Part 2: Hip to Be Square - A Giveaway with Schacht Spindle Co.

Hi Makers,

Thanks for checking back in with us so soon. I'm delighted to introduce you to Lois Weaver and share with you her thoughts about her experiences and inspiration.

Read on, and at the end of this post you'll have a chance to enter our giveaway for a Schacht Zoom Loom and Liberty Wool yarn -- enough to make Lois' Hip to Be Square Cowl.



Tracy @ CEY:
Tell us a little bit about the type of design work you currently do and where we can find your designs or finished garments.

Lois Weaver:
I mostly design for small looms like Rigid Heddle and Pin Looms, although recently I’ve been revisiting my crochet and knitting skills and incorporating those techniques into my designs. My designs and kits can be found on my Etsy store so you can see what I mean.
T @ CEY:
How did you get into the design world?  When did you publish your first design?

LW:
I’ve loved making clothes all my life! As a small child, I enjoyed dressing up dolls and making their clothes. I started my career as a weaver and designer in my 40s, specializing in original wearables marketed through boutiques and galleries.
Looking for adventure I sold everything except my stored looms and tools and moved into an RV to explore the west. After a year I had serious “weaving withdrawal”. I rented a small loom to take with me into the desert and discovered Cotton Clouds, Inc. in Safford, Arizona. Irene, the owner, and I became fast friends and she asked me to develop a kit from one of my designs. Thus began beginning of my shift from weaver to designer.
T @ CEY:
Do you come from a “crafty” background?  Did your mother or grandmother teach you to knit, crochet or weave?

LW:
I come from a long line of Pennsylvania Dutch Mennonite women known for their work ethic and attention to detail. They made all their clothes and quilts out of necessity. In what little free time they had, they embroidered or crocheted.



My mother taught me to crochet when I was very young. At age 13 I taught myself to knit from a Workbasket magazine so I could knit a Barbie dress. Most of my life, my creativity that had been lying dormant, so at age 40 I enrolled in a university fiber arts program where I discovered loom weaving and made the connection with my birth name, “Weaver” and the craft of my ancestors. Weaving is in my blood—it feels like I have always done it!


T @ CEY:
Where do you find your inspiration?  Nature?  Art?  Dreams?

LW:
Oh, I love color! The beautiful colors and textures in nature and anything that’s around me—even the yarn on my shelf. Even as I finish one project, I see the possibilities for the next. And sometimes all it takes to get my creative juices flowing is someone asking me the question, “Could you . . .? Or in these colors . . . ?”


T @ CEY:
What do you like to do when you aren’t designing or weaving?




LW:
Exploring! My husband and I love to travel. I’m always curious about what’s over the next hill and around the next bend. There is so much to discover.  I also love hiking or anything that gets me out into nature.


T @ CEY:
If you could go anywhere in the world tomorrow – where would you like to visit?

LW:
Not just one place -- I’d love to visit Iceland and the Scandinavian countries, New Zealand; other places in the world where artisans are creating from their own heritage. In the US and Canada, the Pacific Northwest is on my list.


T @ CEY:
What are your favorite fibers for weaving and why?




LW:
I have primarily used cotton, rayon and bamboo in my designing. Since moving back to Colorado, I have been experimenting with a variety of wool yarns. I especially love that small loom weavers can use most of the same yarn as knitters. There are so many new options available and the amazing variety of color effects such as the Liberty Wool Prints that I used in my latest design, Hip to be Square Poncho and Cowl.


Patterns and kits sold at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZoZoFiberArts


About Schacht -
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.

TO ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY: Please use the comments section below to tell us what fibers you most enjoy working with whether animal fibers such as wools and alpacas or plant fibers such as cottons and bamboos. What are your faves to create with them.

Entries must be posted by August 27th and winners will be selected at random and announced on Monday, August 28.

28 comments:

  1. I have a Zoom Loom, Inkle loom, triangle loom, tapestry loom, 3 floor looms, 2 ridge Heddle looms. Dish towels are my current projects so cotton is used a lot. Weaving shawls is becoming another favorite of mine so bamboo is also used a lot.

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  2. I like wool (animal) THE BEST -- however, for items needing frequent washing, acrylics. Plant base fibers are really nice, too (ie cotton for dishcloth, etc).

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  3. Plant fibers are the best for my part of the country (S. Tx), but I love animal fibers too, especially merino and alpaca.

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  4. Animal fibers - wool, cashmere, alpaca, silk! All lovely.

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  5. Definitely prefer animal fibers, wool and alpaca. Projects I enjoy most are shawls, have a gorgeous one on the needles now knitting with wool and silk.

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    1. I love all the animal fibers, silk also! I knit and weave anything from placemats, table runners to scarves, slippers and sweaters!

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  6. I especially love baby alpaca and bamboo! So soft to the touch. I knit or crochet garments mainly.

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  7. Lately I have been weaving with cotton and still figuring how much tension is needed. I like to knit with all fibers but not the older acrylics as they have no give and really feel like the plastic they are. I have lots of wool I would love to weave with and the zoom loom would be the perfect loom along with my 15 inch cricket. Still figuring out how to combine knitting and weaving as I am not sure how to calculate gauge on the weaving and then translate that to knitting, but gauge in knitting has not been my greatest either.

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  8. I love wool and know a lot of wool socks. leaving me with lots of fingering weight scraps perfect for use with a zoom look.

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  9. Baaaaa. A wool lover and shawl knitter ... long ago jack loom knitter. I use American cotton loopers and mill ends with the kiddos in art class. Everyone learns to weave. :)

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  10. I love to use blends of alpaca with tencel or glitz for shawls and superwash merino for sweaters. I think a shawl made from zoom loom squares would look fabulous!

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  11. I really enjoy working with wool and silk blends. The silks adds a nice sheen.

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  12. I like wool for outdoor hats as I live in MN. I've been making chemo hats for friends out of silk/bamboo/cotton.

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  13. I love wool! Very fond of alpaca, silk, and bamboo! Anything natural, soft, and squeeshy!

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  14. I find the project often dictates the fiber type. But my favorite to create with is alpaca.

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  15. I've been using alpaca and it's wonderful! I think this may be my newest go to!

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  16. a good 100% wool gets me excited - I enjoy picking breed-specific for their distinctive qualities, CEY Mountaintop Collection is always on the list. My favorite fiber, spin to project was a wool and baby camel blend. Unbelievably soft, and took dye like a dream. I wrap up in that shawl any time I need soft and warm.

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  17. I like using plant fibers especially bamboo.

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  18. I love to work with all natural fibers, and their blends. Definitely not a fan of synthetics, though I do try to be mindful of a new mother's time, and may use a cotton/acrylic or wool/acrylic blend.

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  19. I love wools and other animal fibers, but I live and fiber craft in South Florida, so I usually work with, and wear, plant based fibers, such as cotton, linen, bamboo, viscose and various blends because they breathe. There's no reason for people to stop working with fibers just because the weather gets hot.

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  20. I love wool most of all, but also like alpaca, angora and mohair. I also like what happens when bamboo or Tencel is added into the balance. The drape and sheen are magical!

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  21. I enjoy working with wool! I love its elasticity.

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  22. Cashmere, alpaca, wool, and silk are at the top of my weaving list. I just love the way those fibers feel. I enjoy weaving wide shawls and wraps that give warmth to the wearer while also being beautiful.

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  23. I love super soft wool and wool blends for knitting, and cotton blends and bamboo for weaving. But I'm currently knitting a baby cardigan with a cotton blend, so I vary by project.

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  24. I love working with alpaca and merino wool.

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  25. I definitely favor animal over plant. I love merino wool. I love alpaca too but it makes me itch. I'm knitting socks and a shawl right now, but I also have a blanket, a tank top, a pet bed, and sweater parts on my needles.

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  26. I most love wool and wool blends for the warmth and softness. I'm a sucker for gorgeous colorways so my favorite yarns right now are CEY Liberty Wool Print and Liberty Wool Light Print. I'm currently working on a cowl and scarf for when the weather turns cold.

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  27. I just began weaving about 6 months ago, after knitting my whole life. I only knit with wool, but have been been experimenting with both in my weaving. So fun!

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