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June 18, 2024 newsletter

From Our Dye Studio

New Limited Edition Silks

Sharon – our silk dyer, has been having fun playing with the colours of her rainbow to see what she can create using our 20/2 Bombyx Silk! Aren’t the colours below wonderful? And…they are available for you to buy! However, these are limited editions…when they’re gone – they’re gone……

Grab a colour, or two…and see what magic you can create.

Prussian Blue

Blackberry

Copper

Lichen

Shitake

Curry


Summer Colour Towels

With summer just around the corner – how about weaving some summer colours into tea towels for your kitchen and/or as gifts? We love having a stash to choose from when we have time in the sun to spend with family or friends. Have a few ready and waiting to give as a hostess/host gift when you finally have the time to visit those special people in your life.

Spring at the Cabin Tea Towel Kit

These towels have been designed by JST Dream Team member, Gail Maier and are simple to weave on a warp that gives you 8 towels to “play” with!

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

Weave structure: Log Cabin
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 8 Tea towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 23⅓ “


African Violet Bouclé Towel Kit

These towels are quick and fun to weave. Cotton Bouclé is wonderfully absorbent and a great kit for the beginning weaver.

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

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 6 or 8 dent
Weaving width: 22″


Beach Umbrella Tea Towel Kit

Beach Umbrella towels are perfect for your next picnic. Not only can they wrap your food, but they also serve as excellent mats for your picnic setup.

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 7 Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
EPI: 18
Weaving width: 24.25″
Finished Dimensions: 21″ X 27-30″ long


Tuscan Twill Tea Towel Kit

These towels were designed by Susan Brown, Jane’s first (and longest) employee, and the samples were woven by Sharon…who also doubles as JST’s silk dyer.

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″


Popsicle Bouclé Towel Kit

We’ve restocked our shelves with a few more Popsicle Bouclé Towel Kits! Grab them while they’re here, as these are becoming a popular set of towels for this summer!

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

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 6 or 8 dent
Weaving width: 22″


Pretty Pansies Cotton Towels

One of our favourite kits is the Huck Towel kit, originally designed by Arlene Kohut. In 2021, Elizabeth was assigned the task of adding more huck & colour sequences to the pattern and Pretty Pansies was created!

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

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 25 ½”


All Louet looms are in stock and ready to ship. From now until the end of the year receive a FREE BENCH with the purchase of a Louet floor loom! Shipping on looms is free in North America. To our friends in the USA, no duties/import fees apply and you can pay for your loom in US dollars.


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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April 23, 2024 newsletter

New Limited JST Silk Colours

Sharon has been playing with ideas for new silk colours in our Dye Studio. Aren’t her latest test colours fabulous? There are several of each of these limited edition colours available in 20/2 silk … but, once they’re gone … they’re gone!


Weave a Mother’s Day Scarf

for a very special woman in your file

Do you have a special woman in your life – mother/aunt/friend – someone who has been there for you when you needed her? Why not weave her a scarf for Mother’s Day that will be like a warm hug she can wear in recognition of her special place in your life? The Sweetheart Bronson Lace Scarf, with its lace hearts, will always remind her.

We can make this kit in any silk colour you like! Simply, put the Sweetheart Bronson Lace Scarf kit into your cart, on the checkout screen in the “notes” section let us know what colour of 20/2 Bombyx silk you would like us to make the kit in.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: 8 Shaft Bronson Lace
Material: 20/2 Bombyx Silk & 8/2 cotton
Pattern yields: 2 scarves

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 8
Reed: 8 dent
Weaving width:18″
Finished Dimensions: 16″ X 63″ long (plus fringe)


A Few more Favourite Scarf Kits

Ganges Sunrise Scarf

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 1/3, 3/1 Twill Weave
Material: 30/2 Bombyx Silk & 40/2 Linen
Pattern yields: 2 scarves

Loom requirement: 4 shafts, reed: 12 dent


Huck Colour & Weave Dusty Roses Scarf

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Huck Lace with Colour & Weave
Material: 18/2 Zephyr 50% wool 50% silk
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 10 dent
Weaving width: 12.33″
Finished Dimensions: 10″ X 67″ (plus fringe)


From Our Recipe Files

Rosemary, an amazing chef and baker, has helped keep Salt Spring Island tummies happy for years. Jane’s in-studio students (before the School of Weaving was launched) were fed like royalty during their stay on SSI. One of the many ways that Jane showed her friend how much she appreciated her was by creating a beautifully framed Name Draft. Head to video 6.5.2 – The Process of Name Drafting to see and hear Jane talk about Rosemany and the gift she made for her.

The recipe below is one that Rosemary created and shared with Jane. Anyone who grows rhubarb knows that when it grows in abundance in your garden – you are looking for different ways to use it. We originally shared this recipe in a newsletter on April 12, 2016, and thought it was time to share it again 😉

Rosemary’s  Rhubarb Muffins

One of the first things that burst forth in the spring is the old-fashioned staple … Rhubarb. It’s at home in many homestead gardens as it is in our kitchens. Rosemary has given us her delicious recipe for Rhubarb Muffins. Enjoy!

2.5 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups chopped rhubarb
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Topping (set aside)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare your muffin tins.

Mix all the wet ingredients, including the sugar together in a bowl. Next, mix the dry ingredients together so they are well distributed. Incorporate the wet ingredients.

Add chopped rhubarb to the mixture. In a separate bowl, mix your melted butter and sugar for the topping. Add batter to your tins, sprinkle with topping and bake for about 20 minutes. Then, grab your butter, sit back, and enjoy!


All Louet looms are in stock and ready to ship. From now until the end of the year receive a FREE BENCH with the purchase of a Louet floor loom! Shipping on looms is free in North America. To our friends in the USA, no duties/import fees apply and you can pay for your loom in US dollars.


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.