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Learn about the methods and practices of traditional spinning and weaving. Taught by expert fiber artists working in traditional methods, these classes include lectures, hands-on activities, and short- and long-term weaving projects. Included with paid admission.

Heritage Spinning and Weaving  connects the past to the present through immersive experiences in the techniques and history of weaving by use of traditional technology. This program is open to the public with a cap of 15 per class. These classes utilize the talents and teaching methods of different local spinners and weavers to gain perspective on different methods and sets of knowledge.

Fiber artists: Emily Stovel, Myra Chang Thompson, and Carla Wackenheim


Fiber Prep – origins and histories of fiber in Spanish Colonial New Mexico, fiber harvest and preparation using Churro wool

Yarn Building – fiber-made utilitarian items, spinning on drop spindle

Spinning and Socks – Spinning wheel, traditional methods and techniques of using yarn in sock making (trade item used in silver mines in Mexico)

Dyeing Purposes and Uses – Traditional methods and techniques, artistic diligence using natural dyes, use of traditional and local dye plants to replicate colors of time period

Spinning - Spinning wheels

Weaving - demonstrating portions of the winding and warping with table looms using wool yarn and traditional patterns for jerga and colcha

Weaving - The original base fabric for a colcha: sabanilla – a loosely woven wool fabric with a 12 – 22 thread count.