Part 4: More Zoom Loom Yarn Explorations

Below, Blue Ridge Yarns sent us this fun 100% pima cotton yarn called Pima Paints. The color changes result in a happy, squishy plaid.

Below, Pirouette from Classic Elite Yarns gave us a chance to see how a lace weight yarn weaves up on the Zoom Loom. Pirouette is a lovely kid mohair/bamboo/nylon blend yarn and we tried single strands, doubled and tripled. Even though this yarn is somewhat fine, because the mohair is fuzzy, the squares even when woven with a single strand hold together quite well. Below, from the bottom counter clockwise: A square of a single strand of Blue Jay (think lightweight scarf or shawl); a strand of Black and a strand of Pearl Gray are used together for a heavier weight fabric with a mottled effect; three strands, one each of Blue Jay, Pearl Gray, and Alizarin create colors that come and go in the fabric depending on how the yarns twist in the web.

Below: Also from Classic Elite Yarns, Sanibel, a cotton/viscose blend yarn with matte and shiny areas has a lot of drape and would make a lovely scarf or top. The squares below illustrate how the shiny areas show against the matte areas, as well as the patterns that naturally occur.


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.