Tim DoyleFiber Arts
Rio Grande style rugs have been woven in northern New Mexico for centuries. These rugs combine elements of Spanish, Navajo and Mexican styles. I use yarn spun from the wool of Churro sheep. Churro were originally introduced by Spanish settlers, but soon adopted by the Navajo as their preferred breed. It is an unusually strong, lustrous wool which takes dye colors quite well. Unfortunately, Churro sheep are now quite rare, and their wool very expensive.
For many years, I practiced law in northern Wisconsin. I then became a Circuit Court Judge. When it was time for my wife, Elizabeth, and I to retire, we built our home in PaaKo. I have long admired the Rio Grande style rugs woven in northern New Mexico, so in 2015 I took a weaving class at Tierra Wools in Los Ojos. Immediately thereafter, I bought a floor loom and have been weaving rugs steadily ever since.