Recently I taught Julie Silvian, of Taos Fiber Marketplace, a class on how to weave a poncho. We started with winding a warp using our 2-Ply Tapestry Yarn and a fine Churro Yarn that Julie had dyed. Julie used several of her hand-dyed wools and silks as the weft. These consisted of a variety of textures including boucles, hand-spun thick-n-thins and some sport and worsted weights. She wove two panels of a random combination of stripes. The pieces were cut off the loom, finished up (fringe tied, ends sewn in, etc.) and then stitched together to form a beautiful poncho!

Julie cutting the panels off of the loom

Julie cutting the panels off of the loom

Pulling the weaving off of the loom

Pulling the weaving off of the loom

Julie modeling her beautiful poncho

Julie modeling her beautiful poncho

Detail of the poncho

Detail of the poncho

Julie modeling her beautiful poncho

Julie modeling her beautiful poncho


“For this weaving, I started out with a geometric form design and planned to do the whole weaving in a symmetrical way were the top half was the same as the bottom half. But I got a little past one-third of the weaving and realized it was going to be too busy, so I decided to interrupt the design with horizontals. This was the first of my weaving’s were I interrupted the design with horizontals.” -Rachel Brown

Interrupted Symmetry, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Hand-dyed Wool, 76.5"x41", 1991

Interrupted Symmetry, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Hand-dyed Wool, 76.5″x41″, 1991

 

Detail of Interrupted Symmetry, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown

Detail of Interrupted Symmetry, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown


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…

Dripping wet Ivory Rug Yarn

Dripping wet Ivory Rug Yarn

Persian Lilac B, 2-ply Tapestry, Yarn fresh out of the dyepots

Persian Lilac B, 2-ply Tapestry, Yarn fresh out of the dyepots

A beautifully rich dyelot of Caramel C, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn

A beautifully rich dyelot of Caramel C, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn

Pinon C, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn, ready to be rinsed

Pinon C, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn, ready to be rinsed

2-ply Tapestry Yarn (Persian Lilac B, Caramel D & E) drying in the New Mexico sun

2-ply Tapestry Yarn (Persian Lilac B, Caramel D & E) drying in the New Mexico sun

Pinon D & E, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn drying in the sun

Pinon D & E, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn drying in the sun


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,

and voila!

-Hannah