Santa Fe Buffalo Designs

Liane-BrownSanta Fe Buffalo Designs offers workshops in learning to spin wool into yarn, 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.  Liane also creates beautiful, hand-crafted textile accessories for the person and home, which are available for sale directly from the artist.  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.

Her 1 day 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 Spanish conquistadors in 1598.

While learning the traditional style of spinning, participants will also hear special stories connected to the materials and seasons of this ancient craft. First we start 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.

This hands-on process of  creating yarn takes a person beyond the magic of the Southwest and creates a memory forever. truly a lasting memory of Santa Fe.  The yarn produced during the workshop can also be used later in a special handmade project or gift.

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! liane3