Quillin Weaving

A blog about spinning, dyeing and fiber related things.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Solstice

This June has been hot. More days over 100 than not. It is hard to find anything blooming in the yard that would seem like a celebration of the mid point of the year. I am not a summer person. I endure the heat, not too stoically and count down the days until fall. This date for me is always an important one since I feel like the best part of the year is still to come. Today is a good friend's birthday and she and her partner are having to evacuate their home because of the Colorado wildfires. My heart is with them.

This time of year is marked by abundance. The farmers here in the Mesilla Valley are harvesting the onions that were in the ground all of the spring and the fields of alfalfa are being cut regularly. The Rio Grande is flowing - which is a rare thing these days. The drought is so severe here that there will be one more week of water in the river and then it will be dry again until next year. The farmers are worried. I live along near the river in an incredibly green zone that is home to many birds and other animals.

Midsummer is a time for being grateful for all that we have been given. I am grateful for the store and all the incredible people it has brought into my life. I am grateful that my world is enlarging beyond my comfort zone. I leave you with pictures of my back yard, few flowers but lots of green - a miracle in this desert.

Be blessed.

Friday, June 07, 2013


We hear a lot in the creative community about living your passion, or finding your passion. I know for years I thought about that, the passionate drive to live an authentic life. It was as if a person had to find their passion and adhere to it religiously to really be a creative person. I struggled with that for a long time because I would have a deep interest in something but it would fade and become an interest in something else. That creative unrest made me explore soft sculpture, pastel, oil painting, gardening, weaving, spinning and dyeing. All through my explorations I questioned if I was living authentically and passionately enough. Now through opening the fiber arts store I have a new definition of living passionately - it is when you do something all day, talking with others about it, looking at it, living in the essence of something and you go home at the end of the day so tired that you cannot remember what it is like not to be tired........ and all you want to do is more of that thing...........
May you all live passionately.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013


Who knew starting your own shop could be so much fun? The Grand Opening was a huge success and Kym and I would like to thank everyone who came out to see what we had been up to these past weeks.

 This week we began with what will be (for now) our regular store hours Tues - Sat 10-4. We had some repeat visitors yesterday who could not see everything for the chaos on Saturday and came back for a better look.
Those gift baskets - one for spinners and one for knitters will be given away this coming Saturday and you can still get your name in the hat for them if you stop in anytime this week.

Also next week we will have new Karbonz DPN needles coming in and an order of self patterning sock yarn from Opal.

Have any suggestions? Drop me an email, see us on Facebook or come in and fill out a wishlist card.

You will feel better with a little more fiber in your diet........