Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Crazy-Beautiful New Spinning Fibres

I think "gobsmacked" is an appropriate word to describe our reaction when a handsewn parcel arrived from India and, when opened, revealed the most stunning spinning fibres we've ever seen. Check these out.



This delicious Red Eri Top (#41-020) is actually difficult to photograph. It fluoresces with vibrance. The colour is a very bright copper colour. Absolutely amazing!



Yellow Bombyx (#41-021). We've known forever that there is a bombyx species that produces yellow cocoons, but this is the first time we've seen that gorgeous, buttery colour in spinning fibre. Almost edible, it's so delectable.




Another stunner. This one, Pedencal Top (#41-022), is the stem part of the tussah cocoon. The colour of this fibre is almost a pewter shade. It's absolutely other-worldly.

In addition to these, we have a new Muga fibre (#41-002), and a white Eri Silk fibre (#41-011). So far we're just checking out these new fibres, so we haven't put them on the website yet. It's in-store shopping only at the Silk Weaving Studio on Granville Island. Let us know what you think! The sooner we know, the sooner it'll be on the Sanjo website!

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Spinning Silk

One of our customers, Brenda Giesbrecht, recently sent us images of spectacular silk yarn she has spun using painted Sanjo Bombyx Silk sliver (10-001). We wanted to share them with you so you might be inspired. If you're not yet a spinner, maybe you should consider becoming one. And if you are a spinner, with practice you could create yarn as fine and beautiful as Brenda's.




This image shows how Brenda teases the fibres apart before she begins drafting.

 Once they're spun, and on bobbins, they can be plied. 

Thanks so much, Brenda, for letting us see your gorgeous yarn!

Stay tuned to this spot. We've just received some new spinning fibres from India which are very wonderful. Read about them here soon!



Sunday, 1 April 2018

Now on Sale!

For a limited time we have our scrumptious Silk/Mohair on sale for 20% off!
http://www.sanjosilk.com/sale-mohair-silk-30-603/
Undyed 50g skeins, website sales only.

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.
https://www.interweave.com/store/the-black-and-white-silk-scarf-kit

 
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!