Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Silk Alpaca Arrives at Sanjo

And what an arrival it is! We've sourced a most beautiful and luxurious 70% Silk 30% Alpaca yarn. Our number for it is 10-222. It's a fine 30/2 yarn, and be prepared to swoon when you feel it. It's super soft, lustrous and truly, truly lovely.

 You may know that alpaca quality is a many-faced thing. There's lovely, soft, luscious alpaca (like the type used in this yarn) and there's alpaca that's rough and coarse and makes you itch when you get near it. And just about everything in between. This silk alpaca blend yarn is made by our reliable, tried-and-true Swiss mill. They only know how to make the best. Making something second-rate isn't in their DNA. They've sourced alpaca that is reliably soft and lovely. You can count on it.

Give it a try. You'll be as addicted as we are.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

New Yarns from Japan!

I'm richly resisting the temptation to put the title in all CAPS. We're so excited about these yarns that capital letters don't come close to capturing it. Diana went on a shopping spree in Japan. She found the most amazing yarns that were created for some of the giants of the fashion world - not be be a name dropper, but does the name Chanel ring a bell?

 Most of the yarns are in very limited supply. For some of them we were able to get a cone or 2,  for others only one small cone. So we're not putting these on the website; by the time we get them uploaded they'd be gone. So unfortunately it's an in-store shopping experience only. Having said that, let us know if you see something in these images that you love and you won't be able to get to the studio. Send us a message from the website. And be sure to check our Facebook page for additional images.

We'll also tell you that we strayed from our dedication to silk on this shopping spree. When something was gobsmackingly beautiful and happened to be cotton or wool, or even synthetic (gasp!) we snapped it up.

So c'mon in to the studio and see the amazing variety of superb yarns. Let your creative beast out of the cage!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Interweave Kit

Sanjo recently partnered with Interweave to create this stunning weaving kit. We provided the yarn, wound into size-specific skeins for this project.

We're thrilled to have our yarn featured in this complex piece, designed by Madelyn van der Hoogt, the Queen of Complex Weaving. The deflected double weave in this design can be woven in 2 different ways for 2 distinctive looks.
Check it out. It's a great way to try something complex, with all the instructions and the right amount of yarn included. No math required!

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Another Black Beauty

Wow! We're really excited to be adding another incredible yarn to our offering of dark, delicious ultra-black (dyed at the mill) Black Yarns. This time it's 10-056, our 50% Silk 50% Merino Wool 12/3 favourite. This is our most popular knitting yarn for warm, soft pieces that have the lustre of silk and the warmth and loft of merino. It also weaves up into thick, warm, lofty and lustrous piece perfect for this time of year. Customers have been clammoring for Black, and we listened!

So now our offering of Black Black includes:
10-007 100% Silk 20/2
10-073 100% Silk 30/2
30-603 Big Halo Mohair
10-056  50% Silk 50% Merino Wool 12/3 
10-205 96% Silk 4% Elastic

Happy knitting and weaving!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Painted Paper

Sometimes we surprise even ourselves with the loveliness of something we create.
Painted paper yarn is one of these things. The yarn is 30-501, a hemp paper 4mm strip yarn. Its country of origin is Japan, and that country perfected the art of making wearable clothing out of paper many centuries ago. Although it looks delicate, and to some degree is, when handled gently it can be immersed in hot water and subject to the rigours of painting with dyes due to the long staples of the fibres used.

Yarns are always beautiful when they're painted, but occasionally a yarn seems to be bigger than the sum of it's parts. 
We're sorry to have to say that these, like all painted yarns, are available only for personal shopping at the Silk Weaving Studio. They're too "limited edition" and variable to represent online. 

Joanne Waters is a Vancouver-based fibre artist. She uses this painted paper yarn to create her magical jewellery.  She generously offered to share images of her work with us. Thanks, Joanne!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

True Black

There's really nothing as beautiful as a bottomlessly deep true black silk yarn. We can't reach that kind of inky depth with our hand-dyeing, so on occasion we get a mill-dyed black that is deep, rich and truly black. We've added two very important yarn to our True Black offering - first, our 10-007  20/2 Spun Silk. 

And second, our luscious  Big Halo Silk Mohair 30-603

These two fabulous new additions give you new options in our True Black range:
- 10-007  20/2 Spun Silk
- 10-073  30/2 Spun Silk
- 30-603  60% Mohair 40% Silk
- 10-205  E-Silk

When you're looking for something truly elegant for your latest creative endeavour, consider these lovelies from Sanjo.

Monday, 3 July 2017

ANWG 2017 - Victoria BC

The yarns are packed up, the booth is disassembled, and we're heading for home. What a great time we had at the conference of The Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds! This year it was held at the University of Victoria, hosted by the Victoria Weavers' Guild. These fabulously organized and good-natured people spoiled us senseless. They helped us unload our cargo (and load it back up at the end of the conference), they brought us drinking water (it was steaming hot the first few days), and they provided us with a means to get the all-important lattes late in the energy-flagging afternoon.

We saw lots of our fibre friends there. We reconnected with old friends we haven't seen for a long time. We made lots of new friends.  And we had a chance to introduce our broad, varied selection of silk to people who didn't know about us. 

We were hopping-busy the entire 3 days. Apparently word is out that silk is the new black for weavers and spinners! Thanks go out to all of you for your support and ❤❤❤. We hope you love working with silk as much as we do!

Thank you, Victoria Weavers' Guild, for the great job you did herding all of us fibre-cats. We know that Prince George Guild is already busy-busy preparing for ANWG 2019. Can't wait!