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…

 


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


We just received a huge shipment of our beautiful, custom spun Rug Yarn! And we are so excited to get to the dyepots again!

Our Beautiful Dye Studio in Arroyo Seco, NM

Our Beautiful Dye Studio in Arroyo Seco, NM

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.

First in the pots are some of our lighter colors: Straw, Wheat, Ivory and Beige.

Straw Rug Yarn being stirred in our large outdoor pots.

Straw Rug Yarn being stirred in our large outdoor pots.

Once they are out of the pots we hang them to dry in the warm New Mexico sun.

Straw and Ivory Rug Yarn drying in the sun.

Straw and Ivory Rug Yarn drying in the sun.

Then on to slightly darker colors: El Topo, Pewter, Walnut and Oak.

Taking a look at the Oak Rug Yarn to see if all the color has set.

Taking a look at the Oak Rug Yarn to see if all the color has set.

We are so grateful for the New Mexico monsoon season!

Checking the Ivory Rug Yarn in the monsoonal rains.

Checking the Ivory Rug Yarn in the monsoonal rains.

Because of all of the rains these last couple weeks, we are able to use our large wood burning pots.

A freshly stoked fire under our largest dye pot.

A freshly stoked fire under our largest dye pot.

This allows us to easily dye our darker colors like Pumpkin.

Pumpkin Rug Yarn in our large wood burning pot.

Pumpkin Rug Yarn in our large wood burning pot.

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)!