Wednesday, July 22, 2009

We're Going to be Weavers!

Regular readers may remember that a while ago, we visited Tierra Wools in Los Ojos.

The Village of Los Ojos

Some friends of ours are restoring an adobe wall on this amazing building (circa 1860) and we've been going up every week or so to monitor their progress. If I can get my act together, I may be doing a blog on the adobe restoration once it's finished.


In our several trips to the facility, both Terry and I have become fascinated with the gorgeous weavings we've been seeing.

Terry was the first one to mention that he might be interested in taking a weaving class. Today, we gathered a bit more information. In looking at our schedules (we are taking the month of August off from Ghost Ranch, returning in September), we realized that there is a weaving class starting August 3. Is that a sign or what?

Los Ojos is a charming, very tiny village, so we were a bit concerned about lodging. Then, when we talked to the kind folks at Tiera Wools, we were assured that they had a place for us to park the motorhome while we were taking classes.

So the good news is that we are both enrolled in weaving classes for a week in early August. Not only will we learn about wool and the different kinds of weaving, but each of us will create a three by five blanket of our very own.

New covers for the beds in Cholula Red!

Is that to cool?

Below are some pictures (not so great, my apologies) of some of the many beautiful weavings that inspired us.

Our blankets will be
the Rio Grand Pattern.
Like this one,
striped with many colors

We both like this one,
but this is called a tapestry design,
not a Rio Grande.
And definitely not for beginners!
See, we're learning things already!

We both like this
monochromatic color scheme.

And while this is beautiful,
it's way too advanced
for our first ventures.

We both love this color scheme
and will most likely use
these colors for our blankets,
but each with different designs.

That's the news for today.
We're excited!


Jonna said...

How Fantastic! I can't wait to see what you two create. It would be hard to fit a loom in Cholula though, except for one of the backstrap looms that are used in villages here... check those out.

Our house is maybe 10 years younger than the adobe you talked about, probably 1870 or so. The walls here are made of stone of varying sizes and a form of cement. I helped to build some adobe houses in my youth, interesting stuff.

Sistertex said...

I think it is great that you are going to both be taking weaving class. I'd love to do that and it'd be wonderful if my OH did it with me. Can't wait to hear how it all goes! A beautiful place too.