Since our earliest days, we have always felt strongly about education and outreach. In the beginning, we worked closely with the Denver and Boulder free schools to offer classes in weaving and spinning. Barry Schacht was an advocate at the time about the importance of paying teachers. First, he felt teachers should be paid because this would lend a level of professionalism to the program. Secondly, he felt that if students had to pay to take a class, even a nominal fee, it would help increase their commitment. Hundreds learned to weave and spin and with this success, Dan and Barry Schacht opened The Weaving Shop with other friends on Walnut Street in Boulder, where even more in-depth education was possible.
Fifty years later, we continue to believe in the critical role that education plays and have developed several initiatives that support the teaching of weaving and spinning.
Schacht Tools for Schools Grant
To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we established a grant program of up to $3000 for 501(c)(3) organizations and public schools with tax-exempt status to help them purchase weaving and spinning equipment. In 2020, the grant recipients were Washington Elementary School in North Dakota and The Shaker Museum at Mount Lebanon. For further information, email [email protected].
Apply by March 1 of each year.
- Applicants must complete all parts of the application.
- Applications must include a 501(c)(3) certificate or a public school tax exempt number.
- Applications are due March 1 of each calendar year. Recipients are announced April 1 of the same year.
- Schacht employees are not eligible to participate.
- Applicants shall be required to sign a letter of agreement before the equipment is awarded.
- The applicant agrees to use the awarded equipment for at least 5 years.
Schacht Grant Application
Jane Patrick and Barry Schacht Scholarship in Fibers
Our founder, Barry Schacht and his wife Jane Patrick established a yearly scholarship at Colorado State University’s extensive fiber program, led by Professor Tom Lundberg. Quite a few of our interns and employees over the years have come from CSU. This scholarship supports students who are majoring in art with a fibers concentration.
From time to time, we offer summer internships to students studying at the university level. Over the years, interns have assisted with documenting manufacturing processes, making samples for books, warping looms, events, and contributed to our blog and newsletters, as well as working on product design and in our manufacturing and assembly areas. To find out if we are currently offering an internship opportunity, please contact [email protected].
The Handweavers Guild of Boulder Schacht Outreach Fund
When Barry and Dan first came to Boulder, there was already a weaver’s guild. Many of its members provided valuable feedback to the young loom makers. In 2014, the Handweavers Guild of Boulder celebrated its 50th anniversary, and to honor this milestone, we set up a fund to encourage innovative outreach. It has helped provide education to elementary schools, makerspace training, and educational outreach to art teachers, among other projects.
Boulder Fiber Fest
On the local level, we helped found Fiber Fest, along with the City of Boulder makerspace and the Handweavers Guild of Boulder. This summer event is free to the public and shares our love of weaving, spinning, and the textile arts with the public. This one-day event offers try-it stations where the public can weave on a variety of looms, try their hands at spinning, knitting, indigo dyeing, and felting. It is a great way to connect with people who might never have thought about or seen the textile arts. We encourage you to offer a Fiber Fest in your community. It’s so much fun, and worth all of the thrill of discovery from parents and kids alike.