Spinzilla 2014 Day 1

Spinzilla is officially here, and teams from around the world have hit the wheels treadling. Our team here at Schacht had our first lunch-time spin-in today, with many of us filling our diet with fiber (ha, ha). Our new spinners are hard at work, and it is amazing to see the transformation that has taken […]

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Spinzilla Training Camp – 3 Weeks Out

  We are 17 days out from Spinzilla, and we are gearing up to spin! Every Thursday our team meets at lunch to brush up and hone our spinning techniques. Some people are practicing long draw, others are trying different whorl and treadle-speed combinations. With a full team and high spirits, we hope to pull […]

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The Monster is Coming!!

The second annual Spinzilla is right around the corner–one month from Saturday to be exact. Before we get into the fun and the fury of Spinzilla, its good to remember why we are participating in this event. Spinzilla, at its core, is a fundraising program for the Needle Arts Mentoring Program to “promote and encourage relationships […]

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Jillian Moreno

  Jane Patrick, Creative Director at Schacht Spindle, left, and Jillian Moreno, Spinner, Knitter, Editor of KnittySpin Barry (Schacht) and I took the opportunity to dine with Jillian Moreno when she was in town filming her plying class for Craftsy. Between teaching trips, Jillian is busy working on her next book on spinning to knit for Storey, […]

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Winner of the Spring Zoom Loom Doll Challenge

We asked Spring Zoom Loom Doll Winner “HotAfricanQueen” a few questions about her Doll! What a relaxing scene What is your name?“Chantal Hoareau” Where are you from? “Born in Africa, I now make Los Angeles, California my home.” How long have you been weaving?“I have only been weaving since March 2014. This is the 1st loom […]

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Welcome to the Gardens at 6101 Ben Place

Welcome to the Gardens at 6101 Ben Place A bunny’s eye view of the front door of Schacht. Since this upcoming Saturday marks the “start” of summer, we wanted to share a little piece of Schacht that people rarely see. We like to garden here at Schacht, both for the flowers and for the food. […]

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Zoom Loom in Creative Knitting Magazine

We’ve been passing the newly-released Summer issue of Creative Knitting Magazine around the office; we’re admiring designer Constance Hall’s Woven Scrubby pattern for the Zoom Loom (will we make it from hemp or linen? What will we scrub?). We also love Liz Gipson’s crash course in weaving for knitters, which introduces approachable and portable looms […]

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Fashion Trends 2014

Although we have been hearing about different fashion trends for 2014 for some time now, we thought it would be fun to share the forecast! The great thing about being makers and crafters, is that we are able to look at current trends and immediately make something. Whereas fashion designers must design months, if not […]

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Book Signing with the Authors of Woven Scarves

Join Jane Patrick, Stephanie Flynn-Sokolov, and the crew at Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins for a book signing this Saturday. There will be refreshments along with plenty of good times with fiber people. Location: Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins –  Table Mesa and Broadway in Boulder, CO Date: Saturday, March 1st Time: 4-6 PM           

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Cricket Creations – Noreen Crone-Findlay

Noreen Crone-Findlay, the brain behind the Tottie Talks Crafts Blog, shared a wonderful moment with us this week. At the Deep Freeze Festival in Edmonton, she brought her Cricket to weave on. While she was weaving, a “youngster” came up to see what she was doing; he was enamored with the Cricket Loom and helped […]

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Book Signing with Jane Patrick

If you are at TNNA right now, Jane Patrick will be at the Interweave booth signing copies of her new book Woven Scarves. The signing is at 2 pm Pacific Time today (1-12-14) Snag your copy today!           

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TNNA – Winter 2014

Come by Booth 643 to meet Denise and Judy and to take a look at the collection of scarves from Jane’s new book “Woven Scarves.” Jane and Stephanie have put together a fresh collection of fashion forward designs in this new book full of projects! Tomorrow (Sunday) at 2 pm, stop by the Interweave booth […]

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That’s a Wrap!

With much pride and excitement, we can finally announce our grand total! 25,819 yards! What does 25,819 yards mean? That is 14.6 miles That would stretch across Boulder 3.65 times That is 258 football fields It would nearly cross the English Channel at its narrowest point.etc., etc., etc. Congratulations to all of the spinners around […]

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Spinzilla Day 4: The First Count

We have been spinning like mad here at Schacht, and our bobbins are getting changed out more quickly than we can comprehend. Our new spinners are packing on the yards and are becoming even more adept at spinning as we continue the Spinzilla challenge. Our unofficial yardage count for just five of our spinners is […]

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Spinzilla: Day 2

Our bobbins are filling up quickly here at Team Schacht headquarters. Our new spinners are picking up the wheel very well, which pleases us no end! We love seeing the enthusiasm for spinning as this week plugs along, and can’t wait to see these future spinners take off on their own after this week. Today […]

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It’s Official!

Award winning spinner Betty “the Beast” will be going treadle to treadle against Recycled Lamb owner Cheryl “the Shark” in a personal spinning duel during the week of Spinzilla! The pot of gold on the line consists of 4 ounces of cashmere and 8 ounces of Soysilk/wool blend! May the longest skein win! Betty is […]

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Team Schacht is Winding up for Spinzilla

A Pile’O Hi-Los With Spinzilla right around the corner (Oct. 7-13) and the Flood behind us, we at Schacht Spindle Company are ready to hit the treadles and fill those bobbins. Our Schacht Team spent an hour last Thursday teaching some of our employees how to spin on a drop spindle. Our team is brimming […]

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Betty Paepke Wins Big at Estes Park Wool Market

Betty Paepke’s 90% Huacaya alpaca and 10% silk noil  2-ply yarn Schacht is populated with many talented fiber enthusiasts. We’d like to celebrate and congratulate our head shipper, Betty Paepke, for her impressive win at the Estes Park Wool Market this past June. Betty not only won the Judge’s Choice Award, she came home with […]

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TNNA–Short Report from Columbus

Barry Schacht at the Schacht booth Jane and Barry pose for Bonnie Kellogg (photographer) We’re just back from Columbus, Ohio where we had a booth at the TNNA trade show. When we weren’t eating Jeni’s ice cream tasting yet another amazing new flavor, we were busy talking to people about weaving and spinning. The Zoom […]

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Inkle Weaving Video–It’s all Fun

If I’ve been a little MIA the last weeks, it’s because I’ve been madly inkling: warping, weaving, planning…20 looms in all! Not just for the heck of it, but for an inkle video that Interweave will release in September. It was a lot of work, but also fun. Here are Anita Osterhaug (Handwoven editor) and […]

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Praise for the Zoom Loom

We just read an article in the Grand Rapids Press by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood (of Craft Sanity) about her enthusiasm for the Zoom Loom. It is exciting to see the enthusiasm growing for the Zoom Loom. Check out this article that also includes a bit of the history of how the Zoom Loom came to be.

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