The concept of T3 Weavers began in May of 1998 with a move to Elbert, CO. Wade and I started working on the family ranch, Weather’d T. Alex, our daughter, was ready to start school and Elbert provided the quiet environment of ranch life. At that time we had no idea the direction our lives were about to take. Our days consisted of working on the ranch during the morning hours and learning about the fiber and weaving in the back of the ranch’s tool room.
As artist and craftsmen we worked on developing our skills over the next 10 years. Our trade began as rug weavers. It is hard to find a rug weaver that will share their techniques so all our skills have been self-taught. In the beginning years we struggle to develop our knowledge of weave structure that would create a rug with the thickness and density that we were looking for. During this time we also struggled to find a place were our craft was accepted and understood. In this struggle we started learning the art of rope making. This adventure started with leads ropes and over the years we had to learn many skills to be able to craft a well-made mecate.
Along with T3 Weavers the family ranch also grew. This is how our yarn business was developed. Each year in mid May the alpacas are shorn. During the shearing process all fiber is cleaned, graded and prepared to be sent to the mill. Also as weavers we had a need for alpaca yarn that was not available. This yarn was to be 3 ply, worsted, bulky and strong. We now work directly with the mill and have created the T3 Alpaca Yarn line. This is considered our commercial line that is now up to 31 colors.
A well-crafted rug is tightly woven which gives it durability and must also be properly finished. These qualities are also essential to a well crafted saddle blanket. Adding the saddle blankets to our business was an exciting challenge. For many years we tested our blankets to make sure that our weavings not only functioned as art but withheld everyday use and beautiful enough for the show ring.
As a small business starting out in a tool shed we have grown to a 2000 sq. ft studio with 3 large loom, small looms for sampling, rope runs and yarn rooms. We offer hand woven rugs, saddle blankets, mecates, split and roping reins, sofa throws and yarn and now in the research and developement for leather products.
We have always operated out of the box. We took great enjoyment in learning and building our skills and struggling through the “process”. As self taught craftsmen there has been a lot of ups and downs. We knew through the entire process we had an end goal in mind; creating a business that is known for it’s attention to quality and creativity. We have always stood behind our products and our craftsmanship. We feel that there is no better way to promote ourselves than through our customers.
Weaving the Past into the Future
Wade & Marianne Truitt