How can I learn to spin or weave?

The History of the Teachers Directory

In 2014, the Spinning and Weaving Group identified its priorities and at the top of the list was education—teaching new spinners and weavers is critical to growing our market. Many specialty retail shops that cater to crafters want to offer products for spinners and weavers, but they don’t have the expertise in-house to support the products. This directory is a resource for those shops and other venues looking for qualified, experienced weaving and spinning teachers.

Spinning and Weaving Teachers Directory

This on-line registry is the go-to source to find qualified spinning and weaving teachers.

It’s easy to register. Just go to and click on the Teachers Directory to register. The registry is open to all qualified spinning and weaving teachers for FREE until December 2016, at which point you must be a TNNA member to maintain your listing. If you are a teacher, click on “submit a listing”, fill out the form, include two references, and submit it for review.

Shops: It’s easy to find a teacher. Just go to and search the list and contact the teacher through their contact information provided.

The Spinning and Weaving Group’s (SWG) Teachers Directory connects students with teachers. It is managed by the Spinning and Weaving Group, a product segment group of The National Needlearts Association (TNNA). TNNA is a trade association for independent needlearts businesses catering to stitchers, knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and related yarn craft. SWG strives to promote the joy of spinning and weaving and advocate for these crafts in the larger market.

Jane Patrick, SWG Education Committee

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.