New York Travel Report, Part 2

I spent a wonderful morning shadowing Sarah Saulson (weaver extraordinare—you’ve seen her work and writing in Handwoven) in the weaving studio at Syracruse University.

The students in her beginning weaving class were exploring structure and were moving on to working with fiber shrinkage. Super fun to see the excitement of new students discovering the marvels of weave structure.
I also gave PowerPoint presentation of my weaving history that highlighted possible avenues for a career in textiles. Some of the possibilities: studio artist (you gotta be good and you gotta work hard), magazine editor for a textile magazine (they NEED good editors!), author (you don’t get rich writing a book, but it is an entree to teaching and lecturing, and there are those royalties whose arrival in the mail always seems to surprise), shop owner (sell the stuff you love and combine it with classes), designer (for yourself or company—think interior textiles)—or as our shipping manager suggests—work for your favorite loom and spinning wheel manufacturer (like she does!).

Overheard: how to get more guys involved in fiber arts. News flash to guys: If you’re having trouble meeting women, just sign up for a textile class (you may even discover that the textile arts are way cool).

To see work of Sarah Saulson, visit the Syracuse University web site:


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.