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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!


Here to help

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