Scarf Exchange

A scarf exchange is proposed for our April or May meeting. In order that everyone can participate, scarves can be woven, knitted, nuno or other felted, silk painted, crocheted, shiboried or stitched. The only requirement is that they be at least 6” wide and 60” long.

Jan 2011 Guild Meeting

Wheelwright Museum

10:00 am

Tour of Todelena Weavers Exhibit

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, January 4, 2011. The meeting will be at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe. Note that the meeting will start promptly at 10 am. Lunch will be available at the Museum Cafe on the Hill.

Our speaker is Mark Winter, owner-operator of the Todelena Trading Post, an expert on Navajo weaving, and the organizer of the current exhibit of Three Gray Hills rugs that we will tour. With Mark as our guide. we will learn about the weavers, their stories, and the meaning behind the weavings.

The number of participants is limited by the museum. If you have not already reserved a spot, please contact Gail Rachor.


December Guild Meeting - Saturday , December 4

Holiday Potluck at EVFAC

Las Tejedoras annual potluck will be held at Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center on SATURDAY morning, December 4. Punch and coffee will be served at 9:30 for the social hour followed by a short meeting.

The program will be: Jane Abbott who will speak to us on a cooperative of weavers, the Dhaka Weavers, in Nepal. They weave in fine threads, cotton and some silk, very intricate and beautiful designs. She is bringing scarves and other things woven by them for purchase.

Members and guests are asked to bring their own service (plates and silver) and a handwoven placemat to eat upon.

Every person with a last name beginning with A - M should make a salad or an entrée. N - Z please bring a dessert.

Plan to buy holiday gifts from EVFAC’s wonderful selection and those offered by the speaker.


December Meeting - Save the Date

Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 4 and our
annual holiday lunch.

It will be held at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center from 10:30 to 1 pm.

Two treats are offered. Melodie Usher will talk about her experiences obtaining HGA's coveted Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving (part 1). In addition, Jane Abbott, a former Peace Corp worker, will talk about Dhaka Weaves of Nepal. Some examples of their weaving will be available for purchase. More details in the December newsletter.

November Guild Meeting: James Koehler presents "Bauhaus Influences on Textile Design"

Saturday, November 6 , 2010
Unitarian Church of Santa Fe
Corner of Galisteo and Barcelona
9:30 AM - Social
10:00 AM - Meeting

Contemporary design owes much to the Bauhaus--a school of art and design founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 and existing until 1933. The Bauhaus gave voice to new concepts of artistic creation, design, and teaching methods. It brought together some of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, including Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Johannes Itten, and Annie and Josef Albers.

Internationally acclaimed tapestry artist and teacher, James Koehler will discuss Bauhaus history and the design ideas that influenced his work and his approach to design. Particular emphasis will be placed on work that was done in the Bauhaus weaving workshop.
James will also show tapestries woven for his recent exhibitions with Rebecca Mezoff and Cornelia Theimer Gardella, entitled Interwoven Traditions: New Mexico and Bauhaus. This show ran at the Open Space Gallery in Albuquerque in July-August 2010. An exhibition with the same title, but largely different work is now at the Michaeliskirche, Erfurt, Germany, through October 2010.

You can read more about the Bauhaus Tapestry Project on the net. Visit James Koehler's website . Don't miss his video demonstrating the creation of a tapestry from design to dyeing to weaving.


October Guild Meeting - Kay Quintana, "Yarn, Yarn, Glorious Yarn!"

Tuesday, October 5 , 2010
9:30 AM - Noon
Unitarian Church of Santa Fe
Corner of Galisteo and Barcelona

Kay Quintana, co owner of Looking Glass Yarns and Gifts will demonstrate the use of yarns and beads to create one of a kind ropes, i-cords, braids, and much more. Kay will emphasize the use of fiber and fiber techniques to make jewelry. She will include many examples of finished projects and bring new and unique yarns for knitting and weaving. You can visit the shop's website, http://


Kay Quintana october workshop

Please sign up for the Tuesday, October 5th workshop ( following the morning meeting described in the September newsletter). Kay Quintana will be our morning speaker and is offering a 2 hour class on crocheting a very fine wire necklace with beads.

NO experience necessary!

It is beautiful and easy to make (Kay makes them out of thread and yarns also). Class fee is $25. It will be from 12:30 - 2:30 so bring your own lunch. Materials can be brought from home or purchased in class. Please register with Mariel by September 26th.


September 2010 Guild Meeting


The first meeting of Las Tejedoras' 2010-2011 season will be a potluck picnic on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.
The picnic will be held at the home of Ken and Ruthie Coleman in Santa Fe. Details will be in the September newsletter. In the meantime, start planning:
Last names starting with M-Z, please bring an entree or salad
Last names starting with A-L, please bring dessert

The hospitality committee will provide drinks, ice, cups, plates, utensils, etc.


Santa Fe Shops and Galleries showing Textiles, Fiber Art, and Yarn

The final list of Santa Fe Shops and Galleries showing Textiles, Fiber Art, and Yarn has been compiled and will be distributed to Convergence attendees. You can also take a look at it by clicking the link below.

Show me the list


May Guild Meeting

Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Unitarian Church of Santa Fe
9:30 am - Social
10:00 am - Meeting

Joan Babcock learned macrame as a teenager in the 1960's. When she moved to Santa Fe in 1986, she rediscovered knotting in the form of knotted jewelry. She often uses the Cavandoli technique, a condensed form of knotting similar to weaving, in which a square inch can contain 250 knots or more. In addition to one-of-a-kind necklaces, Joan creates earrings, medicine bags, vessels, and decorative items, some of which incorporate pendants of silver, copper, and brass as well as a variety of beads in stone, metal, and glass. She gets her inspiration from tribal cultures, Asian art, and natural forms.

Joan's work can be found at Handwoven Originals and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Shop in Santa Fe, at Artemesia in Taos, and at Tamiko's Hamilton Montana. She has an Etsy page at http://www.etsy.com/shop/joanbabcockdesigns.

Joan teaches micro-macrame workshops and has published two instructional works: Micro-Macrame Jewelry (2005) and Micro-macrame and Cavandoli Knotting (DVD, 2007). Both are available from the author. For information, inspiration and additional information, visit her website:
http://joanbabcock.com/, Join us on Tuesday, May 4, to view Joan Babcock's work and be inspired by her adventures in knotting.

PS: Joan will teach at Convergence, SS701 Fundamentals of Micro-macrame and UB105, Cavandoli Tapestry Knotting


“Mingle at the Mansion” benefit for EVFAC

Join Española Valley Fiber Arts Center for New Mexico music, food and wine at The Governor’s Mansion in Santa Fe. Date and time is Friday, May 7, 2010 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information see the FLYER (PDF format this will open in a new window/tab) or contact Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC.org)


April Guild Meeting - Trashique by Nancy Judd

Tuesday, April 6th
Unitarian Church (Galisteo and Barcelona), Santa Fe
9:30 Social, 10:30 Program

Nancy Judd

A Toyota convertible soft-top jacket with electric wire “fur”, aluminum flowers and leaves from Coke cans sewn to a cocktail dress, garments made from phone book paper, cassette tapes, rusty nails, junk mail, and even crushed glass --- all by artist, Nancy Judd, to provide conservation education. Nancy went from recycling educator for the City of Santa Fe to the creation of her own company, Recycle Runway. Her “couture” creations have been exhibited in airports throughout the US and she has been commissioned by corporations such as Toyota and Coca-Cola. She created three garments from Obama campaign materials that were exhibited at the Green Inaugural Ball and other inaugural events, and the “Obamanos Coat” was selected for display in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Nancy Judd will relate for us her truly fascinating story and exhibit and describe some of her creations. See her website at www.recyclerunway.com


Contemporary Hand-woven Rugs

Member Sandy Voss will have a solo exhibition of her original rugs at Marigold Arts, 424 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe. from March 19-April 28.

Reception on Friday, March 19, 4-7. More info at (505) 982-
4142 or www.marigoldarts.com.


March Meeting

Please remember that the March meeting is Saturday the 13th, after Susan Wilson's workshop, not on a Tuesday, and not on the first Saturday, either.

And I am so sorry I won't be there for either the workshop or the meeting, My husband picks our ski trips out long before we schedule our workshops, unfortunately. And the ski club we belong to is going to Snow Mass that week, so that's where we will be. I hope they have as much snow as my friends in MD and DC who are beginning to complain about their riches.

In case I didn't describe very well where Santa Fe Fabrics is, it is across from Trader Joe's and closer to the church where we meet than Trader Joe's is. It in the same bunch of stores as CVS, but at the west most end. Can you tell that right now I can't think of the name of any of those streets to save my soul?-Su


March Guild Meeting

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Unitarian Church (Galisteo and Barcelona), Santa Fe
9:30 Social, 10:30 Program

"Weave It Polychrome!"
Susan Wilson

Polychrome means “many colors.” If a textile has many colors, is it always polychrome? And how is a weave structure “woven polychrome”? In this slide-lecture, you’ll learn the answer to these questions and how to use this exciting technique to add complexity and richness to familiar four- to eight-shaft weaves such as twill, overshot, summer and winter, crackle, and laces.

Susan Wilson received the HGA Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving, Master Level, in 1990, with a specialty in crackle weave. Her work has been published in Weaver's, Handwoven, Complex Weavers Journal, and Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot magazines, and her crackle sample was featured on the cover of A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns edited by Carol Strickler. She has lectured and taught workshops throughout the U.S. and at several Convergences and regional conferences. A weaver for 40 years, Susan enjoys pattern weaving, sampling to explore woven structure, and creating household textiles and clothing accessories.


February Guild Meeting

Tuesday, February 2nd - Ramona Sakiestewa
"What does a Weaver Do After She Stops Weaving"

Ramona Sakiestewa, born of Hopi ancestry and raised in the Southwest, has been known for her beautiful tapestries depicting adaptations from prehistoric pueblo weaving. She taught herself weaving and has had her work featured in many museums, galleries, and numerous Santa Fe Indian markets. This fall she had her "last" weaving show at a gallery in Santa Fe. Currently her portfolio includes clayprints, works on paper, and product design. She has been consulting with architects to create culturally-themed design vocabularies for interiors and exteriors of public buildings such as the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

Ramona has served as chair of the New Mexico State Arts Commission. In 2006 she was awarded the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and was inducted into the New Mexico Women's Hall of Fame.

Ramona has spoken to our guild before and was an Artist in Residence at the Intermountain Weavers Conference. Come and listen to Ramona talk again to our guild, this time about her design process and her changing artistic vision.

Ramona's website is http://www.ramonasakiestewa.com.

New members are welcome to come to the meeting. See more info on our website.


January 2010 Guild Meeting

Rebecca Bluestone On Creativity
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Unitarian Church of Santa Fe
Corner of Galisteo and Barcelona

Our January program will feature Santa Fe tapestry artist Rebecca Bluestone. Rebecca is a well known contemporary weaver who dyes her wools and silks and uses metallic threads to create one of a kind abstract tapestries with hundreds of different colors.Her work appears in private and public collections around the world, including the US Courthouse in Albuquerque.

Rebecca and her husband, Robert, a professional musician and tenured professor of music, founded Woven Harmony in 1992.Together, they work to inspire audiences to make creativity part of the fabric of daily life.

With Tuesday's presentation, we can look forward to an engaging and fresh perspective on creativity how it expresses what's important to us in our lives, accessing it, expressing our passions and linking our conscious and unconscious selves.

For a preview, go to Robert and Rebecca's website at http://bluestonespeakers.com/ Click on "view video clips." Enjoy!