About 44 years ago, my Grandma, Rachel Brown started a business right outside this window, called The Craft House . Back then there wasn’t much more in Arroyo Seco, other than Abe’s Cantina (still there) and a general store. The building The Craft House was in eventually burnt down. Now there is a beautiful little park in its place (behind the old truck). The building that still stands next to the little park now houses The Arroyo Seco Mercantile. Many years ago that same building was home to my great aunt Kristina Wilson’s business, Twining Weavers.

About a week ago, we decided to move Weaving Southwest into a beautiful little space right in the center of Arroyo Seco. This is the view from our front door.

Out the front door

Our new space is small, but it is perfect for what we want to focus on.

About 30 years ago, Rachel Brown started another business in Taos called Rio Grande Weavers Supply. After many years of being a well known supplier of weaving yarns, looms and weaving equipment she decided to add a gallery to her store. The gallery was known as Weavings/Southwest. After many years the two businesses began to share the name Weaving Southwest and, over time, more emphasis was put on the gallery portion of the business.

With the many changes that have been going on in our lives and with what we believe the weaving community needs right now, we have decided to focus our energy towards (what would be) Rio Grande Weavers Supply.

In our new space we will offer many types of hand-dyed weaving yarns: Rug Yarn, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn and Churro Yarn. We will be adding more beautiful fibers for weaving as the months go on. And, of course, all of these yarns are fabulous for knitting and crochet, as well.

We are also building up our stock of weaving, spinning and dyeing equipment. We will have 4 of our Rio Grande Walking Looms set up for classes and a Rio Grande Spinning Wheel available to try out. A loom or two will also be set up for us to weave some of our own rug and blanket designs.

Out the front door

We are so excited about Weaving Southwest/Rio Grande Weavers Supply’s new home! We hope to be open soon. Everything takes a little longer, now that we have our little Elsada Rae in our life… but we will defiantly be open by Wool Festival!


To prelude the next few posts, I would like to share a little of what has gone on here at Weaving Southwest over the last year. This year has been full of excitement, happiness and sadness, and change… lots of change.

Last October, we were able to take a trip to the beautiful land of Peru with Loomdancer Weaving Odysseys. What an amazing part of the world! We were able to visit Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Cusco and many small weaving villages throughout the country.

Enjoying the view at Machu Picchu

Enjoying the view at Machu Picchu

Shortly after we returned home from Peru, we found out that we were going to be having a baby! This led us to our decision to move out of our large retail space and, for the time being, become an internet/mail order business.

Moving out of our retail location

Moving out of our retail location

Around the same time we made this decision, Rachel Brown, my Grandmother and founder of Weaving Southwest, passed away. Though it was her time to go, this was very hard for everyone she left behind.

Rachel Brown spinning on the Rio Grande Wheel

Rachel Brown spinning on the Rio Grande Wheel

Many months passed until, finally, on July 26th we were able to welcome the newest member of our clan into this world, Elsada Rae Barry. She came to us happy and healthy, all that we could ask for!

Elsada Rae with her Papa

Elsada Rae with her Papa

So, like many other people I have talked with this year, we have had quite the wild ride. However, things seem to be settling down a bit and we are starting to feel like we are getting our feet back under us. Needless to say, these life changes have greatly affected Weaving Southwest. And we would like to thank everyone who has stuck with us through all this turmoil!

Over the next little bit, we will be posting information of the new direction of the business. We are very excited about how things are unfolding and we can’t wait to share all the news. Please join us on Facebook to see more pictures and signup for our mailing list to get more updates. Thank you! There will be more to follow soon…