Weave Explorations: Leno

Lace is everywhere this season: as overlays on skirts, smart crisp collars on tailored shirts, unlined blouses (ooolala), and trims on pillows and curtains. As handweavers we have many choices to create our own beautiful lace fabrics. Over the next few blog posts, I’ll touch on some of my favorites. Leno is a finger-controlled weave […]

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Cricket Loom: Hey! No Loom Waste!

Cricket Loom “warp extender” I’ve been sampling for a garment for the TNNA fashion show which is coming up in June. I didn’t have a lot of yarn for sampling and I had a lot of ideas I wanted to explore. So, to maximize my warp, I tied onto the back with tie-up cords from our […]

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Good Words

Making Danish medallions from A Weaver’s Idea Book An old Sufi tradition advises – before saying anything let your words pass through 4 gates. 1. Is it true? 2. Is it necessary? 3. Can it be said kindly? 4. Does it improve on remaining silent?           

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Schacht School Loom with Heddle Bar

Schacht School Loom with optional heddle bar I’ve been preparing looms for the photo shoot for our new catalog. Since I have a lot of weaving to do, I’ve been trying to speed things up. Here’s how I’m weaving on the Schacht School Loom. The Schacht School Loom comes with two heddle bars and a […]

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Pick-Up on the Schacht Inkle Loom

Weaving a pick-up pattern on a Schacht Inkle Loom. There are several ways to do pick-up on the Schacht inkle loom. This warp-wise pick-up technique is super easy to do and is a great way to begin exploring pick-up patterns on the inkle loom.I find that it’s easy to see what’s going on if I […]

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Jane’s Commandments for Happier Weaving

We’ve given our offices here at Schacht an uplift: new carpet and paint–and that of course, leads to general cleaning and organizing. It’s amazing what forgotten things you find in your desk drawers…! Here’s one of the gems–and since it’s Spinning and Weaving Week, I thought it’d be a good time to share my commandments…er…suggestions […]

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It’s Here! The Weaver’s Idea Book

Super Exciting Day! When talking to people on the phone today here at Schacht Spindle, they kept mentioning that they’d received their copies of my new book, The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom. Then, our copies arrived from Interweave, and boy oh boy, it all seems suddenly real. So….check in […]

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Keep It Simple–The Schacht Mini Loom

Schacht Mini Loom As I’ve said before, weaving fun does not require a multi-shaft loom. In other words, the amount of weaving pleasure is not proportionate to the number of shafts. This little project is a case in point. I’m having a blast weaving over and under on a simple frame loom. Here is the […]

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Twill on the Rigid Heddle Loom

Within the year, a weaver called me at Schacht to ask if it was possible to weave twill on the rigid heddle loom. My reply to her was, yes, it is possible, but not practical. Now, I must retract my statement and hope that whoever she is might stumble across this entry to discover a […]

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Double Weave on the Schacht Flip Loom

You can weave double weave on a rigid heddle loom—and it’s especially convenient to weave on our Flip loom because of its two heddle capabilities. To begin, warp your loom as for two heddles (check out our Schacht Winter 2007 on-line newsletter for the details) with this special instruction. Warp two colors together, thread color […]

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Pattern #2 Waffle Weave

  Pattern #2 Waffle Weave. 3/2 pearl cotton at 12 ends per inch. This pattern uses a pick-up stick to weave warp and weft floats to create the pattern. To use a pick-up stick, place the heddle in the down position. Behind the heddles, pick up raised warps. For this pattern pick up 2 up […]

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Selvedges

Rule of thumb: the narrower the fabric, the straighter the selvedges need to be. This was something I was thinking about this morning as I wove a scarf that will be featured in Berroco’s Knitbits e-newsletter next month. What I noticed as my hands passed the shuttle back and forth was that even when I […]

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Inkle Weaving Video

Today marked a technology evolution for us at Schacht. We published our first how-to video: Weaving on the Inkle Loom. It is a short, 10-minute no frills how-to lesson on warping and weaving on our Schacht Inkle Loom with instructions for weaving a band. You’ll also find the complete instructions for this band in our […]

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Winding Bobbins

I’ve been working on a two-heddle scarf project for the next issue of Weavezine. www.weavezine.com As usual, I’m not as ahead of schedule (e.g. I’m behind) as I’d like to be. But having a deadline is a good thing—and sends me looking for ways to be more efficient. Here are a few of my current […]

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Record Keeping

You think you will remember. But you won’t. I’ve learned this the hard way. I go back and look at a piece of fabric I just took off the loom and I say out loud to myself, “What WAS it I was doing there?” So this is what I do. I use a cast off […]

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Happy New Year and Happy Weaving

  Last night I warped and wove my sample scarf for my TNNA (The National Needlework Association) class I’ll be teaching next week in Long Beach. It turned out all right; I learned a few things. I added to my weaving vocabulary—that storehouse of knowledge that increases every time I weave. Weaving discoveries inspire me […]

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Learning As You Go

I’ve been weaving since 1971. If my math is correct (always a question), it means I’ve been at it for some 36 years (some years more than others). Over that length of time, you learn a few things. And keep learning—and this is what I love about weaving. Just a week ago as I was […]

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