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 1960's 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.