Confessions of a Novice Weaver – The Final Week

The final installment from new weaver, Melissa Ludden. Our final project was to weave overshot. Confession #10 My first impression of overshot was that it seemed a bit fuddy duddy. Not very nice, I know, but this is a confession, and confessions are generally a bit controversial by nature. Then Judy showed us a shawl […]

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Road Trip to Chadron—Alliance

Alliance is a railroad town in western Nebraska. It is where my dad grew up, but the reason we go to Alliance is to visit Carhenge—a replica—in cars—to the real Stonehenge. Built by Jim Reinders in 1987 with the help of his family, Carhenge is known as the Car Art Reserve. I call it fun […]

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Road Trip to Chadron–Cabela’s

This is the second year I’ve driven with three friends from my book group to Chadron, Nebraska for the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society Conference. It was a wonderful journey and I want to share some of it with you. Even though I’ve lived in Boulder, Colorado (a not too-shabby place to live) a decade longer […]

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Messing Around

Don’t let a little warp at the end of your project go unwoven—there are ideas waiting to happen in those last 12”. I just discovered this—again!—as I was finishing up my “Orange Pillow” project that will be featured in the upcoming weaving issue of Craft: Magazine! I tried a different weft—but offset it with a […]

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Rebecca Bluestone

Today I took off a couple of hours from work to go hear Rebecca Bluestone talk on the subject of “Intuition and the Process of Creative Expression”. I was interested in her talk both because I admire her work and because her topic is something that I lecture about too. Rebecca Bluestone is a contemporary […]

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Weaving Goes On-Line

On February 14th Weavezine was launched by Syne Mitchell of Weavecast fame. Weavezine is an on-line weaving magazine and includes projects, book reviews, tips, and techniques. Weaving ergonomics, designing with turned-weft ikat, and three projects with complete instructions are some of what you’ll find in this first issue. Congratulations to Syne for providing the weaving […]

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TNNA–The Long Beach Report

  I just returned from sunny Long Beach where I taught a beginning rigid heddle weaving class and also a class to shop owners about how to add weaving to their shop inventory. TNNA (The National Needlework Association) is a trade organization that sponsors classes for yarn shops, as well as trade shows for manufacturers […]

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Dye Day

My friend Maggie Casey of our wonderful yarn shop Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins in Boulder gave her employees and a few of us lucky friends a wonderful gift. We each received a machine knitted blank (48 stitches knitted out of Henry’s Attic Kona (a superwash merino wool). She then prepared the shop dye studio for […]

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Happy New Year and Happy Weaving

  Last night I warped and wove my sample scarf for my TNNA (The National Needlework Association) class I’ll be teaching next week in Long Beach. It turned out all right; I learned a few things. I added to my weaving vocabulary—that storehouse of knowledge that increases every time I weave. Weaving discoveries inspire me […]

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New York Trip, Part 4: The Handweaving Museum and Arts Center, Clayton, New York

Located in Clayton, New York, The Handweaving Museum and Arts Center has two purposes: collecting and exhibiting textiles 20th century American handwoven textiles and serving as a local art center providing classes, studios and exhibits to area residents. The center houses over 1400 textiles, including extensive collections of important weavers such as Berta Frey, Mary […]

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Travel Report, Part 3

New York, New York My visit to Etsy was both a flash back and a fast forward experience. Here I found the excitement of weaving in the 70’s (when everyone was doing it) coupled with high tech. Here’s their mission statement from their website: “Etsy is an online marketplace for buying and selling all things […]

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New York Travel Report, Part 2

I spent a wonderful morning shadowing Sarah Saulson (weaver extraordinare—you’ve seen her work and writing in Handwoven) in the weaving studio at Syracruse University. The students in her beginning weaving class were exploring structure and were moving on to working with fiber shrinkage. Super fun to see the excitement of new students discovering the marvels […]

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New York Travel Report, Part 1

I’ve been traveling, and how good it is to be home. It was a fabulous trip with many parts (more later), but the best part was getting away from my own environment and seeing what else was going on in weaving and spinning, as well as textile art in general. EGLFC (aka Eastern Great Lakes […]

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The Mighty Wolf Debuts on Network TV

See the Mighty Wolf in episode 3 of The Big Bang Theory on CBS on October 8 at 7:30pm mt, 8:30pm et/pt. Our Schacht office staff who watched the first episode enjoyed this humorous show starring some quirky, geeky guys. In episode 3, one of them weaves a poncho on our Mighty Wolf—and wears it […]

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Missing in Action: Something’s Gotta Give

I’ve fallen into one of the perils of writing a blog: not having anything to say. This is a heavy weight. As explanation and apology, I refer back to an earlier entry where I mentioned that sometimes, in order to accomplish a special task, something else has to give. For the past few weeks that […]

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Sharing the Love

In the late ‘70s I joined the Handweavers Guild of Boulder. I was a novice weaver, young, and highly enthusiastic. I had learned about the weaving guild through my beginning weaving class (Deborah Chandler was my teacher) at my local weaving shop (where I met my husband, Barry Schacht) and was eager to become part of […]

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Inside the Schacht Ladybug Design Team

You may have seen and heard about the Ladybug Spinning Wheel we’re working on. She’s getting quite the buzz out there, and we’re really excited about how the wheel is developing. We’re having a blast with the design process and I thought you’d like a look inside Schacht. Filip Sokol has been instrumental in following through […]

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Wedding Report

THE SHAWL: I DID finish the shawl with a few days to spare! It DID turn out beautifully—a simple and subtle design with a wonderful drape—a reason to spring for tencel! And if you have any old Cum Wool hanging around, you’ll find it to be delightfully springy. I used it at the edges of […]

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Wedding Shawl Report

Saturday, as I was warping my loom for the wedding shawl, I was talking to myself, “This is not where I want to be. A week away from THE WEDDING and STILL weaving; no, not even weaving, warping the loom for the shawl!” Then I let the thought go…most everything is ready for arriving guests, […]

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Midwest Weavers Conference Report – Roots 2007

As a Nebraska girl, it DID feel like I was returning to my roots when I traveled with colleague Betsy Blumenthal to Blair, Nebraska (just north of Omaha) for Midwest Weavers Conference, Roots 2007. The setting of Dana College was beautiful and just down the hill from the Black Elk-Neihardt Park (a city park that […]

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What We Want

Today I am preparing for the inkle weaving class I’ll be teaching at Midwest Weavers Conference in Omaha next week. I know spaces are still available, so if you’re a spur-of-the-moment type check it out for next weekend (June 22-24). In getting my materials ready, I uncovered a treasure-trove of inkle samples willed to me […]

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TNNA Travel Report

I just returned from TNNA (The National Needlework Association), held in Columbus, Ohio. TNNA is a trade organization primarily for the needlearts: embroidery, counted cross stitch, knitting and crochet. Debbie Becker weaves her scarf. The gathering in Columbus offered shop owners, designers and teachers classes and a trade show. I went to teach two weaving […]

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What I’ll Be Watching

Life Becomes Art: Craft in Amercia This three-part PBS series begins airing on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 with Part I—Memory. This 60-minute documentary will explore craft history in America. Part II—Landscape and Part III—Community will follow. Check your local listings for details. www.craftinamerica.org           

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Visit the Schacht Booth at TNNA

Dateline: TNNA May 31-June 4, Columbus, Ohio If you have a yarn shop, then TNNA is a great place to see all that’s new in the yarn industry. TNNA (The National Needlework Association) hosts two shows a year, one in January in San Diego and the summer show in Columbus. This wholesale, members-only show features […]

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Just Who in the Heck is Violet Rose?

Many moons ago when I was editor of Handwoven I needed a pen name for an in-house article. The reasons for this are too long to relay here, but essentially that’s how Violet Rose was born. What I’ve never revealed until now is just who Violet Rose is. You might guess that she is an […]

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