EVERY OCTOBER, the New Mexico Fiber Arts Center hosts an exploration of the role Navajo-Churro sheep play in the state’s weaving history. In addition to workshops on fiber processing and Río Grande weaving, dyeing, and felting, Churro Week (October 6–8) includes panel discussions and tours. Then, November 3–5, the center presents Fall Fiber Fiesta, Santa Fe’s largest fiber sale and show, with work from more than 40 artists.
The Mountain and Valley Wool Festival is a one-stop shop for wool, yarn, and weavings. Held at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds October 1–2, the free festival provides hands-on activities and visits with sheep, goats, and angora rabbits.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas, in La Ciénega, celebrates New Mexico’s fiber arts heritage with demos, activities, and a marketplace with work by local artisans at the Spring Festival, held June 3–4, 2023.
Edgewood’s Wildlife West Nature Park holds an annual Heart of New Mexico Fiber and Art Gathering, where artists find community, source raw wool, and sell finished fiber products. See alpacas and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration at this Labor Day weekend fest.
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