Thirty pounds of yarn may sound like a lot, but, for us, its just a fraction of what we normally dye in a day. Luckily, this is all we needed to do this week, as I spent most of the day getting ready for the inaugural Friends of Fiber Celebration in La Veta, CO!

Notes from the Dye PotsEven with only a few hours at the dye pots, I was able to pull out six beautiful lots of our 2-ply Tapestry Yarn and our new Fine Churro Yarn.

Notes from the Dye PotsI had to monkey around with some of our equipment at the end of the day (don’t try this at home!). But, all in all, it was a great day at the dye studio!

Notes from the Dye PotsOn Friday, we packed up a slew of our freshly dyed yarns and a armful of rugs, hooked up our little trailer and I headed to La Veta! Despite a few car problems, the yarn, rugs and I made it to this wonderful little town, safe and sound.Notes from the Dye PotsOn Saturday morning, after dropping the car off at the mechanics, I set up our little booth at the Friends of Fiber Celebration. It was a beautiful day and, for a first time festival, there was a good turnout. We are looking forward to doing this again next year… hopefully Teresa and Elsi can make it then, too!

Best,
Joe

P.S. We are thinking about doing some more fiber festivals in the future. Though the big festivals are fun, we love the old-school feel of smaller and new fiber gatherings. Is there anywhere you think we should go? Leave a comment to let us know! (The comment link is at the top of this post.)

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It has been a great year of classes, so far. We are always inspired by our students and want to share some of that inspiration with you. Some of these students were experienced weavers, some had taken a class with us, many of them had never touched a loom before!

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa

PS I’m sure they would all love to hear what you think of their work! Leave a comment and I will make sure they see it! (The comment link is at the top of this post.)

The Little Striped Rug

The Little Striped Rug

Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness

Interweave, A Study in Angles

Interweave, A Study in Angles

Interweave, A Study in Angles

Interweave, A Study in Angles

Neptune, A Study in Building

Neptune, A Study in Building

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On our day off, we usually head to the river or go on long family walks through the fields
surrounding our house. But, this week, we choose to have a family dye day!

I had never dyed our Tweeds before, but Teresa ensured me that we could do it with Elsada with us, as there is a lot of prep involved that can be done away from the dye pots. To say the least, Elsi was very excited to spend the day with mom and dad and get to play with yarn!

Family Dye DayThe day started out beautifully. I got the pots going, while T and Elsi sipped tea and hot chocolate and prepped the Amigos Alpaca yarn under the apricot tree. We had seven lots of Tweeds to do. Each lot goes through four different dye baths to achieve their final color. So, we were looking at twenty-eight dye baths by the days end.

Family Dye DayFor the first few hours, everything went smoothly. The pots stayed hot and each batch was clearing well. When Elsi inevitably lost interest, we took the baby chickens out of their coop to play in the lawn with her. When she lost interest in them, we set up the sprinkler for her to play in. Then the clouds started rolling in…

By mid-afternoon the sky burst open! Rain turned to hail and back to rain. Elsi retreated to the living room to watch a movie, while I tended the pots and Teresa continued prepping the yarn in the doorway. Luckily, we are in New Mexico, where weather like this (usually) passes quickly.

Family Dye DayWithin a little over an hour, the clouds started to clear and Grandma came home. Elsi chose Grandma over the dye pots, so T and I were able to get back to it.

Family Dye DayThe afternoon was coming to an end and we still had seven lots to go. Teresa wanted to call it a day (Tweeds are exhausting), but we finally decided to push through.

Family Dye DayThe last lots were the “topcoat” of each color (this is our super secret dye process, so we can’t share too much here). These go relatively fast, as the pots are really hot and acidic.

Family Dye DayIn a little under two hours, the sun was close to the horizon and we pulled our last lot from the dye pot.

Family Dye Day

Twenty eight dye baths later, we ended up with these seven beautiful Tweeds – Magenta Mix, Camouflage, Ragtime, Mojave Mauve, Gunmetal, Butterscotch and Peacock!

They are not up on the website yet, but If you love them like we do, let us know and we can send some your way!

Best,
Joe

P.S. We would love to hear from you! Have you ever worked with our Tweeds before? Or the Amigos Alpaca? Share your experience and projects in the comments! (The link is at the top of this post.)

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