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5 Last Minute Handmade Gifts to Make

By the time you read this blog post, there will be 36 days left until Christmas. Don’t Panic! Many of us try to get our gifts made early, but it is inevitable, there are always a few that fall through the cracks. Here are five of our favorite quick and easy projects from the Schacht Blog […]

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Three Easy Woven Brooklyn Tweed Projects Perfect for This Fall

  Earlier this year, We e-mailed the team at Brooklyn Tweed to see if they wanted to participate in one of our collaborations for 2016. I was thrilled when I heard that Jared Flood, Founder and Creative Director of Brooklyn Tweed, wanted to see what we could do. Not only were they game for a collaboration, they […]

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Prep for Spinzilla

We are just about 2.5 weeks away from the 4th annual Spinzilla competition. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Spinzilla is a global spinning competition that raises money for NAMP (Needle Arts Mentoring Program) to get various fiber arts kits into the hands of children. We are happy to say we have another full […]

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My Story: Debbie Heilig

Debbie Heilig – The Cricket Loom – A “Gateway” Loom After more than twenty-five years of being in business, ten years of attending college as an adult, and raising a daughter, I found myself seeking a creative outlet for the next stage in my life. Now, four years later, weaving not only calms me after […]

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Flatirons Starting to Ship!

We know that many of you have been waiting for this day to come, and we are nearly there! The new Flatiron Spinning Wheels are starting to ship this week, and we couldn’t be more excited! Not only is the wheel itself unique in its construction and appearance, we have done something new with our […]

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My Story: Julia Sull

Julia Sull – The Beginning is a Thrilling Place to Be! I’m a beginner weaver, drawn to the loom by a love of textiles and an eagerness to always keep learning. After years of working full-time in my local yarn shop, knitting continuously and obsessively, I’ve come to feel fluent with yarn and needles in […]

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Convergence 2016 – Shuttle Races!

This August, Schacht is returning to Convergence in a big way! We hope you’ll stop by to check out our looms, our new Flatiron Spinning Wheel, and chat with Jane, Barry, Michael, Judy and Ben! We will also be collecting stories. We’d love to know how you started weaving, what you love about it, and […]

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My Story: Debbie Drake

Debbie Drake – The Call of the Fiber When I was a young woman, my grandmother taught me to tat and I became proficient and passionate about it over the years. Eventually, I found a wonderful group of friends on-line that shared my passion and learned of their many other fiber-related hobbies, such as bobbin-lace, […]

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My Story: Julia Weaver

Julia Weaver – Healing Trauma Through the Gift of Weaving I began to weave in the midst of a painful coming-of-age experience. Instinct led me to pick up yarn and weave it, under and over, over and under, in a healing rhythm. Later, I would learn that my paternal grandfather was a weaving apprentice and […]

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How to Spin a Textured Gradient Cable Yarn – Classy Squid Fiber Co. Collaboration

When I first approached Amanda from Classy Squid Fiber Company about doing a collaboration with her fiber, I had no idea that we would mesh so well! I immediately resonated with her bright colors, innovative blends, and artistic personality. Amanda’s style could be classified as eclectic and nerdy, but overall there is something in her […]

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Road Trip Weaving

Road trips are in! So, take to the highway with these favorite books for summer learning, weaving and felting. The Schacht Zoom Loom can slip into backpack or carry-on for weaving on the go. Two terrific books: 100 Pin Loom Squares by Florencia Campos Correa. More than just squares, this inspirational title with the Zoom […]

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Three Easy Weaving Projects for the 20″ Flip Loom – Mountain Meadow Wools Collaboration

For this month’s yarn collaboration, we worked with Mountain Meadow Yarns. Their rustic, American grown and milled yarn paired perfectly with the Schacht Flip Loom. All three of the following projects can be made with the 20″ model of Flip. The rise of small looms continues, and you can create stunning woven pieces in very […]

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My Story: Pam Howard

Pam Howard – Resident Weaver and Keeper of Looms In 1967, my mother gave me my first loom, a rigid heddle. A home economics teacher who had learned to weave in school, she instructed me on my small loom. I was only 13 years old and knew then I wanted to be a weaver. I […]

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My Story: Birgit Greer

It’s all my daughter’s fault! I began spinning many years ago when my daughter gave me a fleece from her Future Farmers of America summer project. The fiber was way too short to spin, but I did not know that and loved the way it felt. Soon, I was looking for a spinning wheel. Garage […]

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My Story: Pamela Harwood

Weaving Aboard a Boat I began my textile journey as a knitter. My first project was a scarf for my husband. While I found knitting hats and sweaters to be quick and ever-changing, as I gained proficiency, I realized that I felt bogged down by the sameness of knitting scarves. It wasn’t until I discovered […]

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My Story: Amanda Migoski

Fiber therapy My Ladybug spinning wheel didn’t save my life, but it did help save my sanity. In the fall of 2014, I was about to start my 23rd year of teaching elementary music when I was diagnosed with a rare and serious autoimmune disease. The treatment? Almost two weeks in the hospital and six […]

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The Flatiron Spinning Wheel

The flat-packed Schacht The Flatiron Spinning Wheel rises from a flat-packed box much like Boulder’s iconic Flatirons tilted up from a once horizontal position. Sit down and feel the majesty of this rock-solid wheel. The elegant design of the formed maple, apple-ply body calls upon the same drama that makes the Flatirons so striking. This […]

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My Story: America Smith

“Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, arriba, abajo . . . “ When I took a job teaching English to 400 students whose first language was Spanish, I made a commitment to learn their language in order to communicate with their families. I packed my bags and went in search of the Spanish language, having no idea […]

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My Story: Nancy Stein Nowak

Nancy was one of our grand prize winners for the Personal Stories Contest, and you can see her story in the Spring 2016 issue of Handwoven. We are sure you will see more of her weaving and her writing in the future. Shortly before I retired after a twenty year career as a judge, I […]

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Blue with Copper Accents Pillow – John Mullarkey

Blue with Copper Accents Pillow Designed by John Mullarkey Skill level: Intermediate Number of squares: 55 Size: 18” x 18” Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza worsted weight wool in color, Blue Ridge, 1 8 oz skein. Trendsetter Ambrosia, in Rust, 1 Skein. Notions: 18”x18” pillow form. Optional: 2” strip of Velcro. Weaving: Weave 10 squares with Ambrosia […]

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