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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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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A Legacy Rag Runner

Good things come from spending time with fellow weavers. We share finished projects, newly discovered tools and toys, and honest critiques. Our lively conversations inspire, motivate, and nudge us into trying new structures and unusual materials. Last year, one of my fellow guild members shared a scarf she’d woven with weft from silk fabric “harvested” […]

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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 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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Surprise Snowman

Drinking hot cocoa, sledding, building snowmen; these are a few of my favorite snowy-day activities. In Colorado, it isn’t always snowy enough to build a snowman, so with this easy Zoom Loom project you can make your own snowman no matter the weather. This cutie requires just a few squares, so you’ll be finished in […]

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Danish Medallions

Barry and I attended the Vav conference in Vaxjo, Sweden at the end of September. We warped up a Flip loom with Danish Medallions (designed by Stephanie Flynn Sokolov) with sock yarn from our Swedish dealer Limmo-design. We were tickled that so many of the conference attendees were fascinated with Danish medallions: it was fun […]

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Frabjous Collaborous Stole

Ooooh – collaboration! One of those undertakings full of opportunity and creativity. Frabjous Fibers/Wonderland Yarns sent Schacht a box of fiber and yarn goodness. This wonderful Vermont company has an abundant line of hand-dyed yarns and fibers, including fair trade yarns and other delights. I was instantly drawn to the colors and textures of yarn […]

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