Record Keeping

You think you will remember. But you won’t. I’ve learned this the hard way. I go back and look at a piece of fabric I just took off the loom and I say out loud to myself, “What WAS it I was doing there?”

So this is what I do. I use a cast off spiral notebook and write as I work, recording warp and weft, epi and ppi. I staple the yarns to the first page and identify them if I know what they are. I record everything as I weave. I keep the notebook and pen close by and stop every time I make a change. I number each pattern so that later I can mark these on my sampler if desired. It is especially useful to use hang tags at the edges if the sample will be used for teaching purposes.

I can’t help myself but Jim Croce’s “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” still just sends me—think of playing this for your honey on Valentine’s Day.

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.