Messing Around

Don’t let a little warp at the end of your project go unwoven—there are ideas waiting to happen in those last 12”. I just discovered this—again!—as I was finishing up my “Orange Pillow” project that will be featured in the upcoming weaving issue of Craft: Magazine! I tried a different weft—but offset it with a couple of rows of contrasting color. I then experimented with a different float pattern than I had been using. I used several strands of white wool and then I felted the whole thing, clipping the floats after washing. Ideas I’ll use: the single line of white, the three rows of yellow dividing two sections of color, the varied float pattern, though I’m not sure what kind of project these ideas will show up in. Remember, the idea is to mess around, just try things out, don’t think too much. React. Play.

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.