Bits of weaving wisdom, tips, and tricks, occasional ranting and raving, as well as Schacht Spindle news and views, by Time to Weave author Jane Patrick.

Friday, April 30, 2010

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Paper Bag and Buttons Vessel #1, 2010

I like to weave paper baskets as a break from loom weaving. I also like to use recycled materials. This one is woven from folded paper bags and embellished with antique buttons. Is is currently on display at the University of Colorado University Memorial Center Art Gallery in Boulder. The show, Fiber Reconnections, opens today. The reception which is open to the public is on Thursday April 8th between 4:30 and 6:30. Sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of Boulder, this exhibit of HGB member work was juried by Betsy Blumenthal and Denise Perreault.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Weaver's Idea Book--moving ahead

The page galleys for The Weaver's Idea Book

It seems a long time since I've "spent time" with The Book. It's been at Interweave being laid out and as it turns out it's going to be a big book--250 pages! Interweave has made a beautiful book. I can't wait to hold the finished product in my hands, some time late summer.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

What They’re Weaving Now

Roman's Scarf

Xavier's Scarf

Desmond's Scarf

Last night my husband Barry and I watched a documentary, “The Little Red Truck” which chronicled a children’s outreach theatre organization, the Missoula Children’s Theatre based in Missoula, Montana. This has nothing to do with weaving, but something one of the founders, Jim Carson, said in the video paralleled what I feel about teaching weaving to the boys at Mountview. That is, it’s not about theatre (or weaving), but about the one kid that gains more confidence in themselves from his/her involvement in the program. This certainly echoes my feelings exactly, as well as the reward I feel as I see them create successful projects, improve their technique, help each other, and treat each other with mutual respect. I suppose it’s not unusual that I feel that I gain as much from them as they do from me. I thought I'd share some of their current projects with you. Aren't they making super progress?

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Plan now: Colorado Weavers Day

It's not too early to start planning to attend Colorado Weaver's Day: May 15, 2010. If you are a fiber enthusiast, you'll love this special day spent with fellow fiberholics.
Colorado Weavers Day is sponsored by the Handweavers Guild of Boulder with special sponsorship of the University of Colorado Natural History Musuem--which makes our conference on campus possible. For details visit:

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Schacht Report: a whole lot of stuff goin’ on

The Flip Trap--a great way to keep your weaving tools organized.

All new models of our Baby Wolf, Mighty Wolf and Wolf Pup looms will have our quick-release back beam feature.

The New Wolf Pup LT sports lamms and treadles.

Dear Readers,
I keep wanting to find the time to communicate how excited we are that the world is starting to embrace weaving. We’re seeing such interest and excitement—and we can’t help but be infused with enthusiasm.

We started the year off at TNNA where we saw more and more interest from knitting shops—especially in the Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom.

Now, back in the office, we are hearing from newbies just wanting to start off, as well as those who started weaving in the 1970’s and 80’s and are now finding time to get back to weaving. Needless to say, we’re lovin’ it.

We’ve got some new products in the works: The Wolf Pup LT (lamms and treadles) features the same super Wolf Pup design with the addition of lamms and treadles to enable multiple harness tie-ups. The new Wolf Pup LT will also sport our new quick release back beam to make threading the heddles easier. (All of our Baby Wolf and Mighty Wolf Looms will soon have this feature as well.) The new Wolf Pup LT will be available in mid March. Retail price: $1185.00.

Flip Trap
We’re not sure why we didn’t think of this earlier, but our intern last summer, Angela Johnson, suggested it to us. The Flip Trap is a fabric tray that attaches to the front of the Flip Loom by sliding rods into the end holes. It’s a perfect place for storing shuttles and supplies during weaving. Recommended for use with the Trestle Stand. Available in March. 15” $26, 20” $27, 25” $28.

We’re still working through the backlog of Matchless and Ladybug Bulky Plyer Flyers. So, if you have one of those on orders, know that these are coming along.

So, in the middle of all this frenzy there’s been precious little time to weave. I do have a few projects in mind and hope to share more of my work from the loom very soon.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Starting the New Year Off With Old Lessons

So, I started the year repeating my mantra that I cajole my students with: sample, sample, sample! It’s always at the time when one is most pressed, that the temptation to skip this important step is most alluring. But let me tell you it just isn’t a time saver to not sample.

In this case, I was intent on getting a publishable-quality piece ready for my Knitting Daily taping I was going to be doing at TNNA last week. I had used the yarns before in a different application and I thought they would readily full, or bloom.

I wanted to set them for this project in a single heddle. I also wanted to warp up the loom for two scarves, one to weave off as a finished piece and the other to leave on the loom as a work in progress.

I started with a 10 e.p.i. sett and I could tell right away that the weave looked way too loose. I decided to cut off 4” of woven fabric and wash it to see if my hunch was correct. Sure enough, it barely held together, even with vigorous washing. It’s easy enough, if a little awkward to re-thread the loom. But this was quickly done in a 12-dent reed inserted in my second slot on the Flip Loom, removing threads one at a time from the 10-dent heddle and inserting them in the 12-dent. Again, the weave just didn’t look tight enough and the float structure didn’t curve in the way I had envisioned it. Again, there was still sufficient length to cut off a piece and wash it.

(By the way, all of the above was being done for me by our returning intern, Angela Johnson—who gained quite a bit experience with rigid heddle reed threading.) We washed this sample a little too vigorously and ended up with a matted mess—at least I learned that this yarn could not only bloom more fully than I thought it would on my first sample but that it could also be taken to the extreme of felting. This sample told me I did need to thread the yarn in two 8-dent heddles. Now, my weaving was too narrow—and we had to add additional yarn to the edges to bring it back into scarf-width range.

In a way you could say, all the iterations were sampling, and I did end up with a piece that I’m pleased as punch about, but I did loose the second scarf I had planned to leave on the loom. Instead my demonstration scarf barely fit beam to beam.

I show you my tests as well as the finished piece. Look for the finished scarf with instructions this summer as a free project on Knitting Daily TV, probably in July, when my taping about using a pick-up stick appears. Also on this program we mention my new book “The Weavers Idea Book: Creative Cloth from the Rigid Heddle Loom” (Interweave Press), to be released some time late summer or early fall.

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