A couple days ago, as I was rolling my eyes at the snow falling on the green grass here in Arroyo Seco, someone said to me “If you don’t like the weather here, just wait five minutes… it will change.” Sure enough, a few minutes later the sun came out and the birds started to sing.

The first dye day for this month’s Churro Club, it blew, rained, hailed, snowed and then the sun filled the sky. Luckily Joe has learned how to layer. 🙂

These teaser photos are from that day. Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa


Burnt Oasis, handwoven table runner by Sarah Garcia, 16”x31”, Churro wool on wool warp

To see what this series is all about, click here.

Notes on this piece…

“I’m a new weaver, and this piece required a lot of invention and adapting as certain colors were used up more quickly than I expected. For some reason I found that melon color infinitely interesting – changing dramatically depending what it snuggled up to, but after starting, I realized I didn’t have the extra skein I thought I had. My daughter named this piece Burnt Oasis (and it’s hers) but it could have been called Adaptation.” – Sarah Garcia

Enjoy!

P.S. Not sure what the Churro Club is? Click here to find out more!


Handwoven SAORI weaving by Susan Norton, Churro wool and various other yarns

To see what this series is all about, click here.

Notes on this piece…

Susan wove this in the SAORI style of weaving, using some of the Churro Club Yarns along with various other yarns.

You can find Susan on Instagram by clicking here!

Enjoy!

P.S. Not sure what the Churro Club is? Click here to find out more!


Handwoven blanket by Traudi Chiaravalloti, Churro wool on wool warp

To see what this series is all about, click here.

Weft: Churro wool

Warp: 4-ply Worsted Wool Warp

Notes on this piece…

“This piece was loosely woven so as not to cover the warp. ” – Traudi Chiaravalloti

Enjoy!

P.S. Not sure what the Churro Club is? Click here to find out more!


 

Here is one last “sheepy” Dose for you!

You have met the sheep, seen Trinidad being shorn and now for the skirting!

Once the fleece is off the sheep, it is moved to the skirting table. Unusable pieces (this varies, depending on the intended use of the fleece) are removed and the fleece is prepped for the mill (or a lucky hand-spinner or felter).

You can see a little of what happens at the mills, by clicking here and here.

Then it gets to us, we dye it up and get it ready for you!

From the ranches to the dye pots, every step of the process has its own beauty… and so many people truly dedicated to the process!

We hope these last few Doses have given you a little taste of what goes into making the yarns that we all love to use!

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa

P.S. That is Connie Taylor on the right, Minna on the left and Patricia Quintana in the back.


 

Here is another “sheepy” Daily Dose for you!

A skilled sheep shearer doing their job is truly a beautiful sight to behold!

The shearer works fast, the sheep is calm and the (usable) fleece comes off in one perfect piece.

We hope you enjoy this video of Trinidad (the sheep) being shorn!

Ciao,
Teresa


 

As our celebration of the anniversary of The Churro Club winds down (not to worry, there are still several more textiles to come!), we want to share a little of what inspires us to do what we do. So, over the next few days we are going to share, well, the sheep and the process!

It would take a month straight (or maybe a year) of Daily Doses to truly share the beauty of what goes on behind the scenes, from sheep to yarn to textile. But we want to give you a taste of one of the many things that inspire us to promote this beautiful fiber… the Churro sheep themselves!

This is a short video shot during a recent shearing. Though I have crossed paths with many a sheep in my day, they never cease to amaze me. Each has such a personality and, while gazing at a flock, one can’t help but think of sinking their fingers into these beautiful fleeces.

So, here you go! These are some or the amazing Churro that make it into our Medium Weight Churro Yarn and our Churro Club boxes.

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa