Monday I made a quick trip to Taos for various reasons, but had time to stop by my friends Julie and Ashley Cloutman's shop, Taos Fiber Arts. They have just moved into a new location and the store is really coming together. I am doing some reading up on Spanish weaving for the class I am teaching in June at Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, so I was particularly interested in their new gallery room. Right now Julie is displaying some replica Rio Grande blankets she is weaving. They are really gorgeous. In fact, I think she should hook up with architects nation-wide as these beautiful blankets are perfect for a southwest-style house.
Here is the link to my last blog post about this mother/daughter power-fiber duo which is the hottest fiber happening in Taos at the moment: /rebeccamezoff/2011/09/of-bumblebees-and-taos-fiber-arts.html
They even let Cassy visit the shop, though frankly that may be because she was threatening to bark on their stoop until I left. I warned Julie about the dog hair! But in true Julie-style she just said she would spin it.
They have an amazing loom that is a replica of something long past (also note the jerga)... I love the pulleys especially.
It is important to check out all Ashley's felt creations including her zombies. Ashley also teaches a lot of felting classes and she is a great teacher! Call her up and drop by for a class.
Ashley is also making some gorgeous yarn.
Taos Fiber Arts: 208 Ranchitos Rd, Suite C, Taos, NM (575) 758-8242
And the wild irises are out... San Luis Valley, Colorado.
There are still a few spots in the Symbols of the Southwest class I am teaching at EVFAC in June, so sign up if you want to come! It is going to be great. More details following in a blog post soon.