Schacht Spindle Company is committed to furthering the crafts of weaving and spinning; we view
education as key to weaving and spinning vibrancy and growth. Schacht Tools for Schools Grants offer
schools and educational programs the opportunity to acquire equipment for this purpose.
Schacht Grants offers grants for equipment to 501(c)(3) organizations or public schools with tax-exempt
certification in the United States for educating people in spinning and weaving.
Applicants must complete all parts of the application.
Applications must include a 501(c)(3) certificate or a public school tax exempt number
Click here for the grant application
Applications are due March 1 of each calendar year.
Recipients are announced April 1 of the same year.
Schacht employees are not eligible to participate.
Applicants shall be required to sign a letter of agreement before the equipment is awarded.
The applicant agrees to use the awarded equipment for at least 5 years.
For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
We believe that there is no better learning experience than being hands-on. That’s why we periodically offer Summer internships. We find that our interns learn a ton during their few months in the factory.
Not only are they exposed to many different looms and weaving styles, they also have the opportunity to work in the manufacturing and assembly areas as well. This gives them a more intimate knowledge of the product, and the mechanics of the tools they use.
Schacht Award for Weaving & Textile Arts
The Schacht Award for Weaving and Textile Arts is an annual special award of $250 honoring one finalist in the Colorado Art Awards. We are honored to support the textile arts and to recognize young artists in our state. Students at least 13 years old, in grades 7 to 12 at a Colorado public, private, or home school, can apply.
Each year, over 6,000 students submit works of art or portfolios for Colorado Art Awards. About 500 of these pieces receive Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention medals based on originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. All finalists will be considered for the Schacht Award; Gold Key medalists advance to judging for national Scholastic Art Awards.
Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. has established an Outreach Fund through the Handweavers Guild of Boulder to encourage and promote spinning and weaving outreach as key to continued vibrancy of these crafts. This fund will make grants or fund projects to promote spinning and weaving education The intent of this fund is to engage audiences in crafts of weaving and spinning, audiences who might not otherwise have the opportunity to be exposed to these crafts. The outreach may be through, for example, public school artist-in-residence, arts festival demonstrations, special population program development, or partnering with other institutions or organizations. These examples should not in any way be taken to limit other outreach possibilities. Programs may be considered for more than one year in duration.
Boulder Fiber Fest
As part of our ongoing commitment to expanding the knowledge of spinning and weaving, Schacht Spindle Company partnered with the Boulder Public Library and The Handweavers Guild of Boulder to host Boulder Fiber Fest. This free educational event took place in August 2019.
Our goal for Fiber Fest was to offer our community a taste of the rich world of the textile arts through hands-on experiences. We set up a series of try-it stations on the library’s lawn which allowed attendees to try different techniques, as well as make finished projects they could take home. It is estimated that nearly 1,000 people attended.
There were several weaving stations, including a large collaborative weaving installation, looms set up for people to try, a learn to crochet project, pompom making, as well as a station where attendees could make a wall hanging with one of Schacht’s looms.
Participants could try shibori resist techniques on a bandana which was then indigo dyed. The spinning station took attendees from fleece to fiber, showing the processes in which animal fiber is transformed into yarn. Spinning wheels and drop spindles were on hand so that people could try spinning.
The collaboration with the Boulder Public Library’s makerspace, Bldg61, the Handweavers Guild of Boulder, and Schacht staff made this event a huge success.
Both adults and children who attended the event were enthralled with the skills they learned. As hosts of the event, we learned that we have an amazing community and look forward to many future fiber events in Boulder.