A few months back the most wonderful young woman came into my shop. She spent a while exploring our yarns and weavings with a look of wonder upon her face. When we got to chatting and I could tell she was falling in love with the world of textiles.

Maria José came back a few weeks later and signed up for a class. It turned out she had taken up knitting since we last spoke and had already created a couple scarves and was working on a blanket. In class, for her first weaving ever, she chose a pattern inspired by her home country, Chile. The complexity of her design, her enthusiasm and determination intrigued me.

MJ's Weaving
MJ, as we often call her, didn’t know at the time, but I was trying to figure out some way to continue her textile education. A few weeks later, I got a call from a wonderful woman and friend who is equally interested in MJ’s fiber future and offered to gift her a second weaving class. MJ accepted graciously.

During lunch one day at her second class, MJ  found an incredible article on a Chilean website. (It takes a while to download, so be patient.) This is something I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to find on my own. This article or rather, book, beautifully describes traditional Southern Chilean weaving, spinning and dyeing in Spanish, English and through photographs.

Chilean WeavingI’m sharing this with you, in hopes that you will share this with others. In my opinion, there aren’t enough publications like this out there. Every region, every style of weaving, every collection of techniques should be documented like this and shared with the world.  I, once again, must thank the inventor of the World Wide Web for making information like this accessible to everyone (who can find it and has Internet, of course). I would also like to think MJ for sharing this with me so that I can share it with you.

By the end of her second class, I realized that encouraging Maria José’s love for textiles is not only important for her, but also myself. Before MJ left that last day, I asked her to be my first apprentice. I can’t wait to share with you how this all unfolds.

Ciao,
Teresa and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

PS Take a look at this article. In the comment section of this blog post, please let us know what you think. Does this inspire you? Did you learn something? Are there other articles like this out there that we may not know about that you would like to share? Thank you!

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As promised, here it is… my first real interview!

I met Sandi Klein a few weeks back while she was visiting with her son and grandbaby here in Arroyo Seco.  We got to talking about everything: growing up in Taos, New York City (where she calls home), how I got into the fiber business, travels to Peru, and her new career and passion… The 51%, Conversations with Creative Women.  When she left the shop I took a look at her website and tuned in to multiple interviews she has had with wonderful and inspiring women from many walks of life.

A few weeks passed and Sandi called me asked me to be part of her show. Of course, with complete excitement, I said yes! What an honor, to be included with such an incredible array of accomplished creative women.

This is my first interview like this and to be completely honest, I was very nervous. At the same time I am very excited to share with you a little bit more about the history of Weaving Southwest, who I am and why I do it.

I would like to invite you to check out the interview. Click here to be directed to Sandy’s website. Enjoy!

Ciao,
Teresa and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

PS Leave a comment to let me know what you think! Thanks for choosing to be part of the Weaving Southwest world!


A while back a wonderful woman, Sandi Klein, came into our shop and we got to chatting.
We talked a little bit about everything… her son’s family just moving to Taos, how it is
living in small town northern New Mexico, a little about New York City (where she comes
from) and, of course, a lot about fiber. She told me about a radio show that she hosts,
The 51%, Conversations with Creative Women. I hopped on her site after she left the shop and dove into one interview after another of just that, conversations with wonderful creative women.

Sandi

Sandi and her Grandbaby in Taos

Sandi called me a couple weeks later and asked me to be on her show! I am honored to
say that I am her first long distance interview (thank you Skype!) and that it will be airing
on January 7th. What a wonderful way to ring in the new year!

I would love to invite you to check out the interview! You will be able to find it on Tuesday at 10AM EST on Sandi’s website, The 51%, Conversations with Creative Women.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year for us all! Thank you for choosing to
be part of Weaving Southwest!

Ciao,
Teresa, Joe, Elsada Rae and all of us here at Weaving Southwest

PS Have you heard any of Sandi’s interviews before? We would love to hear what you think! Leave a comment to let us know…

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About 44 years ago, my Grandma, Rachel Brown started a business right outside this window, called The Craft House . Back then there wasn’t much more in Arroyo Seco, other than Abe’s Cantina (still there) and a general store. The building The Craft House was in eventually burnt down. Now there is a beautiful little park in its place (behind the old truck). The building that still stands next to the little park now houses The Arroyo Seco Mercantile. Many years ago that same building was home to my great aunt Kristina Wilson’s business, Twining Weavers.

About a week ago, we decided to move Weaving Southwest into a beautiful little space right in the center of Arroyo Seco. This is the view from our front door.

Out the front door

Our new space is small, but it is perfect for what we want to focus on.

About 30 years ago, Rachel Brown started another business in Taos called Rio Grande Weavers Supply. After many years of being a well known supplier of weaving yarns, looms and weaving equipment she decided to add a gallery to her store. The gallery was known as Weavings/Southwest. After many years the two businesses began to share the name Weaving Southwest and, over time, more emphasis was put on the gallery portion of the business.

With the many changes that have been going on in our lives and with what we believe the weaving community needs right now, we have decided to focus our energy towards (what would be) Rio Grande Weavers Supply.

In our new space we will offer many types of hand-dyed weaving yarns: Rug Yarn, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn and Churro Yarn. We will be adding more beautiful fibers for weaving as the months go on. And, of course, all of these yarns are fabulous for knitting and crochet, as well.

We are also building up our stock of weaving, spinning and dyeing equipment. We will have 4 of our Rio Grande Walking Looms set up for classes and a Rio Grande Spinning Wheel available to try out. A loom or two will also be set up for us to weave some of our own rug and blanket designs.

Out the front door

We are so excited about Weaving Southwest/Rio Grande Weavers Supply’s new home! We hope to be open soon. Everything takes a little longer, now that we have our little Elsada Rae in our life… but we will defiantly be open by Wool Festival!


To prelude the next few posts, I would like to share a little of what has gone on here at Weaving Southwest over the last year. This year has been full of excitement, happiness and sadness, and change… lots of change.

Last October, we were able to take a trip to the beautiful land of Peru with Loomdancer Weaving Odysseys. What an amazing part of the world! We were able to visit Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Cusco and many small weaving villages throughout the country.

Enjoying the view at Machu Picchu

Enjoying the view at Machu Picchu

Shortly after we returned home from Peru, we found out that we were going to be having a baby! This led us to our decision to move out of our large retail space and, for the time being, become an internet/mail order business.

Moving out of our retail location

Moving out of our retail location

Around the same time we made this decision, Rachel Brown, my Grandmother and founder of Weaving Southwest, passed away. Though it was her time to go, this was very hard for everyone she left behind.

Rachel Brown spinning on the Rio Grande Wheel

Rachel Brown spinning on the Rio Grande Wheel

Many months passed until, finally, on July 26th we were able to welcome the newest member of our clan into this world, Elsada Rae Barry. She came to us happy and healthy, all that we could ask for!

Elsada Rae with her Papa

Elsada Rae with her Papa

So, like many other people I have talked with this year, we have had quite the wild ride. However, things seem to be settling down a bit and we are starting to feel like we are getting our feet back under us. Needless to say, these life changes have greatly affected Weaving Southwest. And we would like to thank everyone who has stuck with us through all this turmoil!

Over the next little bit, we will be posting information of the new direction of the business. We are very excited about how things are unfolding and we can’t wait to share all the news. Please join us on Facebook to see more pictures and signup for our mailing list to get more updates. Thank you! There will be more to follow soon…


We are so proud to announce the arrival of our baby girl, Elsada Rae.

She was born July 26th, 2012 at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos.

Entering this world at 8 lbs. 4 oz., she has been happy and healthy from the start!

(and so very beautiful!)


Weaving Southwest will be closed for maternity leave starting July 23, 2012. However, if you need to reach us please leave a message at 575.758.0433 or weaving@weavingsouthwest.com as we will be checking these periodically. If you would like to place an order, please do so online, www.weavingsouthwest.com, and we will get it out to you as soon as possible (we will be checking this daily). We will resume normal business hours around August 6th. Thank you!

The little baby soon to come!

 

 

 


This week I am teaching our first class in our brand new Weaving Studio! This is just the beginning… there is a lot more setting up to do… But I wanted to share a few photos to start. Enjoy!

This is facing the southeast corner of our main room. There is a bathroom through the far door, and a second room through the other.

Walking Looms

Walking Looms

This is facing the southwest corner of our main room. You can see into the other room from here. From the window we can watch the sunset over the mesa!

A look to the west

A look to the west

This week we have three students; Vicky, Susan and Kathie. We have two Walking Looms set up for Vicky and Susan. Vicky is learning all about stripes and Susan is learning basic tapestry.

Susan's Walking Loom

Susan’s Walking Loom

Kathie is learning basic tapestry on a Navajo-style loom. After a full day of warping, she was able to weave a little over an inch. Tomorrow will be Pick-n-Pick, Wavy Line, Ojo’s and intro to angles and squares!

Kathie's Navajo-style Loom

Kathie’s Navajo-style Loom

After a great day at the studio, we got to drive home to Arroyo Seco as the sun was setting.

Taos Mountain

Taos Mountain

Oh, how I love Taos!

Taos Montain

The Weaver in the Mountain