Part 5: Zoom Loom Yarn Explorations


Below are two swatches from Kraemer Yarns. Perfection, a worsted weight yarn in color Butterfly (pink) is a merino/acrylic blend that creates a sturdy yet flexible fabric that would make a great bag or pillow. The second swatch, Tatamy, a DK weight cotton/acrylic blend has a bit of halo effect when woven. The color is Sea Blue. Both yarns weave up easily. For details see: Kraemer Yarns.

Below, from Lorna’s Laces, we woven swatches with in their hand-painted yarn, Pearl, a silk/bamboo blend in colorway “Christmas at Downton”. This is another example of the variety of patterns that are created when the same multi-colored yarn is crossed on itself. Assembling these swatches into a bigger piece, such as a shawl or top, will create a lot of movement in the fabric. We gave these swatches a hard press, creating an even more shimmering fabric.

Below are two yarns from Done Roving Yarns: at left, Panda Mania, a superwash merino/bamboo rayon blend yarn in color Day Lilies, and right, Tapping Tootsees, a superwash merino/bamboo/nylon blend. Both fabrics have good drape: think of crocheting these together, even using both colors in the same piece.

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.