Spin-along Projects: Dessert Wax Bowl & Water Lily Cushions

Complete project instructions and special tips for Deb’s Dessert Wax Bowl and Water Lily Cushions, designed during the Spring Quarantine Spin-along of 2020. Dessert Wax Bowl Finished size: approximately 3″ high (allowing top edge to roll) x 10-1/2″ across, 25″ circumference. Yarn: 2.6 oz Colorful Colorado Spring BFL handspun (combination drafted, 13 wpi). Needles: size […]

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Permission to Create

“I believe we all enjoy watching ourselves and others transform, because everyone wants that. When you’re not growing, you’re stagnant. That’s not living.”—The Year of Knots, p. 133 Schacht’s staff decided to start our year with a creative bang. We were inspired by a beautiful book and used The Incredible Rope Machine to make ropes […]

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Barry’s Jubilee Weave Along – Warping the Skwoosh Scarf

I’ve always loved the Skwoosh scarf that my co-author Stephanie Flynn Sokolov designed for our book Woven Scarves. I used her initial design as a jumping off point for our weave along scarf, using some of the same yarns from Mountain Colors that Stephanie used for her scarf, but changing the colorway to correspond with […]

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Warp Wrapped Tree Weaving

I love weaving on a little loom. The small scale and portability allows me to do experimental weaving on the go. One concept that I had worked on in the past but hadn’t yet perfected was warp-wrapping, and with Earth Day and Arbor Day occurring in the same week, I couldn’t resist using this technique […]

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Dunes Shawl

Late last spring at Schacht we received a multitude of yarns from several yarn companies intended for a unique piece for the summer TNNA fashion show – a woven vest with warp made up of rope all created on the Schacht Incredible Rope Machine. One day the package from Fairmount Fibers came with a marvelous […]

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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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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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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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Krokbragd on the Rigid Heddle Loom

Krokbragd, meaning “crooked path”, is a Norwegian word for a particular weft-faced weaving technique. This technique is perfect for making a thick and warm woven fabric that would keep out drafts when used as a wall or window hanging and be very warm as a bed covering or lap blanket in cold Scandinavian climates. The […]

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