Keep It Simple–The Schacht Mini Loom

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Schacht Mini Loom

As I’ve said before, weaving fun does not require a multi-shaft loom. In other words, the amount of weaving pleasure is not proportionate to the number of shafts. This little project is a case in point. I’m having a blast weaving over and under on a simple frame loom. Here is the project I’m working on for our new re-designed packaging for our Mini Loom Kit. No rigid heddle; no shafts.

I used cotton carpet warp for warp, warping the full width of the loom, then wove with Cascade Yarns Tweed, in color #7706–love the little specks that make for a lively background.

The fuzzy soumak accent dots are Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport Weight in 8 different colors—a great way to use up all those little dibby dabs leftover from previous projects. For the top border, I worked a row of soumak in white Brown Sheep worsted singles and then made a 4-strand bundle of sport weight yarn for the red upper border. The back of the bag is solid tweed yarn with a corresponding upper border. I’ll use matching yarn to stitch the front and back together then finish with a magnetic closure and a handle. Stay tuned for the finished piece—it’ll debut at TNNA in a couple of weeks! Gotta weave!

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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.