Raffia placemats

Raffia Placemats and (bonus!) Drink Coasters

It’s officially dining al fresco season here in New England and I’m taking every opportunity to live outside. This summer placemat project uses raffia to create lightweight and durable mats that will brighten up your table, whether you choose to dine inside or out. True raffia is made from strips of a type of palm […]

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10 Tips on Weaving Transparencies on a Rigid Heddle Loom

  Handwoven transparencies are related to tapestries in that you can weave intricate pictorial designs with both techniques. Transparencies are lighter weight, with inlaid patterning on a sheer plain weave background. Two wefts are required: a background weft which weaves selvedge to selvedge and a pattern weft that weaves the pattern or design. The background is […]

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Best Boats

  When you graduate from a stick shuttle to a boat shuttle, you’ll exclaim that you’ll never go back. The spinning bobbin unwinds the yarn automatically as the shuttle passes back and forth. Your weaving speed increases and you’ll notice a marked improvement in consistency. Here are a few tips for choosing the right boat […]

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Road Trip Weaving

Road trips are in! So, take to the highway with these favorite books for summer learning, weaving and felting. The Schacht Zoom Loom can slip into backpack or carry-on for weaving on the go. Two terrific books: 100 Pin Loom Squares by Florencia Campos Correa. More than just squares, this inspirational title with the Zoom […]

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The Flatiron Spinning Wheel

The flat-packed Schacht The Flatiron Spinning Wheel rises from a flat-packed box much like Boulder’s iconic Flatirons tilted up from a once horizontal position. Sit down and feel the majesty of this rock-solid wheel. The elegant design of the formed maple, apple-ply body calls upon the same drama that makes the Flatirons so striking. This […]

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Eight Pieces of Equipment Everyone Needs for Spinzilla

We are but two short months away from Spinzilla, (Oct 5-11), To help you prepare, here is a list of must-have equipment for you and your team! Order early so you’re ready to go by Spin Day! 1. Wheel or Spindle The Sidekick will travel wherever you may go! Though this may be obvious, there is a different wheel/spindle for the type of […]

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Meet The Ultra Umbrella Swift

If you asked me what my favorite piece of Schacht equipment is, I’d have a tough time deciding. However, if I had to choose what my most used, most versatile and most helpful piece of equipment in my studio is, it would be my Ultra Umbrella Swift! As a hand-spinner, I am able to easily […]

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How to Tie and Replace Spinning Wheel Drive Bands

As many of our readers and fans know, we have been working on making tutorial videos. Our latest trio of videos focus on tying and replacing drive bands on the Schacht Reeves, Matchless, and Ladybug Spinning Wheels. We hope you find these videos educational and helpful. If you have any suggestions on videos that you […]

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How To: Use the Sidekick Bag

The new Sidekick bag was designed to fit your wheel perfectly and snugly inside. There is only one correct way to insert your Sidekick into the bag. Here is a guide on how to properly place your Sidekick into the bag. After folding up your Sidekick, lay your wheel on the floor with the treadle holding […]

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Default Yarn – Judy Pagels

Most of my spinning for the past couple of years has been done right here at Schacht. Lucky for me one of my responsibilities was test-spinning on the wheels. When I have the opportunity to spin at my own lovely cherry Matchless, my default yarn tends to be similar to what I spin at work. It’s always short draw since […]

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You Can’t Take it With You… Or Maybe You Can!

Now is the time of year when schools are letting out and families are starting to plan their vacations. When many people think of weaving and spinning, portability doesn’t necessarily come to mind right away. This handy guide will give you ideas of products and projects that will easily fit in a carry-on, suitcase, or […]

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Keep Your Wheel Tuned Up for Spinzilla

We’re off and spinning! Ladybug How’s your spinning coming along? Is your wheel performing as it should?  The answer could be NO, even if you are a fanatical spinner. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE… We want all of you Schacht aficionados to be spinning with optimum spinning capability. Let’s begin with the basics for any […]

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Making Lace: Brook’s Bouquet

  I’ve always loved Brook’s bouquet for its little window pane effect. There’s a certain charm in the contrast between the gathered bundles and the straight incidentals in between where a single warp and weft cross. Though Brook’s bouquet is a finger-controlled weave, it proceeds rather quickly. It’s great for curtains, a placemat border, or […]

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Schacht Sidekick–TNNA debut

The Sidekick open and ready for spinning. We’re just back from TNNA (The National Needlework Association) and had a blast showing off the Sidekick. She got a big workout and it was fun to show her off. We are thrilled with the response. We still have a few tweaks before we’re in full-blown production. I […]

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A Flat Iron and a Shuttle

Having the right tool is a wonderful thing. I broke down a couple of weeks ago and bought a flat iron for my hair that my stylist has been urging me to spring for a—ahem—a couple of years. “You just can’t get ‘the look’ without it,” she’d say. After looking more and more like a […]

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