Sheep to Yarn. Stream of Consciousness Saturday. June 5, 2021.

Before my grandmother passed away one of the many things she enjoyed doing was weaving Navajo rugs. Growing up I remember watching her collecting specific plants to make in to different colored dyes. Then came the arduous task of shearing sheep for the wool, which then had to be cleaned. The cleaned wool was then hand-carded and spun into yarn using a hand-held spindle. I remember she would always take her spindle and spin wool while she was traveling as a passenger. Once the wool was spun she would dye the yarn into the colors she would need. These colors were mostly brown, gray and black. Once all of these task were complete, she would take the yarn and weave them into beautiful Navajo rugs with geometric designs she learned throughout her life.

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