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 1960's 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.