Highlights from My Summer Vacation


Lotus Flowers, Montreal Botanical Gardens. Photo: Nancy Denkin.

Even though I eat and sleep weaving, every so often it’s good to take a break—and this August it was a 500 km (it’s Canada after all; they actually made the switch to metric years and years ago when we were contemplating the same—they got the job done but we, alas….) bike trip along route 1 of the Route Verte bike trail in Quebec, Canada. We followed the swooping Southern path through what is known as the Eastern Townships from Montreal to Quebec. If you have a hankering for traveling by bike, this path, Quebec, its people, and food are wholeheartedly recommended. Even when I’m not actively designing fabric, I can’t help but be influenced by the sights along the way. The Lotus flowers in the Botanical gardens in Montreal had to be the highlight for color and shape. The delicacy of the petals as they swayed ever to slightly in the breeze seemed in some way other worldly. If only I could create a pale, pale pink sheer fine fabric to capture its essence.

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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.