“While I was weaving this design, there happened to be the forest fire in Llama (New Mexico) that destroyed many of my friend’s homes. I can remember stepping out of the studio while weaving the middle section and I decided right then that I would call it Habitat.” -Rachel Brown

This tapestry is woven with our hand-dyed Rio Grande 2-ply Tapestry Yarn. Enjoy!

Habitat, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown

Habitat, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown


“I had just installed a new program for my computer and I decided I would design something on it to weave. Well, I got about an inch worth of weaving done and realized that it didn’t work for me at all so I just wove whatever I felt like weaving.

As I was weaving it, it reminded me of a valley in Peru outside of Cusco where I was sitting, taking in the beauty of the valley. The transition from the yellows and gold’s, to dark grey and blues. While I was sitting there, there was a little boy on the other side of the valley singing at the top of his lungs while he was herding lamas. The little black and white squares represent his voice.” -Rachel Brown

This is another tapestry woven with our hand-dyed Rio Grande 2-ply Tapestry Yarn. Enjoy!

Andean Gold, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, SIZE, DATE

Andean Gold, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown


“This is a Manta with a black and white checkered background and brilliant colored diagonals in the middle. When I was in Guatemala, there was a town called Solola where the men actually spin their yarn and weave their loincloths. The brilliant colors in the center signify the Guatemalan love of colors.” -Rachel Brown

Solola, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, SIZE, DATE

Solola, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown


Elsada Rae, my brother Tyler and I were invited to a shearing at Patricia Quintana’s ranch here in Taos. She raises Churro sheep and, come spring time, it is time to shear! I was busy helping clean the fleeces, but was able to get a couple photos.

Churro sheep being shorn

Churro sheep being shorn

Elsi and Ty watching the sheep being shorn

Elsi and Ty watching the sheep being shorn

Elsi and Ty watching the sheep being shorn

Elsi and Ty watching the sheep being shorn

Catching the sheep to take it to the shearing station

Catching the sheep to take it to the shearing station

Churro sheep being shorn

Churro sheep being shorn

The Churro's after they have been shorn

The Churro’s after they have been shorn

Elsi Rae tuckered out in her Carharts after a big day at the ranch

Elsi Rae tuckered out in her Carharts after a big day at the ranch


Vicky has been talking classes with us for three years now. When she came to town this winter she decided she wanted to rent a loom from us to weave a striped rug. She started by choosing her colors of Rug Yarn and wound all of her bobbins. She chose to weave a random striped rug. However, she wanted some consistency, so she chose four widths to work with 1″, 3″, 5″ and 7″. She wrote each of these numbers down on little pieces of paper and put them into a container. She cut a snippet of each skein of yarn she planned on using and put them in another container. Then she picked out (with eyes closed) a snippet of yarn and a piece of paper. If she choose a 7 and Sunflower, she would weave 7″ of Sunflower! Before she started weaving she also decided to have Black bands on each end of the rug to tie it all together. This was the result…

 

The start of the first section of black

The start of the first section of black

 

The first color... Sunflower!

The first color… Sunflower!

 

The container of snippets and numbers

The container of snippets and numbers

 

Vicky taking her first large rug off the loom!

Vicky taking her first large rug off the loom!

 

A sneak-peek before Vicky unrolls it off of the loom

A sneak-peek before Vicky unrolls it off of the loom

 

Success! Vicky, Joe and Elsi holding up her beautiful striped rug...

Success! Vicky, Joe and Elsi holding up her beautiful striped rug…

 

How Vicky's beautiful random striped rug will look on the floor...

How Vicky’s beautiful random striped rug will look on the floor…

 


Recently I taught Julie Silvian, of Taos Fiber Marketplace, a class on how to weave a poncho. We started with winding a warp using our 2-Ply Tapestry Yarn and a fine Churro Yarn that Julie had dyed. Julie used several of her hand-dyed wools and silks as the weft. These consisted of a variety of textures including boucles, hand-spun thick-n-thins and some sport and worsted weights. She wove two panels of a random combination of stripes. The pieces were cut off the loom, finished up (fringe tied, ends sewn in, etc.) and then stitched together to form a beautiful poncho!

Julie cutting the panels off of the loom

Julie cutting the panels off of the loom

Pulling the weaving off of the loom

Pulling the weaving off of the loom

Julie modeling her beautiful poncho

Julie modeling her beautiful poncho

Detail of the poncho

Detail of the poncho

Julie modeling her beautiful poncho

Julie modeling her beautiful poncho


Here are two beautiful tapestries from Rachel’s Interweave Series. Both are woven of natural handspun Churro wool. Notice the fine strip of black (in Interweave White) and white (in Interweave Black) separating the the sections of the design. Enjoy!

Interweave, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Handspun natural wool, SIZE, DATE

Interweave White, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, all natural handspun Churro wool,
72″ x 20″, 1984

Interweave Shadow, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Handspun natural wool, SIZE, DATE

Interweave Black, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, all natural handspun churro wool, 72″ x 20″, 1984