Hubbell Trading Post, front door
As soon as you walk in the door of the trading post the squeaky, handmade door and the creaking wood floor greet you. When your eyes adjust to the interior lighting, you are surrounded by shelves of goods, things for tourists to buy and a high ceiling hanging with "stuff." Stuff, everywhere you look, and it is wonderful to behold. In one glass cabinet is a cheap toy watch with a cigarette lighter in its face that was very tempting, laid right next to silver and turquoise rings! Off to the right is the jewelry and basket room with the rug room opening out of it. This is where the real bounty is kept. There are hours and hours to be spent in just the looking. This place is a veritable treasure cave.
Barn, complete with the old wagons and tack and two fat, friendly horses
Remnant of an old Navajo loom
We got to look over the looms in the visitors center and take pictures. One loom is for the local weavers to demonstrate to visitors, while the other is, oh joy, for us touristy types to try out. It was a slow day and I got plenty of time to look it over and try the weaving joints out.
One question I had was how do the rugs come off of the looms finished on the warp ends, which was answered here. I could see how the twining works and how the warp is attached to the loom boards.
The demonstration loom has the beginnings of a Two Grey Hills pattern rug on it, my husband's favorite pattern and color of rug. While I ran around wringing my hands and exclaiming in excitement, he measured and figured out how the whole thing is put together and other practical things like that. We work well together that way…
Tension bolts across the top are the perfect solution for increasing and decreasing the warp tension
The pipe this loom builder used is designed to adjust into different places, allowing for different sizes of rugs
The beautiful Two Grey Hills pattern in the beginning stages
Behind the trading post and barn, nearly out of sight, is this old hogan with the remnants of the loom under the tree. I love to think of the woman who lived here sitting in that shade.
Churro sheep, traditional in Navajo work, in the field outside the grounds
Stone hogan, built in the 1930's and now used for the resident artist program. I hope to apply for this next year!
My treasures from the Hubble Trading Post
Right there on the shelf at the visitor's center was this book by Caroline M. Spurgeon, which is exactly what we need for this project. I also bought a skein of red yarn to add to the wool rug I have going on the warping board right now. I'll weave a little piece of the trading post right into it my work. And that makes me happy!