A couple days ago, as I was rolling my eyes at the snow falling on the green grass here in Arroyo Seco, someone said to me “If you don’t like the weather here, just wait five minutes… it will change.” Sure enough, a few minutes later the sun came out and the birds started to sing.
The first dye day for this month’s Churro Club, it blew, rained, hailed, snowed and then the sun filled the sky. Luckily Joe has learned how to layer. 🙂
These teaser photos are from that day. Enjoy!
We would love for you to join us this weekend for the NM Fiber Crawl. Joe will be “Dyeing in the Road” and we are having a special sale on select textiles (all of Joe Bacon’s work!). Click the image below for details about The Crawl!
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!
P.S. That is Connie Taylor on the right, Minna on the left and Patricia Quintana in the back.
Year of Churro Afghan by Jo Ann Hulett, 58×82, 100% Churro wool
And now for some color!
To see what this series is all about, click here.
Jo Ann has been a Churro Club Member since day one. When she sent me a photo of this piece about six months ago, my jaw dropped… what a fantastic way to use this yarn!
Each month Jo Ann would receive her Churro Club box, with four 2 oz. skeins of Churro yarn. Then she would crochet it up, one skein at a time. Then the next Churro Club box would arrive and she would crochet up that month’s colors. One year later, she ends up with this beautiful afghan!
“Practically every inch of yarn from each skein was used in the afghan, with colors changing randomly mid row. It is a modified ripple pattern which worked well with this yarn and the many colors used. It will be a treasured piece for years to come!” -Jo Ann Hulett
P.S. Not sure what the Churro Club is? Click here to find out more!
After an unusually warm November, the snow has finally come!
Here are the color pictures from earlier this month, dyeing this month’s Churro Club colors.
Now, to dyeing December’s colors in the, much welcome, snow…
Cubism III by Joe Bacon, 40.5″ x 38″, 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.
We are heading to La Veta, CO on Saturday, June 18th for this wonderful festival! Join us if you can!
All the details are in the flyer below. We are dyeing up some special yarns for this special event!
Hope to see you there!
Teresa, Joe & Elsi Rae