Rule of thumb: the narrower the fabric, the straighter the selvedges need to be.

This was something I was thinking about this morning as I wove a scarf that will be featured in Berroco’s Knitbits e-newsletter next month. What I noticed as my hands passed the shuttle back and forth was that even when I was weaving plain weave on my Flip loom, I couldn’t just proceed mindlessly. I had to engage, pay attention. Was my beat even? Were my selvedges straight and not drawing in? Were there any skips? Though my thoughts wandered to other tasks of the day, I constantly returned to my hands. I like this back and forth. And as I thought about the new weavers who will try this project, I was reminded of the challenges of the beginner to keep the selvedges straight and the beat even. Weaving with my experienced hands, these things happen almost automatically, though not without paying attention. I think it’s one reason weaving appeals to me. As word of encouragement to new weavers with wavy edges, I suggest you compare your technique from one end of the scarf to the other. This examination will reveal that you’ve improved. And if you compare each successive project, you’ll see that these too have improved. This is encouraging and challenging. My mother Dorothy’s “Practice makes perfect,” admonishment to me as I ran through my scales on the piano certainly applies to weaving as well.

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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.