Sparkly Sequins

Creating Sparkly Yarn with Sequins

 My inspiration this month comes from my visit with friend and fellow “Yearning to…” author Melissa Ludden Hankins. I was fortunate enough this summer to take a trip to Massachusetts to see my old friend. We walked together with our children from Melissa’s charming 1700’s home to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Massachusetts. […]

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Constructing Yarn

Deconstruct and Reinvent

 It is time for spring cleaning: out with the old and in with the new. But wait, before you donate your used clothes, take a look at what might be deconstructed and reinvented. There’s great yarn in there! In the last “Yearning to …” article, Melissa demonstrated how to deconstruct your t-shirts and reinvent them […]

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Check this out!

  If you haven’t been reading Yearning to Spin and Weave, then you’ve been missing out on some great ideas, meanderings, project ideas from Melissa and Stephanie. Here’s Melissa’s rug woven from old t-shirt strips from our last installment–now that’s recycling. Look for Stephanie’s repurposed sweater in the next issue and be inspired!

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Schacht School Loom with Heddle Bar

Schacht School Loom with optional heddle bar I’ve been preparing looms for the photo shoot for our new catalog. Since I have a lot of weaving to do, I’ve been trying to speed things up. Here’s how I’m weaving on the Schacht School Loom. The Schacht School Loom comes with two heddle bars and a […]

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Free Pattern: Bag and Bottle Cozy

Check out our latest edition of our on-line newsletter. In this issue you’ll find a super-easy project woven on our School Loom. We used worsted weight wool and wove two rectangles in a very open plain weave. We then felted the pieces in the washing machine. Find the step-by-step instructions in our newsletter. This is […]

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Jane’s Commandments for Happier Weaving

We’ve given our offices here at Schacht an uplift: new carpet and paint–and that of course, leads to general cleaning and organizing. It’s amazing what forgotten things you find in your desk drawers…! Here’s one of the gems–and since it’s Spinning and Weaving Week, I thought it’d be a good time to share my commandments…er…suggestions […]

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Curtains

Weaving for Your Home

I am writing this from the kitchen of my new home. My husband and I purchased what can only be called a labor of love back in January. It’s a mid-18th century saltbox that has been haphazardly renovated over the years, most recently a half century ago, and greatly needed someone to bring a bit […]

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Keep It Simple–The Schacht Mini Loom

Schacht Mini Loom As I’ve said before, weaving fun does not require a multi-shaft loom. In other words, the amount of weaving pleasure is not proportionate to the number of shafts. This little project is a case in point. I’m having a blast weaving over and under on a simple frame loom. Here is the […]

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Explaining Sett

Sett Explained, Sort of

Every Tuesday evening you can find me at Elissa’s Creative Warehouse in Needham, Massachusetts. I met Elissa last year at The National NeedleArts Association’s summer conference in Columbus, Ohio and found her to be enthusiastic about introducing weaving to her shop. After a bit of discussion, we decided that the Cricket Loom would be a […]

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A Flat Iron and a Shuttle

Having the right tool is a wonderful thing. I broke down a couple of weeks ago and bought a flat iron for my hair that my stylist has been urging me to spring for a—ahem—a couple of years. “You just can’t get ‘the look’ without it,” she’d say. After looking more and more like a […]

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Festive Wine Bag

Festive Wine Bag

Recently I have been glued to the weaving groups on ravelry.com looking for ideas and inspiration. In particular, I like reading the conversations that take place in the “Warped Weavers” and “Rigid Heddle Looms” groups. These groups are a great source of information on equipment as well as the warping and weaving process. No question […]

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