Las Tejedoras Guild Meeting: Myra Chang Thompson - “Jerga, the Textile of Commerce”

Tuesday, January 8, 2013   
Westminster Presbyterian Church / 841 W. Manhattan Ave. / Santa Fe

Program by Myra Chang Thompson 

“Jerga, the Textile of Commerce”

Myra Chang Thompson, native weaver, spinner, and dyer will be the guest speaker for our January guild meeting. She will present a program on “Jerga, the Textile of Commerce.” 

Jergas are a traditional, Spanish Colonial textile with a long history in the Rio Grande Valley and on the Camino Real. Myra will present a short history and speak on the great importance of this utilitarian textile in New Mexico. 

Myra describes herself as a pair of hands attached to a body that can’t stop mak- ing things. She’s been playing with yarn and thread since a very young age. Myra has been a weaver for more than 35 years. A former member of the Stockton, CA Weavers Guild and the Weavers Guild of Boston, she has exhibited on both coasts. 

She maintains a teaching studio in Los Chavez, outside of Belen. Teaching weaving to children and adults is her passion. You can find her frequently teaching classes for Village Wools in Albuquerque. She is the current president of Fiber to Fin- ish Guild of Valencia County, a member of Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers Guild and a long standing member of Handweavers Guild of America.