May’s Churro Club teaser is finally here! All the packages have been sent out and they should be arriving at our Members’ doorsteps in the next couple days. We are in the middle of moving our shop and had an epic amount of yarn to dye, so we are a little behind in posting these. They are beautiful either way! Enjoy!
The Churro Club Members have received their boxes… now we are ready to share April’s colors! Enjoy!
Wow! 143 Churro Boxes this month… Amazing! Here are some “teaser” photos of what we have been doing the last couple weeks for The Churro Club (don’t want to spoil the surprise for the Members!). Enjoy!
Teresa & Joe
Thanks to the wonderful community of Arroyo Seco and The Arroyo Seco Mercantile we have been able to show everyone a bit of what happens behind the scenes at Weaving Southwest. Directly across the road from our shop, in the heart of Arroyo Seco, we have been demonstrating our dyeing techniques… turning our beautiful natural yarns into a variety of stunning, mouthwatering colors! We will be doing this a few more times this fall… click here to see the schedule. Below is a series of photos of our days so far, Dyeing in the Road. Enjoy!
We hope you liked the photos! We would love to hear what you think! Do you dye? Natural Pigments or Acid Dyes? Is this something you have always wanted to learn? Do you have a favorite blog that is all about dyeing? We would love to hear from you! Leave a comment in the comment section to share your thoughts. Thank you!
I had a beautiful morning at the Dye Studio today! The snow was melting, the birds were chirping and each color seemed to brighten up the February landscape just a little bit more…
We just received a huge shipment of our beautiful, custom spun Rug Yarn! And we are so excited to get to the dyepots again!
We use a method of dyeing developed by Rachel Brown, founder of Weaving Southwest/Rio Grande Weavers Supply, that is unique and very environmentally conscious. We call it the “sequential” method of dyeing. Since with acid dyes the water is clear when the dyeing is complete, the same hot acidic water can be used over and over again, saving on water, fuel and acid.
Once they are out of the pots we hang them to dry in the warm New Mexico sun.
We are so grateful for the New Mexico monsoon season!
Because of all of the rains these last couple weeks, we are able to use our large wood burning pots.
This allows us to easily dye our darker colors like Pumpkin.
We have several hundred pounds of yarn to dye, so we will be at it for several weeks! We are also going to be dyeing some of our 2-Ply Tapestry Yarn and a new yarn that we just LOVE (and can’t wait to share)!
This morning was spent in Arroyo Seco at our dye studio so I could collect random items for our shop displays and also show you Teresa’s beautiful dye process.
So Teresa is the girl on the left and her ma, Lorelei, on the right
First the yarn is counted out into how many skeins are needed in a particular colour
Then its soaked in the fire-heated water for a wee bit
Chupa, is very meticulous about measuring out the correct amounts of dye…
The time the yarn spends in the dyepot depends on how dark the colour will be, our cloud for instance only takes around 10 minutes, whereas the black is left overnight.
After its allocated time, the yarn is pulled out and left to dry,