Thunder by Skaidrite McKeag, 38.75" x 23", hand-dyed wool

Thunder by Skaidrite McKeag, 38.75″ x 23″, hand-dyed wool

Notes on this piece…

Inspired by Latvian folklore with my interpretation of designs representing the god of thunder.” – Skaidrite

Skaidrite is our featured tapestry artist this month! You can read more about this here.

You can see this and more of her stunning tapestries here.

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa

 


Endless Rivers by Joe Bacon, naturally hand-dyed, Navajo Churro wool

Endless Rivers by Joe Bacon, naturally hand-dyed, Navajo Churro wool

Notes on this piece…

Joe hand-dyes his own yarn, using natural dyes. He always uses Navajo Churro wool for his weft.

You can see this and other pieces of Joe’s here.

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa
 


Oh, sweet little Yarn Bales

It all started with an idea (how great would mini skeins of our beautiful yarns be, all wrapped in little bales!?!) and a (slightly delayed) shipment of yarn.

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Slowly the boxes of freshly spun yarn dwindled, as Joe and I spent day after day at the dyepots. All the while, beautiful hand-dyed yarn began piling up in our yard (and really every corner of our life).

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I began to process, while Joe returned to the dye pots, dyeing every chance he could get.

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I spent the days and nights… and even wee morning hours (it had been a long, long time since I was up at 3AM!) processing and baling yarn. After each dye lot was dry, the skeins were wound off into mini skeins using this method (we are going to invest in some electric skein winders soon!). Then they were twisted into little skeins. Labels were formatted, printed and cut and added to each skein. The mini skeins were then laid out in sequence, according to the Bale.

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And one by one, each skein was laid into our baler (the perfect sized cardboard box), tied with a little string and topped with a little card explaining the Bale’s contents.

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Below are some pics of our living room (on a good day), shortly after the completion of some of the Tapestry Yarn Bales. I wish the pictures were better, but, really, taking a good picture wasn’t on my priority list at that time. At least you can get an idea of the magnitude of this project!
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Weaving Southwest hand-dyed yarn 8When he wasn’t dyeing, Joe was packing up boxes as fast (and carefully) as he could, making sure each bale was to find its proper home! 
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About a quarter of the way through this project I realized I had somehow completely underestimated the time these Bales would take. I began to run my numbers again…

3,160 mini skeins

176 bales

74 packages (and incredibly patient customers)

Somewhere in my initial calculations I must have forgot to carry a zero or something, as I had estimated this project would take a few weeks… not months!

But, these little Bales are as sweet as can be (and they have so many uses). So, we’re trying to figure out a way to make these happen again (in a less time-consuming way)! Keep an eye on this page for updates!

Ciao,

Teresa


Rock Message by Skaidrite McKeag, original handwoven tapestry, 26.5" x 39", hand-dyed wool

Rock Message by Skaidrite McKeag, original handwoven tapestry, 26.5″ x 39″, hand-dyed wool

Notes on this piece…

Inspired by rock art found in New Mexico. The message is left to individual interpretation.” – Skaidrite

Skaidrite is our featured tapestry artist this month! You can read more about this here.

You can see this and more of her stunning tapestries here.

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa

 


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Handwoven blanket by Lorelei Loveless, New Zealand Romney wool and Churro wool

Notes on this piece…

This piece was woven using odds and ends, left over from various other projects.

When combining different weights of yarn in the weft, edges can get a bit wonky, as you can see. All the fringe on the long sides was added on after it was off the loom.

You can see more of Lorelei’s current work here.

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa

 


Reflections II by Skaidrite McKeag, original handwoven tapestry, 11" x 37", hand-dyed wool

Reflections II by Skaidrite McKeag, original handwoven tapestry, 11″ x 37″, hand-dyed wool

Notes on this piece…

A Southwestern inspired image.” – Skaidrite

Skaidrite is our featured tapestry artist this month! You can read more about this here.

You can see this and more of her stunning tapestries here.

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa


Red Clouds by Skaidrite McKeag, original handwoven tapestry, 40" x 38", hand-dyed wool

Red Clouds by Skaidrite McKeag, original handwoven tapestry, 40″ x 38″, hand-dyed wool

Notes on this piece…

Inspired by the colorful New Mexico skies with the design based on images from photographs I took in a bonsai garden in China. One of the internationally mixed images that stay in the mind.” – Skaidrite

Skaidrite is our featured tapestry artist this month! You can read more about this here.

You can see this and more of her stunning tapestries here.

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa