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.
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,
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