The Weavers’ School: A Good Place to Be


Madelyn van der Hoogt with her dog Huck, Suzie Liles (next to Madelyn) and the their Weaving II class, June 2010.

I’m just back from a trip to the beautiful and lush Pacific Northwest. Coming from semi arid Colorado, I loved the green, green, green of everything—though it was a little cool for what I’d call summer. Barry and I on our trip from Vancouver to Seattle stopped in Coupeville to spend a little time with Madelyn van der Hoogt, editor of Handwoven magazine and Founder and Principal Instructor of the Weavers’ School. Madelyn’s Weaving II was in session and I must say what I really wanted to do then and there was just weave. Madelyn and her Studio Director, Suzie Liles, from the Eugene Textile Center were available to the students who were weaving away on some mighty interesting and beautiful warps. (It was especially thrilling to seem them working away on our Schacht Baby Wolf Looms…!)

I’d call this week of weaving, a weaving camp extraordinaire—a great place for learning and time to weave without interruption. Coupeville is full of delightful B & B’s and restaurants, plus beautiful ocean views—the setting and studio couldn’t be more perfect…so check it out at:

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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.