washes up easily which is important to a well-loved baby blanket.😉 

Peacock

Magenta

Lime


JST Greeting Cards

Looking for a stocking stuffer for a weaving friend? We have 3 different theme packs of greeting cards. They are selling for C$16.99 for a pack of 10 cards. And, if that’s the only thing you are buying – then you have the option to have them mailed to you for $5CAD within Canada or $5USD mailed to the US.

Out in the Wild

On the Loom

In the Studio


E-Gift Cards

Gift certificates are the perfect gift choice which gives the weavers in your world a way to plan a project and choose the yarn they want to use to create their own unique “kit”. We have a selection of patterns available for purchase which could be the starting point of their next project 😉 Or – if you are the only weaver in your family circle – you could drop hints, print out this newsletter and accidentally leave it lying on the coffee table, or plant the idea with a family member who might share that information with others 😉 If you are hoping for the gift of a month or a year for the School of Weaving – these gift options can be purchased on the same page.

Vintage gift box on wooden background

From Our Inbox

Hanneke van Gorcum from the Netherlands has created these fabulous pillows using Overshot with colour and weave – Season 7 episode 5. We were blown away by what she created and had to share her photo of her 3 pillows with you.


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