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Shop for locally handmade yarn, textiles, garments, & gifts!
November 14th & 15th
9:00am - 5:00pm
St. John's United Methodist Church
1200 Old Pecos Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Sponsored by EVFAC.
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Learn Business Basics
Avoid Costly Time and Money Mistakes
Start Smart & Grow Strong
A Business Development Series in Española

WESST‐Santa Fe, in collaboration with EVFAC (Española Valley Fiber Arts Center) is offering a six‐week Business Basics workshop series each Wednesday beginning on Wednesday, October 15th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm through November 19th, 2014.

Based on popular demand, topics have been expanded to
address specific areas identified in WESST’s business
workshops throughout New Mexico.

All workshops will be held at the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, 325 Paseo de Oñate Española.

Fee for the six week series is $29, seating is limited
(waiting list will be generated)

To register or more information please contact: Andrea Garcia, or call 505‐747‐3577
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Saturday & Sunday, September 27 & 28
9:00am – 5:00pm
Members $125 – Non-members $175
Material Fee $25 to instructor
$50 non-refundable deposit to hold your place

Students will work together to dye wool using local plants, including onion skins, marigolds, chamisa, and cota. Imported plant dyes such as indigo, madder root, cochineal, brasilwood, and logwood will complete the color range. Students will create a recipe file, learn to use alum mordant to fix the color and additives to change the colors. You will leave with 5 to 6 pounds of dyed wool and an understanding of the dye process from start to finish. Students will need to bring heavy rubber gloves, 6 pounds of wool in 4 oz. skeins of yarn in shades of white and grey, and any collected dye materials such as red and yellow onion skins, cota, chamisa, marigolds or any other plants that you might have collected. Wool can be purchased at EVFAC (in 3 shades of white and 3 shades of grey – 3 ply/113 gr. per 4 oz. skein) or brought from home. This class has a minimum of 4 students and will be held at the instructor’s home, not EVFAC. Please call for directions.
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October 5th -11th
Join the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center for a week full of classes, lectures, field trips and more centered around New Mexico’s heritage breed - the Navajo-Churro Sheep! For more information, please contact EVFAC at (505)747-3577 or
Be sure to check the EVFAC Official Facebook page for a Churro fact every day!


Taos Wool Festival

Opening Day - One day only sale at EVFAC

Field Trip
Visiting the Textile Archives of MoSCA
9:30 am – 11:30 am
$5 Museum entry fee, plus archive entry fee
The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art collects, preserves, and exhibits the Spanish colonial art of New Mexico and beyond, and educates the public about its related cultures and living traditions. It is the only museum in the country dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting the art of the Spanish colonial period including Hispanic New Mexico. The Museum houses an incredible collection of over 3700 pieces, including historically significant and contemporary works. This fieldtrip will feature an in-depth look into the archives with Josie Caruso. significance placed on products made from Churro wool. Meet us at the Museum – 750 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, 87505.

Felting with Churro with Lise Poulson
10 am – 3 pm
Members $75 – Non-members $100
Material fee $20
In this class, students will explore wet-felting with Churro fleece.

Field Trip
Visit Churro in the Pasture at Los Luceros
3 pm – 3:45 pm
Meet at historic Los Luceros for a view of Churro in their home pasture. Call EVFAC for directions.

Lecture & Demo
The Long and Short of Churro Wool with Glenna Dean
4 pm – 5:30 pm
Double-coated Churro sheep, brought to New Mexico by Spanish Colonists in the 17th century, are now an official heritage breed with many attributes of interest in the 21stcentury. During this lecture/demonstration We will explore the features of the long outer coat and the short inner coat as well as how different preparations of these fibers affect the kinds of yarn produced by hand-spinning.

Colcha Embroidery with Beatrice M Sandoval
10 am – 4 pm
Members $75 – Non-members $100
Material fee $8 to EVFAC
Join us at EVFAC to learn the basic colcha stitch and absorb the history of this uniquely New Mexican fiber art tradition from one of its master practitioners. Sabanilla labrada, or wool-on-wool colcha embroidery work, is distinct because it may be one of the few textiles developed in New Mexico during the Spanish colonial period. Handouts, needles, yarns for class and practice cloth (Osnaburg) will be provided under the $5 material fee. Traditional Colcha yarn and sabanilla fabric for a future project can be purchased at EVFAC.
Making her home in Las Vegas, NM, Beatrice is an accomplished spinner, dyer, weaver, embroiderer, and tinsmith whose work has won many prestigious awards. She is passionate about preserving New Mexico’s fiber traditions, and her warm and encouraging teaching style has made her a favorite with many EVFAC students.

Mud is for Pies, Not Yarn Spinning with Peggy Doney
Friday, October 10 & Saturday, October 11
10 am – 4 pm
Members $210 – Non-members $280
Material Fee $32 to EVFAC
Like a moth to the light we were drawn to the kaleidoscope. Don’t get burned when spinning only to have your dancing colors bog down into ho-hum. We’ll explore many ways to preserve those lusciously colored rovings and locks that we’ve all purchased instead of losing their lovely distinctiveness. This class is for advanced Beginner to Intermediate. Students should be comfortable treadling and spinning in both directions and ahould bring or rent a spinning wheel in good working order, oil (if needed), large orifice flyer (very helpful), lazy kate, niddy noddy, 3 bobbins, and a pencil.
Peggy Doney has always been fascinated with color since her first box of crayons. This love of color has led her into the mesmerizing world of spinning. Her yarns celebrate the texture and luster of a wide variety of natural and synthetic fibers and give a medium to combine those textures with the color she loves. Peggy’s work has been juried into show from Missouri to Colorado and New Mexico as well as yarn shops. Her skill with the dye pot has led her into the Treenway Silks team as one of their regular dyers.

Lecture & Sheep
Living with Churro with Connie Taylor, Bob Davis and live Churro sheep!
4 pm – 7 pm
$5 suggested donation
What is it about these sheep anyway? Join us, and some live sheep at EVFAC, for this hands-on talk about raising Navajo-Churro sheep. This talk will be in conjunction with Connie Taylor. In this talk Connie will cover breed quality, standards, fiber quality, fleece preparation with a skirting demo, fiber care and more!

Chimayo Weaving with Lisa Trujillo
Saturday, October 11 – Monday, October 13
Members $200 – Non-members $250
$50 non-refundable deposit to hold your place
Begun in the early years of the twentieth century, the Chimayo style is basically two stripes and a center design. This class is an opportunity to absorb the basics of this local New Mexican weaving tradition from a master practitioner.
Students will learn how to combine angles and forms to create this unique form of woven expression. Students need to warp a Rio Grande loom prior to the class (please call EVFAC for warp specifications) and will work with Clasgen’s 4-ply (EVFAC has a wide color variety). Ideally, students should have enough weaving experience to control edges well in weft-faced weave, but confident students with only limited weaving experience should also consider taking this class. Warp and weft materials are provided by the student and are available for purchase at EVFAC. The class will be held on EVFAC’s numerous walking looms so be sure to reserve your loom when registering. Your chosen loom will be available to you throughout the 6 weeks and for one week after the class ends. Your loom may be available to rent after that. Class size is limited so register early!
Lisa’s work has received numerous awards at Spanish Market and other venues and is part of collections around the world. She and her husband, Irvin, have dedicated much of their lives to weaving, building their successful business, Centinela Traditional Arts in Chimayo, and to the preservation of traditional fiber arts in New Mexico. Learn more about Lisa and see some of her weavings at

The Vadmal Cloth Connection with Doreen Gunkel
4 pm – 6 pm
$5 suggested donation
Through her Greenland Gown project, Doreen will discuss the connection between double coated sheep fleece used by the Norse in Greenland, and the Navajo-Churro sheep fleece.
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Saturday, August 9th
9:30am - 4pm
Members $85 - Non-members $110
Material Fee $30 to EVFAC
$50 non-refundable deposit to hold your place

We will be exploring basic feltmaking in three dimensions with the emphasis on sculpture techniques. Creating a vessel. Beginners will learn how wool layers and forms into the oldest material in the world, while those with previous felting experience can enhance their knowledge in this medium. Wet felting technique, all materials supplied. Students will need to bring an apron, a small sprinkler watering can if available and a hand towel.

Merce has been a feltmaker for over twenty years. Graduated from Oberlin College, Ohio, with a major in Environmental Studies and Geology, and a minor in Fine Arts, she is self-taught in feltmaking. She has taught felt classes from beginner to advanced at the Taos Wool Festival, the Harwood Museum of Taos, and all over Northern New Mexico. Her felt artwork has been exhibited in local galleries including the Organic Peddler in Ojo Caliente, The Bean, the Historic Blumenschein Museum, First Community Bank of Taos, Two Graces Gallery in Ranchos de Taos, Weaving Southwest, La Lana Wools, La Hacienda de los Martinez, the Stables Gallery, Parks Gallery, and Coyote Moon. She runs a handspun yarn and felt business out of her home.
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Tuesdays, August 26 – September 30
The first day of class will run from 4pm - 8:30pm to allow for warping time.
5 pm to 6:30 pm Open Lab 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Members $150 – Non-members $185
Materials $15 to EVFAC
$50 non-refundable deposit to hold your place

Perfect for those intermediate students wanting time to work on projects with teacher assistance or for those new to the medium, over the course of the 18 assisted hours students will learn to plan and wind warp, dress the loom back to front, create up to 3 distinct projects, learn a few basic patterns, and how to analyze fabric and read patterns. Some materials for will be provided, however students are encouraged to bring in their favorite materials as well. The first day of class will be an extended class to allow for warping time (4 pm – 8:30 pm). The class will be held on EVFAC’s numerous looms so be sure to reserve your loom when registering. Your chosen loom will be available to you throughout the 6 weeks and for one week after the class ends. Your loom may be available to rent after that. Class size is limited so register early!

Born in Finland where weaving used to be practiced and taught routinely to young women, Inger attended a weaving school in her hometown Borga/Porvoo before moving to the US in 1970, bringing her loom with her. She published a book titled Sheer Delight – Handwoven Transparencies with the help of Doramay Keasbey. Inger is one of the foremost experts in Raanu, Sheer Transparency, and wall hangings and decorative techniques developed and perfected in her native Finland. Upon moving to Santa Fe in 2011 Inger volunteers twice a week at El Rancho de las Golondrinas during their season.
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Thursdays, August 28 – October 2
Class: 5 pm – 6:30 pm, Open lab: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Members $200 – Non-members $270
Material Fee $27 to instructor
$75 non-refundable deposit to hold your place

Master the basic techniques of needle felting and then begin fully exploring the endless possibilities how wool can be shaped with a barbed needle. Whether you want to sculpt the wool into three -dimensional figures, make wool paintings, master flats or reliefs, the opportunities to create with wool are only limited by your imagination. The techniques taught in this 6-week course can be combined in different sequences to achieve different effects. We will experiment with the basics and find out what works best for you. Needle felting is a forgiving craft because wool can be added or even taken away if it hasn’t been needled in too tightly.

Over the course of this 18 hour class students will learn a bit of the history of felting, the felting needles, their sizes, how they work, the parts of the needle, and safety precautions whilst creating a variety of projects. We will discuss and experiment with the tools of the trade whilst mastering differing needle techniques such as: Standard Needle Stroke, Making a line, Three-Dimensional Indentation, Out-Lining a Flat, Blending Technique, Shaping Techniques, Attaching Techniques, Wrapping, Parallel Angle, and Core Shapes. At the culmination of the class each participates will have created a minimum of three projects, if not more. Don’t worry if you have little or no experience with this craft... Just come and join in the fun and create artistic and fun projects with one of nature’s most fundamental gifts....WOOL! The material fee will cover a kit including all the basic materials students will need to get started.

Taos Fiber Artist Ramsey Scott is a stunt woman who spends her off time painting and crafting both needle and wet felted creations. From painting in fiber to alien dolls and finger puppets, the joy and limitless possibilities of fiber craft have for Ramsey new and exciting possibilities of artistry. She is thrilled to be able to share both knowledge and passion with her students.
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Tuesdays, August 27 – October 1
Class: 5 pm – 6:30 pm, Open lab: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
Members $130 – Non-members $170
Material Fee $5 to EVFAC
$50 non-refundable deposit to hold your place

Learn your way around a sewing machine and a needle like a pro. Over the course of this 18 hour assisted course, students will learn the basics of how to use a common sewing machine through creating a zippered bag from a pattern, learning how to choose the right fabric for your project, and basic hand sewing skills including hems, repairs, buttons and basic stitches. This class is open to students 12 years and up. Students will need to bring sharp scissors, a pin cushion and ball head straight pins. Fabric for the bag and all other equipment will be provided.

Nadina Barnes is a certified K – 8 teacher, a seasoned fiber artist and a part of the Quilt in the Valley group.
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