Weaving blankets on the Rio Grande

Since 1985, Bob Davis has been raising Navajo-Churro sheep on his small farm on the banks of the Rio Grande, New Mexico. He is a hand spinner and weaver, makes his own tools, built his own loom. He weaves Rio Grande style blankets (a weft-faced, striped blanket), on a European-style floor loom, using his hand-spun yarn from the Navajo-Churro sheep.

As a founding member of the Navajo-Churro Sheep Association, Bob was at the table when the Navajo-Churro name was chosen and the breed standards were developed. He has been breeding his flock of Navajo-Churro sheep for fast wool growth (so the wool does not stay on the animal too long, getting sunburned), high luster, absence of kemp (a brittle fiber that is not wool and does not take dye), minimal hair, no crimp, and of course, animals with good strong bodies and form.

Watch the documentary An Unbroken Thread: Wool and Weaving in New Mexico  

Bob is a grand master of growing clean, silky, Navajo-Churro fleeces. Contact him if you need some really great wool or first class breeding stock.

Handmade Felt of Navajo-Churro Wool

Clarity has a new enterprise to use our sheep’s wool: felted cat beds. Last year, she hosted a booth at the Fall Fiber Fiesta 2023, organized by Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, to display pet beds (and rag rugs! and more!) for sale, and it was a great success. Thanks to all that attended the festival!

This year, both CamaGatos and Bob’s weavings will be setup at the Taos Wools Festival, Oct 5-6, 2024, in Taos, NM.

Read more about CamaGato, handmade felt from Navajo-Churro wool.

CamaGato: For Cats and Your Little Dog too!