We put a lot of love and hard work into creating our Rio Grande Yarns. Over the last 50 years my grandma, Rachel Brown, developed several hundred beautiful color combinations/recipes, allowing for us to dye a beautiful array of colors. When our yarns leave our shop, we are always so curious where they go an what they are used for. Leading to our latest series of blog posts: Your Work, Our Yarns!

We are excited to bring you the work of Ann Roantree! Below is her bio and several photos of her work. Each photo is followed by a description, given by Ann, providing a complete rundown of her process and techniques. We believe this will inspire any weaver or collector that has a true interest in what goes on behind the scenes of the creation of beautiful textiles. Make sure to read to the end to see her wonderful review of our Rio Grande Rug Yarns! Enjoy!

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Ann Roantree of Roantree Weaves

Ann Roantree is a Philadelphia-based designer-weaver who specializes in the design and weaving of one of a kind and limited edition contemporary handwoven rugs, runners, wall hangings and interior textiles.  Ann has a modern eye and draws design inspiration from a wide spectrum — ancient and contemporary — that includes the Bauhaus, Abstract Art, music composition, Modern Art and Architecture, and the anonymous weavers of the American Southwest, Silk Road and Cusco.

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"LM1" handwoven by Ann Roantree; 3'-4" x 10'; Side A (reversible)

“LM1″ handwoven by Ann Roantree; 3′-4” x 10′; Side A (reversible)

EPI: 6

WEAVE STRUCTURE:  3 End Block Weave

LOOM:  Harrisville Rug Loom

WARP:  8/5 Linen

WEFT:  Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool

WEFT COLOR PALETTE:  El Topo, Walnut, Beige, Oak, Ocher, Sangre, Rust, Pumpkin, Caramel, Straw, Antique Red, Red Clay, Dusty Lilac

HEADER/FOOTER FINISH:  Twined Edge

NOTES:  Shuttle work combines block weave + tapestry techniques

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4 Roantree AV 1

“AV” handwoven by Ann Roantree; 4′ x 4′

EPI:  6

WEAVE STRUCTURE:  3 End Block Weave

LOOM:  Harrisville Rug Loom

WARP:  8/5 Linen

WEFT:  Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool

WEFT COLOR PALETTE:  Eggplant, Grape, Wine, Ultra Indigo, Terra Cotta, Copper, Ochre, Straw, Magenta

HEADER/FOOTER FINISH:  Twined Edge

NOTES:  The finished woven piece was mounted on a 50” square frame stretched with coarse Belgian Linen.  Frame construction + linen stretching by Roantree.  Off loom 2” wide Velcro strips were hand sewn onto the back of the weaving and the linen.

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Ocher Accent" handwoven by Ann Roantree, 4’ x 6’; Fully reversible

“Ocher Accent” handwoven by Ann Roantree, 4’ x 6’; Fully reversible

EPI:  6

WEAVE STRUCTURE:  3 End Block Weave

LOOM:  Harrisville Rug Loom

WARP:  8/5 Linen

WEFT:  Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool

WEFT COLOR PALETTE:  Black, Natural White, Blue Electra, Ocher

HEADER/FOOTER FINISH:  Twined Edge

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8 Roantree Blanket Detail

“Blanket Detail” (Tewa Homage) handwoven by Ann Roantree, 4′ x 6′

EPI:  6

WEAVE STRUCTURE:  3 End Block Weave

LOOM:  Harrisville Rug Loom

WARP:  8/5 Linen

WEFT:  Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool

WEFT COLOR PALETTE:  Brown Black, Straw, Ocher, Malachite, Terra Cotta, Natural Gray

HEADER/FOOTER FINISH:  Twined Edge

NOTES:  Back of rug is woven entirely in Natural Gray in order to give surface colors even tonality.

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"PSCA" handwoven by Ann Roantree; 4’ x 6’

“PSCA” handwoven by Ann Roantree; 4’ x 6’

EPI:  6

WEAVE STRUCTURE:  3 End Block Weave

LOOM:  Harrisville Rug Loom

WARP:  8/5 Linen

WEFT:  Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool

WEFT COLOR PALETTE:  Ultra Indigo, Indigo, Logwood, Oak, Caramel, Khaki, Pinon, Antique Red, Dusty Lilac

HEADER/FOOTER FINISH:  Twined Edge

NOTES:  Shuttle work combines block weave + tapestry weaving techniques.  In some of the large color blocks I incorporate “lazy lines” as an homage to Navajo weavers.

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 Ann’s Review of Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wools

“Weaving rugs is particularly exciting as it gives me design freedom to explore at many scales deconstructed color blocks and bold graphics.  I have been weaving with Rio Grande Rug Wool for several years.  The Weaving Southwest Rio Grande Rug Wool is a perfect match for me.  I love working with the wool for many reasons:

The wool is consistently spun, very predictable in how it measures, lays in and beats.

  The wool is soft, easy to work with yet it creates a very durable end product.

The natural whites + grays and the dyed color palette are fantastic.  The selection covers the color spectrum and works for my pieces which can range from subtle to quite bold.

With block weave, colors both abut and travel under one another.  The surface color is always influenced by a color beneath.  The Rio Grande rug wools blend beautifully together in block weave.  I can darken, lighten or influence the tone of the color by what I place behind.

For block weave rug design at 6 EPI, I estimate 6 – 7 ounces of rug wool per square foot when ordering wool.  When I work at 4 EPI, I estimate 8 ounces per square foot when ordering wool.

My only regret is I don’t live closer to Weaving Southwest.  Teresa and Joe are great to work with.  I go back to Weaving Southwest not only for the product but for the personal service as well.”

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Make sure to check out Ann’s work at www.Roantreeweaves.com!

We hope you enjoyed this post!

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We would love to hear from you! What do you think of Ann’s work? Have you used your Rio Grande Rug Wool before and have a review you would like to share? What’s on your loom? Leave a message in the comment section to let us know what you think!

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2 comments on “Your Work, Our Yarns: Ann Roantree

  • ooooooo! Amazing! I love these! LM1 is particularly evocative. Thank you for sharing your fabulous work.
    And you are absolutely right about Weaving Southwest, Teresa and Joe, and the rug yarns.

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