A Recipe For a Fiber Life Well Lived

Our friend, rigid heddle enthusiast, and former Schacht-ite has just had her second rigid heddle book, Handwoven Home, published by Interweave. We asked Liz to share her weaving history and talk about her passion for weaving. Get connected with her weave-alongs, new online school, and her website Yarnworker via the links below—all great resources for new […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Zoom Loom

Hello! I am Heather McVickar, Schacht Spindle’s new Sales and Marketing Director. I have somewhat of an eclectic job history, but most recently come from spending 12 years in the yarn industry. I love fibers, how they are used, and how they combine to make so many amazing beautiful and useful items. Much of my […]

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My Story: Debbie Heilig

Debbie Heilig – The Cricket Loom – A “Gateway” Loom After more than twenty-five years of being in business, ten years of attending college as an adult, and raising a daughter, I found myself seeking a creative outlet for the next stage in my life. Now, four years later, weaving not only calms me after […]

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My Story: Julia Sull

Julia Sull – The Beginning is a Thrilling Place to Be! I’m a beginner weaver, drawn to the loom by a love of textiles and an eagerness to always keep learning. After years of working full-time in my local yarn shop, knitting continuously and obsessively, I’ve come to feel fluent with yarn and needles in […]

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My Story: Debbie Drake

Debbie Drake – The Call of the Fiber When I was a young woman, my grandmother taught me to tat and I became proficient and passionate about it over the years. Eventually, I found a wonderful group of friends on-line that shared my passion and learned of their many other fiber-related hobbies, such as bobbin-lace, […]

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My Story: Julia Weaver

Julia Weaver – Healing Trauma Through the Gift of Weaving I began to weave in the midst of a painful coming-of-age experience. Instinct led me to pick up yarn and weave it, under and over, over and under, in a healing rhythm. Later, I would learn that my paternal grandfather was a weaving apprentice and […]

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My Story: Pam Howard

Pam Howard – Resident Weaver and Keeper of Looms In 1967, my mother gave me my first loom, a rigid heddle. A home economics teacher who had learned to weave in school, she instructed me on my small loom. I was only 13 years old and knew then I wanted to be a weaver. I […]

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My Story: Birgit Greer

It’s all my daughter’s fault! I began spinning many years ago when my daughter gave me a fleece from her Future Farmers of America summer project. The fiber was way too short to spin, but I did not know that and loved the way it felt. Soon, I was looking for a spinning wheel. Garage […]

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My Story: Pamela Harwood

Weaving Aboard a Boat I began my textile journey as a knitter. My first project was a scarf for my husband. While I found knitting hats and sweaters to be quick and ever-changing, as I gained proficiency, I realized that I felt bogged down by the sameness of knitting scarves. It wasn’t until I discovered […]

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My Story: Amanda Migoski

Fiber therapy My Ladybug spinning wheel didn’t save my life, but it did help save my sanity. In the fall of 2014, I was about to start my 23rd year of teaching elementary music when I was diagnosed with a rare and serious autoimmune disease. The treatment? Almost two weeks in the hospital and six […]

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My Story: America Smith

“Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, arriba, abajo . . . “ When I took a job teaching English to 400 students whose first language was Spanish, I made a commitment to learn their language in order to communicate with their families. I packed my bags and went in search of the Spanish language, having no idea […]

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My Story: Nancy Stein Nowak

Nancy was one of our grand prize winners for the Personal Stories Contest, and you can see her story in the Spring 2016 issue of Handwoven. We are sure you will see more of her weaving and her writing in the future. Shortly before I retired after a twenty year career as a judge, I […]

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My Story: Olga Jamieson

Spinning on the Schacht Reeves in the Highlands of Scotland I am of Russian nationality and met my husband in Scotland some five years ago. We live in Loch Ness, famous for its monster sightings. My passion for craft work runs through my veins. My ancestors were experienced spinners, and I have my grandmother’s spinning […]

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My Story: Kyle Kunnecke

Kyle was one of our grand prize winners for the Personal Stories Contest, you can see his story in the Spring 2016 issue of Spin-Off. Kyle has released the free knitting pattern for the Hayden Cowl that can be seen in the advertisement. Here are the photos that you won’t see in the article, and […]

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My Story: Allison Thistlewood

Spinning—It’s Better than Sex! When I first got back into knitting, I ended up getting fanatically into it. My friend who owned my LYS said, “Now we’ll just have to get you spinning!” to which I replied, “No way! Never gonna happen!” You’d think I’d know by now to “never say never.” One day while […]

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My Story: Dr. Bev Felten

Handspun, handwoven, dog-hair rugs support dog-related charity organizations   Elements to enrich our lives are all around us, but we often fail to recognize them. It is that recognition that led me to spin dog hair−and to the Schacht Matchless Spinning Wheel. Being a dog breeder and a conformation judge, I began to think about […]

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Ann Slind at her Mighty Wolf Loom

My Story: Ann Slind

From Saskatchewan, Canada, to the Culture and Crafts of West Africa “Little did I know that when I learned to weave, it would take me to Africa! I first tried weaving in 8th Grade art class and enjoyed it. Many years later, my husband Lawrence and I witnessed a floor loom set up in someone’s […]

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