Jane Stafford

Retailer Spotlight: Jane Stafford Textiles

Location: On beautiful Salt Spring Island, situated between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland in the Salish Sea.

Website: janestaffordtextiles.com

Jane Stafford Textiles

Jane Stafford is one of North America’s most highly skilled weaving instructors and the namesake of the Louet Jane loom (yes, really!). She has been weaving most of her adult life, and teaching for many of those years. Since becoming a Louet dealer in 1990, she has worked closely with the company and gave invaluable advice for developing what many call the best table loom on the market.

Jane’s studio on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada is a weaver’s paradise. It’s a place where the joy of the craft comes to life! Since opening, hundreds of weavers have come to the studio to deepen their skills on the loom.

planning weaving in Jane Stafford's studio

The studio is located on an island in the Salish sea, located between Vancouver and the British Columbian mainland. It features spectacular coastal and pastoral scenery and a moderate climate. The local area is known for the hiking, the food producers, the shoreline, the artisans, the quaint country roads, the artists.

Jane Stafford’s studio has all of the Louet looms on display on the floor and boasts tremendous customer service, not only in teaching, but also in product support.

Jane Stafford

Sounds like a dream, right? Are you already checking flight prices?

Alas, a visit to that lovely corner in the world isn’t practical for all of us, which is why Jane offers the Jane Stafford Textiles Online Guild. For $75 per year, online students receive access to all the Online Guild episodes produced to date, plus every episode produced over the coming year as well. It’s an amazing way for weavers across the world to get a flavor of visiting the studio without leaving home!

The last Online Guild episode was on the topic of weaving with mohair, and in addition to the episode, students have access to the Online Guild forums, where they can chat, connect and share.

Jane says her favorite physical product (because, of course, weaving & teaching are her first passions!) is the lovely hand-dyed silk, dyed right on the island. Wouldn’t that make an amazing souvenir?

Whether you are lucky enough to visit in person, or just virtually, weavers of all levels will be inspired by spending some time with Jane!

Address: 142 Richard Flack Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1N4, Canada

Website: janestaffordtextiles.com

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Erica new Louet table loom

Meet Erica, our new table loom!

Meet Erica! We’re super-excited to introduce this compact-yet-might loom to the Louet family!

Erica new Louet table loom

Erica is a 12″ (30cm) table loom that comes standard with 2 harnesses. If you’re comfortable weaving on a rigid heddle, this is the perfect ‘next step’! Rigid heddle (or newbie!) weavers will appreciate the ease of operating a 2-shaft loom, but will also delight in the increased possibilities and ease of operation over a rigid heddle loom.

The Erica comes with 200 heddles and a 40-10 (10 dent) reed. Heddle length for the Erica is 150mm.

Add up to 4 harnesses!

The Erica accommodates up to 4 harnesses (2 are included, additional shafts available for purchase), meaning this sweet little loom has lots of room to handle more complex weaving patterns.

Whether you’re learning to weave, upgrading from a rigid heddle loom, or just looking for a fabulous little package that can work as your travel loom, Erica is for you!

Compact Weaving!

The Erica easily folds so that you can take this loom with you when traveling or store away compactly when not in use (although we’re not sure when you won’t be using this gem!)

Erica loom, folded

Just like the well-loved Jane, Erica folds with your in-progress weaving in place!

Order yours, now!

The Erica is currently shipping out to our retailers… and they’ve been selling like hotcakes, so we don’t have a single one left for our own shop!

To grab your loom, contact your LYS and ask if they have extras available (some shops have waitlists!) or email us and we can direct you to a retailer.

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Moon Spot Cowl by SweaterFreak Knits

Moon Spots KAL

Nothing makes us more excited to find that perfect pairing between pattern + yarn. It’s the recipe for knitting enjoyment and a fantastic finished project!

And when it’s bundled up in a fun Knit-a-long? Hooray!

Moon Spot Cowl by SweaterFreak Knits

Looking for a fun Knit-a-long to take your mind off of holiday stress? Look no further!

Jenny of Sweaterfreak Knits is hosting the Moon Spots KAL, the perfect project for this time of year! You choose: cowl, mitts or hat… each one features fabulous textures (including that sweet bobble).

The first clue for the KAL will be posted on December 8th, with the final clue on December 18th, so you’ll have it all wrapped up before Christmas. That means these could be knitted for presents (if you’re the generous sort… I’m keeping the cowl for myself!)

The pattern listings are live now (and on sale before the first clue comes out), so head over to grab your place:

And head to the KAL thread to share your progress!

Never knitted a bobble before? No worries! Jenny was kind enough to come by our blog and share a step-by-step bobble knitting tutorial!

All three samples are knit in Louet Gems Worsted, Cloud Grey. Gems has great stitch definition, the cables and bobbles really pop! And… it’s super-soft to wear. Gems is 100% merino that’s ‘prickle-proof’!

Moon Spots fingerless mitts

Sound like fun?


Head on over to the Jenny’s Ravelry Page to purchase, and grab your yarn either on our site or at your favorite local retailer!

 

bobble tutorial knitting

Learn to Knit a Bobble!

I am delighted to introduce you to Jenny, aka SweaterFreak! Jenny’s designs are beautiful and her latest is knit in Louet Gems Worsted… it’s a KAL (that’s a knit-a-long) pattern that launches Monday! It’s a pattern with lots of different textures, which is a perfect pairing for Gems‘s amazing stitch definition!

Sweater Freak Knits KAL Moon Spots

Jenny was kind enough to come by and give us a detailed tutorial on how to knit one of the beautiful stitches in her new pattern, the bobble stitch.

To grab this great pattern, head to Jenny’s Ravelry Page and look for Moon Spots!

Here’s Jenny!

Bobbles are everywhere these days and they are surprisingly easy to add anywhere you need that extra punch. They look equally gorgeous in accessories and garments and add a bit of dimension (no pun intended!)

There are many ways to work bobbles and we are going to talk about two versions I used in my latest patterns. Both versions are worked on one stitch only.

Bobble tutorial knitting

Step 1: You are at the point where you’d like to work your bobble.

bobble tutorial knitting

Step 2: Knit into the front of the next stitch on the left needle; do not take the resulting 2 stitch off the needle.

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 3: Knit into the back of the same stitch; do not take them off yet!

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 4: Then knit into the front of the same stitch again. Steps 2 – 4 are called kfbf increase – it’s a double increase that produces three stitches out of one. Move the resulting three stitches to the right needle.

Below is what you should have at this point:

knitting bobble tutorial

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 5: Turn your work. And purl three stitches.

Here is what it looks like:

knitting bobble tutorial

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 6: Turn your work and knit three stitches.

knitting bobble tutorial

Step 7: In this step you are going to go from three stitches back to one – slip the second stitch on the right needle over the first stitch twice to get back down to one.

Now you have got a bobble!

knitting bobble tutorial

A minor variation on this method can be used to create a subtler version of the bobble. After turning your work in Steps 5 and 6, simple slip the first stitch purlwise without working it, then work the remaining two stitches (either purl or knit them depending on whether you are working the right or wrong side).

See how much smaller the bobble on the left is?

knitting bobble tutorial

This is just one way to create a multi-dimensional effect in your knitting. There are many ways to create bobbles – try them all and enjoy!

Thanks so much Jenny! Browse Jenny’s beautiful patterns with bobbles here and grab yourself some lovely yarn in your fave color!

Walk in the Woods

Can I tell you about my perfect type of knitting? It’s a pattern that has some interest to it and I learn something new… but it’s not so complicated that if someone calls my name, I completely lose track of where I am and I need to rip back 2 rows.

I mean, I dream of knitting a Shetland Lace shawl. They’re gorgeous! It’s just that, like most of you, I squeeze my knitting into a busy life. And I’ve gotta just be practical about my projects.

I’m in love with Walk in the Woods by Lisa Hannes of Maliha Designs. Isn’t it gorgeous?

The complicated-looking colorwork pattern is created by slip stitches, so that you’re only knitting with one color per row. And on the purl rows, you’re copying what you did on the right side. It’s like a little mini-vacation every other row. Love it.

The pattern is written as well as charted, which is awesome. Can I tell you what I did with my pattern? I printed out the chart (it’s 1 double-sided page) on paper, and took it to a copy shop and had it laminated (it was about 2 bucks). That way, I can throw it in my bag and easily use a sticky note to remind me what row I’m on. Because, you know… life.

Check out my progress! I started a week ago, and I’ve become obsessed.

I’m knitting mine in Louet Gems Worsted in Aqua and Pewter.
But so many color combinations would be awesome… like Marine Blue and Gold. Or Eggplant and Champagne. Oooh.

Head on over to the Ravelry listing of Walk in the Woods to purchase, and grab your yarn either on our site or at your favorite local retailer!

LoftyFiber Studio in New Hampshire

Retailer Spotlight: LoftyFiber

Location: Rochester, New Hampshire not far from the Massachusetts and Maine borders.

Website: www.loftyfiber.com

LoftyFiber Studio in New Hampshire

LoftyFiber began in 2015, and is a large and well equipped weaving studio. Situated in a comfortable home, the studio has plenty of classroom space as well as yarn, supplies and equipment for sale.

LoftyFiber Studio in New Hampshire

Looking to take a road trip to New England? The studio is 20 minutes from Portsmouth NH, a very popular tourist destination near the coast.  LoftyFiber is also right off the major highway that leads to the Lakes Region and beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire.

LoftyFiber Studio in New Hampshire

In addition to hosting classes and having local weavers and knitters stop by, LoftyFiber also has an online store at www.loftyfiber.com which offers personalized service and fast shipping.

LoftyFiber Studio in New Hampshire

And in case you thought LoftyFibers was just a studio, shop and classroom (which is amazing enough!), they’re also innovators! As the developers of TempoTreadle, a computing device that attaches to non-dobby floor and table looms, LoftyFibers is making weaving even more accessible and pleasurable. Dawne of LoftyFibers says, “we’re devoted to helping weavers achieve excellence in their weaving, while relaxing and enjoying the process. Our motto is “Inspired Craftsmanship”.   We feel this refrain echoes through everything that we and our customers do.   It’s so inspiring to see what people create with the products we sell!”

The Tempo Treadle attaches to many Louet Looms, including the David, Jane and Spring. Dawne says, “Speaking of craftsmanship, Louet quality is unsurpassed.  Louet products are a natural fit for the fiber artist who is serious about their craft.”

LoftyFiber Studio in New Hampshire

When asked to reflect on the role of technology in weaving, Dawne says, “Many weavers are interested in entering and designing weaving drafts by computer.   We enjoy helping them obtain the skills they need.  Whether it’s basic computer skills or learning the intricacies of weaving design software, we tailor learning programs to the individual.”

LoftyFiber Studio in New Hampshire

“I do feel that weaving is becoming increasingly popular.  Whether it’s the ease of designing by computer and the options to make it simpler to weave those designs using TempoTreadle or looms such as Louet’s Megado, it’s an exciting time to create unique fabrics that would have been too complex to imagine in the past. ”

LoftyFiber Studio in New Hampshire

Address: 16 Pierce Drive, Rochester, NH 03867

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/loftyfiber 

Website: www.loftyfiber.com

 

This blog post is sponsored content, featuring a shop that retails our products. Opinions and text are our own.

Yarn Barn of Kansas

Retailer Spotlight: Yarn Barn of Kansas

Location: Downtown Lawrence, KS

Website: http://www.yarnbarn-ks.com/

Yarn Barn of Kansas

The Yarn Barn of Kansas downtown shopping area of Lawrence, Kansas. Massachusetts Street is an old-fashioned shopping street, with lots of locally-owned stores and restaurants… visitors to the shop can easily send their tag-along family members to the science store, toy store, British-goods store, European market, or one of several clothing stores (and that is just on the same block!)

Lawrence is a beautiful college town that’s home to the University of Kansas, a mecca for basketball fans. Just slightly farther afield from the shop, James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball” are on display. There are art and natural history museums on the campus as well as a local history museum downtown. It’s easy to find many excuses to visit Lawrence!

Yarn Barn of Kansas

But I know why you’re reading… it’s to hear about the shop and their yarn and spinning/weaving supplies, right?

The Yarn Barn has been open for 46 years (with the same owner!) and is well-known as one of the country’s best stocked yarn and fiber equipment shops. The photos only hint at the abundance of yummy products in the shop!

Yarn Barn of Kansas

But when asked about the driving force of the shop, owner Susan Bateman points to her shop’s focus on customer service. “We believe that the best thing we can do for customers is to give them the skills and knowledge they need to complete a project successfully. When they are investing money in yarn and time in knitting or weaving something, they deserve to have a good result.” Helpful staff are available to guide customers through the abundance of yarn choices.

The service doesn’t stop there. Susan says, “In addition to the many classes we teach in knitting, weaving, spinning, and crochet, we help customers daily with their projects: correcting mistakes, explaining techniques, and interpreting patterns. We also love getting people off on the right foot when they are planning a new project.”

Yarn Barn Louet S17 spinning wheel

Although the shop draws customers every day from the general northeastern Kansas area, including Kansas City and Topeka, the community isn’t just local. Susan is proud to point out that a number of “weavers and spinners come from surrounding states to our classes, and we have mail order customers who have been with us for 25 years or more. They keep us posted by phone and e-mail on their lives and projects. In the summertime, we are often a destination for these long-distance customers, who stop in on their travels across the country.”

Kansas is in the heart of America (literally. The exact center of the US is located near Lebanon, KS!), and having done drives through Kansas myself, I can attest that the Yarn Barn and the town of Lawrence are a treat worth planning your road trips through!

Yarn Barn of Kansas

Even though the shop has been open for nearly 5 decades, you’d be wrong to think it’s a shop that’s just standing still. Yarn Barn is constantly looking for new trends to help it’s customers connect with projects they love. Susan tells us her customers are going crazy for the “American raised and spun Brooklyn Tweed yarns! The yarns are beautiful and the patterns are incredibly well written.” Unique fibers are striking a cord with customers in the shop. “We carry Tencel from two different companies and are constantly finding uses for its luminous colors, beautiful sheen, and great drape having many of the qualities of silk but at a fraction of the cost!”

Susan also notes that small floor looms, like the Jane, are steady sellers, especially as tapestries are very hot right now!

If you’re anywhere nearby, I recommend putting Yarn Barn on your list of detours well-worth it! Get help selecting the perfect project (or new fiber hobby!) from their friendly staff!

This blog post is sponsored content, featuring a shop that retails our products. Opinions and text are our own.

Louet Gems Fall 2017 Skeins

Fall Yarn Trend: Jewel Tones

Now that we’re in October, it’s definitely fall. The leaves are turning and crunching and apples are abundant. (by the way, I’ll be making this Apple Crisp Recipe, the secret ingredient being boiled cider which is supposed to make it super-especially-apple-y. Yum.)
And in shops, the fall-wardrobe is in full swing. Have you noticed lots of rich cranberry, hunter green and delicious mustard colors? It’s the season of jewel tones!
Fall Yarn Trend: Jewel Tones
Our new Fall 2017 colors of Louet Gems captures this luscious palette of colors!
Look for these new fall colors to be hitting shops, soon!
I’m planning to cast on for Hatcher in our new Gold…. the great stitch definition of Gems means that cables knit up fabulously!
These rich colors add to our Gems (100% merino wool) yarn line some of the the gorgeous jewel tones that were already available in Cottolin (our 60% cotton/40% linen weaving yarn)!
I’ve also been thinking of a woven piece combining Deep Plum, Dark Purple, Autumn Red and Rich Red combo… yummy!
What are the colors you’re feeling inspired by this season?
The Woolery in Frankfort KY

Retailer Spotlight: The Woolery in Frankfort, KY

Location: Historic Downtown Frankfort, KY

Website: https://woolery.com/

The Woolery in Frankfort KY

The Woolery is carries an outstanding array of everything fiber: we carry a wide range of spinning, weaving, and rug hooking tools, accessories, supplies, and parts. From floor looms to rigid heddle looms, your dream spinning wheel and wool processing tools like drum carders, hand cards and combs- they’ve got it all!

The Woolery Spinning Wheels

Though their stock is amazing, The Woolery prides itself most on its customer service. Of their stated goals, The Woolery says, “We strive to handle every order and issue personally, quickly, and with the lowest possible cost to the buyer.” The shop’s YouTube channel is well-known for detailed and carefully-explained tool comparisons. And there’s no shortage of ways to reach the shop: phone, email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the website even has a live chat feature! Of course, you can also stop by the store in person to ask a question.

The Woolery weaving yarns

The shop began in 1981 when Marianne Horchler decided to offer retail wool, basic supplies, and spinning lessons at the family farm in Genoa, NY.  In 1995, The Woolery became one of the first fiber arts suppliers with a website. After selling the farm, Tim and Marianne moved the business to Murfreesboro, North Carolina in 2001. Chris & Nancy Miller bought the business in 2009 and moved it to historic Downtown Frankfort, Kentucky where they expanded locations twice.  In 2015, current owners Wave & Perri McFarland purchased The Woolery, upgraded and expanded retail space yet again, improved the online experience, and expanded the classroom accommodations!

The Woolery Weaving Shuttles

A visit to the shop and the surrounding Downtown Frankfurt, Kentucky makes for a delightful day. So many amazing historical places are right next door; the Old Statehouse, the Kentucky Military History Museum, the Capital City Museum, and the Old Governor’s Mansion. The downtown area features cute shops and restaurants. There are even free Kentucky River Boat tours along the Kentucky River that give a great view of Frankfort! Plus, it never hurts to be so close to Buffalo Trace Distillery, bourbon and Kentucky are two peas in a pod!

Louet David Floor Loom

The Woolery carries many Louet Weaving Looms and Spinning Wheels, but I asked them to tell us about some of their favorite non-equipment items right now. There are so many… they couldn’t pick just one! “Our new Merino/Silk Top has stolen our hearts. It’s a blend of extra fine 19 micron Merino Wool and Tussah Silk. Most Merino/Silk blend are a 80/20 blend but ours is 70/30, so it’s extra soft and fabulous. Colors wise, it has 25 beautiful solids and 15 very special marble striped blends. For the weavers out there, we love our Bluegrass Mills 6/2 Cotton Yarn. We love that it is 100% USA cotton, spun and dyed right here in the states. It’s super versatile for weaving wonderful items for the kitchen, home, or clothing.”

Yum!

The Woolery

If you’re looking for a little slice of fiber happiness, here’s the place!

 

Address: 859 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601

Website: https://woolery.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWoolery/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thewooleryshop/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheWoolery

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheWooleryTeam

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/thewoolery/

Blog: https://thewooleryguy.wordpress.com/author/thewooleryguy/

 

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Kollage Square Needles of the Month Club

Announcing the 2018 Needle of the Month Clubs!

Our 2017 Kollage Square Needle of the Month Club has been so popular that we’re introducing 3 clubs for 2018! Hooray!
All of our Kollage Square Needle (or Hook) of the Month Clubs gives you a uniquely-colored and custom-etched needle (or hook) monthly! How cool is that?!?
Here’s a video overview of the club options:

And here’s what’s included in each of the clubs in read-able format. Click through the link for each club to get the full details!

Interchangeable Needle of the Month Club

In the Interchangeable Needle of the Month Club, you’ll receive a pair of short interchangeable tips AND a pair of long interchangeable tips every month, as well as a storage case, 4 soft cables (in various lengths), 4 long cables, the interchangeable tool and ends in the year.

Double Point Needles of the Month Club

In the Double Point Needle of the Month Club, you’ll receive 14 sizes of double point needle sets (one per month with 2 ‘bonus’ double months) as well as a Della Q storage case! You choose 5″, 6″ or 7″.

Crochet Hook of the Month Club

In the Crochet Hook of the Month Club, you’ll you’ll receive 14 sizes of crochet hooks (one per month with 2 ‘bonus’ double months) as well as a Della Q storage case! You choose the pointed or rounded tip!
 
Which one will you choose? These sets are a perfect gift for yourself or a crafty friend. A limited number are available of each type, so order while they’re available! All prices include monthly shipping to the US and Canada.

Upcoming Events

Fall is an exciting time in the fiber world! Here is an (incomplete) list of some fiber festivals happening in the US & Canada. If a vendor has confirmed with us that they’ll be carrying Louet product, we’ve listed them!

For the most complete list of fiber events we know of, check out the Knitter’s Review List of Events!