From Land to Hand: Fiber Arts Festival
22 June Saturday / 9 am - 5 pm
23 June Sunday / 9 am - 1 pm
Join us for two days of all things fiber, from "sheep to shawl." Learn about the tradition of sheep ranching and the new industry of hemp fiber production, and see works by fiber artists of the San Luis Valley. Throughout the day you'll see demonstrations by artists who'll share their skills and their love of the craft, as well as have the opportunity to attend classes to learn technique. At a marketplace, vendors will sell supplies for your own projects and some of the region's most beautiful fiber work. Food carts with a wide selection of cuisine will be on site, along with local musicians playing throughout both days. There will also be a wooly petting zoo, where children can meet the animals that so many fibers come from. It's guaranteed to be a weekend full of all the wonderful things the fiber industry in the San Luis Valley has to offer!
New Skills Class: Needle Felted Sheep
Needle felting is a process that entangles fibers to create fabrics and3D objects. In this class, we'll learn to feedle felt a shepe, using only wool and some sharp barbed needle. We'll talk about how to build a solid structure of needle felt, the colors of sheep, and there will be some different breed-specific wools for attendants to use to make a little soft scupture (or an ornament for your Christmas tree) of your favorite breed. Students take home a handmade sheep, a set of felting needles, an a list of resources for further learning. This class is best suited for ages 13 and up.
"Enslavement & Lafayette Head's 1865 Indian Census" with Virginia Sanchez
Please join us for another installment of our Borderlands of Southern Colorado Lecture Series with Virginia Sanchez.
In this talk, Sánchez will discuss the system of legal and illegal trade as a system of survival on the frontier. Legal and illegal trade expeditions created economic opportunities for both cultures. She will introduce some southern Colorado’s traders and their licenses, a recorded trade route from Colorado, and documented trade locations. She will also discuss the types of treatment captive indigenous slaves received as documented by oral histories and historical memories. She introduces Agent Lafayette Head’s 1865 Indian Census, but examines its data from an alternate perspective.
Virginia Sanchez is an independent historian, research, and author, and a member of the Colorado Historical Society, the Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy, the Huerfano County Historical Society, and the New Mexico Historical Society. Her work has appeared in journals including Colorado History, the New Mexico Genealogist, and more. In 2008 she was recognized by the Hispanic Annual Salute for her contribution to the Hispanic community in the area of history.
This presentation is sponsored by Colorado State University-Pueblo and the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.
New Skills Class: Dying Wool in the Microwave
Acid dyes are used on wool (and all other fibers from animals), silk, and nylon. In this class, we'll learn the basics of using acid dyes, using a microwave to heat-set the dyes. We will completely cover studio safety, choosing and mixing dyes, how to make them wash fast, and how to finish up dyed articles. Everybody will take home samples, written guidelines, and a list of supply sources. Students should wear clothes they don't mind getting dye on, and closed-toed shoes, as well as bring a pair of kitchen-type rubbr gloves. All other minimum safety equipment will be provided. This class is for ages 13 and up (or ages 10 and up with a registered adult.
The Fiber Studio is open for the summer season. Come spin up some lovely threads on our spinning wheels or weave a beautiful scarf on our many looms. For just $10.00 a day you can work on any project you’d like. Spinning wheels and ridged heddle looms are available to rent as well.
Call Kelley at 719-379-3512 for more information.Fort Garland looking for "New Skills" InstructorsDo you have a special skill or talent you would like to share? We are looking for instructors in anything from fiber arts, to flint napping, to cooking and canning - the possibilities are endless! Apply here to teach your class!
Photos and Postcards: "With the Spirit of the Wild Horse" by Judy BarnesSee these beautiful photographs and cards in the museum store this month!
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