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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.

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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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October 17, 2023 newsletter

Scarf Season is here!

Do you need an excuse to pamper yourself with a nice, cozy scarf? Well, how about…now that Fall has arrived, I need a tad of warmth around my neck. Or…I’ve always wanted to weave a scarf in Zephyr (wool/silk blend). Or…this pattern weaves 2 so I’ll have one left over to give as a gift 😉 Fill in the blank ______ and make up your justification 😉

Linda’s Scarves Kits

An all-time favourite kit at JST is Linda’s Turned Twill scarf. Linda fell in love with a scarf she had seen at Jane’s Studio. Soooo – she mentally noted the basics and went home to design her own take on it. Linda’s scarf is available in either a 4-shaft or 8-shaft kit.

Linda’s Scarf Kit using 4 shafts

Project Specs

Level of Difficulty: Beginner
Weave structure: 2/2 Twill for 4 shafts
Material: Bambu 12 in Black & Sweet Corn
& Zephyr 50% silk/50% wool in Ebony and Pewter
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

Loom requirements:
4-shafts, 8 or 12 dent reed, weaving width: 9 ¼

Linda’s Scarf Kit using 8 shafts

Project Specs

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: 2 block Turned Twill
Material: Bambu 12 in Black & Sweet Corn
& Zephyr 50% silk/50% wool in Steel and Suede
Each kit makes: 2 Scarves

Loom requirements:
8-shaft, 8-dent reed, weaving width: 9 ¼”

Michelle’s Scarf

Michelle designed this warm, cosy and delightful Turned Twill scarf after taking Jane’s Units, Blocks and Profiles workshop many years ago. This kit has also been a long-time favourite on the JST Online Shop. The colours and yarn Michelle chose to design her scarf will give you an elegant and cozy scarf to wear this winter.

Project Specs

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
Weave structure: 2 Block Turned Twill
Material: Zephyr Wool/Silk Blend in Marine Blue,
Royal and Iris
Each kit makes: 2 scarves
Finished Dimensions: 8.5″ X 65″ plus fringe

Loom requirements:
8 shafts, 8 or 12 dent reed
Weaving width: 10″

Huck Colour and Weave Scarves

Huck is such a pretty and versatile threading. We can move from creating the distinctive Huck “circles” that appear when weft floats alternate with Plain Weave to the full Huck Lace effect by alternating warp and weft floats throughout. Huck always pleases. These beautiful scarves were woven by Barbara Mitchell, one of our Dream Team members. In her words: ‘I dreamt of bringing this traditional weave forward into my wardrobe, in an updated way.’

Huck Lace Colour and Weave kits Winter Sunset and Dusty Roses weave 2 scarves each using our delightful Zephyr yarn.

Winter Sunset

Dusty Roses

Discontinuing Popsicle Bouclé Kit

Our Popsicle Bouclé Towel Kit was a limited edition variation for summer. Summer has now come to a close and we are looking to make room for more cozy scarves on our shelves. Once these kits are gone – they are really gone 😉 Get yours while they are still in stock!

From Our Inbox

It’s always a delight to receive a message from across the Pacific Ocean, so we were thrilled to hear from Karyn David who lives and weaves in a rural area of New Zealand. Kudos to her for learning to weave through the School of Weaving. She is now weaving on her newish Louet David lll. Your email made our day/week Karyn! Scroll down to see what Karyn has been weaving……

Hi Jane and team,

I’ve been a member of the online guild for a few years now. Most of what I know about weaving has come from Jane! This is such a wonderful resource – I live in a rural area of New Zealand with no weavers nearby, so being able to have a teacher in my studio with me whenever I want her is amazing!

When I wanted to “upgrade” my weaving loom from a 4 shaft table loom, I used the information in Jane’s videos to help me select my new loom. I settled on an 8-shaft Louet David III – which I love! There wasn’t one nearby for me to go and try, I simply trusted the information in the videos and placed the order. I’m so glad that I did! I’ve been weaving on it now for just over one year and have no regrets.

I have also enjoyed the weaving classes. I haven’t woven anything from the current season, and I don’t use Jane’s yarns (shipping from Canada to New Zealand makes this unrealistic). But, I have used similar yarns for projects where possible. I’m currently working with various silk yarns – 20/2 mulberry silk, hand-reeled mulberry silk, 60/2 eri silk, 60/2 muga silk and handspun tussah silk and am loving the colours and textures.

Thanks for your help Jane,
Karyn Davis

60/2 eri silk warp (indigo dyed) and predominantly 60/2 eri silk weft; on the left side there is a section of handspun tussah silk (has coffee coloured, elongated diamonds), hand reeled mulberry silk (has white, very square diamonds) and 60/2 muga silk (coffee coloured diamonds).

20/2 mulberry silk warp and weft – scarf

10/2 mercerised cotton warp and weft – huck lace baby blanket – I didn’t realise that the pattern was missing a section at the right hand end until it was hung at an exhibition!!

20/2 mulberry silk warp and weft – 8 shaft Turned Twill scarf

All David and Spring looms are in stock and ready to ship. Once ordered the looms generally take 5 days to reach our customers!

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Weave with Jane Stafford at Ravelry.