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Weaving Southwest  Weaving, spinning and dyeing in Northern New Mexico since 1983.


I know I’ve been a bit hush-hush about our event this weekend... LANA: A Fiber Experience. It was so last minute and I wanted to make sure everything ran smoothly. Tomorrow is day 2. If you are in the area, we would love for you to come by! 10AM-4PM on Sunday. All the info is on our website (link in profile). Hope to see you mañana! And if you’re not around, please help us spread the beauty of this gathering by tagging anyone you think may be in the area. Also, we are going to do this again next year... I hope you all can be here! Thanks to @mineshbacrania for this wonderful photo! And thanks to the amazing demonstrators/teachers that have helped to make this happen! To name a few... @kimberly.hamill.weaving @j_f_y @sandodawg @yarnworker @jfranklin87560 @jaybegay @jirenestudio @aspinnerweaver @cornelia_tg

Your #dailydoseofinspiration! Year of Churro Afghan by Jo Ann Hulett, 58×82, 100% #churrowool

And now for some color!⠀

Jo Ann has been a #churroclub member since day one. When she sent me a photo of this piece about six months ago, my jaw dropped… what a fantastic way to use this yarn!⠀

Each month Jo Ann would receive her Churro Club box, with four 2 oz. skeins of #churroyarn. She would crochet it up, one skein at a time. Then the next Churro Club box would arrive and she would crochet up that month’s colors. One year later, she ends up with this beautiful afghan!⠀

“Practically every inch of yarn from each skein was used in the afghan, with colors changing randomly mid row. It is a modified ripple pattern which worked well with this yarn and the many colors used. It will be a treasured piece for years to come!” -Jo Ann Hulett⠀


Your #dailydoseofinspiration! Mirage, original #handwoven #tapestry by Rachel Brown #rachelbrowntextiles, 43″ x 45″, natural #churrowool, 1998

Notes on this piece…⠀

“My good friend Connie Taylor (#bayetaclassicsheepandwool) raises #churrosheep and has, in her collection of livestock, many different natural colors of the sheep. I choose all her different natural color fleeces and put them together in a simple way of squares and diagonals.” – Rachel Brown⠀

If you have been following the Daily Dose for a while (or maybe you remember The Daily Dose’s predecessor, Sunday Inspiration!), you probably have seen this piece before. ⠀

But, I for one, never tire of it. And what a better way to begin this celebration, than to share the natural beauty of this breed!⠀


Your #dailydoseofinspiration! The End of Agriculture, original #handwoven #tapestry by Connie Taylor, 36″x48″, #churrowool on #wool warp

Connie's notes on this piece... "Sheep are threatened worldwide due to drought, war, synthetics, displacement by development, and lack of skilled shepherds. My weaving, “The End of Agriculture”, depicts a flock of sheep looking out on their world. It is woven of Churro wool from my flock.

They see a small field and a campo santo (graveyard). A black arch looms large.

Gardens and local farms still exist but in smaller proportion to the overall scale of life. Industrial farms force production with new seeds and chemical enhancers. The small family ranches and farms are considered inefficient and obsolete.

The campo santo represents people on the land who are forced to leave when developers overtake their farms. Often families are burned out or killed for their land. This practice continues today, unchecked by governments around the world.

The black arch might be a highway overpass or a window with a view of the lovely mountains. Solid concrete and asphalt struggle to dominate the pastoral scene.

Sheep have always been here throughout the ages to feed and clothe us. If we lose the sheep we gradually chip away at all biodiversity that has sustained humankind. I ask that you think about Agriculture every time you have food. Be an advocate in your community for the land, wildlife, seeds, water and livestock." -Connie Taylor

Happy March! Wow, it's been a long time since I've been on Instagram!

We rolled out of 2016, into 2017 with wintery hopes of slow times and catching up. Well, of course, that wasn’t the case at all. So, as is with life, one has to prioritize. Though I love the wonderful fiber community here, family and running the business have to come first. But, things have settled some and we are back at it again!

And we are celebrating the 1-year anniversary of #thechurroclub (our yarn-of-the-month club that focuses on the conservation of the #churrosheep) Over the next month or so, we will be sharing textiles created with #churrowool by past and present members, as well as why it is important to preserve this beautiful breed of #sheep.

Connie Taylor, who we get our Churro yarn from, invited me to a shearing this last weekend. Though I have been lucky to see Churro flocks many times in my life, they never cease to amaze me. They are such beautiful creatures, each with a personality of their own. The photo above is from last weekend.

Here is a close up of Kim's @kimberly.hamill.weaving winning weaving!
Kim is probably the most knowledgeable weaver I am lucky enough to know. She understands weaving (structure, technique, etc.) in a way that is hard to sum up in a few sentences. 😊

Follow her! It will be more than worth it! 😄
-Emergence- I just found out this piece has been chosen for the Small Expressions exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum for Convergence 2016! So excited! #backstrapweaving #naturaldyes #convergence2016 #smallexpressions2016#andeanpebbleweave

We are so lucky to have this amazing woman (and weaver) on our team. Congratulations, Kim! @kimberly.hamill.weaving
It was a great surprise to see my piece in the latest issue of Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot! "Emergence" won second place in @instahga 's Small Expressions 2016 show at the Milwaukee Art Museum.
#backstrapweaving #naturaldyes #smallexpressions2016 #andeanpebbleweave

Eye Dazzler, #handwoven #tapestry by Elizabeth Wood @the.wooden.looms, 26″ x 15″, #churrowool, 2-ply wool warp, (a few cat hairs)

Notes on this piece…

Elizabeth is a member of The Churro Club! This stunning eye-dazzler was part of our 2016 Churro Club Exhibition!

Handwoven on a Mirrix tapestry loom. “I saw an eye-dazzler woven by Joey Figaroa-Young @j_f_y and I fell in love with the pattern. I had a box full of May’s #churroclub yarn and I thought it would work up beautifully in this pattern. With help and encouragement from Joey, I mastered the pattern and wove this beautiful piece.” -Elizabeth

Your #dailydoseofinspiration! Light Waves by Kristie Strasen @textilespluscolor 12” x 12”

Notes on this piece…

Kristie is a member of #thechurroclub! This beautiful little pillow was part of our 2016 Churro Club Exhibition!

Pillow Materials: 100% Linen Warp, 100% wool fill including Weaving Southwest #churrowool in white, pillow insert: feathers and down

Techniques: #handwoven – small frame loom “I wanted to experiment with weaving curves. The Weaving Southwest churro wool worked perfectly. I combined it with other softer yarns for textual variety – I think this pillow has a lot of personality. If someone want a companion pillow, they can order one.” -Kristie

Because I love you @weavingsouthwest , and because I value my day job, I stamped 200 boxes today! Hooray #churroclub ! Hooray to building up local fiber traditions, from the churro ranchers to the artists who use the wool!! ・・・
Our wonderful @kimberly.hamill.weaving posted this yesterday. It is a little reminder to me of how much love (and work) goes into each package we send out our door. From the dyeing (mixing, weighing, stirring, fire stoking, lifting and dunking, color deciding, cooling), rinsing, straightening, drying, reskeining, twisting, labeling, stamping, writing, editing, printing, cutting, paper ripping, packing and label printing... all the way to the loading and delivering of packages to the Arroyo Seco Post Office, where the wonderful employees there (@minatank) greet us with slightly raised eyebrows and smiles, as we haul in arm loads of packages to their little space. Then comes the scanning, sorting and everything else they do to get these boxes safely delivered to their new homes scattered throughout the world.
It's truly amazing when you start to think about it. We hope that when our customers open their box, they can feel the love and energy we all put into each package and each skein of yarn. 😊 (And this is just part of the process... not to mention the sheep, ranchers, spinners! 😄) #handdyed #riograndeyarns

Came across this I'm my feed today from @gingerbreadsnowflakes. So inspiring! Had to share!
Having just realized that many of you who started following me recently don't know about my embroidered Primstav, here is an update.

The Primstav begins the summer season on April 14th. Winter begins October 14th (hence Mitten Day). Primstavs are Norwegian calendar sticks, traditionally carved into a 36 inch x 3 inch piece of wood and used to keep track of the days of the month families were to attend church. One side is for winter and one side for summer. Over time, the marked days became reminders for attending to necessary tasks and chores such as tilling, sowing, shearing, etc.

I have been faithful to some symbols, taken liberties with others, added personal days of celebration. The completed Primstav will be 24" in diameter. All the hours of research, translating with google, planning, drawing and transfering, and finally stitching have been a joy filled experience. I am eager to get back to it.

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