By BEVERLY BRYANT
Ponca City News Staff Writer
Tres Hermanas Wool Works at 314 East Grand Avenue has recently reopened after converting to a custom design and weaving studio. Gloria Galasso said the shop will continue to order specialty yarns and supplies for customers, but the business has changed its focus to custom work.
One project Galasso is working on is a commissioned piece for the 101 Ranch Rodeo's 50th Anniversary Queen's trophy saddle blanket, which the shop is donating. The saddle blanket is being woven with wool yarn in hand-dyed colors.
Galasso said the shop has been reorganized to include a design area as well as weaving stations and spinning stations, where she will spin yarn on spinning wheels. "By October, we will be fully laden with gift items," she said.
Galasso currently is weaving a ranch banner on a Chimayo-style walking loom built by Irvin Trujillo, a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. The loom style came to Spain more than 1,000 [sic] years ago, Galasso said.
Galasso's partner, Patricia Paterson, also is a weaver and often creates her works on a triangle loom. In addition, Paterson offers custom repairs of heirloom textiles. She has recently repaired an heirloom granny square blanket as well as a linen and cotton filet crocheted piece depicting the Lord's Prayer. Paterson focuses on restoring knitted and crocheted pieces. "I do not do quilt restorations, but I will refer customers to people who do that work," Paterson said.
One of the first restorations was a bedspread that a customer's grandmother had made. The spread was made in panels and Paterson was able to take it apart and repair a large portion of the spread with pieces of the panels that were too badly damaged to salvage.
Both Galasso and Paterson are taking lessons in Rio Grande weaving from Northern New Mexico College.
Galasso also is working on an art called needle felting to create a large carousel with five animals, including a horse which is completed, an elephant which is in progress, a swan, giraffe and lion.
Galasso and Paterson often take time away from their shop to share their work with children at local schools and in demonstrations at festivals across the region.
Cheryl Klein, a teacher at First Lutheran School, brought a packet of photos and thank-you cards to Galasso recently from one of her classes to thank the weaver for showing students what her work includes. Galasso took a portable spinning wheel to the school so the students could see first-hand the process of spinning yarn.
The shop also is committed to being environmentally friendly by reducing its energy use. The wool workers use all-natural yarns that are made in the United States and are naturally washed and dyed.
Published Tue, Jun 9, 2009, On Page 2 A