Have you driven on the Navajo Reservation and seen the beautiful Churro sheep with long fleece and curved horns - sometimes as many as four? You may have passed them on the way to the Crownpoint Rug auction and wondered about them.
Well, now you have a chance to learn all about them while also learning how to spin that beautiful wool into a fine material for weaving. I'm a weaver, or at least used to be, on a minor scale and I can tell you that it is a most satisfying way to spend a few quiet hours of your time. The end result can be a wonderful and useful product for your own use or for a very personal gift.
If you've often thought about making a lovely product by hand but never thought you had either the skill or knowledge to do so then this could be the opportunity that you have been waiting for. A short drive from Albuquerque up to Santa Fe, a small fee of $50 and a weekend class and you can quickly learn to card and spin your own 100% wool yarn.
Read the following excerpt from the Santa Fe Buffalo Design web page for more detailed information:
This workshop will teach participants how to prepare and spin raw wool into warm, delightful and beautiful skeins of yarn, ready to knit or weave. History of handspinning and use of different fibers will be discussed. Emphasis will be on the history and use of Navajo-Churro wool, which was brought here by Don Juan de Onate in 1598.
Learning in the traditional way of spinning, participants will also hear special stories and songs connected to the materials and seasons of this ancient craft. First we start off by carding the wool with hand cards..then carefully learning how to twist and turn the spindle to make the yarn longer and longer yet. How to wash the final product will be discussed as will dyeing and the various plants, flowers and roots used in history to create the palette of colors that are so loved.
The workshop will be taught by Liane Brown a native Santa Fean who has turned her life-long love of spinning and weaving into creatively designed products that are softer than imagined.
By learning how to spin a yarn that can be used later in a special handmade project or gift, takes a person beyond the magic of the Southwest and creates a memory forever. truly a lasting memory of Santa Fe
So come join us in beautiful downtown Santa Fe for an afternoon of history, spinning, and fun. Come and learn a Heritage Craft–Spinning Yarn!
Santa Fe Buffalo Designs is owned by Liane Brown. A native Santa Fean who has turned her life-long love of spinning and weaving into creatively designed products that are softer than imagined. Her technique employs a special blend of sheep’s wool and buffalo hair, which adds an exotic fiber into the wool and creates a stronger yarn product.You will be taking your class in the home of the artist instructor at 420 Sunset St Apt # 2 ( upstairs ) Santa Fe NM 87501
Learn to spin, visit the Crownpoint Rug Auction and . . . Keep on Traveling!