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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Reversible Tufted Cowl – Blue Sky Alpacas Collaboration

For our December yarn company collaboration, we worked with Blue Sky Alpacas for a very special and luxurious scarf woven on our 15″ Cricket Loom. Since Blue Sky Alpacas offers both yarns and fiber, I decided to use both in a project. For this fashionable cowl, I took my inspiration from a traditional knitting technique called thrumming. […]

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Surprise Sugar Plum Fairy – Benjamin Krudwig

  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 Optional: Beads Embroidery Floss Weaving: Weave 7 squares in the […]

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This Winter Warm Up With Weaving

When the snow starts to fly, the urge to weave follows shortly thereafter. Whether you have a Standard Floor Loom or Zoom Loom, we have a collection of cozy projects to get you started. Here, too are some recommendations for gifts to add to your holiday gift-giving list–whether for yourself or your favorite weaver. Cherry […]

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Density Plaid Wrap – Voolenvine Yarns Collaboration

  I was thrilled When I had the chance to work with Kristin Lehrer from Voolenvine Yarns on a project! I have been following Kristin for some time through her video podcast on YouTube. I have admired the beauty of her hand-dyed yarns in each episode. She specializes in variegated colors, each a different recipe. Working with variegated […]

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Personal Stories Contest Winners Announced!

We want to thank you all so much for giving us the opportunity to consider your stories for our 2016 ad campaign. We had over 49 entries, and all of them showed us what a rich and vibrant community surrounds us. We were teary eyed by some stories, tickled by others, and deeply impressed with how […]

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For Spinzilla, Kate is Spinning…

What I love about Spinzilla is that it gets me spinning! Once I’ve got some momentum, spinning is a meditative, calming wonderland, but as a beginning spinner still, it can be hard to get those treadles moving. Last Spinzilla, however, I spun nearly a mile of fiber, and got a running start at the yarn […]

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For Spinzilla, Betty is Spinning…

One of our high-yardage spinners hails from our shipping department. An award winning and published spinner, BettyPaepke is known for her mixing and blending of fibers. As part of preparing her fiber, she loves starting with raw fleece. Betty has been one of our top spinners two years in a row, and this year she […]

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For Spinzilla, Denise is Spinning…

One of the industry’s favorite hand dyers of yarn and fiber is Anzula, based in California. I love the consistency and colorways of their fiber braids which include Ocean, Forest, Garden, and Fire. Sabrina searches for yarn bases and fiber that are luxurious and high quality. Anzula also sells a variety of undyed natural fiber. Don’t […]

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For Spinzilla, Benjamin is Spinning…

For the past few months, I have been a subscriber to the Spunky Eclectic Fiber-of-the-Month Club. A service that provides me with hand dyed fiber every month! Each month a different fiber type/breed is chosen and then dyed by Spunky owner, Amy King, in a color way inspired by a photo. I just love getting a mystery […]

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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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Personal Stories Contest

Everyone has a story and we want to hear yours! Tell us what inspires you to spin or weave, what got you started and what keeps you going. We also want to know how Schacht has played a part in your craft. What Schacht tool, be it spinning wheel, floor loom, cricket or drop spindle […]

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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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Schacht e-Newes – June 2015

Yesterday we released the June issue of e-Newes! In this issue, Melissa talks about monks belt, a versatile block-weave structure and explores the possibility of this particular structure. Other items in this issue: Cherry Matchless are back for a limited run! Spinzilla 2015 – are you ready? The new teacher directory from SWG

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Cindy Lair’s Candy Cover

“I want you to write a travel blog piece for Schacht.” Ben said. “What do you mean?” starting to back away from Ben’s desk. Ben continued, “You know, weave or spin something that is inspired by travel.” Clearly, blogging at Schacht included more than writing. My brain illuminated like a neon sign flashing on and […]

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Spinning and Weaving Group Offers Teachers Directory

Spinning and Weaving Group Offers Teachers Directory to Connect Students, Teachers, and Venues—Sign Up Today! Columbus, OH (May 15, 2015) – The lure of the spinning wheel and the call of the loom is palpable. These tools enchant potential learners, who often stumble when it comes to realizing their dreams of using them. Key to […]

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Take a Class with Jane!

Jane Patrick, our Creative Director, author, and teacher, will be found this summer at several conferences, as well as this fall at Mendocino Art Center. Summer conferences are not only fun, they’re a great way to intensify your learning. June 15-21 Midwest Weaver’s Conference in Minneapolis. Jane will be teaching at the pre-conference workshops, June […]

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Woven Companion Cube by Sam Strasser

In keeping with the theme of art this week, we have a small inspiration post for you this weekend. Though this could be considered a toy, it also functions as a small piece of “soft sculpture.” Sam Strasser, one of our CNC operators at the factory created a small cube inspired by the video game […]

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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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From Crickets to Wolfs

The Cricket loom is a versatile and fun way to get weaving. If you’ve been weaving on the Zoom Loom, the Cricket Loom is the perfect next step in weaving. Here are a couple recent posts about the Cricket, and the people who use it! First off, Liz Gipson of Yarnworker has started producing some […]

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