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April 2021 Newsletter
Jillian’s Tips for Bulky Spinning
By Jillian Moreno
I love spinning bulky yarn—there is such instantaneous joy to it. A lot of spinners only spin bulky when they spin art yarn or highly textured yarn. I do that too, but I like the mellowness of spinning a smooth chubby yarn.
For spinners who mostly spin fine or even medium yarns, spinning bulky can be daunting. Here are a few tips to help you spin fat.
Dive into color with our new spinning fiber from Peggy Doney of The 100th Sheep, designed and dyed exclusively for Schacht Spindle Company.
- 4 oz braid
- 75% BFL, 25% tussah silk
- Beautifully hand-dyed by The 100th Sheep
Meet the 100th Sheep in this video!
We’ve had the iconic Schacht sheep photo reimagined by Boulder artist Catherine Pistone. Catherine’s original artwork is printed on the cover of high-quality cardstock greeting cards. Share your love of the Schacht sheep when you send these greeting cards to your friends and family!
- Pack/10 blank greeting cards & 10 envelopes
with Jane Patrick
Two courses, each with its own yarn kit. Courses will be hosted on our new learning platform (launching soon!).
2021 Tools for Schools Grant Recipients
We are so excited to announce our grant recipients for 2021. With all of the difficulty schools and non-profits have faced through the pandemic, supporting the arts feels more important than ever!
The Art Garage (Denver, Colorado)
Under directors Katie and Abi, the Art Garage hosts classes, courses, and parties on top of collaborating with local organizations to bring their arts programming to underserved communities. With this equipment grant, the Art Garage will add a weaving program to their curriculum. Inkle Looms and Cricket Looms will be available to their students. We can’t wait to see how they are incorporate weaving in their organization.
Art education in Washougal will get a boost from Alice Yang, who teaches middle and elementary school art. She is the first art teacher at her rural school. Alice has redesigned the art curriculum to be choice-based: students will choose from “centers” highlighting different art disciplines. In the Fiber Arts center, students can try a variety of Schacht looms and spindles throughout the year. Wool for spinning will be donated from the families of her students, as many of them keep sheep and other fiber animals. We look forward to seeing how our equipment benefits these kids.