Weave Explorations: Leno


Lace is everywhere this season: as overlays on skirts, smart crisp collars on tailored shirts, unlined blouses (ooolala), and trims on pillows and curtains. As handweavers we have many choices to create our own beautiful lace fabrics. Over the next few blog posts, I’ll touch on some of my favorites.

Leno is a finger-controlled weave and is a wonderful way to create stable open spaces in a weaving. Use it for curtains, a peek-a-boo blouse, or a trim on a placemat.


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.