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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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March 7, 2023 newsletter

JST’s UNIQUE HAND DYED SILKS

Have I told you how much I love weaving with silk? So much so that a number of years ago I partnered with a Salt Spring dyer to create my own line of silk. We had a lot of fun choosing the colours and the names for each silk, giving them a uniquely JST and Salt Spring Island look. For instance – Old Man’s Beard isn’t named after a person I know 😉 but the wonderful lichen that drapes off the trees in the rainforests of our island. Peachy Keen reminds me of the peaches we grow in the summer and Salt Spring Sky is reminiscent of our often grey sky that helps our forest and peaches to grow. Each silk skein holds a memory.


JST’s Hand Dyed Silks

There is a lot to choose from in our JST silks – we dye our colour range over two different types of silk. Bombyx is pure white and gives a clear bright colour when it’s dyed. We also dye on Tussah which is naturally a soft beige (Tussah is produced by tussah silkworms that feed on oak leaves and other leaves that are rich in tannin and create that beautiful soft colour). Using these base yarns gives us two different colour ranges in our silk – the bright dyed on Bombyx and the more muted using Tussah as a base. We dye both lines in 20/2 weight silk – but … if you are looking for something finer – we also have the full range of colours dyed on a 30/2 Bombyx base.

The fun begins when you start mixing these fabulous silks with linen, cotton, or Zephyr as the warp or weft of your next project. The results are wonderful. This week we are featuring some of our kits and giving our silk a chance to shine! Scroll down to check them out …..


Some of our favourite silks kits!

Ganges Sunrise Scarf Kit

On the west coast of BC, we rarely have snow into March but this year we were “gifted” with it 😉 And, we are certainly dreaming about Spring – are you? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to weave a scarf with the colours of spring and summer right now?

It’s a perfect time to weave our Ganges Sunrise Scarf Kits which would be a real treat to warp and weave while we wait for spring to appear. There are 2 versions of this kit – one with 40/2 linen as the warp and 2 30/2 Bombyx silk as the weft and one with an extra 2 skeins of silk for the weft. When Jane was designing and weaving this scarf she wanted to weave more colour into the warp and created the Ganges Sunrise kit that includes 2 more skeins of Bombyx, so your kit would come with more colours to play with as your weft. So – if the idea of weaving for spring appeals to you – you can choose between Ganges Sunrise Scarf Kit (which comes with 2 skeins of 30/2 silk and 2 cones of 40/2 linen for the warp) or Ganges Sunrise Scarf Kit with Additional Silks (which comes with 4 skeins of 30/2 silk and 2 cones of 40/2 linen for the warp). Choose between the two kits from the dropdown option when you order. Just to see how fabulous this scarf can be – scroll down to read From our Inbox below and learn Joan Goddard’s story of the weaving she did for her daughter’s wedding day.

Ganges Sunrise Scarf Kit

Ganges Sunrise Scarf Kit with Additional Silks


Fulford Mist Linen & Silk Scarves

Do you want to weave something with silk but representative of the mists that sometimes cover Salt Spring Island? This beautiful and elegant scarf is woven with linen and silk and is a joy to weave and wear …..


Merino & Silk Scarves – Melting Ice

The name of this scarf gives me hope that Spring is on its way! But, in the meantime, you might be wanting something with a bit of warmth woven into it 😉 This fabulous scarf is a combination of merino and silk. Just imagine how cozy you will feel as you wrap this beautiful scarf around your shoulders. You will also have a second one waiting to be a gift for a very special person.

From our Inbox

Joan Goddard of Boulder, Colorado shares the story of the shawls she wove for her daughter on her wedding day last August. She also wove a shawl that she wove for herself as the Mother of the Bride. Joan designed the bride’s shawl using snowflake twill while her scarf is our Ganges Sunrise Scarf kit. It feels wonderful to know that – in a small way – I was able to add something to that special day in both their lives and the memories wrapped up in both the shawls.

We saved the photo and story so we could share it with you in a “silk” newsletter – and Joan has made our JST silk sparkle!

Jane

Hi Jane and co.,

Here is a photo that was taken of my daughter and me wearing the shawls that I wove for her wedding in Vermont.

Her shawl is a snowflake twill that combines 20/2 bleached tussah silk in the warp and 20/2 “rainy day” bombyx silk in the weft. Elizabeth was very helpful when we were putting together the colors/textures for this shawl.

My shawl was made from the Ganges Sunrise Scarf kit, but I expanded it to 8 shafts, rearranged the warp to put some blue stripes in the green, and designed/wove it in turned twill a la Season 5 Episode 1. I used the original 3 inch stripes in the center of the shawl and thinner stripes at each end.

To see more photos of the bride’s shawl:
https://joanweaving.wordpress.com/2022/05/12/wedding-shawl-for-l/

And to see more photos of my shawl:
https://joanweaving.wordpress.com/2022/01/28/ganges-sunrise-shawl/

I do have to confess that it was so warm that evening that we didn’t really need the shawls, but we put them on for the photo!

Joan Goddard
Boulder CO


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