What happens when you move a business from one place to another, plan a grand re-opening, and then the COVID pandemic hits? Just precisely what many small business owners and all the people at Tierra Wools did - you move forward. Sheep don't wait and neither does the lambing season, moving the flock, or the shearing, spinning and dying of wool. It is hard work, especially during the winter months which can be brutal even without the added stress of a pandemic. But the move was made, and the new location just south of the town of Chama is perfect. We had driven by the building for years and it felt like a homecoming when we walked through the door. Kudos to Molly, Toni, and the entire crew for pulling off the move in style.
As we in Santa Fe whine about the relative lack of rain and snow this year, we now know exactly where the precipitation was falling - in and around Chama. The green was a surprising treat. A broad, grassy area in front of the building can be used for picnicking, breathing the air, and watching the ducks and geese in the pond, after a day of learning how to use wool in one of the many spinning, weaving, and dying classes offered. As the sign says, you can also "get your lamb here."
the main room
Several additional rooms hold a literal riot of color.
The dying shed is moist and full of slightly pungent smells, including both dry and wet wool along with natural and aniline dyes. To me, it is reminiscent of a darkroom.
If you feel like heading out on a day trip as things begin to reopen in New Mexico, the road to Tierra Wools winds through the geology of Ghost Ranch and Georgia O'Keefe country and beyond, into the high country of Rio Arriba County and is one of the most interesting in New Mexico. Tierra Wools' is now located just south of Chama at 2540, U. S. Highway 64/84, and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (masks required), and online at https://www.handweavers.com/shop. 575.756.1650. You can also email them at [email protected]
Thanks to Victoria, Christina, Peggy, Terry T., Jean & Sam, Wayne, Steve, Lucia, Ingrid and Catherine for commenting this week!
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