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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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November 2nd, 2021 newsletter

Now that Fall is fully with us – you know what’s next…

Can you believe that Christmas is next month? I’ve heard the slight hint of anxiety slip into the voices of several of my fellow weavers, including staff! I know that some of you have friends and relatives that look forward to a new tea towel each Christmas, but you have just been too busy with other weaving projects to plan a warp and get it on the loom. So… we thought we would feature some of our very Christmassy tea towels in this newsletter along with some warm and cuddly scarves that also would make wonderful gifts. Sorry….you still have to wind your warp and get it on your loom – but all the planning has been done for you 😉

Jane

Holly & Berry Tea Towel Kit

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Plain Weave & (Atwater) Bronson Lace
Material: 8/2 organic cottolin
Each kit makes: 4 tea towels

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

Each kit includes:

Weaving instructions (including draft)
2 – 250g cones of cottolin – Natural
1 – 100g cone each of cottolin – Rich Red or Forest Green
(depending on colourway chosen)


Christmas Stripes Tea Towel Kit

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

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 23″

Christmas Stripes kit (makes 7 towels) includes:

Weaving instructions (including draft)

2 250g cones of 8/2 organic cotton- Linen White

1 100g cones of 8/2 organic cotton- Gift Green 1

100g cone of 8/2 organic cotton- Light Stone Grey

1 100g cone of 8/2 organic cotton- Burgundy

1 100g cone of 8/2 organic cotton- Kentucky


Merino and Silk Scarves – Melting Ice

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill Weave
Material: 20/2 Bombyx Silk, 18/2 Merino
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

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

Each kit includes: Weaving instructions (including draft)

1 100g skein of 20/Bombyx Natural

1 100g skein of 20/Bombyx Rainy Day

1 100g cone of 18/2 Merino Shale

1 100g cone of 18/2 Merino Pewter


Merino and Silk Scarves – Chocolate & Vanilla

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill Weave
Material: 20/2 Bombyx Silk, 18/2 Merino
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent

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


Ask Jane

Warp stripes more dominant than the weft stripes in Plain Weave – why? (from the JST Knowledge Base)

I am a member of a weaving study group in Halifax, NS and our members have taken Jane’s Colour and Design workshop. When studying our design samples, we noticed (specifically in the plain weave asymmetrical design) that the warp stripes were more dominant than the weft stripes. Why? Would the same thing happen in a balanced twill? Well, that is a very good question and I’m not entirely, absolutely, perfectly sure about this, but here is my theory: The warp is under more tension than the weft while weaving so when you look up close at how much of each thread is showing we see more warp. The weft does more dippy, divey stuff and gets hidden more. We have come to this conclusion because it happens in balanced twills too. I hope this helps and I’m glad you are studying your samples.

image of Asymmetry sample below: warp direction and weft direction →

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