Best Boats

  When you graduate from a stick shuttle to a boat shuttle, you’ll exclaim that you’ll never go back. The spinning bobbin unwinds the yarn automatically as the shuttle passes back and forth. Your weaving speed increases and you’ll notice a marked improvement in consistency. Here are a few tips for choosing the right boat […]

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5 Last Minute Handmade Gifts to Make

By the time you read this blog post, there will be 36 days left until Christmas. Don’t Panic! Many of us try to get our gifts made early, but it is inevitable, there are always a few that fall through the cracks. Here are five of our favorite quick and easy projects from the Schacht Blog […]

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zoom loom potholder

Zoom Loom Color Block Potholder

  Bright and cherry, this simple felted potholder is easy to make for holiday giving. Difficulty: Easy Number of Squares: 18 Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun, Sport weight in Fox Red N46, Goldenrod 125, and Blue Boy 116. Loom: 4 x 4 Zoom Loom, 6” weaving needle Notions: Tapestry needle Weaving instructions: Weave 6 squares […]

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wolf pup 810

New Wolf Pup 8.10

Coming to you in late fall is our new Wolf Pup 8.10. For years, weavers have been asking for an 8-shaft Wolf Pup LT. They loved their pint-sized loom for workshops, but wanted 8 shafts. We liked the idea, too, but how to get 10 treadles in such a narrow space—with room for feet? Weavers […]

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Prep for Spinzilla

We are just about 2.5 weeks away from the 4th annual Spinzilla competition. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Spinzilla is a global spinning competition that raises money for NAMP (Needle Arts Mentoring Program) to get various fiber arts kits into the hands of children. We are happy to say we have another full […]

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My Story: Debbie Heilig

Debbie Heilig – The Cricket Loom – A “Gateway” Loom After more than twenty-five years of being in business, ten years of attending college as an adult, and raising a daughter, I found myself seeking a creative outlet for the next stage in my life. Now, four years later, weaving not only calms me after […]

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Convergence 2016 – Shuttle Races!

This August, Schacht is returning to Convergence in a big way! We hope you’ll stop by to check out our looms, our new Flatiron Spinning Wheel, and chat with Jane, Barry, Michael, Judy and Ben! We will also be collecting stories. We’d love to know how you started weaving, what you love about it, and […]

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My Story: Debbie Drake

Debbie Drake – The Call of the Fiber When I was a young woman, my grandmother taught me to tat and I became proficient and passionate about it over the years. Eventually, I found a wonderful group of friends on-line that shared my passion and learned of their many other fiber-related hobbies, such as bobbin-lace, […]

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My Story: Julia Weaver

Julia Weaver – Healing Trauma Through the Gift of Weaving I began to weave in the midst of a painful coming-of-age experience. Instinct led me to pick up yarn and weave it, under and over, over and under, in a healing rhythm. Later, I would learn that my paternal grandfather was a weaving apprentice and […]

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Road Trip Weaving

Road trips are in! So, take to the highway with these favorite books for summer learning, weaving and felting. The Schacht Zoom Loom can slip into backpack or carry-on for weaving on the go. Two terrific books: 100 Pin Loom Squares by Florencia Campos Correa. More than just squares, this inspirational title with the Zoom […]

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My Story: Pam Howard

Pam Howard – Resident Weaver and Keeper of Looms In 1967, my mother gave me my first loom, a rigid heddle. A home economics teacher who had learned to weave in school, she instructed me on my small loom. I was only 13 years old and knew then I wanted to be a weaver. I […]

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My Story: Birgit Greer

It’s all my daughter’s fault! I began spinning many years ago when my daughter gave me a fleece from her Future Farmers of America summer project. The fiber was way too short to spin, but I did not know that and loved the way it felt. Soon, I was looking for a spinning wheel. Garage […]

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Sett Yourself Up For Success

“It depends.” That is often the answer I give when I’m asked how to sett a yarn. It depends on the fiber content of the yarn. It depends on the size of the yarn. It depends on how the fabric will be finished. It depends on the intended use of the fabric. Generally, once you’ve […]

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My Story: Pamela Harwood

Weaving Aboard a Boat I began my textile journey as a knitter. My first project was a scarf for my husband. While I found knitting hats and sweaters to be quick and ever-changing, as I gained proficiency, I realized that I felt bogged down by the sameness of knitting scarves. It wasn’t until I discovered […]

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My Story: Amanda Migoski

Fiber therapy My Ladybug spinning wheel didn’t save my life, but it did help save my sanity. In the fall of 2014, I was about to start my 23rd year of teaching elementary music when I was diagnosed with a rare and serious autoimmune disease. The treatment? Almost two weeks in the hospital and six […]

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My Story: America Smith

“Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, arriba, abajo . . . “ When I took a job teaching English to 400 students whose first language was Spanish, I made a commitment to learn their language in order to communicate with their families. I packed my bags and went in search of the Spanish language, having no idea […]

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My Story: Olga Jamieson

Spinning on the Schacht Reeves in the Highlands of Scotland I am of Russian nationality and met my husband in Scotland some five years ago. We live in Loch Ness, famous for its monster sightings. My passion for craft work runs through my veins. My ancestors were experienced spinners, and I have my grandmother’s spinning […]

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My Story: Kyle Kunnecke

Kyle was one of our grand prize winners for the Personal Stories Contest, you can see his story in the Spring 2016 issue of Spin-Off. Kyle has released the free knitting pattern for the Hayden Cowl that can be seen in the advertisement. Here are the photos that you won’t see in the article, and […]

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What’s New??

The Wolf Pup and Wolf Pup LT have been gaining in popularity and new Pup owners are asking for more accessories. We’ve responded with three new products to make your Pups even more wonderful. Wolf Pup High Castle Tray You can now order this for your current loom or a new one. The tray can […]

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Fiber Art by Denise Renee Grace

The purpose of the Schacht blog has been and always will be to share and inspire ideas about weaving and spinning. Looking at all the weaving patterns, yarns, and colors, the possibilities really are endless. All of us could do projects for the rest of our lives and technically, we will never do the same […]

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Ravelry Project Page Update

We have been busy here at Schacht improving as much as we can; from our processes and products to our projects and posts! You may have already noticed that we have been updating old blog posts to make the projects associated with them easier to access, and to make the style of the blog posts […]

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Throwback Thursday – Drop a Note!

Every Year, Jane and Barry design a new card for use around the holidays with a re-designed logo. As we have been doing our Spring cleaning here in the office, we stumbled upon a few of them from years past. We hope you enjoy the artistry behind these cards as much as we do! Top […]

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Woven Heart Card – Jessica Knickman

Card design by Jessica Knickman Craft your special Valentine a handmade card this year with this simply-woven card. The effect is lovely—and the technique is easy: just draw the design on the wrong side of the front of the card, cut slits in the card, weave across with paper, and back with a like color. […]

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