10 Tips on Weaving Transparencies on a Rigid Heddle Loom

 

detail-of-transparency

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 open while the pattern areas dense. Transparencies are at their best when hung in a sunny window where they can catch the light much like stained glass.

This article focuses on weaving a transparency on a Flip or Cricket loom. I wanted to share these tips because someone recently told me that you can’t weave transparencies on a rigid heddle loom. In my experience it is quite possible on the Schacht Flip and Cricket Looms. Here are some of my discoveries I’ve made through the years.

Transparency in progress.

  1. Be sure to wind the warp very evenly on your warping board. This will help achieve even tension.
  2. Use poster board for the packing paper (regular poster board that you would find at a hobby store—about the weight of card stock); this will help achieve a firmer surface with an inelastic linen warp.
  3. Beam onto the back beam very tightly, stopping and pulling small sections across the warp with every few rotations of the beam.
  4. Both the Flip and Cricket looms are great for holding the shed open as you do the inlay.
  5. I use 16/2 linen set at 12 epi for the warp and 16/2 or 20/2 linen for the background weft. For inlay yarns, I use three strands of 20/2 Mora wool or 20/2 Epic wool wound together into small butterflies. This way, I can mix colors similar in value to get just the shade/hue I want.
  6. Double the outside selvedge threads.
  7. One of the problems when weaving with linen, which has little give, is that the slot threads are a bit slack when in an up-shed or down-shed. To correct this, I use what I call a tension stick. On the Flip Loom, I use the Schacht Wolf apron bars for this. They are about ¾” thick, and I like them to be about 2-3” wider than my warp width. I insert this in the shed and turn it on edge at the back (behind the heddle) of the loom, as shown in the photo below. While weaving, I turn the stick on its edge for a nice tight warp (this tightens the slot threads that are usually slack whenever the heddle is up or down). When you need to advance the woven fabric and release the ratchet dogs, simply turn the stick to its thinner side, laying it flat. Then remember to turn the stick back again when you are ready to weave. On the Cricket Loom, I use a Cricket stick shuttle for the tension stick and place it in a different location than I use on the Flip. I insert a Cricket stick shuttle into the shed behind the reed, then loosen the warp a whole lot in order to slide the stick shuttle around the back beam where it rests between the back beam and warp beam. As with the Flip, turn the stick on edge to tighten the slot threads.
  8. When weaving a transparency, I use a cartoon on the underside of the warp. I find I need to get up really close to be able to see down through the warp to my cartoon below. If I’m using a Flip Trap, I can’t get close enough when weaving transparency, so I tie some small plastic baskets on the two sides to hold my shuttle.
  9. You may find that after weaving a few inches, the selvedge threads tend to loosen (especially if there is draw-in). To give these threads a little extra tension at the back of the loom, I tie a piece of carpet warp or strong string around the doubled selvedge warps and hang a weight on them (see photo above).
  10. Weave with the warp as tight as possible while still being able to raise the heddle to the upper position. To tighten the warp adequately, place the heddle in the neutral position and be sure that the tension stick is in the flat position. After tightening the warp, check to see if you can still raise the heddle to the upper position. If you can’t, back the tension off one notch until you can raise the heddle. While weaving, the stick should be turned on edge which makes the slot threads tighter.

With these tips, you can weave beautiful linen transparencies with pleasure.

Over view of Butterfly transparency

Lynette Glass

About 12 years ago Lynette Glass started weaving after her husband constructed a small frame loom following instructions in a library book. She didn't finish the first project on it, finding the process too slow. Still wanting to weave, she found a used Schacht rigid heddle loom which she propped on the edge of her dining room table and wove a set of placemats. She was hooked on weaving and soon graduated to a Schacht floor loom. She then discovered Doramay Keasbey's book, Sheer Delight - Handwoven Transparencies, and from this found her passion for weaving transparencies. Lynette Glass teaches in her studio, The Weaver’s Cottage, in Amity, Arkansas.

Three Easy Weaving Projects for the 20″ Flip Loom – Mountain Meadow Wools Collaboration

For this month’s yarn collaboration, we worked with Mountain Meadow Yarns. Their rustic, American grown and milled yarn paired perfectly with the Schacht Flip Loom. All three of the following projects can be made with the 20″ model of Flip. The rise of small looms continues, and you can create stunning woven pieces in very little time, with nothing more than plain weave and some stunning yarn. If you make any of these projects or other woven projects with Mountain Meadow Yarns, tag them on Instagram with the hashtag #MountainMeadowWeaves.

Houndstooth Pillow

Houndstooth Piullow

Equipment: 20″ Flip Loom with a 5-dent reed

Yarn: 2 skeins of Sheridan in Medium Grey (102 yards per skein) and 2 skeins of Sheridan in Geranium (102 yards per skein)

Other Notions: 16″ pillow form

Warp: 2 yards long, 18″ wide in reed

Warping: Using the direct, peg warping method, alternate colors in each slot while warping. That is, sley all of the Grey yarns first, threading a slot, skipping a slot and so on. After all of the Grey yarns are threaded, fill in the empty slots with Geranium. Wind the warp onto the back beam and then thread the adjacent holes. Your color order will be 2 Grey, 2 Geranium, repeat.

Weaving: Alternate 2 ends of Grey and 2 ends of Geranium, repeat, just as you did in the warp. Weave a balanced weave which means that you will see a square space (not a rectangle space or lack of space) between the intersection of the warp and weft threads. This will ensure that the houndstooth pattern will be balanced warp-wise and weft-wise.

Finishing: To secure the weft for washing, knot the warp yarns in groups of 4 on both ends of the weaving. Wash in hot water with soap, rinse  in cool water with a 1/2 cup of vinegar, and then rinse in clean water for 15 minute each. Put the fabric in the dryer with a few towels on medium heat for 15 minutes, checking frequently. Lay flat to dry.

To make the pillow: Wrap the fabric around the 16”x16” square pillow form. To measure, start with a knotted end and place it in the middle of the pillow. Then wrap the fabric all the way around the pillow form, past the knotted end and to the edge of the pillow form (like an envelope). Mark this end at the edge of the pillow and sew a couple of zigzag lines across at this point. (You can also serge this line.) Turn over the zigzag end and hand sew a 1/2″ hem. Lay the fabric flat with the right wide up (hem down) and fold it in an envelope with the knotted side first and the right side of the hem meeting the edge of the pillow. Single crochet or stitch up the sides and turn right side out.

 

Forest Wrap

green wrap

 

Equipment: 20″ Flip with a 5-dent reed.

Yarn: Laramie, 1 skein of Forest variegated and 1 skein- of Grass semi solid.

Warp: 130″ of Forest variegated, 20″ wide.

Warping: Using the direct peg warping method, sley some slots and leave others open in a random manner in this way: s2 o3 s1 o2 s2 o3 s1 o1 s1 o2 s2 o3 s1 o1 s1 o2 s2 o3 s2 o2 s1 o1 s1 o2 s2 o2 s1 o2 s2. Note: s= sley, o=open, as in s2= sley two slots, o3=leave 3 slots unthreaded, and so on.

swatch
This has been rotated to the warp is vertical and the weft is horizontal.

Weaving: Using Grass weave 8 picks of balanced weave, then leave one inch open or unwoven (you can use a thin cardboard as a spacer across the warp if you find that helpful, removing it after the next 8 picks are woven). Alternate in this manner for the entire length of the warp.

Finishing: Remove from the loom and secure the ends by tying the warp threads in groups of 4. Wash the fabric in the washing machine with detergent on warm with on a short cycle, checking often so as to not over full. Place the fabric in the dryer with a bath towel for 30 minutes on medium heat, checking the fabric every 5 minutes or so. Tighten any loose knots and cut off the excess warp near the knot.

 

Salmon Scarf

salmon scarf

 

Equipment: 20” Flip with an 8-dent reed

Yarn: Salem, 2 skeins of scarlet.

Warp: 103″ long, 18 1/2″ wide.

Warping: Using the direct peg warping method, thread the first 2 slots then thereafter skip every other slot in the reed with ending with 2 threaded slots on the other edge.

Weaving: Weave in loosely in plain weave at about 6 picks per inch.

salmon swatch

Finishing: Remove the fabric from the loom and secure the ends by tying groups of 4 warp threads. Wash the fabric on a warm, short cycle with detergent, checking the fabric often. Place the fabric in the dryer with a towel and dry on medium for about 30 minutes, checking often.

Denise Renee Grace

Denise Renee Grace first learned to weave as a student at Bethel College. She later moved to Boulder and worked in a re-purposed product company where Barry Schacht discovered her and hired her to work in our sales and service department. Denise’s first love is spinning and she is especially fond of working with natural fibers on all four of her Schacht Wheels. When it comes to weaving, tabby tickles her. In charge of customer care, Denise spends her days here helping people—something she does so well.

From Fiber to Finished Object – Lesson Time

Beth Smith and Jillian Moreno

Beth Smith and Jillian Moreno live about 30 minutes from each other and spend a lot of spinning time together, trading ideas and cheering each other on. Recently, the two have found weaving sneaking into their thoughts more and more. “Wouldn’t it be fun,” they said, “to do a project where we spin our yarn and weave it and see what happens?” “Yes!” they said, “that sounds like an awesome plan.” We thought so, too. Through the end of the year, they will post on the Schacht Spindle blog, telling you about their journey weaving with handspun on a rigid heddle loom.

Beth:

Finally! The skirt, she is finished.

Since we last talked, I sent my sewn-together skirt from Michigan to Maine to the expert dyeing fingers of Amy King, owner of Spunky Eclectic. We chatted about color and what I would like and, to everyone’s surprise, I chose neither pink nor orange. Instead, it was chocolate brown. I do love chocolate.

I actually sent the skirt just when the six main pieces were assembled, before lining or hemming I was interested in how the fabric would hold up with raw edges and another dip and wring before completing the project. If I saw any changes in the fabric after dyeing, I would know that my finishing would have been incomplete and the fulling should have been longer. I was thrilled, though, that the fabric held together with a minimum of fraying. It also held its shape extremely well, no sagging or stretching. Everything was fine!

So here she is:

 

Dyed and Finished Skirt

This was a great project that was filled with a lot of discoveries, and some things that were harder than I thought they would be.

Here’s what I learned:

  1. Making skirts takes a ton of yarn – but it hasn’t stopped me from making more.
  2. Finished handwoven fabric, specifically wool, stands up to some tough processes, like dyeing.
  3. Weaving fine yarns on a rigid heddle loom takes some time.
  4. Rigid heddle fabric is just as beautiful, durable, and drapey as fabric woven on a floor loom.

What I would do differently next time:

  1. I would wind my warp chains with fewer ends in each. (Remember I couldn’t do direct warping because my warp was 6 yards long.)
  2. I would realize that rigid heddle weaving is a bit slower than on a floor loom and be less frustrated with the time it took. (I think in the end it was about twice as long on the rigid heddle if we compare the same yardage.)

Overall, I have been encouraged to continue weaving cloth with fine yarns for clothing, and I have a bunch of new ideas. If you want to follow along with my progress on these new ideas you can check me out on my personal website at bethsmithspinning.com/blog

Jillian:

Today it’s time for the big reveal!

When last we checked in, I had cut and edge-stitched my fabric and did some preliminary hand stitching to hold it all together.

Since then I’ve embroidered more and thought about what my next project will be!

I embroidered some swoopy bits on the edges in chain stitch. I like how the work with the stitching that holds the piece together.

Chain Stitch Swoops

I listened the Woolful podcast interview with Tif Fussell (Dottie Angel) and was inspired to add one of her signature embroidered wooly tattoos to my piece.

wooly tattoo

I still may add more stitching to it. I consider everything I stitch on to be a work in progress pretty much forever. It’s really easy to stitch on hand woven cloth.

But I like how the stitching looks right now, too.

all the stitching

I’ve worn my wrap a lot – it’s cozy and handsfree, adjusting-wise, once I get it on.

Here’s how it looks with the twist in the front and in the back, I like it equally both ways.

 

What I learned from this project:

  • I can cut handwoven fabric and not die; it is as easy as everyone says.
  • Handspun yarn is amazing handwoven; my BFL woven is soft, light, and fluid.
  • I really like rigid heddle weaving and want to do more; it’s so straight-forward and the math is pretty easy.

What I’ll do differently next time:

  • Sample. I threw caution to the wind this time, but next time I’m going to sample. I’ll make sure that I have enough fiber to do at least 2 or 3 samples before diving into the project.
  • Neater edges. The edges really bug me. I’ll probably hem the fabric or use rows of zig zag stitch close together
  • More embroidery, though I’ll probably add more to this one still.

What I’m curious about now:

  • How to sample efficiently, so I get the info I need and don’t spend all of my weaving time or hand dyed fiber on the sampling.
  • Using different- sized and textured yarns in weaving.
  • Color in weaving, particularly using variegated hand-dyed fiber. My stash is overrun with it.
  • Making more of these type of wraps, but maybe something that resembles a jacket too.

I want to say a huge thank you to Schacht for letting Beth and I play on their blog. To Benjamin for being so enthusiastic and dream to work with. To Jane for saying yes to the idea and always being such a champion of creative hand weaving.

And to Beth for never letting me sit with the covers over my head for too long when I was chicken to do something.

Beth Smith

Jillian Moreno

Winter Berry Shrug

Winter Berry Shrug

We partnered with Skacel to create this stunning piece which is featured in their Magalog, volume 8. Our Winter Berry Shrug is woven in a subtle plaid using five lovely shades of HiKoo Sueno in the warp. For weft we alternated HiKoo Sueno and Tiara for just a hint a sparkle.

This was a true collaboration of all of our local talent. Sara Goldenberg, Jane’s co-author of Simple Woven Garments, designed the fabric. We engaged our shipping clerk, spinner and weaver, Betty Paepke, to weave the fabric on a 25” Flip Loom. Jane adapted the original shrug pattern from Simple Woven Garments by adding a pick-up pattern to the cuffs and tapering the sleeves. Judy Pagels, our shipping manager and one of our resident knitters, created the perfect cuffs that add a layered look to the piece. You can find the instructions at:  http://www.skacelknitting.com/Winter-Berry-Shrug/

Check out all of Skacel’s dreamy yarns at www.skacelknitting.com

Jane Patrick

Jane Patrick is Creative Director of Schacht Spindle Company. She is an author, lecturer, and teacher. You can find her class: Creative Weaving Techniques on the Rigid Heddle Loom, on Craftsy.

Surprise Sugar Plum Fairy – Benjamin Krudwig

Sugarplum fairy Photo 6A

Skill Level: Beginner

Tools:
Zoom Loom
Weaving Needle
Tapestry Needle
Felting Needle
Crochet Hook
Optional Tools:
Incredible Rope Machine
Knitting Needles
Materials:
Sport Weight Wool Yarn in: Plum, Gray/Beige, and Green
Wool Roving or Leftover Yarn
Mohair Locks

Squares:
4- Plum
1- Grey/Beige
2- Green

Photo 1
Optional:
Beads
Embroidery Floss

Weaving:
Weave 7 squares in the colors specified above. Sew in tails and lightly full by hand in warm water. Lay flat to dry and steam press.

Assembly:
Dress Join 3 plum squares to create a ring. On one of the open ends, pull a thread in each square along the top edge and cinch to form the top of the skirt. For the bodice, fold the 4th plum square in half and seam the short ends together to create a small loop. Join the bottom of the small loop to the top of the skirt. (This is pretty cute on its own, and with a small hanger and some thread, this could make a great ornament.)

dress pieces Photo 2A
Head: Start by folding the gray/beige square in half, then roll it up, securing the edge of the roll to the body of the roll by a simple whipstitch. This should allow the center of the roll to pull out, creating a small pocket. Fill this pocket with wool or leftover yarn scraps, then sew the pocket up. The “stem” of the roll will serve as the neck of the fairy, and shaping it by stitching it together further will help the look of the finished piece.

Photo 3A Photo 3B Photo 3C

Wings and Leaf: (Make 2) Weave a length of matching yarn diagonally across the square, scrunch up the center, and then tie the length of yarn in a knot, securing the wing/leaf shape.

Photo 4A Photo 4B
Arms: Using a rope machine, make 2 passes of yarn in gray/beige, approximately 1/2 yard long. Tie knots approximately 7” apart from one another, and cut the rope on either side of these knots.
Alternate method: Knit some i-cord approximately 7” long and 3-4 stitches wide.
Adding the arms: Using a crochet hook, pass the arms through the sides of the bodice of the dress.
Attach the head: Place the neck of the head into the top bodice of the dress and tack it and the arms into place.

Photo 5
Add the wings: Stitch a wing/leaf to the back of the bodice.

Photo 6B
Stuff the bodice: Working on the inside, fill the bodice with wool or leftover yarn, and sew the bodice together, sewing 4 points together as shown. At this juncture, attach the remaining wing/leaf piece to create the leaves on the inside of the skirt.

Photo 2Bposter sugar plum
Drawstring: With one yard of gray/beige, create a thin rope by securing one end of the length of yarn to a table, adding twist to it, and then folding it in half, tying a knot in one side, and then letting it double back on itself. Weave the drawstring around the bottom edge of the dress, then tie a knot where the ends meet, and cut off the excess.
Adding hair: Needle felt mohair locks or yarn into place on top of the head.

Photo 7
Optional: Sew beads onto the face for eyes, decorate the bodice of the dress with embroidery or beads. Wrap an extra piece of the drawstring around the waist of the dress for added decoration.

Transform the Sugar Plum Fairy into a Sugar Plum by flipping the dress inside out and pulling the drawstring. Surprise!

Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets)--so he's a great mix of data and creativity--all wonderful traits as a member of our sales team. You'll often hear his friendly voice on the phone and you've probably noticed his name pop up in many places: Ravelry, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube. Ben is our digital media manager—the main reason you've seen more activity from us in social media.

Schacht Holiday Gift Guide

Our first snow has fallen in Boulder and November is well on its way. Meaning: the holidays are just around the corner.
We all know that finding the perfect gift for your fiber enthusiast can be a challenge. However, all of us in the Schacht office can offer suggestions–because we want all of these things too! Here is a simple (non-comprehensive) gift guide from us to you! Find all of these Schacht favorites at your local dealer.

 

Gifts for Anyone

 

Zoom Loom
The Zoom Loom is a great way to introduce weaving to adults and kids ages 10 and up. Get somebody who knits, crochets or tats, inspired to weave with this small, easy-to-take-with-you pin loom. Retailing at $39.00, it’s a super affordable gift for the crafter in your life!
Hi-Lo Drop Spindles
Drop spindles are an affordable and and simple way to explore the magical craft of spinning fluff into yarn. Our 3″ Hi-Lo Drop spindle is the perfect beginner spindle ($21.00).


Not-for-Beginners Only
Nothing gets weavers more excited than seeing fabric manifest before their eyes. Get weaving in a jiffy with our Cricket and Flip rigid heddle looms. Ranging in weaving width sizes from 10″ to 30″ there’s the right size loom for your avid fiberista/0.

 

15″ Cricket Loom
The Cricket Loom is super portable and light weight, allowing weavers to weave anywhere and everywhere.
The Flip offers a more deluxe option with wider weaving widths and options for a second heddle. Whether your recipient already weaves or not, these gifts are sure to please them! Our cute-as-a-bug Cricket retails for $154.00-$174.00. The acrobatic Flip retails for $260.00-$360.00.
Sidekick Spinning Wheel

For the-spinner-on-the-go, the Sidekick is a superior travel wheel that now has a companion, the Sidekick Bag ($65.00). With the unmatchable Schacht workmanship, and the ingenious folding design, the Sidekick can go wherever they want it to go! The Sidekick ($825.00) is an unbeatable price for unbeatable quality.

 



Luxury Gifts
8 Harness Baby Wolf
Our Schacht family of looms has a variety of options, starting with our  Wolf Pup LT to our Standard Floor Loom. Our Wolf Looms, our most popular floor looms, all fold up and offer weaving widths of 18″, 26″ and 36″. The Pup sports 4 harness capability, whereas the Baby and Mighty Wolf Looms are available in either 4 and 8 harnesses. The Standard Floor Looms, in either 4 harnesses or 8 harnesses, are well built pieces of equipment that offer a wealth of weaving options.
Schacht-Reeves Saxony Wheel
For the passionate spinner, our Matchless Spinning Wheel and Schacht-Reeves Saxony wheels are stunning options.
The Matchless is made of beautiful Michigan maple. You may also find one of our limited edition cherry Matchless wheels that are promised for the holiday season. Check with your favorite dealer for availability.
Our Schacht-Reeves is our most luxurious wheel and is available in a variety of options.

 

For Those Who Have Everything
We know that many fiber folks have a number of tools, stashes and equipment, and it seems like they couldn’t possibly need something more. This is never true.
-Our new Card Weaving Cards are the perfect stocking stuffer at just $6.50 per pack of 25.
New Card Weaving Cards

Cricket Stands and Trestle Stands are another way to accessorize.

-The Variable Dent Reed is available for all of our Cricket and Flip Looms.
-Spinners can always use more bobbins, also a great stocking stuffer.

-If your spinner has expressed interest in a plying head or artyarn spinning, a Bulky Plyer Flyer Package has it all!

-A full set of whorls is also a great small gift idea.
Contact your local Schacht Dealer and place an order today! Your fiber lover will love you even more!

 

-Benjamin Krudwig
 
Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets)–so he’s a great mix of data and creativity–all wonderful traits as a member of our sales team. You’ll often hear his friendly voice on the phone and you’ve probably noticed his name pop up in many places: Ravelry, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube. Ben is our social media manager–the main reason you’ve seen more activity on our Blog, Facebook, Ravelry, and Pinterest. To see what’s happening, click on the links below.
Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets)--so he's a great mix of data and creativity--all wonderful traits as a member of our sales team. You'll often hear his friendly voice on the phone and you've probably noticed his name pop up in many places: Ravelry, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube. Ben is our digital media manager—the main reason you've seen more activity from us in social media.

Happy Birthday Fancy Tiger!

One of our local dealers turns 8 this year.
Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver celebrated their anniversary with an awesome party!
It was great to see so many people there supporting their local craft shop.The first hundred people to check out got a grab bag filled with Fancy Tiger vendor
goodies. A family with a younger kid got a Schacht Zoom Loom in their bag
and loved it!
Amber and Jamie greet their guests at the door.

Owners, Jamie and Amber were greeting all their friends at the door
while the rest of the staff was busy answering questions, cutting fabric, and
ringing people up at the register. They had great t-shirts, buttons,
small craft kits, stickers, and patches made especially for the occasion. Cute, cute, cute!

The Table of Goodies

 

They currently carry the Schacht Zoom Loom, Cricket, Ladybug and
Sidekick. For Spinzilla, they are stoked about bringing in the Matchless! Jamie
and Amber are excited to experience the smooth treadling action and all the
fine tuning adjustments that only the Matchless can provide. Last year the Spinzilla team from Fancy Tiger Crafts was the winner of the Schacht Challenge, spinning more yarn than any of the other teams that participated. In doing so, they won a Schacht Umbrella Swift!
The Schacht Display
In poking around the store I found things I always forget to buy as well as some good ideas for upcoming projects.

Thanks
for being a fabulous craft supplier and congratulations on turning eight!

-Denise Renee Grace

Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets)--so he's a great mix of data and creativity--all wonderful traits as a member of our sales team. You'll often hear his friendly voice on the phone and you've probably noticed his name pop up in many places: Ravelry, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube. Ben is our digital media manager—the main reason you've seen more activity from us in social media.

Winter Doll Winner – Susan Inouye

We are taking a brief break from our Variable Dent Reed series to bring you a special post.

Last week we announced the winner of the Winter Zoom Loom Doll challenge; this week we have the inspiration behind the winning doll.

skinouye's doll
Susan’s Doll – Winnie the Winter Doll

We asked Susan what her inspiration was for the doll, and she sent us the following:

“Inspiration: 
I dreamed and constructed the Winter Zoom Loom Doll Challenge one freezing stormy weekend. The winter road conditions pretty much left me snowbound so I stayed in all weekend. I saw the Challenge on the Zoom Loom Ravelry Board. I had a Zoom Loom that I had purchased several months ago and had made a few practice squares dreaming that they would become a blanket some day.
The practice squares became the “clothes and accessories” for Winnie the Winter Doll. I made 8 more woven squares for the body similar to the Schacht Doll Pattern. I embellished her dress with some embroidery and constructed a totebag and filled it with a “weaving” project.
Susan Inouye (the doll maker) lives in rural Idaho. Her interests in the fiber arts range from knitting and more recently, simple weaving projects.”
Thank you Susan for sharing your inspiration and imagination! Congratulations on your inspirational win!
For more inspiring projects join our Facebook and Pinterest
Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets)--so he's a great mix of data and creativity--all wonderful traits as a member of our sales team. You'll often hear his friendly voice on the phone and you've probably noticed his name pop up in many places: Ravelry, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube. Ben is our digital media manager—the main reason you've seen more activity from us in social media.

Seasonal Doll Challenge – Winter Winner Announced

Schacht and the Zoom Loom Group have been participating in a Zoom Loom Doll Challenge using the pattern that was in our newsletter last summer. The Ravelers had a few weeks to construct a doll for Winter.

Seven beautiful dolls were submitted and we had a very difficult time choosing a winner!
All of the dolls were unique and had such great personalities; each one was a winner in their own right, however we needed to choose a winner. The Ravelry usernames of the makers are listed under each doll.
To see more pictures of the dolls, head over to this thread.

The winner of the Winter challenge was……

Skinouye’s Doll! We chose this one for one big reason which is the attention to detail. Everywhere you look, there is an intricate little embellishment.
Congratulations Skinouye! A blog post about her and her doll will go up next week!

Skinouye’s Doll!

The other fantastic dolls are shown here:

weaveyarn's doll
Weaveyarn’s Doll

 

ThreadeM's Doll
ThreadseM’s Doll – The Winter Witch

 

NCF's Doll
Noreen Crone-Findlay’s Doll – Winter Fairy

 

kfolson's doll
kfolson’s Doll

 

HotAfricanQueen's doll
HotAfricanQueen’s Doll – Ms. Coco Brown

 

gailsaxton's doll
gailsaxton’s Doll – Icicle Man

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Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets)--so he's a great mix of data and creativity--all wonderful traits as a member of our sales team. You'll often hear his friendly voice on the phone and you've probably noticed his name pop up in many places: Ravelry, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube. Ben is our digital media manager—the main reason you've seen more activity from us in social media.

Check this out!

 

shaker-rug

If you haven’t been reading Yearning to Spin and Weave, then you’ve been missing out on some great ideas, meanderings, project ideas from Melissa and Stephanie. Here’s Melissa’s rug woven from old t-shirt strips from our last installment–now that’s recycling. Look for Stephanie’s repurposed sweater in the next issue and be inspired!

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Jane Patrick

Jane Patrick is Creative Director of Schacht Spindle Company. She is an author, lecturer, and teacher. You can find her class: Creative Weaving Techniques on the Rigid Heddle Loom, on Craftsy.

Pattern #1 Picked-Up Loops

A size #13 knitting needle was used to pick up loops on an open shed. Squishy ribbon yarns create a soft look. Think of a loop pile border at the bottom of a skirt or jacket cuff. Loops in a handspun singles yarn could create a gorgeous pile.

I am fully aware that there is just not enough information out there about weaving. We desperately need more books, websites, magazines. More, more, more! Please, please, please! To help fill the void I’m going to post rigid heddle patterns and because I always get email requests for the draft for harness weaving, I’ll provide this along with the rigid heddle pattern when appropriate. I would love to hear from you about what kinds of designs and patterns you’re looking for and I’ll try to oblige. Some of the easiest patterns to make are “finger-controlled” patterns. IMO these are sorrowfully under utilized. Finger-controlled patterns can be inserted on any weave structure anywhere according to the weaver’s whimsy.

Picked-up loops are made on an open shed and are pretty much as they are named. For this one example, place your heddle in the up position (or down). On a harness loom open a plain weave shed (over-under-over-under). You’ll need a knitting needle to pick up the loops, the bigger the needle, the larger the loops. Loops can be picked up all the way across the warp, from selvedge to selvedge, or in sections. To make a row of loops, open the shed, place the weft in the shed, and start picking up loops at the selvedge from the side you’ve inserted the weft. Pull loops out of the shed between the raised warps and placing them on the needle. You need to work from the side the weft is inserted from because as you pick up loops, you will take up weft yarn. After you’ve picked up the row of loops, press down the weft as much as possible with the beater and then slide the knitting needle out, change sheds, insert the next weft row and beat, locking the loops into place. Bottom Row:
#13 knitting needle and ribbon weft

  1. Use ribbon. Up shed, pick up every third space (between raised warp threads).
  2. Down, 3/2 cotton
  3. Up, 3/2 cotton
  4. Down, ribbon. Pick up every third space
  5. Repeat

Top Row:
#13 knitting needle

  1. Use ribbon. Up position. Pick up every 4th space.
  2. Weave five rows of plain weave with pearl cotton.
  3. Repeat.

This sampler is 3/2 pearl cotton, threaded in a 10-dent reed, 10” wide. On the harness loom, thread straight a draw and weave plain weave.

Jane Patrick

Jane Patrick is Creative Director of Schacht Spindle Company. She is an author, lecturer, and teacher. You can find her class: Creative Weaving Techniques on the Rigid Heddle Loom, on Craftsy.