The heritage of our weaving traditions spans four centuries. We weave tapestries with hand-dyed yarns spun from the wool of Churro sheep. We offer two-day, three-day, and week-long classes for four to eight students that allow you to share the skills of our master weavers and create yarns or a one-of-a-kind piece you will treasure.

 

 
Hand Spinning Class
240.00

Two-Day Class

In our Hand Spinning Class, we discuss how to pick a good fleece, what characteristics make a good spinning fiber, and how to wash and prep the fiber for spinning. Hands-on activities include combing, prepping and spinning of the fiber.

At Tierra Wools, spinners learn on the Rio Grande Spinning Wheel, designed by Rachel Brown and her husband. This wheel is chosen mostly for the variety of weights of yarn you can spin on it, as well as the amount of yarn it is able to spin in a small amount of time, making it the most useful spinning wheel for local weavers or fiber artisans who use a variety of weights in large amounts.

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Natural Hand Dyeing Class
360.00

Three-Day Class

In our Natural Hand Dyeing Class, you will learn to transform our locally grown yarn into many shades using both local and exotic natural dyes. This hands-on course includes preparation of the yarn and dye materials, rinsing, and proper put up of the yarn for its intended use. You can also take part in the adventure of harvesting local plants to use during this process, or enjoy the use of exotic dyes such as Cochineal bugs, Madder Root and Indigo.

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Beginning Weaving Class
585.00

Five-Day Class

In the Beginning Weaving Class, students learn everything they need to know in order to design and weave simple, but beautiful weavings with a plain colored warp on a treadle loom. The course includes instruction in loom setup (winding a warp and tying it on), planning and designing the colors and yarns of your weaving, weaving techniques on a Rio Grande Style floor loom, and mending and finishing your piece.

In addition to instructor-led, hands-on learning, each student will also receive a classroom workbook with historical background, weaving terminology, and practical instructions to be used as a guide during the class and beyond.

  • All weaving equipment and instruction are included in the class price. Warp threads will be supplied on the looms. However, weft materials – the colored yarns you will be using to create your design – will need to be purchased on-site, with two different weights to choose from: rug (heavier weight) or blanket (lighter weight).

  • Students are welcome to browse the Tierra Wools yarn selection once they arrive on site. If you’d like to get an idea of the color selection beforehand, you can also visit the website of Shepherd’s Lamb, our local partner and yarn supplier. Click here to visit Shepherd’s Lamb.

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Tapestry Weaving Class
585.00

Five-Day Class

Our Tapestry Weaving Class is designed for students with basic weaving knowledge who would like to take their creative work to a new level. Students will gain experience planning their tapestry design, choosing the correct yarns for their design, and weaving with verticals, horizontals, and diagonals to create and take home their own finished piece.

In addition to instructor-led, hands-on learning, each student will also receive a classroom workbook with historical background, weaving terminology, and practical instructions to be used as a guide during the class and beyond.

  • All weaving equipment and instruction are included in the class price. Warp threads will be supplied on the looms. However, weft materials – the colored yarns you will be using to create your design – will need to be purchased on-site, with two different weights to choose from: rug (heavier weight) or blanket (lighter weight).

  • Students are welcome to browse the Tierra Wools yarn selection once they arrive on site. If you’d like to get an idea of the color selection beforehand, you can also visit the website of Shepherd’s Lamb, our local partner and yarn supplier. Click here to visit Shepherd’s Lamb.

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 One-on-one instruction at Tierra Wools

One-on-one instruction at Tierra Wools

One-on-One Instruction

Can't make it to one of our scheduled classes? In addition to our regular course schedule, we also offer one-on-one instruction in spinning, dyeing, and weaving for an hourly or daily rate.

Call us at (575) 588-7231 to inquire about rates and instructor availability.


 

Schedule of Classes

Click through the calendar to view upcoming classes and events. Or, click the "View Schedule as List" button to see the full schedule for the year.



Class Particulars

  • Check-in time for all classes is 4:00 pm on the day prior to the first day of class.
  • Class prices include instruction and the use of a fully-equipped workshop. For the weaving classes, warp threads will be supplied on the looms. However, weft materials—the colored yarns you will be using to create your design—will need to be purchased on-site.
  • In the event of a refund, a gift certificate will be provided–no cash refunds. Class dates may be transferable in the event of an emergency. Prices are subject to change, as well as state and local taxes.
  • Accommodations are available at our "Casita" Guest House. Rooms are assigned on a first-come first-served basis and will only be held with a Credit Card put on file. For rate information, visit our "Lodging" page or call us at (575) 588-7231.
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Special Needs Persons and Assistance Animals:
Students may not bring pets on the grounds, with exception of assistance animals. Please provide information regarding special needs access or assistance animals in advance of your visit.

Non-discrimination policy:
We support a working environment that is free of any discrimination or unlawful harassment. We admit students and administer all programs without discriminating against any student on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or religious preference.