Secretary of the Arts–Petition now

I just received the notice below from Gregg Johnson urging all art-and-craft-inclined folk to petition online for Secretary of the Arts in the new Obama administration. Even though we are in a difficult financial period when it may seem easier to forgo the arts, it is exactly times like this that they can lift our […]

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Linen Towels

During the Cold War of the 1950’s, while the US was building bombs in preparation for the nuclear holocaust to come, Sweden prepared for the impending disaster by weaving linen towels for use in hospitals—thousands and thousands of them. In the past 50 some years, they have been stored away in boxes, and only recently […]

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Festive Wine Bag

Festive Wine Bag

Recently I have been glued to the weaving groups on ravelry.com looking for ideas and inspiration. In particular, I like reading the conversations that take place in the “Warped Weavers” and “Rigid Heddle Looms” groups. These groups are a great source of information on equipment as well as the warping and weaving process. No question […]

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Happy Holidays from all of Us at Schacht

Today we had our holiday luncheon, a great Brazilian feast prepared for us by our friend (and gardener) Jose Ponciano. Afterwards, I made a little Powerpoint presentation to welcome in our 40th year! Yes, Schacht Spindle Company will have been making weaving and spinning tools since 1969! I want to share a couple of things […]

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Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark

Yesterday I received in the mail the newly-published Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark by Vladimir Yarish, Flo Hoppe, and Jim Widess. I congratulate Sterling Publishers as well as the authors for a superbly handsome, wonderfully informative volume that makes a tremendous contribution to the craft community. Included are comprehensive chapters on birch-bark craft history and […]

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Boys Who Weave

I’m so excited about the progress of “my” Mountview Weavers who have only about eight hours of weaving under their belts. The first project they are working on is a bag. They’ll weave two rectangles on the Schacht School Loom which will be sewn together for the bag. They’ll then sew on a handle made […]

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Oaxaca Trip Report: Part 1

Here’s my long awaited Oaxaca report. I had wanted to make installments while there, but had difficulties in getting my pictures to upload. A Bit of Background The state of Oaxaca is located at the southern Pacific bulge of Mexico. It is made up in large part by mountains, the Sierra Madre de Oaxaca on […]

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Barbara Layne and Studio subTela

Barbara Layne, who use to live in Boulder ages ago and for many years has been on the faculty in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, recently sent me a link to her new website. Barbara has been working for many years on combining LED lights in woven structures, […]

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Stashbuster Clutch

Stashbuster Clutch

When Jane asked me to create a monthly column that would be a dialogue with new weavers, I agreed enthusiastically and without hesitation. You see, I am a new weaver, and who better to understand your frustrations and successes than another new weaver? There are many wonderful and experienced weavers out there, but can they […]

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Oaxaca Reading Matter

Our time here in Oaxaca is coming to a close. I’ll report in later with photos and a report of weavers and weaving we’ve seen while here in the land of weavers. While here I’ve been reading “It’s Easier Than You Think”, by Sylvia Boorstein, which is a good book to read while on vacation. […]

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Twenty Thousand Years Ago

Here in Oaxaca I’ve been reading Women’s Work , by Elizabeth Wayland Barber. In it she talks about the evidence that suggests that women first started weaving some 20,000 years ago during the upper palaeolithic age in the Dordogne river valley in France. The author notes that until the industrial revolution changed the task of […]

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Trip to Oaxaca: Bamboo Fence

  Leaving the familiar for the unfamiliar has a way of heightening your senses and allowing you to see things in new ways. That’s one of the wonderful things about travels, especially if they take you far away from the every day. Yesterday I arrived with my husband Barry and friends to the hills of […]

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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: 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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