Wednesday, November 26, 2014

My Zoom Loom Gave To Me - Day 3

On the third day of Christmas, my Zoom Loom gave to me...

Three Snow Birds!



Introducing the Zoom Loom Ornament Weave Along!


Every day from November 24th to December 4th, we will be unveiling a new Zoom Loom ornament pattern on our blog!


See if your local dealer will be holding an event during December, or weave along at home! Post pictures on our Facebook, and chat with others on our thread on Ravelry!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Zoom Loom Gave To Me - Day 2

On the second day of Christmas, my Zoom Loom gave to me...





Introducing the Zoom Loom Ornament Weave Along!


Every day from November 24th to December 4th, we will be unveiling a new Zoom Loom ornament pattern on our blog!


See if your local dealer will be holding an event during December, or weave along at home! Post pictures on our Facebook, and chat with others on our thread on Ravelry!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

My Zoom Loom Gave To Me - Day 1

On the first day of Christmas, my Zoom Loom Gave to me...

One Star Tree Topper on the tree.




Introducing the Zoom Loom Ornament Weave-Along!



Every day from November 24th to December 4th, we will be unveiling a new Zoom Loom ornament pattern on our blog!



Check to see if your local dealer will be holding a weave-along event during December, or just join us in weaving along at home! We'll look for your creations when you post them on our Facebook page. You can also chat with others on our thread on Ravelry!



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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Holly and the Ivy Wreath--A Zoom Loom holiday project


Every now and again we have a project here at Schacht that many hands are involved in. This wreath project was one of those "whole village" efforts.

It all started with our summer intern, Chase Ford, weaving all of the Zoom Loom squares and making the florets. However, when it was time for his internship to be over, the wreath was not yet finished. The wreath then passed to me, Benjamin, where I wrapped the wreath form and placed the "leaves" while Jane worked on making miniature yarn balls. Finally, Judy (a pro wreath-maker) helped oversee the placement of the decorations.

This was truly a fun community effort, and we encourage you to make a wreath with your family or friends this season.

Supplies:
Schacht Zoom Loom
A 14" wreath form
Sport weight wool yarn in 4 colors of green, and 1 color of red.
We used Brown Sheep Nature Spun in Spring Green (109S), Arctic Moss (N20), Limestone (144), Grecian Olive (104), and Red Fox (N46)
Floral pins
Straight pins.
Optional: Needle felting needle or fabric glue.


Mixed green ball in Grecian Olive, Limestone and Spring Green.

Start by first wrapping your wreath form in Spring Green, Limestone, and Grecian Olive. To make this easier, wind the three colors together on a ball winder into a small, palm-sized ball.

This process is an essential step for saving time. 
To start the wrapping process, hold the tail of the yarn down and wrap a few wraps around the tail to keep it in place. Then continue around the form, covering it in its entirety. Pin the end of the yarn down to secure it.


The wrapped form looks more organic when using multiple colors together
Using this tutorial, make 14 florets each of Spring Green, Limestone, and Grecian Olive and 7 florets in Arctic Moss.

Using the floral pins, put one leg through the floret and then push the floret to the top of the two legs. It helped to do this step completely before moving on to the pinning step.

Start pinning with the Spring Green as your first pin, then the Limestone, and then the Grecian Olive. Alternating these three colors, pinning them around the form about 1.5" - 2" apart, changing the placement on the form for a lively effect.

After you place all of the dark to mid value greens, place the 7 Arctic Moss florets evenly around the form, nestling them into any space that looks slightly bare.

To make the balls, wind some yarn into a ball. Then, using a needle felting needle, tack the end down into the ball. Tack yarns around the ball as needed to hold them into place. This can also be done with a dab of fabric glue.


A multitude of red balls of yarn. Use multiple colors for a more yarn-y wreath.
Make 5 balls that are approximately ping-pong ball size, and then make about 20 more balls varying in marble size and smaller.

Using straight pins, pin these to the form in a visually pleasing manner.

Add a loop of yarn to the back of the form to hang.

Brown Sheep Nature Spun has been moth-proofed, and can be stored in a wreath container without further moth-proofing measures.

When you make a wreath of your own, share it with us on our social media!


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Schacht Holiday Gift Guide

Our first snow has fallen in Boulder and November is well on its way. Meaning: the holidays are just around the corner.

We all know that finding the perfect gift for your fiber enthusiast can be a challenge. However, all of us in the Schacht office can offer suggestions--because we want all of these things too! Here is a simple (non-comprehensive) gift guide from us to you! Find all of these Schacht favorites at your local dealer.


Gifts for Anyone

Zoom Loom
The Zoom Loom is a great way to introduce weaving to adults and kids ages 10 and up. Get somebody who knits, crochets or tats, inspired to weave with this small, easy-to-take-with-you pin loom. Retailing at $39.00, it's a super affordable gift for the crafter in your life!
Hi-Lo Drop Spindles

Drop spindles are an affordable and and simple way to explore the magical craft of spinning fluff into yarn. Our 3" Hi-Lo Drop spindle is the perfect beginner spindle ($21.00).




Not-for-Beginners Only

Nothing gets weavers more excited than seeing fabric manifest before their eyes. Get weaving in a jiffy with our Cricket and Flip rigid heddle looms. Ranging in weaving width sizes from 10" to 30" there's the right size loom for your avid fiberista/0.


15" Cricket Loom
The Cricket Loom is super portable and light weight, allowing weavers to weave anywhere and everywhere.
The Flip offers a more deluxe option with wider weaving widths and options for a second heddle. Whether your recipient already weaves or not, these gifts are sure to please them! Our cute-as-a-bug Cricket retails for $154.00-$174.00. The acrobatic Flip retails for $260.00-$360.00.

Sidekick Spinning Wheel
For the-spinner-on-the-go, the Sidekick is a superior travel wheel that now has a companion, the Sidekick Bag ($65.00). With the unmatchable Schacht workmanship, and the ingenious folding design, the Sidekick can go wherever they want it to go! The Sidekick ($825.00) is an unbeatable price for unbeatable quality.




Luxury Gifts
8 Harness Baby Wolf
Our Schacht family of looms has a variety of options, starting with our  Wolf Pup LT to our Standard Floor Loom. Our Wolf Looms, our most popular floor looms, all fold up and offer weaving widths of 18", 26" and 36". The Pup sports 4 harness capability, whereas the Baby and Mighty Wolf Looms are available in either 4 and 8 harnesses. The Standard Floor Looms, in either 4 harnesses or 8 harnesses, are well built pieces of equipment that offer a wealth of weaving options.

Schacht-Reeves Saxony Wheel
For the passionate spinner, our Matchless Spinning Wheel and Schacht-Reeves Saxony wheels are stunning options.

The Matchless is made of beautiful Michigan maple. You may also find one of our limited edition cherry Matchless wheels that are promised for the holiday season. Check with your favorite dealer for availability.

Our Schacht-Reeves is our most luxurious wheel and is available in a variety of options.


For Those Who Have Everything
We know that many fiber folks have a number of tools, stashes and equipment, and it seems like they couldn't possibly need something more. This is never true.
-Our new Card Weaving Cards are the perfect stocking stuffer at just $6.50 per pack of 25.
New Card Weaving Cards
-Cricket Stands and Trestle Stands are another way to accessorize.
-The Variable Dent Reed is available for all of our Cricket and Flip Looms.
-Spinners can always use more bobbins, also a great stocking stuffer.
-If your spinner has expressed interest in a plying head or artyarn spinning, a Bulky Plyer Flyer Package has it all!
-A full set of whorls is also a great small gift idea.



Contact your local Schacht Dealer and place an order today! Your fiber lover will love you even more!

-Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin has a double degree in biology and photography (he also spins, weaves, knits and crochets)--so he's a great mix of data and creativity--all wonderful traits as a member of our sales team. You'll often hear his friendly voice on the phone and you've probably noticed his name pop up in many places: Ravelry, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube. Ben is our social media manager--the main reason you've seen more activity on our Blog, Facebook, Ravelry, and Pinterest. To see what's happening, click on the links below.



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