Team Schacht is Winding up for Spinzilla

A Pile’O Hi-Los With Spinzilla right around the corner (Oct. 7-13) and the Flood behind us, we at Schacht Spindle Company are ready to hit the treadles and fill those bobbins. Our Schacht Team spent an hour last Thursday teaching some of our employees how to spin on a drop spindle. Our team is brimming […]

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Betty Paepke Wins Big at Estes Park Wool Market

Betty Paepke’s 90% Huacaya alpaca and 10% silk noil  2-ply yarn Schacht is populated with many talented fiber enthusiasts. We’d like to celebrate and congratulate our head shipper, Betty Paepke, for her impressive win at the Estes Park Wool Market this past June. Betty not only won the Judge’s Choice Award, she came home with […]

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TNNA–Short Report from Columbus

Barry Schacht at the Schacht booth Jane and Barry pose for Bonnie Kellogg (photographer) We’re just back from Columbus, Ohio where we had a booth at the TNNA trade show. When we weren’t eating Jeni’s ice cream tasting yet another amazing new flavor, we were busy talking to people about weaving and spinning. The Zoom […]

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Inkle Weaving Video–It’s all Fun

If I’ve been a little MIA the last weeks, it’s because I’ve been madly inkling: warping, weaving, planning…20 looms in all! Not just for the heck of it, but for an inkle video that Interweave will release in September. It was a lot of work, but also fun. Here are Anita Osterhaug (Handwoven editor) and […]

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Praise for the Zoom Loom

We just read an article in the Grand Rapids Press by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood (of Craft Sanity) about her enthusiasm for the Zoom Loom. It is exciting to see the enthusiasm growing for the Zoom Loom. Check out this article that also includes a bit of the history of how the Zoom Loom came to be.

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Give Feedback, Help Weaving and Spinning Community

Please take a few minutes to participate in the fiberarts consumer survey now being conducted nationwide by TNNA. This survey will help your local shop, yarn and equipment suppliers know you better and thus provide you with the sevices and products that you are looking for. We are really excited about the survey this year […]

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Peruvian Textiles at the Avenir Museum

Here I am with Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez before her lecture. “Weaving Lives: Transforming Textile Traditions in the Peruvian Highlands” opened Thursday, February 21st at the Avenir Museum in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The show explores the traditions of weaving, spinning and dyeing in Peruvian Highland villages supported and coddled by The Center for Traditional Textiles (CTTC) in Cusco. For […]

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Sara Lamb is a Winner

Anyone who knows Sara Lamb can attest to her winninglyness in many areas, whether its weaving or spinning or dyeing or writing. Now, we’re pleased and honored to announce that she is the winner of our Cindy Lair Service Offer benefiting the SOAR Scholarship Fund. Cindy will be traveling to Grass Valley, California to give a program to one of Sara […]

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Cindy Lair Headed to SOAR

Cindy Lair production manager with herself! Meet Flat Cindy shown here with Schacht production manager and spinning wheel guru Cindy Lair. We’re sending Flat Cindy to SOAR to garner support for the SOAR Scholarship fund. You can bid to win a visit from Cindy to consult about spinning wheels, spend a day at your shop […]

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Travel Report: Iceland

A yarn-bombed tree outside the Asmundur Sveinssson Museum. Iceland is a place that’s near and dear to my heart. I love the land and the sea that surrounds it, its people, and the deep memories I hold. Besides all of the other interesting experiences I had that year such as working in a fish factory […]

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Celebrate Spinning and Weaving Week

This week is set aside for those of us who find weaving and spinning an integral part of our lives. It shapes our views, our activities, how we see the world, how we relate to others, how we spend our time. For me, it’s hard to think back to when weaving (and spinning to a […]

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Madelyn Van der Hoogt Weaving on the Cricket Loom

  Susie Liles of the Eugene Textile Center sent this snappy, happy photo of past Handwoven editor Madelyn van der Hoogt weaving on the Cricket Loom in their Convergence booth. Stop by to try the Cricket and say hi. You also might see our very own Judy Pagels and Denise Renee walking the show.           

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Weaving Project: Nautical Runner

We’re working on our on-line newsletter which should be out in a few days. It’ll feature our new 15” Cricket Loom, helpful weaving tips, as well as this project designed and woven by our intern Cei Lambert. I always love basket materials, so perhaps that is why I find this piece so appealing. The warp […]

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Weaver’s Night Out–Cricket Club This Thursday

It’s time to start the new year out with a bit of weaving inspiration. All new and seasoned weavers alike are invited to Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins in Boulder for an evening of weaving, sharing, community. (It’s FREE!) Judy Steinkoenig, weaving teacher extraordinaire will be your hostess. Bring your Cricket, Flip, table, or tapestry loom […]

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Conversation with Madelyn van der Hoogt

Jane Patrick and Madelyn van der Hoogt after dinner at the historic Boulderado Hotel in Boulder. I had the pleasure of spending the evening with the soon-to-be past editor of Handwoven magazine, Madelyn van der Hoogt. She’s been at the helm of Handwoven for 12 years and is “retiring” to devote more time to her […]

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Weaving: Why We Need it; Why We Need to Pass it on

Much in the current issue (December/January 2012) of American Craft resonated with me. I want to share some of these things with you and to also encourage you to pick up a copy at your local newsstand. In her editorial, Monica Moses talks about Parks and Recreations’ Nick Offerman’s need for woodworking as a way […]

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Day 4: Taos Road Trip—The Belated Report

Sarah and I hit the Wool Market early, doing a quick walk around the park where vendors were lined up around the edges. Adding to the festivities were live music; roasting almonds (hard, hard to resist); and a few Navajo sheep, alpacas and bunnies. Since we needed to hit the road, there wasn’t a lot […]

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Taos Road Trip: Day 3

Here’s Danelle gleefully showing off her two days of weaving. Just back from a dinner at the local favorite eatery, Orlando’s, where Sara and I met Abby Franquemont for some brewskies and chow. Abby had just come off of 6 days straight of teaching and we were impressed with the vigor and enthusiasm pouring forth […]

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Taos Class: Pick Me Up

AAAAAAAwsome. My students were amazing: They mastered weft floats, warp floats, and then put it all together in a window pane pattern of alternating warp and weft floats. We explored honeycomb(so loved that they adored my favorite weave!)…and all with good cheer. Sara, my fellow traveler, taught a beginning weaving class, and afterwards, we walked […]

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Road Trip to Taos Wool Festival

We’re off to Taos to teach at the Wool Festival. Here’s my traveling companion, Sara Goldenberg White with all of our teaching stuff packed in my Prius. Taos here we come! It was a gorgeous fall day and we took the scenic route via 285 through Fairplay, along Pike National Forest. Somehow we weren’t thinking […]

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A Quote of the Day from Joan Didion

Bounty from my Schacht garden. It’s that time of year when one picks more than weaves…! “The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.” Joan Didion           

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Remembering 9/11: Weaving Still Feeds My Soul

My Baby Wolf ready for weaving. Today as I weave, I remember how during those dark days 10 years ago I found solace at the loom. Not shell shocked any longer, but reflective of where the last years have taken us. I am mindful of loss and bravery and resilience. I want the strength and […]

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Cricket Club this Thusday, September 15th

Don’t miss this month’s Cricket Club at Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins. Judy Steinkoenig, weaver extraordinaire, will be hosting this month. Feel free to bring your weaving to share, questions or problems needing solving, and of course, your loom. We’ll meet in the Shuttles classroom from 6:30-8:30. See you then. Also, don’t miss the new textile […]

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