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New Year's Resolution - Visit Santa Fe and learn a new skill

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Santa Fe is calling. Georgie O'Keefe fell in love with the area a bit north of Santa Fe and thousands of people visit Santa Fe every year. Some come to visit Indian Market, some come for Spanish Market, some come strictly for the art galleries, others come for the food, many just want to enjoy the ambiance of the beautiful hotels and social life.

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But, there is another wonderful attraction for the area and that is the opportunity to learn the skills represented by the many artists and craftspeople who are the key reason so many visit the area. If that idea interests you then you'll be happy to learn that opportunities abound and this article will tell you about one of them.

Weaving is a major draw for visits to New Mexico. You probably know about the beautiful Navajo weavings presented at Indian Market and in many galleries in Santa Fe. You might even know about the Chimayo style of weaving that has been handed down from generation to generation by those weavers of Hispanic origin living mainly in a beautiful area north of Santa Fe and Taos. There are also many other weavers who enjoy the pleasure of watching a wonderful object unfold before their eyes as they magically intertwine lovely yarns of varying colors into treasured fabrics that may take shape in one of many different forms.

If you wonder how this whole process begins let me tell you how you can become a part of it. On most weekends in Santa Fe there is a weaver who offers workshops in her home where you can join with others and learn how to card and spin the luxurious wool of the traditional Churro sheep of New Mexico. There are many weavers who have never spun their own yarn. It isn't necessary to do so to be a weaver, but, on the other hand, to accomplish this task in addition to weaving is to truly accomplish a task from beginning to end. Well, almost - of course, you could shear the sheep. You could even raise the sheep, but we don't need to get completely carried away to become a weaver. In reality, you don't even have to become a weaver if you would rather just learn to card and spin the wool in order to provide the basic raw materials for someone else to weave.

Liane Brown, Santa Fe native invites you to Come Learn to Spin!

Her workshop will teach participants how to prepare and spin raw wool into warm, delightful and beautiful skeins of yarn, ready to knit or weave. History of handspinning and use of different fibers will be discussed. Emphasis will be on the history and use of Navajo-Churro wool, which was brought here by Don Juan de Onate in 1598.

Learning in the traditional way of spinning, participants will also hear special stories and songs connected to the materials and seasons of this ancient craft. First we start off by carding the wool with hand cards..then carefully learning how to twist and turn the spindle to make the yarn longer and longer yet. How to wash the final product will be discussed as will dyeing and the various plants, flowers and roots used in history to create the palette of colors that are so loved. By learning how to spin a yarn that can be used later in a special handmade project or gift, takes a person beyond the magic of the Southwest and creates a memory forever.

So come join us in beautiful downtown Santa Fe for an afternoon of history, spinning, and fun. Come and learn a Heritage Craft–Spinning Yarn!

Call Liane at 505-982-5478 or 505-603-2345 or email: crowmother@quixnet.net for more information. Workshops are only $50 - a Santa Fe bargain for sure!

If you fly into Albuquerque you can catch a ride on the Railrunner to Santa Fe only about an hour to the north. Visit Santa Fe and Albuquerque and . . . Keep on Traveling!

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