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May 14, 2024 Newsletter

Buckens & Owls

Rabbit Holes…..are such wonderful places to fall into 🙂

This project came about because I couldn’t climb out of one. In Season 7 of the School of Weaving I created my first episode on M’s & O’s and loved it. After it aired I was sent a wonderful article written by Harriet Tidball in 1957 that provided an alternative method of drafting it. I took that drafting method and added Colour and Weave sequences to it in Seasons 7 and Season 8 and then started weaving it with Huck tie-ups and Bronson Lace treadling styles.

I want to thank Marilynn Cowgill for sending the article, David Schulz for reminding me about the article and Arlene Kohut for driving me into the Huck and Lace lane on the great highway of M’s & O’s and of course Harriet Tidball for her brilliant draft and Margaret Windeknecht who’s C&W studies have kept me going for years.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: M’s & O’s threading variation
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 9 Tea Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 8 dent
EPI: 16
Weaving width: 24.5″
Finished Dimensions: 20″ X 26″


More Towel Kits

The magic that dark/light creates in a woven cloth that never fails to draw us in 😉 And often, a slight splash of bright colour adds a touch of “polish” to the final graphic. We are delighted to add Buckens & Owls to our dark/light tea towel family of Oslo, Rustic Elegance, Alfresco and Garibaldi Flats. All these tea towels are happy being put to work in any kitchen, no matter what colours they’ll get to “play” with.

Oslo

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

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Reed: 12 dent
EPI: 18
Weaving width: 24.5″
Finished Dimensions: 21″ X 25-27″


Rustic Elegance in Cotton

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: Huck lace
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 8 towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4
Width in reed: 26.5”
Reed: 12 dent


Alfresco

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: Turned Twill Weave
Material: 8/2 cotton
Each kit makes: 8 Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 8
Reed: 12 dent
Weaving width: 21″
Finished Dimensions: 26″ X 19″


Garibaldi Flats

Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Weave structure: 4 shaft Twill or 8 shaft Turned Twill
Material: 8/2 Cotton
Each kit makes: 8 Tea Towels

Loom requirements:
Shafts: 4 or 8
Reed: 10 dent
Weaving width: 24″


From Our Inbox

Ruth Mueller from Coldstream, BC has sent us photos of her adaption to our Garibaldi Flats pattern. Thank you, Ruth! This pattern gives you lots of room to “play” while creating your design with either the 4-shaft or 8-shaft pattern that comes with the kit.


Here are my tea towels in blues for friends.

Ruth Mueller


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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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School of Weaving

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


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