Truths and a Lesson

After 30 some years of weaving you think I’d know better. This is what I DO know. Your mother was right, “Haste makes waste”. Shortcuts almost always get you in trouble. The six ‘P’s (Prior Preparation Prevents Pretty Poor Performance–I’ve often inserted another word here for “pretty”, you can guess what it might be) help insure good results. So, what you ask, was my “crime”? Not testing the color fastness of a yarn I used to weave a sampler for my upcoming rigid heddle pattern book. The reason I’m so disgusted with myself is that I should know better. What would have been a perfectly wonderful piece, ended up with splotches from yarn that ran. Because I was in a hurry, eager to get weaving, I didn’t take the five minutes (max!) to boil up some water, pour it into a white cup, and drop in a length of the offending yarn to see if the water stayed clear or turned a lovely (yuk!) shade of pink.

Here again, I come back to my mantra, “sample, sample, sample.” Oh, it gets you out of so much trouble. And take it from me, if you don’t know the yarn, if it’s red, purple, a dark color, or of uncertain origin, just take a moment to test it in some hot water—and make a cup of hot tea while you’re at it.

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.