Handwoven blanket by Traudi Chiaravalloti, Churro wool on wool warp

To see what this series is all about, click here.

Weft: Churro wool

Warp: 4-ply Worsted Wool Warp

Notes on this piece…

“This piece was loosely woven so as not to cover the warp. ” – Traudi Chiaravalloti

Enjoy!

P.S. Not sure what the Churro Club is? Click here to find out more!


 

Here is one last “sheepy” Dose for you!

You have met the sheep, seen Trinidad being shorn and now for the skirting!

Once the fleece is off the sheep, it is moved to the skirting table. Unusable pieces (this varies, depending on the intended use of the fleece) are removed and the fleece is prepped for the mill (or a lucky hand-spinner or felter).

You can see a little of what happens at the mills, by clicking here and here.

Then it gets to us, we dye it up and get it ready for you!

From the ranches to the dye pots, every step of the process has its own beauty… and so many people truly dedicated to the process!

We hope these last few Doses have given you a little taste of what goes into making the yarns that we all love to use!

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa

P.S. That is Connie Taylor on the right, Minna on the left and Patricia Quintana in the back.


 

Here is another “sheepy” Daily Dose for you!

A skilled sheep shearer doing their job is truly a beautiful sight to behold!

The shearer works fast, the sheep is calm and the (usable) fleece comes off in one perfect piece.

We hope you enjoy this video of Trinidad (the sheep) being shorn!

Ciao,
Teresa


 

As our celebration of the anniversary of The Churro Club winds down (not to worry, there are still several more textiles to come!), we want to share a little of what inspires us to do what we do. So, over the next few days we are going to share, well, the sheep and the process!

It would take a month straight (or maybe a year) of Daily Doses to truly share the beauty of what goes on behind the scenes, from sheep to yarn to textile. But we want to give you a taste of one of the many things that inspire us to promote this beautiful fiber… the Churro sheep themselves!

This is a short video shot during a recent shearing. Though I have crossed paths with many a sheep in my day, they never cease to amaze me. Each has such a personality and, while gazing at a flock, one can’t help but think of sinking their fingers into these beautiful fleeces.

So, here you go! These are some or the amazing Churro that make it into our Medium Weight Churro Yarn and our Churro Club boxes.

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa


Churro Placemats by Elizabeth Wood, 22″x14″ (set of 4), Churro wool on wool warp

To see what this series is all about, click here.

Materials in detail…

Weft: Natural gray churro wool background and a green colored churro wool yarn (the first month’s box).

Warp: 2-Ply Worsted Wool Warp

Notes on this piece…

“The inspiration behind the piece (or set of placemats) is the idea of creating something utilitarian but also unique. I have always woven cotton placemats, so it was time to create a pattern for some wool placemats. After I received the first box, I wanted to buy some more of that month’s colors. However, I had to have some sort of plan to use it. Hence, this is why I got the idea of weaving some placemats out of wool. I love the Churro Club because it is like receiving a present every month! It is always full of surprises and helps sustain my yarn addiction.

I would highly recommend joining the “Weaving Southwest’s Mutual Admiration Society.” It is a great place to ask questions and receive encouragement.” – Elizabeth Wood

You can find Elizabeth on Instagram and Facebook!

Enjoy!

P.S. Not sure what the Churro Club is? Click here to find out more!


Morning Dance by Sarah Garcia, 12”x14” (set of 4), Churro wool on wool warp

To see what this series is all about, click here.

Notes on this piece…

“I had deep visceral pleasure watching the way these colors reflected off each other. The churro yarns have a richness that I find endlessly beautiful as they lay onto the warp.” – Sarah Garcia

Enjoy!

P.S. Not sure what the Churro Club is? Click here to find out more!


Upcycled knit vest by Sandy Dolak, Churro wool, upcycled denim vest

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Materials in detail…

November Churro Club knitting project using all four colors; knit on a size 9 needle.

It is on an upcycled denim vest.

Enjoy!

P.S. Not sure what the Churro Club is? Click here to find out more! 


Handwoven rug by Traudi Chiaravalloti, 24″x48″, Churro wool on wool warp

To see what this series is all about, click here.

Materials in detail…

Weft: Medium Weight Churro Yarn

Warp: 3-ply Worsted Wool Warp

Notes on this piece…

“This all churro rug woven on my baby wolf. I frequently used a tapestry fork to pack down the weft. I gave the rug to a family member as a gift.” – Traudi Chiaravalloti

Enjoy!

P.S. Not sure what the Churro Club is? Click here to find out more!


Signals III by Debra DuBois-Brinker, 30″x46″, Churro wool and Romney wool on wool warp

To see what this series is all about, click here.

Materials in detail…

Weft: Churro Yarn and Rug Yarn

Warp: 6 epi, Worsted Wool Warp

Notes on this piece…

“Custom made for a client after a similar rug sold before he got here…I made a more feminine version at first. ” – Debra DuBois-Brinker

Enjoy!

P.S. Not sure what the Churro Club is? Click here to find out more!


Here are March’s Churro Club color photos!

As I had these piled on my couch next to a tapestry woven by my step-grandma (photo below), Joan Potter Loveless, I couldn’t help but think what a beautiful and unique pallet this was (and how similar it is to “Joan’s colors”). I just love all these colors! We hope our Members do too!

Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa