Recently Schacht released a new loom called the Easel Weaver. It’s cute, compact, easy to use, ready for fun, and ready for travel. You can hold it in your hand, lay it flat on the table (it’s got little rubber feeties on the back to keep it from sliding around), or use the kick stand to have it standing up. These are now sold with a great range of tools including a beater, shuttle, and weaving stick. Choose between three sizes: 6″, 8″, or 10″.
If this looks like something you might be into, that’s great! These are available for you to take home or give as gifts this holiday season. But maybe you want to play around without making a commitment. Perhaps you and your friends are looking for a new crafty endeavor to share.
Join us next month for a Mini Weaving Session! We’ll be working with a 6″ Easel Weaver and lots of different types of materials. Just $35 per person and that includes your supplies and nibbles.
Many years ago – I’m thinking about 10, maybe more – I got it in my head that I needed a new spinning wheel. I already had an older Ashford Traditional that I bought used, but I felt that I was ready to move on to something else. It came down to two wheels: the Kromski Sonata or the Schacht Ladybug. Why these two wheels? I can’t say now what attracted me to them. They were in my price range, easy to take on the road, and charming. In the end I bought the Sonata, but the reason wasn’t profound. It came down to me doing the thing that I always do. Making a decision based on the path of least resistance. When I was car shopping, I bought the first one I found because I wanted to stop car shopping even though I hated the color. I bought the Sonata because my local yarn shop was a Kromski dealer. She had one in stock, so I spun on it, and then I took it home.
Fast forward to last year. Schacht comes into my life with full force. I have the Cricket, the Flip, the Matchless, and of course, the Ladybug at my fingertips. I’ve been using the Ladybug for the bulk of my spinning and I LUUUUURV IT. I find it difficult to describe the differences between it and the Sonata. It just runs so smooth and works just right. What would be different now if I had found this wheel 10 years ago? Buying that Sonata sent me down a Kromski path. I bought the Harp too. Now I’ve completely switched to Schacht. My Sonata is gone. My Harp is gone.
These tools have been replaced with a Ladybug and Flip. I like how solid they feel, how effortlessly they work. The wood is so smooth; the lines are simple and clean; all the parts have a purpose. It appeals to my design tastes and practicality.