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 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.