Surprise Elf

When I think about winter and the Christmas season, I can’t help but feel a sense of joy and wonder. The possibilities of transformation, ancient magic, and folklore fill my head with delight. This is why I designed the Surprise Sugar Plum Fairy, and then a couple of years later I made the Surprise Snowman. This […]

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Three Ply Fractal Spinning

After my last post on spinning fractal yarn, I wasn’t quite happy with the idea. The premise of the technique is sound, but it isn’t truly a fractal in the mathematical or scientific sense of the word. A fractal is a pattern that is self-similar, and repeats itself in different scales. Image from a thermodynamics […]

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A Little Wound-up

Dear Tabby, I’m a new spinner and I am getting extremely frustrated when I sit down to spin!! My yarn is all squiggly and is getting kinked up. What is happening?!? Help! – Wound-up Wanda   Hi Wanda, This a common problem for new and experienced spinners alike! The cause of this problem is that […]

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Fall Project Roundup

After a few weeks of record heat in September, October has brought with it a real bout of fall weather. We are loving the cooler temps where we can bundle up in our woolen goods and spend cozy evenings inside making things. To celebrate this changing of the seasons, here are a few of our […]

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Zoom Loom Summer Sachet

I can’t think of a better summer project than a handspun, handwoven, and handstitched lavender sachet. All of the pieces are small and portable; you don’t need much yarn, and the finished product is one of those can’t-quit-squishing-it projects. I spun my yarn, some on my Sidekick and some on a spindle, while I traveled. […]

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5 Fun and Easy Stash-busting Projects

Whether you’re a yarn-store owner with slow-moving stock, a yarn addict, or just someone who wants to bust their stash; we’ve got 5 easy projects that will knock that pile of yarn down. Zoom Loom Holiday Flower Lights This project was first introduced as a way to dress up holiday lights. EJ, one of our […]

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Yarn Swatching 3 Ways

What will this yarn look like when I weave with it? As a weaving instructor, I get this question every time I teach. While it is a great question, it’s one that’s hard to answer because each yarn is so different. A few years ago, we did a yarn study with the Zoom Loom, but […]

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Fringed Woven Rope Vest

“Creative, innovative, exciting, and new, all come together in this wonderful woven rope vest from designer Benjamin Collyn Krudwig and Schacht Spindle Company.” – Barry Klein of Trendsetter Yarns. These were the words uttered during the Summer TNNA (The National Needle Arts) fashion show in Cleveland as the Fringed Woven Rope Vest adorned the runway […]

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See us at TNNA this Summer!

TNNA (The National Needlearts Associatoin) Summer Show is right around the corner, and we’ve been working around the clock to prepare for our trip to Cleveland. This year we wanted to tie the whole fiber industry together, combining yarn and fiber companies in one interactive installation. This idea led to the creating of the Grande […]

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It Was a Vest at Times, It was a Wrap at Times – Hedgehog Fibers Collaboration

When I approached Hedgehog Fibres with the idea of a collaboration, I knew that whatever we did, it would be bold. Given her bright and saturated colors, there was no chance that this project would be boring. I chose a bright variegated colorway “Raku” and counterbalanced it with a more tonal yarn called “Poison.” While […]

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The Shape of Bay Shawl – Bristol Ivy Guest Post

A few weeks ago we posted our project, The Rain in Spain Cowl, as part of this triple collaboration between Bristol Ivy, Cashmere People Yarn, and us. We love Bristol Ivy’s use of this stunning yarn. Read all the way through for a special surprise from Bristol! Sometimes designing is an exercise in letting go. We […]

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NEW Easel Weaver

Little Looms are still gaining in popularity, and the number of projects, publications, and Pinterest boards seem to multiply exponentially. While we have been a leader in the small loom market, we knew that there was room to for another loom. Meet the Easel Weaver, the new I-loom from Schacht Spindle Company! This versatile I-loom […]

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The Rain in Spain Convertible Cowl

This project is part of a special collaboration between Casey Ryder from Portfiber, distributor of Cashmere People Cashgora yarns, Bristol Ivy, knitwear designer extraordinaire, and us! This seemed like a match made in heaven: individual threads and stories from around the world coming together in one piece. Boulder, CO, our Schacht headquarters, is the “sister […]

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3 Incredible Rope Home Decor Projects

As you read in our January e-Newes, our theme for January is “what was old is new” and in this post, we’re breathing new life into three vintage decor ideas. For all of these easy projects, you’ll need yarn and an Incredible Rope Machine. For instructions on how to use the Incredible Rope Machine, check […]

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DIY Scrap Fabric Jump Rope

As the new year rolls around, many of us adopt new year’s resolutions to try and better ourselves and our lives. Whether it’s a fitness goal or a desire to de-clutter your space, this jump rope project will take care of both. We want to thank Lillemor Elfgren of Limmo Designs in Sweden for the […]

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