Sunday, February 8, 2009


Wowsers! We are going through some major changes here at Tres Hermanas. We are morphing from a yarn shop that had weavers into a weaving studio that occasionally sells yarn.

Our styles come from the Chimayo and Navajo, but we find our inspiration everywhere (sometimes even eBay!). As my wonderful Navajo teacher, Sarah Natani, once told me, "you can be informed by tradition, but not bound to it." Since none of us are either Hispanic nor Navajo, we subscribe to what James Koehler has called the "pan-cultural" pallet. This sets us free to draw motifs from places as far apart as Africa, the Caucus Mountains, Peru and the American Southwest and times from Ancient Egypt to the modern world.

We use only natural fabrics. As a weaver and needle-felter I use wool. Since this is my first post I won't go into all the reasons just now. We buy a lot of our wool directly from mostly local shepherds, especially from those who support heritage breeds such as the Navajo-Churro. The fleece we buy are usually processed by Wooly Knob Fiber Mill (which uses natural methods) and are spun by the Spinnery at Bel Tine Farms. When we buy commercial yarns we get it from the good folks at Brown Sheep Company, J&H Clasgens, or Great Adriondacks.

Most of the heavy weavings (saddleblankets, rugs, ranch banners, etc.) are done on our Hispanic Walking Looms. (Before long I will post a history of these looms which shows that they go back more than a 1,000 years). More delicate things (ruanas, scarves, etc.) are woven on rigid heddle looms. A local wood worker (who has his own sawmill) will be building looms for us and looms to sell on order, made of reclaimed Western Red Cedar and native Osage Orange.

Oops! I almost forgot to tell you that the shop will be closed until (at the latest) May 1st, 2009. We will place orders for yarn and equipment for customers, even after we re-open, but we won't have much in stock. We will teach classes in weaving, spinning, and needle-felting from time to time as well.

Your friendly Fiberista,

Miz G

1 comment:

  1. Oooo...totally stealing your idea! Ha! We have a good-sized group of fiber artists meeting in a coffee shop each week and I'm now dubbing us all the 'Fiberistas'! :-) The Baristas will love that. We are actually the 'FiberTherapists', but your moniker is brilliant! Congratulations on expanding! (Saw your link on the Small Looms board.)