“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
“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
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 first color… Sunflower!
The container of snippets and numbers
Vicky taking her first large rug off the loom!
A sneak-peek before Vicky unrolls it off of the loom
Success! Vicky, Joe and Elsi holding up her beautiful striped rug…
How Vicky’s beautiful random striped rug will look on the floor…
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
Pulling the weaving off of the loom
Julie modeling her beautiful poncho
Detail of the poncho
Julie modeling her beautiful poncho
Wishing for Spring, Handwoven Rug by Teresa Loveless
Choosing the Colors
Tying up the Loom
Laying in the first row of tapestry.
And the second row…
A little bit of color to brighten a grey winter day!
This rug is available at our shop. Click here for details.
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 White, Original Tapestry by Rachel Brown, all natural handspun Churro wool,
72″ x 20″, 1984
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
“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
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
Persian Lilac B, 2-ply Tapestry, Yarn fresh out of the dyepots
A beautifully rich dyelot of Caramel C, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn
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
Pinon D & E, 2-ply Tapestry Yarn drying in the sun
This is one of the slides I have come across. So far, this is the only one of this tapestry. The slide has no date or information on it. But, I am going to guess that it was done sometime around “Crossing Over”, in the early ‘90’s.
Handwoven Tapestry by Rachel Brown