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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Give Feedback, Help Weaving and Spinning Community

Please take a few minutes to participate in the fiberarts consumer survey now being conducted nationwide by TNNA. This survey will help your local shop, yarn and equipment suppliers know you better and thus provide you with the sevices and products that you are looking for. We are really excited about the survey this year […]

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Peruvian Textiles at the Avenir Museum

Here I am with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez before her lecture. “Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands” opened Thursday, February 21st at the Avenir Museum in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The show explores the traditions of weaving, spinning and dyeing in Peruvian Highland villages supported and coddled by The Center for Traditional Textiles (CTTC) in Cusco. For […]

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Sara Lamb is a Winner

Anyone who knows Sara Lamb can attest to her winninglyness in many areas, whether its weaving or spinning or dyeing or writing. Now, we’re pleased and honored to announce that she is the winner of our Cindy Lair Service Offer benefiting the SOAR Scholarship Fund. Cindy will be traveling to Grass Valley, California to give a program to one of Sara […]

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Cindy Lair Headed to SOAR

Cindy Lair production manager with herself! Meet Flat Cindy shown here with Schacht production manager and spinning wheel guru Cindy Lair. We’re sending Flat Cindy to SOAR to garner support for the SOAR Scholarship fund. You can bid to win a visit from Cindy to consult about spinning wheels, spend a day at your shop […]

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Travel Report: Iceland

A yarn-bombed tree outside the Asmundur Sveinssson Museum. Iceland is a place that’s near and dear to my heart. I love the land and the sea that surrounds it, its people, and the deep memories I hold. Besides all of the other interesting experiences I had that year such as working in a fish factory […]

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Celebrate Spinning and Weaving Week

This week is set aside for those of us who find weaving and spinning an integral part of our lives. It shapes our views, our activities, how we see the world, how we relate to others, how we spend our time. For me, it’s hard to think back to when weaving (and spinning to a […]

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Madelyn Van der Hoogt Weaving on the Cricket Loom

  Susie Liles of the Eugene Textile Center sent this snappy, happy photo of past Handwoven editor Madelyn van der Hoogt weaving on the Cricket Loom in their Convergence booth. Stop by to try the Cricket and say hi. You also might see our very own Judy Pagels and Denise Renee walking the show.           

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Weaving Project: Nautical Runner

We’re working on our on-line newsletter which should be out in a few days. It’ll feature our new 15” Cricket Loom, helpful weaving tips, as well as this project designed and woven by our intern Cei Lambert. I always love basket materials, so perhaps that is why I find this piece so appealing. The warp […]

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Weaver’s Night Out–Cricket Club This Thursday

It’s time to start the new year out with a bit of weaving inspiration. All new and seasoned weavers alike are invited to Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins in Boulder for an evening of weaving, sharing, community. (It’s FREE!) Judy Steinkoenig, weaving teacher extraordinaire will be your hostess. Bring your Cricket, Flip, table, or tapestry loom […]

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Conversation with Madelyn van der Hoogt

Jane Patrick and Madelyn van der Hoogt after dinner at the historic Boulderado Hotel in Boulder. I had the pleasure of spending the evening with the soon-to-be past editor of Handwoven magazine, Madelyn van der Hoogt. She’s been at the helm of Handwoven for 12 years and is “retiring” to devote more time to her […]

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Weaving: Why We Need it; Why We Need to Pass it on

Much in the current issue (December/January 2012) of American Craft resonated with me. I want to share some of these things with you and to also encourage you to pick up a copy at your local newsstand. In her editorial, Monica Moses talks about Parks and Recreations’ Nick Offerman’s need for woodworking as a way […]

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Day 4: Taos Road Trip—The Belated Report

Sarah and I hit the Wool Market early, doing a quick walk around the park where vendors were lined up around the edges. Adding to the festivities were live music; roasting almonds (hard, hard to resist); and a few Navajo sheep, alpacas and bunnies. Since we needed to hit the road, there wasn’t a lot […]

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Taos Road Trip: Day 3

Here’s Danelle gleefully showing off her two days of weaving. Just back from a dinner at the local favorite eatery, Orlando’s, where Sara and I met Abby Franquemont for some brewskies and chow. Abby had just come off of 6 days straight of teaching and we were impressed with the vigor and enthusiasm pouring forth […]

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Taos Class: Pick Me Up

AAAAAAAwsome. My students were amazing: They mastered weft floats, warp floats, and then put it all together in a window pane pattern of alternating warp and weft floats. We explored honeycomb(so loved that they adored my favorite weave!)…and all with good cheer. Sara, my fellow traveler, taught a beginning weaving class, and afterwards, we walked […]

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Road Trip to Taos Wool Festival

We’re off to Taos to teach at the Wool Festival. Here’s my traveling companion, Sara Goldenberg White with all of our teaching stuff packed in my Prius. Taos here we come! It was a gorgeous fall day and we took the scenic route via 285 through Fairplay, along Pike National Forest. Somehow we weren’t thinking […]

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A Quote of the Day from Joan Didion

Bounty from my Schacht garden. It’s that time of year when one picks more than weaves…! “The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” Joan Didion           

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Remembering 9/11: Weaving Still Feeds My Soul

My Baby Wolf ready for weaving. Today as I weave, I remember how during those dark days 10 years ago I found solace at the loom. Not shell shocked any longer, but reflective of where the last years have taken us. I am mindful of loss and bravery and resilience. I want the strength and […]

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Cricket Club this Thusday, September 15th

Don’t miss this month’s Cricket Club at Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins. Judy Steinkoenig, weaver extraordinaire, will be hosting this month. Feel free to bring your weaving to share, questions or problems needing solving, and of course, your loom. We’ll meet in the Shuttles classroom from 6:30-8:30. See you then. Also, don’t miss the new textile […]

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Where’s Jane? Upcoming Appearances and Classes

In 2011: September 7, 12:30-1:30 Grand Junction, Colorado Mesa Fibers Arts Guild and Tangle Yarn Shop I’ll be giving the September program for the Guild, “Creative Fabrics on the Rigid Heddle Loom” For information: www.mesafiberartsguild.org Later, I’ll be at Tangle in downtown Grand Junction, demonstrating on the Cricket Loom. I’ll also have our new Sidekick […]

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Cricket Club Meets Tomrrow, Thursday August 18th

Just a reminder that our local Boulder Cricket Club will be meeting tomorrow evening between 6:30-8:30 in the classroom at Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins (Table Mesa Shopping Center in Boulder). Bring your loom, weaving to share if you want, and any burning weaving questions you may have. I’ll talk a moment or two about project […]

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Schacht BBQ and Shuttle Race

Waiting for the race.That’s Miguel on the right (production, he’s the one who turns all your bobbins!). Mercedes (assembly) with her winning entry in the design category. Peter (production lead) with is Viking Boat Shuttle The fastest cars, left to right: Luis (Sidekick builder), Filip (technical manager), and Michael (CNC operator). My grandson James trying […]

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Reflections on a Class Reunion

Here I am at my beloved Platte River. Though I haven’t lived in Holdrege for 40 years, I still feel its home to where I’m going when I’m headed Nebraska-way. “Holdrege. It’s a good place to be from,” as one of my classmates reflected. I lived an idyllic small-town childhood, protected and nurtured by a […]

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Our First Cricket Club

Cricket Clubbers from left to right: Jackie, Wendy, Christa, Gail, and Nan I hope everyone who came last night had as much fun as I did. It was just a joy to talk weaving. Our evening was pretty free wheeling, ranging from: sharing weaving, talking about sett and drafts, to answering questions about double weave, […]

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Cricket Club Meets Tonight

Tonight will be our first Cricket Club at Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins, between 6:30-8:30. So…bring your loom and any projects you’ve woven for an evening of weaving. I’ll bring some Cricket Club yarn sett guides and talk a bit about sett–that is, how many warp ends per inch to place in the heddle(kind of like […]

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Cricket Club Meets July 21

Bring your Cricket, Flip or other rigid heddle loom to Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins Thursday, July 21st between 6:30 and 8:30. I’ll be there with my Cricket Loom, along with some of the weaving buddies. I invite one and all to join us to share weaving, enjoy refreshments, and get inspired! Shuttles is located in […]

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Schacht wins the TNNA Business Innovation Award 2011

I just want to let you know that we won The National Needlearts Association BIA award in the wholesale category for our Cricket Loom and Cricket Program. We are just thrilled to have our cute-as-a-bug loom recognized as well as our Cricket Club on ravelry and now through participating Schacht dealers. In case you don’t […]

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Cricket Loom Debuts on the Food Network

Hey you Cricket lovers! Our Cricket Loom has just starred in a cooking show! See how Alton Brown uses weaving to explain pizza dough kneading. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBpA7w2J-dA PS! You’ll also notice that he forgot to place his warp OVER the back beam–a common mistake. Oh well, it looks like he was having fun nevertheless.           

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