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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Rebecca Bluestone

Today I took off a couple of hours from work to go hear Rebecca Bluestone talk on the subject of “Intuition and the Process of Creative Expression”. I was interested in her talk both because I admire her work and because her topic is something that I lecture about too. Rebecca Bluestone is a contemporary […]

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Weaving Goes On-Line

On February 14th Weavezine was launched by Syne Mitchell of Weavecast fame. Weavezine is an on-line weaving magazine and includes projects, book reviews, tips, and techniques. Weaving ergonomics, designing with turned-weft ikat, and three projects with complete instructions are some of what you’ll find in this first issue. Congratulations to Syne for providing the weaving […]

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Record Keeping

You think you will remember. But you won’t. I’ve learned this the hard way. I go back and look at a piece of fabric I just took off the loom and I say out loud to myself, “What WAS it I was doing there?” So this is what I do. I use a cast off […]

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Golden Gate Fiber Institute

Morgaine Wilder of Carolina Homespun and spinning guru Judith MacKenzie McCuin are sponsoring their first summer intensive this coming July 28-August 3, 2008 . What I like about this conference is its small classes, the opportunity to spend time with great teachers to really delve into something you’ve wanted to learn. Over five days, students […]

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Map Basket in “Craft:” Magazine

  In case you haven’t seen “Craft:” magazine, take a look at it your local newsstand. Published by O’Reilly, “Craft:” is a craft magazine with a twist. In it you’ll find fun and often funky projects using traditional techniques as well as stories about crafters. Issue 5 features paper crafts including, folded paper, homemade cards, […]

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TNNA–The Long Beach Report

  I just returned from sunny Long Beach where I taught a beginning rigid heddle weaving class and also a class to shop owners about how to add weaving to their shop inventory. TNNA (The National Needlework Association) is a trade organization that sponsors classes for yarn shops, as well as trade shows for manufacturers […]

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Dye Day

My friend Maggie Casey of our wonderful yarn shop Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins in Boulder gave her employees and a few of us lucky friends a wonderful gift. We each received a machine knitted blank (48 stitches knitted out of Henry’s Attic Kona (a superwash merino wool). She then prepared the shop dye studio for […]

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Happy New Year and Happy Weaving

  Last night I warped and wove my sample scarf for my TNNA (The National Needlework Association) class I’ll be teaching next week in Long Beach. It turned out all right; I learned a few things. I added to my weaving vocabulary—that storehouse of knowledge that increases every time I weave. Weaving discoveries inspire me […]

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