Join us for Churro Week and celebrate the deep local roots of this livestock, and raise awareness about the importance of the Navajo-Churro sheep.
Monday | October 1st
Churro Marketplace Day
If local is what you are after, you will find it at EVFAC. Our retail shop carries supplies and tools sourced locally and nationally for dyeing, spinning, weaving, knitting, felting,embroidery, quilting, crocheting and much more. Monday only. All Retail & Donated items 10% off!
Movies & Popcorn
12PM-3PM | Free | EVFAC
Watch movies back to back that tell the story of shepherding in New Mexico. An Unbroken Thread: Wool & Weaving in Northern New Mexico • A Gift from Talking God
Tuesday | October 2nd
A Brief History of Fiber in New Mexico
7PM | Free Lecture | Los Alamos Nature Center 2600 Canyon Road
Join the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC) in learning how the introduction of fiber animals and weaving innovations to the region brought about economic, governmental, and cultural changes which shaped the rich fiber arts traditions of New Mexico that are still cultivated today. As a part of this talk, the audience will view An Unbroken Thread: Wool and Weaving in Northern New Mexico, a 20-minute film sponsored by EVFAC. Viewers will get an overview of the weaving process from sheep to blanket and take an indepth look at the Navajo-Churro sheep, a hearty breed whose wool forms the distinctive blankets which artisans in the area still create today.
Three Plants and a Bug - A Natural Dye Class with Glenna Dean
10AM-4PM | Member: $65 | Non-Member: $75
Using locally harvested Cota and Chamisa plants, and imported Cochineal insects and natural Indigo, we will dye and overdye small skeins of churro-wool yarn to achieve 8 colors suitable for tapestry weaving or colcha embroidery. Dyeing will take place outdoors, so students should wear long pants, hat, sunscreen if desired, and closed-toe shoes to prevent accidental burns from hot water that might spill. Cooking the dyes and then heat-dyeing the yarns take time, so students should be prepared with questions to make the best use of class time. Materials students should bring: A sense of humor & adventure; water, snacks & lunch or visit a take out restaurant. Materials fee: $25 to Instructor
Wednesday | October 3rd
Guided Tour of Las Golondrinas
12PM | $10 | El Rancho de Las Golondrinas
Come visit this beautiful and historic location. The private tour organized especially for Churro Week will focus on the flock of Navajo-Churro sheep, colcha and weaving demonstrations. Register online or pay EVFAC at the time of the tour. Meet at the gates of the El Rancho de las Golondrinas at 11:45 am (334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507). Tour will run until 1:30 pm. For more information about the location, visit golondrinas.org.
Thursday | October 4th
A Churro Tasting & Navajo-Churro Sheep Presidium Fundraiser
6PM | $20/Ticket | Los Luceros
Join us for a Churro Tasting event featuring a traditional approach to Navajo-inspired ingredients, cooked by the Presidium, and held at the lovely location of Los Luceros Historical Property. Silent Auction open during dinner. All proceeds of this fundraising event will go to the Navajo-Churro Lamb Presidium. Register online.
Colcha Embroidery with Connie Fernandez & Sharon Arellano
1PM-4PM | Member: $45 | Non-Member: $50
Colcha embroidery is a traditional Spanish colonial folk art of Northern New Mexico, which began in the 16th C. with the introduction of the churro sheep and flourished among the Hispanic women in the colonial settlements of 1700-1800. Its free-form and flowing stitch is perfect for both fine detail and large motifs. In this workshop students will master the basics of Colcha Embroidery and complete a small piece that can be framed or hung. Materials fee: $10 for the kit
Friday | October 5th
Judging Fleece with Ric Rao
10AM-5PM | Member: $110 | Non-Member: $120
There are approximately 20 popular breeds of sheep, together with many less popular breeds and crossbreds, in the United States. The wool produced by these sheep varies widely. The wide variation in the wool produced, plus the need for uniform fiber, gives the basis for present-day grades of wool, which are made primarily according to fineness and length. In this workshop participants will be judging a wide selection of fleeces as Handspinning/Artisan Fleeces in 9 specific categories.
Although this workshop will focus primarily on wool, other fibers such as mohair, alpaca or cashmere fleeces will be accepted. A workbook with details of the judging criteria will be included in the materials fee, and will include judging sheets for Alpaca and Cashmere.
Materials students should bring: Participants are encouraged to bring along as many fleeces as they would like for a full day of judging. Diversity in fleeces is welcome. Bring water, snacks & lunch or visit a take out restaurant. Materials fee: $10
Saturday & Sunday | October 6th & 7th
Taos Wool Festival
Saturday 9AM-5PM & Sunday 9AM-4PM | Free | Taos
Don’t miss EVFAC’s booth #28, that will showcase the work of EVFAC’s own products featuring various wool yarns, rovings, batts, and felted sheets.This annual festival includes over 60 vendors and is paired with attractive events such as sheep shearing, hand spinning, kids hands-on activities, wool-working demonstrations and workshops. Visit taoswoolfestival.org for more information. To apply to be a part of this event at the EVFAC booth, visit: evfac.org/taos-wool-festival-2018
Give Spinning a Whirl with Joy Getha
1PM-4PM | Member: $40 | Non-Member: $45
Interested in learning to spin yarn? Come try spinning on a drop spindle, and on a wheel. This workshop will focus on spinning wool only. Students will learn the proper hand placement for spinning and the correct way to attach a leader to the bobbin. Then, with guidance and practice, participants will begin to develop the sensitive skills of maintaining the right tension and feeding the fiber with a consistent flow to create the desired thickness of yarn. Materials students should bring: A notebook and pen.
Visit evfac.org/churro-week-2018 for updates and more information.
Churro Week 2018
- 325 Paseo de Oñate
- Espanola, NM 87532
- Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC)
- Admission varies by event.
- Recurring daily