“While I was weaving this design, there happened to be the forest fire in Llama (New Mexico) that destroyed many of my friend’s homes. I can remember stepping out of the studio while weaving the middle section and I decided right then that I would call it Habitat.” -Rachel Brown

This tapestry is woven with our hand-dyed Rio Grande 2-ply Tapestry Yarn. Enjoy!

Habitat, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown

Habitat, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown


“I had just installed a new program for my computer and I decided I would design something on it to weave. Well, I got about an inch worth of weaving done and realized that it didn’t work for me at all so I just wove whatever I felt like weaving.

As I was weaving it, it reminded me of a valley in Peru outside of Cusco where I was sitting, taking in the beauty of the valley. The transition from the yellows and gold’s, to dark grey and blues. While I was sitting there, there was a little boy on the other side of the valley singing at the top of his lungs while he was herding lamas. The little black and white squares represent his voice.” -Rachel Brown

This is another tapestry woven with our hand-dyed Rio Grande 2-ply Tapestry Yarn. Enjoy!

Andean Gold, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, SIZE, DATE

Andean Gold, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown


Vicky has been talking classes with us for three years now. When she came to town this winter she decided she wanted to rent a loom from us to weave a striped rug. She started by choosing her colors of Rug Yarn and wound all of her bobbins. She chose to weave a random striped rug. However, she wanted some consistency, so she chose four widths to work with 1″, 3″, 5″ and 7″. She wrote each of these numbers down on little pieces of paper and put them into a container. She cut a snippet of each skein of yarn she planned on using and put them in another container. Then she picked out (with eyes closed) a snippet of yarn and a piece of paper. If she choose a 7 and Sunflower, she would weave 7″ of Sunflower! Before she started weaving she also decided to have Black bands on each end of the rug to tie it all together. This was the result…

 

The start of the first section of black

The start of the first section of black

 

The first color... Sunflower!

The first color… Sunflower!

 

The container of snippets and numbers

The container of snippets and numbers

 

Vicky taking her first large rug off the loom!

Vicky taking her first large rug off the loom!

 

A sneak-peek before Vicky unrolls it off of the loom

A sneak-peek before Vicky unrolls it off of the loom

 

Success! Vicky, Joe and Elsi holding up her beautiful striped rug...

Success! Vicky, Joe and Elsi holding up her beautiful striped rug…

 

How Vicky's beautiful random striped rug will look on the floor...

How Vicky’s beautiful random striped rug will look on the floor…

 


Here are two beautiful tapestries from Rachel’s Interweave Series. Both are woven of natural handspun Churro wool. Notice the fine strip of black (in Interweave White) and white (in Interweave Black) separating the the sections of the design. Enjoy!

Interweave, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Handspun natural wool, SIZE, DATE

Interweave White, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, all natural handspun Churro wool,
72″ x 20″, 1984

Interweave Shadow, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Handspun natural wool, SIZE, DATE

Interweave Black, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, all natural handspun churro wool, 72″ x 20″, 1984

 


This post is a few days late because we had a Tapestry Class last week that ended up being extended on through the weekend and and on into this week (more on this to come)! One of our students was going through the prints we have of Rachel’s work and came across Neptune. The beauty of this piece became a topic of conversation during the class. Thought it would be a good one to share. Enjoy!

Neptune, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Hand-dyed Wool, 46″x36.5″, 1998

Neptune, Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Hand-dyed Wool, 46″x36.5″, 1998

 


“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 just love this piece! I haven’t been able to find the name of it… but I am sure it will turn up eventually. I will make sure to update this when it does.

Handwoven tapestry by Rachel Brown, Circa June 1985

Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, Circa June 1985

These are some of the images from the slides I had scanned recently. A couple of the slides have the date of June 1985 on them. So, I believe my Grandma, Rachel, wove this piece in the spring/summer of ’85.

Tapestry on the Loom in 1985, Woven by Rachel Brown

Tapestry on the Loom in 1985, Woven by Rachel Brown

Above, you can see that she wove this piece on a tapestry loom, using a building technique to create the design. With this technique, she was literally building up (weaving) one shape in the design at a time. This can be an easy way to approach weaving curves.

The Technique of Building Tapestry, Woven by Rachel Brown

The Technique of Building Tapestry, Woven by Rachel Brown

You can see Rachel’s love for light and natural colors in this tapestry.

Detail of Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, 1985

Detail of Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown, 1985

This last picture, also from the recently scanned slides, is one of many taken in this space. I think this may have been an artist coop here in Taos back in the 80’s. I will be posting more images of this place and will include the name when I figure it out.

June 1985, Handwoven tapestry by Rachel Brown hanging in a gallery.

June 1985, Handwoven tapestry by Rachel Brown hanging in a gallery.

I hope you find this tapestry as inspiring as I do! Enjoy!