Double Weave on the Schacht Flip Loom

You can weave double weave on a rigid heddle loom—and it’s especially convenient to weave on our Flip loom because of its two heddle capabilities. To begin, warp your loom as for two heddles (check out our Schacht Winter 2007 on-line newsletter for the details) with this special instruction. Warp two colors together, thread color […]

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A Plaited Basket and some Encouragement

You can use just about any pliable material to weave baskets. Here, I’ve folded strips of funny papers for a colorful low-cost, recycled-materials vessel. This basket appears in my book Time to Weave where I’ve given instructions on how to weave plaited baskets. As creators, I think we sometimes get stymied by fear: we’re not […]

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Flip Rigid Heddle Loom: Take it with You

Last week I drove a friend to Denver for chemo. I also had a project deadline. What to do? I took my weaving with me and wove while I waited. Even though I’ve been rigid heddle weaving for years, I’d never actually taken my Flip loom with me. So as not to be intrusive in […]

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Linda Hendrickson

On Friday we had the honor of a visit from Linda Hendrickson, in town just prior to your program and workshops she’s giving for the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild in Denver. Linda’s specialties are split-ply twining and tablet weaving (which some of us call card weaving). It was great fun to be with Linda—her enthusiasm […]

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Spinning and Weaving Week 2008

  Every year about this time I encourage my fellow weavers and spinners to hit the bricks. Strut their stuff. Reach out. Celebrate spinning and weaving week. Why? Because it is the sharing of our craft, it is teaching others the craft that spinning and weaving move forward, continue, helps others find their heart’s desire. […]

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Writers Wanted

I hereby kindly and respectfully request that you work at getting published. We are in a terrible weaving book drought and we need books (but also magazine articles, too). We need project books that inspire. A book might be focused on a technique, for example, but be illustrated with projects. Think of a book on […]

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The Tipping Point

My second weaving, woven at the home ec school in Iceland where I first saw a loom and knew weaving was something I must do. You could say it changed my life. “In sociology, a tipping point or angle of repose is the event of a previously rare phenomenon becoming rapidly and dramatically more common. […]

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Selvedges

Rule of thumb: the narrower the fabric, the straighter the selvedges need to be. This was something I was thinking about this morning as I wove a scarf that will be featured in Berroco’s Knitbits e-newsletter next month. What I noticed as my hands passed the shuttle back and forth was that even when I […]

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Convergence Report, Part 2: S’more Stash

Oh hooey, so what if I have 35 plus years of stash in my closet. And so what if I’ve solemnly sworn not to get sucked in by yet another pretty yarn without a plan for it. But doing what I say and doing what I do is definitely not the same thing when I’m […]

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Convergence Report: It’s About the People.

People: the best part of being at Convergence in Tampa. I loved seeing old friends, meeting new people, and talking to Schacht dealers. Mostly, though, I relished the familiarity of gathered fellow weaving enthusiasts who are my community-at-large. I feel at home with and invigorated by this group that is involved, passionate, creative, generous. Here’s […]

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Off to Tampa

I’m off to Tampa for Convergence, hosted by the Tropical Weavers Guild under the umbrella of the Handweavers Guild of America (HGA). Schacht will have a booth in the commercials and I hope that if you are in attendance you will stop by and say “hi”. We’ll be kicking off Schacht’s 40th anniversary, so come […]

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TNNA Report—It’s All Good

Just back and recovering from a fabulous TNNA show. I’m not just making it up when I say that there was actually a “weaving buzz”! My “Weave Now Class-how to introduce weaving to your shop” was sold out and I had enthusiastic students in my rigid heddle weaving all-day workshop. Melissa (sales and marketing), Stephanie […]

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Sewing My Dibby Dabs Skirt

Good thing for friends. Thank God for friends who sew (thanks MK). Except for the occasional napkin hemming and pants shortening, I’m PJHHE (pre-junior high home ec) when it comes to sewing. This little handicap, however, didn’t stop me from going along with my staff’s idea to weave and sew skirts to wear to our […]

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Sneak Preview—The Cricket Student Loom

  I’ve been playing around with crickets. Not the insect, but our new Schacht Cricket Student Loom. We’ve designed this nifty, compact little loom for the school market, but I think any weaver who wants a compact loom to take along will love weaving on this honey of a loom. I even wove (always pushing […]

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Colorado Weavers Day 2008, Part 2

  Highlights: The pre-conference dinner the night before, followed by a group discussion about common guild issues and concerns. The idea of a Federation of Colorado Guilds was proposed and will be explored. Of particular note was Judi Arndt’s presentation of her textile collection and the work she is doing with Colorado State University to […]

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Colorado Weavers Day 2008, Part 1

I just returned from Pueblo, Colorado where I attended Colorado Weavers Day (CWD) with a few of my fellow Handweavers Guild of Boulder friends. Held every other year, CWD aims to bring together weavers from across the state for a day of lectures, exhibits, and getting to know each other. Colorado Springs As it turned […]

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Inkle Weaving Video

Today marked a technology evolution for us at Schacht. We published our first how-to video: Weaving on the Inkle Loom. It is a short, 10-minute no frills how-to lesson on warping and weaving on our Schacht Inkle Loom with instructions for weaving a band. You’ll also find the complete instructions for this band in our […]

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Truths and a Lesson

After 30 some years of weaving you think I’d know better. This is what I DO know. Your mother was right, “Haste makes waste”. Shortcuts almost always get you in trouble. The six ‘P’s (Prior Preparation Prevents Pretty Poor Performance–I’ve often inserted another word here for “pretty”, you can guess what it might be) help […]

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Road Trip to Chadron—the Olde Main Street Inn

When was the last time you stayed at an inn and found a spinning wheel in the bar—and it wasn’t just window dressing? At the Olde Main Street Inn in Chadron, innkeeper Jeanne Goetzinger keeps her wheel right out in front at the ready for a quiet moment when she might sit and spin—although it […]

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Confessions of a Novice Weaver – The Final Week

The final installment from new weaver, Melissa Ludden. Our final project was to weave overshot. Confession #10 My first impression of overshot was that it seemed a bit fuddy duddy. Not very nice, I know, but this is a confession, and confessions are generally a bit controversial by nature. Then Judy showed us a shawl […]

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Road Trip to Chadron—Alliance

Alliance is a railroad town in western Nebraska. It is where my dad grew up, but the reason we go to Alliance is to visit Carhenge—a replica—in cars—to the real Stonehenge. Built by Jim Reinders in 1987 with the help of his family, Carhenge is known as the Car Art Reserve. I call it fun […]

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Road Trip to Chadron–Cabela’s

This is the second year I’ve driven with three friends from my book group to Chadron, Nebraska for the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Conference. It was a wonderful journey and I want to share some of it with you. Even though I’ve lived in Boulder, Colorado (a not too-shabby place to live) a decade longer […]

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Messing Around

Don’t let a little warp at the end of your project go unwoven—there are ideas waiting to happen in those last 12”. I just discovered this—again!—as I was finishing up my “Orange Pillow” project that will be featured in the upcoming weaving issue of Craft: Magazine! I tried a different weft—but offset it with a […]

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Winding Bobbins

I’ve been working on a two-heddle scarf project for the next issue of Weavezine. www.weavezine.com As usual, I’m not as ahead of schedule (e.g. I’m behind) as I’d like to be. But having a deadline is a good thing—and sends me looking for ways to be more efficient. Here are a few of my current […]

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