Wool Festival 2023

September 24, 2023  •  7 Comments

The Mountain and Valley Wool Association was founded in Antonito, Colorado in 1983, with the mission to "promote fiber from all fiber bearing animals - especially those in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas -and to pass on the rich history of the fiber-related crafts to the next group of fiber enthusiasts."  Members of MAVWA produced the Taos Wool Festival for 38 years at Kit Carson Park.  Because of extenuating circumstances, the festival was moved from Taos to Santa Fe last year, and this year's festival in Santa Fe will be its 40th.  Fred had a booth at the Taos Wool Festival for 13 years, and will be back in the festival this year at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds located at 3229 Rodeo Road, east of the intersection of Cerrillos Road and Rodeo Road.  Fred's exhibit space for his business - Big Sage Artisans - will be A-04A in the Animal Pavilion.  We'll be happily ensconced with the critters - alpacas, llamas, rabbits, goats, and of course, sheep. 

Fred has been busy preparing work for the festival.  This week's blog features 8 of the 20 rugs he will have on exhibit.  The event is a good opportunity to see his work in the flesh and feel the ample texture and colors of rug-weight Navajo-Churro wool.    


Rug 344


Rug 370

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Rug 375

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Rug 381

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Rug 386

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Rug 391

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Rug 392

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Rug 393

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The 40th MAVWA Wool Festival will be held on Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, October 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  The juried show is free and open to the public, and features the fiber work of 58 different fiber vendors as well as food vendors offering snacks, beverages, and lunch items.  

Thanks to Tim A., Christina, Barbara F. R., Jean & Sam, Deb R., TTT, Lucia, Terry T., and Steve for commenting on last week's blog!

until next Monday,


a passion for the image©






A most wonderful art show Fred and Daryl. We are sorry that we will miss the Wool Festival because we will be out of the country.
Ann Alexander(non-registered)
You are an extraordinary craftsman as well as artist. For sure, I'm going to the exhibit.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
Sorry I'm late. I got mired in the usual computer nonsense. I have fond memories of the festivals in Taos and was disappointed to see the important fall event leave our burg. Thanks for the preview of some of his extraordinary rugs. Rug 344 almost feels like an abstract landscape with its earth tones. I really like the row of dots top and bottom. I'm sure there's name for that treatment. The range of designs and colors is amazing. I love them all. Fred gets better and better. The muted grays of Rug 381 are stunning while the black field in Rug 391 is bold. The spare treatment in Rug 392 feels vintage somehow.

Have great success with this year's festival. I will try to attend though it may be difficult as we will have just returned from a painting event in Grand Junction and leave for Venice Thursday.

I didn't know that the Mountain and Valley Wool Association began in Antonito where I have my own sheep and shepherd connections.


Brenda Morgan(non-registered)
Stunning! I can't wait to see them all. Look forward to meeting you at the wool Festival on Saturday.
Anne Ok(non-registered)
Wow, these rugs are so so beautiful. Love the one with the Celtic design!
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