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.
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!
Have you ever had a bad warping experience? I sure have!
When you invest time and money into a weaving, it can be so discouraging and frustrating when things go bad.
There are a few simple steps you can take, while winding your warp, that will ensure you will have a good outcome. This video covers one of the most important steps in the warping process… using a guide!
Enjoy! And if you have any questions at all, leave a comment! 🙂
This is the start of a series of videos addressing the questions we commonly get here at Weaving Southwest. Once we get a few of these up, they will be in the FAQ section of our website for easy reference.
If you have a question about our products, leave a question in the comment section and we will make a video for you! 🙂
Teresa & Joe
PO Box 2336, Taos, NM 87571 (mailing) 487 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 (physical)