As you may know, we are working on launching a new website. Its not live yet… but will be, so very soon!

The best thing about this new site is, it is going to allow us to bring so much more value to you! What do I mean by that? To start, think videos and downloadable documents chocked full of inspirational and educational information! And that is just the start!

So, this is where you come in! What would you like to see from us? How-to videos of our dye process? Weaving patterns? Book lists? Online weaving classes? Mini-tutorials on how to fix broken warp threads, choose the perfect yarn for your project or how to finish your freshly woven rug to ensure its longevity and enhance its beauty? The sky is the limit here!

Would you like to be part of the new face of Weaving Southwest? If so, leave a reply in the comment section (the link is at the top of this post). The idea is that your idea may inspire someone else or you may be inspired by a comment you see and the list of possibilities will grow!

Thank you so much for being part of our Weaving Southwest community! We hope to hear from you!



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62 comments on “Help us help you!

  • I agree all of the above plus selecting the correct warp for weft, small weaving projects. Would love online weaving classes!

  • basically all your ideas sound great ! I think some online tutorials could be a good for busy people and/or those who can’t get to your place, especially if these can be accessed at any time, so whatever time zone -or country-you live in, it doesn’t matter !
    good luck

    • Thank you for the feedback, Ruth!

      I am so glad that we live in the day and age of the Internet! Being able to access amazing info anytime, anywhere is such an incredible thing! The thing is, finding all the quality and reliable information can be tricky. We hope that, with this new site, we will be able to offer sought after, fiber related inspiration and information to people world wide (anytime the want/need it!! šŸ™‚

    • Can’t wait for your online classes. I am a visual person & learn best by watching, rather than reading instructions; but living far away from your live workshops, this would be the second best thing. Truly a service to a wider (and eager) audience! Thanks!

  • Please, please, please put up a video on the care and use of the Rio Grande wheel. Many of us have bought them second hand and do not have the video that originally came with them. In order to care for the wheel properly and get use them to their fullest, we need a video. Thanks so much for considering this. Love the Daily Dose of Inspiration and look forward to the new site.

    • Will do, Judy!

      Actually, I already have the RG Wheel video uploaded to the back-end of the website. Soon it will be available for all to see! šŸ™‚

      Thank you for the feedback! And I’m glad you like the Daily Dose!

  • All the topics you mentioned above would be most welcome on your website! I’d love a tutorial on calculating enough yarn, warp & weft for a project. Also, a video/tutorial on finishing techniques would be nice too! Thank you so very much for carrying on your Grandmother’s work!!!! I was introduced to her book in a fiber class in high school in the late ’70’s. In the ’90’s, I finally made it to Taos and was so excited to meet her. I didn’t think at the time to have her autograph the book! But, I’m just glad to have had the opportunity to meet her. I made another trip back and talked w/her a bit more. Thank you Teresa and Joe!

    • You are so very welcome, Stacy!

      My grandma was an incredible woman. I feel very fortunate to carry on what she started so many years ago. I am glad you had the chance to meet her! šŸ™‚

      We will make sure to include warping and finishing info on the new website!

      Thank you for your feedback and lovely note! šŸ™‚

  • Am interested in weaving but have no experience with it. Would like posts about the different types of looms, how to choose materials, basic design concepts, etc. Agree that online classes/tutorials would be great.

    • Welcome to the world of weaving, Denise!

      I know it can be very overwhelming in the beginning. We will make sure to have tons of info about how to get started. Once you know the basics and start playing around, it will all start to come together! I highly recommend taking a few classes, before investing in a loom, as there are so many routes you can take and it is more fun to play around under the supervision of an experienced weaver than monkeying around with a bunch of strings, while trying to understand a slew of terms/words you have never heard before. Try Googling your local fiber/weavers guild… that could be a great place to start!

      My grandma, Rachel Brown, wrote a great book called the Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing Book. It is a fantastic reference for beginners and experienced fiber artists alike. The best part is, she writes in a way that is clear and comprehensive. This book is no longer in print, but you may be able to find it at your local used book store or you can get it on Amazon.

      Thank you for the feedback!

  • First of all, thank you for the time and energy you both are putting into this effort. The Daily Inspirations are truly that!
    On line tutorials and classes are at the top of my list. Like the idea of small format projects as well. To many of us a rug as a first project is daunting and expensive.
    Kits with your hand dyed yarns and pattern to accompany a tutorial for a mini tapestry would be awesome! Something that can be done on a simple two harness or frame loom.
    And thanks again!

  • I would like to thank you for all the work you are doing. I am sure your Grandmother is very proud of you for caring on with what she started. I have hopes of someday getting to see your shop and meeting you. I agree with all the comments in your blog. I am interested in small tapestry. Only because I don’t have room for larger looms. Keep up the good work.

    • Thank you, Linda!

      My grandma was always one of my greatest supporters. I feel honored to carry on what she worked so hard to create. šŸ™‚

      We are working on some really exciting projects for a loom that takes up almost no space at all. More on that soon! šŸ™‚

      Thank you for the feedback!

  • All the ideas sound good to me. I love to watch online tutorials to get new ideas and some new skills. Dyeing is my thing this summer. I love all the photos shared. How do you rinse them without wasting water? I am experimenting with some new dye materials this summer, and after 40 years you would think that I had tried it all. I think you and Joe make it look like fun instead of the job it really is. Thanks for that.

    • Thank you for the feedback, Juliann!

      My favorite thing about the fiber world is, there is so much out there that, even if one thinks they have tried or know everything, they will soon find out that are only at the tip of the ice burg!

      How much are you dyeing during a dye day? What materials/process are you using (natural, acid, etc.)? What kind of fiber are you dyeing (wool, cotton, etc.)? If I knew this, I may be able to answer the rinsing question better.

      Dyeing is a huge job, but what a wonderful job to have! šŸ™‚

  • I love your daily does of inspiration and would like to see this continue. I would also like too see book reviews, dyeing fiber, how to videos, online weaving classes and mini tutorials. Anything that has to do with fiber, dyeing and weaving is all good. Thanks for all, enjoy and absorbing it all in.

    • Thank you, Noni! The Daily Dose will continue! šŸ™‚

      I am working on several book lists… I can’t wait to share these! I am a sucker for fiber books, especially the old out of print ones. And, of course, we are going to have tons of videos!

      Thank you for the feedback!

  • any videos would be great. I have a small tablet top loom, no brand name that I can’t figure out how to set up. I love to see dye experiments.

  • Warping for a rug properly and choosing the correct weft yarn for a rug. Thank-you – I look forward to taking a class in your studio in 2016.

    • Thank you for the feedback, Claudia!

      Warping is something we get a lot of questions about. We will make sure to cover this topic thoroughly!

      I look forward to having you in class next year! šŸ™‚

  • I’d love to see online tutorials, weaving patterns (which I’ve found very helpful when first getting started), finishing techniques for tapestries and/or rugs.

    You’re doing a fantastic job with classes and supplies!! Expanding the website will be a real asset to weavers.

    • Thank you so much, Traudi!

      I really feel like this new site will allow us to offer so much more to the fiber community. The best part is you will be able to access this info 24/7 from anywhere in the world! I must say I love the internet! šŸ™‚

      We are working on some really fun patterns, for beginners and advanced weavers alike. Our weaver and friend, Kim Hamill, entered one of her patterns (using our Churro and 2-Ply Tapestry Yarns) into one of Handwoven’s contest… and it was a winner! It will be published in the fall issue of Handwoven! This has inspired us to create many more patterns… now we all have to get to the looms to get the samples woven! šŸ™‚

      • I would love to have you show patterns. Also, online classes. I try to figure out
        the tapestry technique used. Just loved the work & doing some of the rug weaving’s!
        Thank you!

  • YES- Please include all of the above mentioned topics…..and any other information you can pass along! We all realize what a mammoth undertaking all of this will be. But it will be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!!!

    • Thank you so much, Holly!

      I can’t wait for this site to go live! Our intentions are for this site to be so chocked full of inspiration and information that it will fulfill all your weaving spinning and dyeing needs. šŸ™‚

  • I second the plea to put up a video about the Rio Grande wheel. I love mine which came to me second hand, but I would really like more information about spinning and maintaining it. The daily inspirations are wonderful and just that!

    • Will do, Katherine!

      I have the original RG Wheel instructional video uploaded on the back-end of the new site. It will be available to all soon! šŸ™‚

      I will make sure to put some other RG Wheel info together, too! Thanks for the feedback!

  • ALL of the topics: How-to videos of our dye process? Weaving patterns? Book lists? Online weaving classes? Mini-tutorials on how to fix broken warp threads, choose the perfect yarn for your project or how to finish your freshly woven rug to ensure its longevity.
    YES–Rio Grande WHEEL tips, videos, types of yarn possible to spin.
    As many folks are not close by to visit & easily attend classes, all info by internet would be very exciting.

  • Would like to see more info on water wise dying. I live in an area with climate similar to Taos and we are suffering drought conditions so I haven’t been dying this year at all. I have a Churro fleece I’m spinning into rug yarn and would like to dye it at some point. Am really loving the daily inspirations, they really get the creative juices flowing. Thanks for sending them!

    • Thank you for the feedback, Jill!

      Out of curiosity, are you interested in acid dyeing? This is what we do and we love it! We use a method my grandma developed that allows us to dye tons (literally) of yarn while using very little water. There are many other benefits as well! Of course, you can use this method on a much smaller scale. I wrote an article for HAND/EYE Magazine about our process that you may enjoy:

      We will have lots about this on the new site. But, in the meantime, feel free to contact me with any questions at all!

      • Teresa, thanks for the reply. Yes, I am using acid dyes so will be interested to learn more. The article in Hand/Eye is what brought me to your site. Look forward to seeing your new website!

  • Would love on lines classes. Am so inspired by the work I see from your students, but know I won’t get a chance to come take an in person class.

  • All areas you mentioned will be good but my preferences would be mini-tutorials and weaving patterns…….but everything will be read!!……..

  • Would love how-to type information, especially on weaving rugs and caring for them. I “discovered” Weaving Southwest when I wove my first rug, a wedding gift for my niece. I was smitten with the yarn and the beautiful colors, the twist, the feel. I wish I was in a position to take a class in person, but I’m not. So tutorials would be perfect.

  • Teresa, I love all your ideas. Specifically, the how-to tutorials in either HTML or video format would be very helpful.

    Thank you.


  • Just wanted to add my voice to the group. All of your suggestions for videos/tutorials sound great. I am a beginning weaver with a small tabletop loom and a newly gifted 8 harness floor loom. I am very very interested in your dyeing knowledge as that is what I have been spending most of my time with — natural dyeing in large pots with some hand-painting techniques. I am predominantly a knitter, but love all things fiber.
    Thanks so much for your efforts! I also have a young one at home and know the challenges of fitting in time with them, with time with the dye pots.

  • I’m excited to see your new website, Teresa. I’m sure it will be great. I’m in love with online classes. I’ve taken them from Rebecca Metzoff and find them to be just what I need to learn tapestry weaving. I’m glad to hear there are others who would like to see this from you and that you are considering it for the future. I look forward to taking some online classes from you.

  • All the things you mentioned would be great. As a new weaver, I always feel overwhelmed when I go to a yarn shop and need to pick out yarn for a project. Any help about weaving would be great for me. šŸ™‚ I love your shop. I didn’t get to visit this year, but have been there several times over the years.

    I have a 4-shaft loom and a Navajo loom, so things about the Navajo loom would be good, too.

  • I am excited about the new website – I like all the ideas so far. Right now I would like ideas on choosing a loom. Later I will need tutorials on getting started, patterns, etc. I just found a house with a great studio, so now I will have enough space for a loom. Moving in August!
    (Was delighted to find that Christina, with whom I am singing in the Threshold Choir, is your aunt!)
    I will look for your grandma’s book, and I look forward to more classes with you, on line and in person!

  • I LOVE the idea of online tutorials. The daily photos have been so inspirational. I learned to weave tapestry rugs , with Denise Miller, while living in Taos. While I no longer have my Hispanic walking loom I do have a smaller tapestry loom as well as a rigid heddle loom. I am finally getting back to tapestry weaving. I hope to visit there again while taking a class with you.

  • I really enjoy getting your newsletter and the daily does of inspiration. I live on the east coast and so it would be problematic and expensive to come to your workshops/classes. I do however love to weave. I am still a bit of a novice and I don’t have a tapestry or any kind of heddle loom. I have lap looms and recently bought a nice size floor loom which I am about to try out for the first time. I also have a peg loom that I am learning to use. It limits the width but the length can be as long as you want to make the warp. I have also woven on hoola hoops. I leave the work on the hoop and hang them on the wall. They are a lot of fun. Would love to see something on your new website on more basic looms and how to incorporate some of the patterns from your beautiful work into them Looking forward to hearing more.
    Karen from Baltimore

  • I had the pleasure of taking Navajo weaving with your grandmother when she came to San Antonio in 1988. She was a unique and wonderful person, and I feel so lucky that I got to know her in a 3-day class. I eventually taught at that school, and I’ve had the pleasure of teaching throughout Texas since 1995. One thing that discourages me when I teach and when I read on-line weaving posts is the emphasis on economy. If a person is going to invest him/herself in a project, especially one as intense and personal as a tapestry, he/she should use the best yarn available. Could you possibly make a strong effort to market to teachers so that they will recognize the qualities of really good yarn and the importance of using materials that will last as long as possible? I try to stress the importance of good warp as a foundation for a good piece or for good fabric. And the role that a good wool that is dyed with appropriate material is so key to quality. And, too, the warp and weft need to work together. That philosophy needs to spread. If there is any way you can encourage that, I think you would be doing weavers a great service.

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