woven into a day

May 12, 2024  •  3 Comments

When I awoke this morning, something was missing.  For the first time in two weeks, not one leaf on the aspen trees outside our bedroom window was moving.  The wind has been so consistent that the quiet - just for a moment - was odd.  But what a welcome change!  We managed to walk every day except one, and when we saw people on the street in the area, the responses ranged from "I'm going home.  The wind is too crazy", to "I am getting just a little tired of the wind."  Wind makes everything more difficult, but we still consider ourselves lucky.  I think about how amazing it is that the birds can survive.  And the men who were building a house near us had their hands full, applying tar paper and mesh before stucco, hoping it wouldn't take flight after they departed for the day.  But wind is part of nature and it does churn the water in lakes, bringing sediment to the surface, and keeping them healthy.   So we adapted, doing things like walking and watering in the early morning hours, and the remainders of the days were excellent for hunkering down.  For me, that meant doing photography when possible, and developing and organizing when the wind was in its howling mode.  Fred was weaving.  Part of the photography work this week was of his latest rug.  It was woven into the day.  But I thought I would feature some of his work since he completed Rug 400.     



Rug 401

Navajo Chiefs Blanket motif, with hand-dyed cochineal and indigo wool from Rainbow Fiber Coop, natural white from iii dog farm, and natural dark grey from Tierra Wools

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Detail, Rug 401

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Rug 402

made of 100% Navajo-Churro wool, cochineal from Rainbow Fiber Coop, as well as natural dark and light grey, and dyed Tierra Amarilla from Tierra Wools 

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Rug 403

100% Navajo-Churro Wool from Tierra Wools.  The top and bottom panels of the rug are comprised of six different dye lots of Chile Colorado, while the center panel is natural light and dark grey.  The three panels are separated by Tierra Amarilla.  This rug is listed in the New Mexico True Summer Gift Guide.

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Rug 405

It is made of 100% Navajo-Churro wool from the Rainbow Fiber Coop, with a field of natural dark grey, punctuated by cochineal motifs sometimes called Chinle Stars.   

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Rug 405, under construction  

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Thanks to Barbara F. R., TTT, Tim, Jean & Sam, Steve, Catherine S., Rebecca A., and Ingrid for commenting on last week's blog.  

I hope some of you were able to photograph the northern lights courtesy of solar flares this weekend, and that the coming week is a more gentle transition into late spring and early summer.

until next Monday,


 a passion for the image©  


Steve Immel(non-registered)
We had the same shedding of leaves exacerbated by grape size hail. The cacophony on our roof was deafening. Breezes are still brisk in Taos though moderating. This is some lineup of rugs from Fred's extraordinary loom. And you've captured each so beautifully. I agree with Lawrence's comment that "His passion for weaving is amazing." And I would add that his passion for excellence is evident. He always wants to get better and does so. I'm taken by the subtleties in his work, gradations of colors for example. He is a master, and I don't use the term lightly.

Sorry I'm late and the best to each of you.
Always a pleasant surprise when I look at Fred's work. His passion for weaving is amazing Daryl, and your images of his work compliment Fred's passion.
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