Weaving Among the Robots


Liz Gipson and Denise had a blast in Aspen at the Mini Maker Faire which was held in conjunction with the Aspen Ideas Festival. Liz scored a press pass to hear Dale Dougherty, founder of Make magazine and the Maker Faire talk about the importance of play.

Here among the mad scientists, robot makers, and ultrasonic cape people that comprise the maker community, you could find kids, teenagers, moms and dads, and grandparents entranced with weaving woven rag cuffs. Even the Makers themselves came over and professed their love of the loom and enthusiastically sat down to weave. Many were familiar with loom technology and its relationship to computer programming—which are both binary systems—either it is “on” or “off”. (The Jacquard loom gave way to the punch card calculator that developed into those early enormous computers that took up whole rooms…the precursor of the iPod.)

In her interview with Dale, he noted that, “We are all creative people who use tools and technology to pursue creative goals” noted Dougherty, “unless you are exposed to this stuff you don’t know if you like it.” As yarn sellers and tool makers we can relate. If there is a Maker Faire big or small in your area get involved. It is a great way to reach out to other makers and bring them into the world of creating with yarn.

For more on Make magazine and the Maker Faire: www.makerfaire.com.

To see a slideshow from the Faire including Liz’s interview with Dale visit www.schachtspindlecom/xxx.

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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.