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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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February 21, 2023 newsletter

“One-Off” Dusty Rose Silk

We have a few ‘Limited Edition’ 30/2 Bombyx silk skeins that are available in lovely Dusty Rose. Dyeing our range of beautiful silks can sometimes give us a delightful surprise. And that is exactly what happened when Dusty Rose came out of the dye pot! It’s a beautiful soft colour that will appeal to lovers of delicate pinks/purples. Get one or two while you can!


Get ready for the next SoW episode!

Head’s up to all subscribers of the School of Weaving …..

Bob Keates, co-creator of Fiberworks PCW, returns this coming Thursday on Season 7 Episode 2 to help us expand our depth of knowledge of this fabulous weaving design software. Using a computer drafting programme makes playing with Colour and Weave ideas easy. Bob also briefly reviews what he covered in Season 4 Episode 2. Then ….. he adds a lot of information about other features this amazing program is capable of ….. linking/unlinking, block substitution, and adding colour sequences.

If you don’t already have Fiberworks on your computer – download a free trial of the software before the next episode airs on Thursday. Then you will be ready to learn how Fiberworks PCW can blow your mind with all its design tools and possibilities.

Download for Windows:  http://www.fiberworks-pcw.com/download.htm
Download for Mac:  http://www.fiberworks-pcw.com/mac.html


Get ready for ANWG!

On the west side of North America we’re getting ready to finally have our post-COVID biannual gathering of weavers, organized by ANWG (Association of Northwest Weavers Guilds). It will be held at the Riverhouse Convention Center and Hotel in Bend, Oregon, June 11-18, 2023. A traditional part of ANWG is to have an exhibit of handwoven items using at least 3 of the colours chosen to represent that particular conference. This year the colours that were chosen are Blue (for Oregon’s water), Green (for their agriculture) Rusty-red (for the rimrock so visible in the State), Gold (for golden fields) and Purple (for their mountains and wine). Even if you aren’t able to attend the conference – you can still have fun weaving a project using ANWG’s colours.

Why not weave your project for this year’s conference exhibit (or a personal project of your own) with the 20/2 silk below – dyed in British Columbia – one of the member areas of ANWG. Unfortunately, we will not be attending ANWG this year – Jane is still very, very busy weaving the balance of the samples for Season 7’s episodes 😉

20/2 Tussah Silk


From Our Inbox

We were thrilled to receive and to be able to share, Linda Brown of Australia’s photos. She took what she learned in the Turned Twill and Colour and Weave episodes and created table mats and tea towels from what she learned in the episodes. Thank you for sharing with us Linda so we were able to share your weaving journey with others!

I have recently watched and woven turned twill and Colour and Weave episodes, and I’m in love with them both. Having never really understood what Colour and Weave meant, I’ve ignored it over the years, but the gamp has so changed my mind. I straight away made some table mats for sister in law, and gifted a couple of the towels from the sample warp . Love love love all the possibilities.

I’m excited to keep on through the classes and all the seasons! Thanks for making it fun Jane and a treat for the senses with all the gorgeous samples you show.  Two pictures, Colour and Weave table mats woven for my sister in law and towels from the Colour and Weave gamp/sample.

Linda Brown, Australia

Colour & Weave Episode

The Colour & Weave episode features the first of three gamps in the Season 2 SoW series. Gamps are great for getting a lot of information out of one warp. Colour & Weave is pure magic. How can all these little sequences of dark and light net us so many remarkable little patterns? The patterns themselves are remarkable but the sequencing is very important, it is the source of so much of the “play” in all of my work.


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 toward your balance, at your convenience.


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December 6, 2022 newsletter

Season 7, yay!

An Overlay of Colour & Weave Sequences and Texture on Units and Block Weave

Hello there my darling kidlets….so many of you have been waiting for this newsletter…so here we go!

As always, 2023 will build on all previous years with special emphasis on the Colour and Weave gamp we did in Season 2 Episode 4. We are going to take those Colour and Weave sequences and overlay them onto units and blocks. You’ll be amazed how you can take a sequence that may have been 5 ends and blow it up to be 20 ends or 40 ends. The motif stays the same, it’s just much bigger. We can also use those end-on-end sequences in so many unit and block weaves to add incredible depth and complexity to these structures. AND….we can add texture to so many of them, thick and thin in both the warp and weft. 

This is all being done on 4 shafts, with the exception of Episode 1 which is more on Turned Twill…I know…how can there be more….well, we’re only getting started. 😉

So far we’ve filmed the first 3 episodes…..Turned Twill, Fiberworks and Monk’s Belt. I can hardly wait to get the hundreds of yards woven for the next 6 episodes, it’ll keep me busy and off the streets. 🤣

I hope you enjoy the Promo…it gives you a lot of detail and some sneak peeks at what’s coming your way.

And, thank you so much for belonging to the School of Weaving….it is your subscription that allows me to keep making these episodes, taking things further and I have the honour to share it all with you. ❤️

Love ya tons,
Jane


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