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 lesser degree) were not part of my life. I found weaving in 1971 as an exchange student in Iceland and gradually it became more and more a part of my life until now there’s hardly a separation between my other life and my weaving life. I like it that way.

I’ve been reflecting, though, that it is easy to spend time doing other things: “talking on the ‘net'”, committee work for your guild, writing articles, volunteering. Time that is enriching and connecting, perhaps, but not directly involved in the actual doing of the craft that got us here in the first place.

So, this week I encourage you to connect again with weaving and spinning. If you haven’t sat down to loom or wheel in awhile, just commit to winding a warp or spinning a skein. Pretty soon you’ll discover the joy all over again. You’ll remember what drew you in in the first place and why it’s important in your life. Just starting again is a celebration indeed.
View: The Handweaver’s Guild of Boulder’s Tribute to Linda Ligon. Check out the You tube videos of this wonderful celebration of our craft and the woman who has contributed so much.

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Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960s and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high-quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family-owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.