Our summer classes have been a blast! Habitat, A Study in Verticals was the second class we had this season. We had two students for this one, Missy and Bri. Missy had a background in weaving, yet had not done much in the way of Southwestern-Style Tapestry. Bri had never wove before, though she had acquired a loom recently with dreams of becoming a weaver. Both were very successful in their three day exploration of vertical joints!

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Missy and Teresa with Missy’s Beautiful Tapestry

We started class by sketching squares and vertical lines. As the days progressed, so did their designs. We started with Single Dovetail joints and progressed to Triple Dovetail… adding some more contemporary techniques along the way. By the end of class they were able to weave multiple techniques side by side! We also explored some fun plays on color, including Pick n’ Pick, Wavy Lines and Ojos.

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Bri’s Sketch in Progress

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Missy’s Sketch in Progress

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Detail of Bri’s Single Dovetail

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Detail on Missy’s Pick n’ Pick

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Detail of Bri’s Triple Dovetail

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Missy Weaving

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Bri’s Tapestry

Missy completed her tapestry, mastering all the topics covered in class! (I say mastering, because I actually just saw some of the tapestries she wove after class… and they are beautiful!) Bri lives around here so she decided to tackle a larger piece and come in after class was over. She wove several inches after class, without any instruction at all… and it turned out perfect! We cut Bri’s piece off the loom with some extra warp attached, in hopes of being able to tie it up on her loom at home. This may work, or it may not. Either way, she accomplished a lot… and I would definitely consider her a tapestry weaver!

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Missy’s Tapestry Fresh off the Loom

 Ciao,

Teresa Loveless and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

 PS Thanks for joining us Missy and Bri! It was wonderful having you both in class!

PPS We would love to hear from you! How do you think their pieces turned out? Leave a comment in the comment section to let us know what you think!

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Thanks to the wonderful community of Arroyo Seco and The Arroyo Seco Mercantile we have been able to show everyone a bit of what happens behind the scenes at Weaving Southwest. Directly across the road from our shop, in the heart of Arroyo Seco, we have been demonstrating our dyeing techniques… turning our beautiful natural yarns into a variety of stunning, mouthwatering colors! We will be doing this a few more times this fall… click here to see the schedule. Below is a series of photos of our days so far, Dyeing in the Road. Enjoy!

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Cleaning the pots for our big day.

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The beautiful gardens across from our shop in Arroyo Seco.

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Setting up the dye studio across from our shop.

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The natural yarns ready to be dyed.

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The dye pots heating up.

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Preparing the yarn for the dye.

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Our first color… Marigold!

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Our wonderful set-up in the center of Seco.

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Pulling down the yarns for Round Two.

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Getting ready to soak the next batch, while Round One cools.

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Adding the dye…

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Giving the pots a stir…

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Blue Electra is ready, as the water is clear…

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Blue Electra fresh out of the pot.

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Explaining the dye process, while adding a new batch of yarn.

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Clearing the pots with some Mop-Up.

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Rinsing and talking about yarn…

Coming to the end of a day of Dyeing in the Road.

Coming to the end of a day of Dyeing in the Road.

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The view from the Seco gardens, looking towards our shop.

    A days work, drying in the sun.

A days work, drying in the sun.

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You know its been a great day when this is your view!

We hope you liked the photos! We would love to hear what you think! Do you dye? Natural Pigments or Acid Dyes? Is this something you have always wanted to learn? Do you have a favorite blog that is all about dyeing? We would love to hear from you! Leave a comment in the comment section to share your thoughts. Thank you!

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This beautiful original tapestry was woven in 1990 by my Grandma, Rachel Brown. Partial Sunlight is 60”x40.5” and woven from our hand-dyed yarns.

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Partial Sunlight, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown

Ciao,
Teresa and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

PS Does this tapestry inspire you? Remind you of anything? Have you seen this piece in person? We would love to hear from you! Leave a message in the comment section to let us know what you think!

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We put a lot of love and hard work into creating our Rio Grande Yarns. Over the last 50 years my grandma, Rachel Brown, developed several hundred beautiful color combinations/recipes, allowing for us to dye a beautiful array of colors. When our yarns leave our shop, we are always so curious where they go an what they are used for. Leading to our latest series of blog posts: Your Work, Our Yarns!

We are excited to bring you the work of Ann Roantree! Below is her bio and several photos of her work. Each photo is followed by a description, given by Ann, providing a complete rundown of her process and techniques. We believe this will inspire any weaver or collector that has a true interest in what goes on behind the scenes of the creation of beautiful textiles. Make sure to read to the end to see her wonderful review of our Rio Grande Rug Yarns! Enjoy!

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Ann Roantree of Roantree Weaves

Ann Roantree is a Philadelphia-based designer-weaver who specializes in the design and weaving of one of a kind and limited edition contemporary handwoven rugs, runners, wall hangings and interior textiles.  Ann has a modern eye and draws design inspiration from a wide spectrum — ancient and contemporary — that includes the Bauhaus, Abstract Art, music composition, Modern Art and Architecture, and the anonymous weavers of the American Southwest, Silk Road and Cusco.

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"LM1" handwoven by Ann Roantree; 3'-4" x 10'; Side A (reversible)

“LM1″ handwoven by Ann Roantree; 3′-4” x 10′; Side A (reversible)

EPI: 6

WEAVE STRUCTURE:  3 End Block Weave

LOOM:  Harrisville Rug Loom

WARP:  8/5 Linen

WEFT:  Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool

WEFT COLOR PALETTE:  El Topo, Walnut, Beige, Oak, Ocher, Sangre, Rust, Pumpkin, Caramel, Straw, Antique Red, Red Clay, Dusty Lilac

HEADER/FOOTER FINISH:  Twined Edge

NOTES:  Shuttle work combines block weave + tapestry techniques

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“AV” handwoven by Ann Roantree; 4′ x 4′

EPI:  6

WEAVE STRUCTURE:  3 End Block Weave

LOOM:  Harrisville Rug Loom

WARP:  8/5 Linen

WEFT:  Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool

WEFT COLOR PALETTE:  Eggplant, Grape, Wine, Ultra Indigo, Terra Cotta, Copper, Ochre, Straw, Magenta

HEADER/FOOTER FINISH:  Twined Edge

NOTES:  The finished woven piece was mounted on a 50” square frame stretched with coarse Belgian Linen.  Frame construction + linen stretching by Roantree.  Off loom 2” wide Velcro strips were hand sewn onto the back of the weaving and the linen.

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Ocher Accent" handwoven by Ann Roantree, 4’ x 6’; Fully reversible

“Ocher Accent” handwoven by Ann Roantree, 4’ x 6’; Fully reversible

EPI:  6

WEAVE STRUCTURE:  3 End Block Weave

LOOM:  Harrisville Rug Loom

WARP:  8/5 Linen

WEFT:  Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool

WEFT COLOR PALETTE:  Black, Natural White, Blue Electra, Ocher

HEADER/FOOTER FINISH:  Twined Edge

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“Blanket Detail” (Tewa Homage) handwoven by Ann Roantree, 4′ x 6′

EPI:  6

WEAVE STRUCTURE:  3 End Block Weave

LOOM:  Harrisville Rug Loom

WARP:  8/5 Linen

WEFT:  Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool

WEFT COLOR PALETTE:  Brown Black, Straw, Ocher, Malachite, Terra Cotta, Natural Gray

HEADER/FOOTER FINISH:  Twined Edge

NOTES:  Back of rug is woven entirely in Natural Gray in order to give surface colors even tonality.

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"PSCA" handwoven by Ann Roantree; 4’ x 6’

“PSCA” handwoven by Ann Roantree; 4’ x 6’

EPI:  6

WEAVE STRUCTURE:  3 End Block Weave

LOOM:  Harrisville Rug Loom

WARP:  8/5 Linen

WEFT:  Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool

WEFT COLOR PALETTE:  Ultra Indigo, Indigo, Logwood, Oak, Caramel, Khaki, Pinon, Antique Red, Dusty Lilac

HEADER/FOOTER FINISH:  Twined Edge

NOTES:  Shuttle work combines block weave + tapestry weaving techniques.  In some of the large color blocks I incorporate “lazy lines” as an homage to Navajo weavers.

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 Ann’s Review of Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wools

“Weaving rugs is particularly exciting as it gives me design freedom to explore at many scales deconstructed color blocks and bold graphics.  I have been weaving with Rio Grande Rug Wool for several years.  The Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool is a perfect match for me.  I love working with the wool for many reasons:

The wool is consistently spun, very predictable in how it measures, lays in and beats.

  The wool is soft, easy to work with yet it creates a very durable end product.

The natural whites + grays and the dyed color palette are fantastic.  The selection covers the color spectrum and works for my pieces which can range from subtle to quite bold.

With block weave, colors both abut and travel under one another.  The surface color is always influenced by a color beneath.  The Rio Grande rug wools blend beautifully together in block weave.  I can darken, lighten or influence the tone of the color by what I place behind.

For block weave rug design at 6 EPI, I estimate 6 – 7 ounces of rug wool per square foot when ordering wool.  When I work at 4 EPI, I estimate 8 ounces per square foot when ordering wool.

My only regret is I don’t live closer to Weaving Southwest.  Teresa and Joe are great to work with.  I go back to Weaving Southwest not only for the product but for the personal service as well.”

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Make sure to check out Ann’s work at www.Roantreeweaves.com!

We hope you enjoyed this post!

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We would love to hear from you! What do you think of Ann’s work? Have you used your Rio Grande Rug Wool before and have a review you would like to share? What’s on your loom? Leave a message in the comment section to let us know what you think!

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Our Summer Classes have been exactly what we had hoped for! We have had a variety of students, ranging from complete beginners to accomplished weavers. We are so excited to share our students work!

Our first class was Neptune, A Study in Building. It was Mindy’s first time at a loom, while Kathie has been weaving for quite some time and recently acquired a Rio Grande Walking Loom of her own!

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Mindy and Kathie with Their Tapestries

We started out the class by tying up the looms and talking about color and design. They then chose a selection of our hand-dyed 2-Ply Tapestry Yarn to work with.

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Mindy’s First Shape

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Kathie Weaving

Once the yarn was prepared and the warp was tight we began to weave! Using the Building Techniques taught in this class, Mindy and Kathie started to create various hill-like shapes… and then filled in the valleys. We explored various techniques, including Pick n’ Pick, Wavy Line and Ojos.

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Mindy Weaving

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Kathie’s First Set of Shapes

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Mindy’s Tapestry, Day 2

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Kathie’s Tapestry, Day 2

Once the pieces were complete, we cut them off the loom and discussed the many ways a tapestry could be finished.

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Mindy’s Tapestry Ready to be Cut Off the Loom

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Kathie’s Tapestry Ready to be Cut Off the Loom

Their tapestries turned out beautiful! And I believe both Kathie and Mindy have great potential to be wonderful tapestry weavers!

Ciao,

Teresa Loveless and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

PS Thanks for joining us Kathie and Mindy! I hope you enjoyed Neptune as much as I did. Happy weaving!

PPS We would love to hear from you! How do you think their pieces turned out? Leave a comment in the comment section to let us know what you think!