Color and Pattern in Inkle Weaving

by Annie MacHale For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in patterns and colors. Some of my earliest memories are about noticing patterns on peoples’ clothing and taking “snapshots” in my mind of ones that I liked. Members of my family have learned that when I am looking at something in […]

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Weaving Tapestry on My New Arras

by Kennita Tully Meet Kennita! I began weaving tapestry in the 70s but eventually gave it up to pursue a knitwear design career in the late 80s. So many wonderful happenings have occured in the tapestry world since then! It’s encouraging to see tapestry weave-alongs, new tapestry books, yarns, and looms coming out… like the […]

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Welcome Back

On May 11th, we reopened the factory for production. It is wonderful to be working again, making the products that you have been waiting for. We thank you for your continued patience and encouragement during this time. Though we’re back—and so glad to be working again—things aren’t quite the same: there are morning health checks […]

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2020 Schacht Tools for Schools Grant Recipients

This year we received 39 applications for our Tools for Schools Grant, from which we selected 2 winners. It was an incredible group of applicants. We were so pleased to see all of the interest and excitement for education in the textile arts. Washington Elementary School North Dakota Elementary teachers Emma and Lynette work together […]

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Explore Tapestry Weave Along

Weave Along with Jane Patrick Sign up here. We’ll begin on April 13th! Jane is at home getting to know our new Arras Tapestry Loom—and rediscovering tapestry weaving. She just wove this sampler tapestry bag that will appear in the May-June issue of Handwoven. There’s a lot to learn from weaving this bag—and you have […]

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Looking for Comfort & Peace of Mind

Like all of you, we are on edge here at Schacht. The Coronavirus has thrown us into a whole new “normal” that is unnerving and difficult to adjust to. I keep finding myself using every spare moment to check the news updates and read all the articles I can. While it is important to stay […]

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Custom Colorway from Greenwood Fiberworks

We are so excited to announce our collaboration with Greenwood Fiberworks. Carolyn and her team have hand-dyed two fiber bases in a custom colorway just for Schacht. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog featuring our own Deb Gerish and her spinning experiments with this fiber. You can purchase this fiber on our website. Limited edition—don’t […]

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Fall In Love With The Arras Tapestry Loom

Introducing The Arras Tapestry Loom Contact your local dealer to pre-order today! Coming Spring 2020 Tapestry weaving is growing in popularity and to meet the enthusiasm, we have designed the Arras Tapestry Loom. The Arras embraces traditional tapestry weaving with a modern, thoughtfully designed loom. It’s a rugged loom with all of the features experienced […]

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Permission to Create

“I believe we all enjoy watching ourselves and others transform, because everyone wants that. When you’re not growing, you’re stagnant. That’s not living.”—The Year of Knots, p. 133 Schacht’s staff decided to start our year with a creative bang. We were inspired by a beautiful book and used The Incredible Rope Machine to make ropes […]

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The Year Ahead with Schacht

Thank you so much for celebrating our 50th Anniversary with us in 2019. While telling our story last year, we found ourselves more connected with the community that has made our 50 years possible. This year at Schacht, we will be celebrating the weavers and spinners that make up our local and global community. We’ll […]

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Quarter 4 Employee Honors

Donna C. – Manufacturing Manager Donna grew up in Danville, Virginia and moved around a lot as a child. She’s lived in Longmont off and on since 1994. She and her husband (Peter W.) work in side-by-side roles at Schacht. Donna organizes and facilitates workflow of products. She’s been with Schacht since December 2013, working […]

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Quarter 3 Employee Honors

Lance B. – Shipping & Facilities Manager Lance was born in Pella, Iowa, and grew up in Miller, South Dakota—a town of about 1800 people. He moved to Colorado in 2015, after spending a few years in Phoenix, Arizona. Most of his family still lives in Iowa, though one sister lives in Colorado. Lance just […]

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Barry’s Jubilee Weave Along – Warping the Skwoosh Scarf

I’ve always loved the Skwoosh scarf that my co-author Stephanie Flynn Sokolov designed for our book Woven Scarves. I used her initial design as a jumping off point for our weave along scarf, using some of the same yarns from Mountain Colors that Stephanie used for her scarf, but changing the colorway to correspond with […]

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Fab 50 Vendors!

We are just over 2 months away from our Fab 50 party here at the factory, and we cannot wait celebrate with everyone! Keen observers might have noticed this update a few weeks ago, but we recently announced the select group of vendors who will be participating in our small market. Here’s our list of […]

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Tools for Schools Grant Winners

Schacht Spindle Company is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Tools for Schools Grant! The quality of the applicants was very impressive and we would like to thank all of the wonderful programs that applied. Although we couldn’t choose everyone, we believe that these applicants showed exemplary ideas and programs. The winners are: […]

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Fabric Inspiration – Twill Clasped Weft Pillow Fabric

The weaving technique clasped weft is simple with dramatic effects. Two weft yarn colors interlock and double back on themselves in each pick, lending a tapestry-like appearance to the weave. Generally, clasped weft is woven in plain weave, but for this project, we tried 1/3 twill for a more textural look. I paired the clasped […]

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Join Us in Celebrating 50 Years!

Fifty years ago, Barry Schacht made a drop spindle and inadvertently started a lifelong journey. Over the years, the company he created along with his brother Dan has become a leader in the world of weaving and spinning. Schacht’s success corresponds to the resurgence of handweaving and handspinning: as these crafts grew, so did we. […]

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Sad Selvedges

Dear Tabby, I’m not a new weaver, but it seems that no matter how hard I try, I still get wonky edges on my handwoven fabric. My selvedges are not consistent, and I am getting frustrated, HELP! -Sad Selvedges in Seattle   Dear Sad, You’re right, this is a frustrating problem, but luckily there are […]

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Knitting Yarns and Weaving?

Dear Tabby, I’m a new weaver and I’ve been told you can’t use knitting yarns for weaving. I have a Cricket Loom and would really like to use some of my knitting yarn stash to weave. –Uncertain Dear Uncertain, You can definitely use knitting yarns for weaving—with a few caveats. You can use almost anything […]

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