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EVFAC Class Schedule

January – March 2010


Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, 325 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532;; 505-747-3577; email:

The two prices listed with the classes are member/nonmember prices. Please sign up early – classes with insufficient signees are cancelled 2 weeks before the start date. A minimum 25% deposit is required. If a class is cancelled, or if you notify us more than two weeks before the class starts that you cannot attend, the deposit will be refunded or applied to another class. At 2 weeks the deposit becomes nonrefundable. A registration form is included in this newsletter on p 6.

JANUARY GOING BIG! WITH BASKETS with Irene Smith $42/53, materials fee $25, equipment list supplied. Now that you’ve made a Market Basket, use your skills to make a BIG Market Basket, so you can tote a ton of produce in style. In this class, students will revisit the steps in making a basic market basket and will learn to add filling weavers for a sturdier base. Irene has been making baskets for 30 years and has worked in the repair and restoration of Indian baskets. Saturday, January 16; 10am to 4pm.

BEGINNING WEAVING WORKSHOP with Rohna York - $126/158, materials extra. For those just starting to weave or those who need a refresher course. Using cotton and other nonwool fibers, we will learn how to make a warp, warp the loom (including reading a draft), and do a series of basic weave patterns while creating a useful dishtowel. Rohna learned to weave at the Southwest School of Arts and Crafts in San Antonio, Texas. After moving to Santa Fe, she worked for a time at EVFAC. You will find her weaving “wearable art” and the occasional rug. She enjoys the more complex weave patterns. Friday through Sunday, January 22–24; 10am to 4pm. TRANSITIONAL QUILT MAKING with Terry Meyer $46/57, materials list supplied. Have you wanted to try something new and original but didn’t know where to start? This is a class in which you will play with rectangles and circles to create an original contemporary wall hanging. This class, which is for confident beginners as well as intermediate quilters, has few rules but is full of possibilities for additional experimentation. Owner of Wild Wind Quilting, Terry is passionate about quilting and, before moving to New Mexico, started a guild in New York State. Drop by EVFAC to see on display a sample of the style of beautiful quilted wall hanging the class will be creating. Saturday, January 23; 9:30am to 4:30pm.

INTRODUCTION TO CHIMAYO-STYLE WEAVING with Lisa Trujillo - $137/171, materials extra. Learn how to combine angles and forms to create this unique form of woven expression. To take this class you must be able to warp a loom by yourself prior to the class and control edges in weft-faced weave. Lisa’s work has received numerous awards at Spanish Market and is part of collections around the world. With her husband, Irvin, she owns Centinela Traditional Arts in Chimayo. Friday, Saturday & Sunday; January 29–31; 9:30am to 4:30pm.

FEBRUARY WEAVING POSSIBILITIES WITH 8-SHAFT STRAIGHT DRAW with Diane de Souza - $84/105, materials extra. Have you ever wondered why some weavers thread their loom with a straight draw (1 through “x,” where “x” is the number of shafts) and never change it? It’s because of the design possibilities with straight draw. This class will explore 8-shaft options and give the student the tools to continue exploration on their own. A portion of the class will be about designing in the weave draft. The remainder will be hands-on weaving of different options on looms threaded in a straight draw. Students need to be able to read a weaving draft and thread a loom. Diane does it all – dyeing, spinning, weaving, knitting, beading – and has been teaching at EVFAC for many years. Friday & Saturday, February 5–6; 9:30am to 4:00pm. BEGINNING CROCHET with Madeline Stark - $35/44, materials list supplied. Crochet is a wonderful free-form way to be creative. Once you have learned the basics, you can make scarves, hats, and handbags. In this class you will learn the basic crochet stitches: chain, slip stitch, and single, double, and triple crochet. Time allowing, we will begin a small project. Materials needed: one size G crochet hook and a skein of worsted weight yarn in a light color. Madeline loves to teach her crafts. It brings her joy to pass along an ancient craft that joins women together and develops their creativity. Saturday, February 6; 10am to 3:30pm. COLCHA EMBROIDERY with Beatrice Maestas Sandoval - $42/53, materials included. Learn how to use the colcha stitch that has been part of traditional embroidery in New Mexico since the Spanish Colonial era. Absorb the history of this art form as you create a colorful design. Beatrice is an accomplished spinner, dyer, weaver, and embroiderer whose work has won many prestigious awards. Saturday, February 13; 9:30am to 4pm. 3


BEGINNING NUNO FELTING with Lise Poulsen $39/49, materials fee $13. Equipment list provided. Nuno felting is a fast and easy technique for creating exquisite, highly textured “fabric.” This one-day class will introduce you to the process and provide you with the materials to take away your very own creation in the form of a fabulous scarf. Please note that there is some physical work involved – just perfect for a light, upperbody workout! Born in England, Lise comes from several generations of accomplished and professional knitters and tatters. She has worked in a variety of fiber media for two decades. Felting for over 10 years, she draws color and texture inspiration from landscapes in England and in her new home in the mountains south of Taos. Saturday, February 20; 10am to 4pm.

MARCH BEGINNING SILK PAINTING with Sande Anderson $39/49, materials fee $20. This class will explore the use of silk in creating accessories, including scarves, fabric for clothing, wall hangings, pieces for quilting and possibly other discoveries in a relaxed but creative atmosphere. Art has been a passion for Sande all of her life. Painting, drawing and design are things she has been doing since growing up in Northern California. Wherever she has lived or studied, Sande has continued her creative work in fabric, especially silk, printmaking and painting. Saturday, March 6; 10am to 4pm. INTERMEDIATE SILK PAINTING with Sande Anderson - $39/49, materials fee $20. This class offers the opportunity to practice skills taught in Beginning Silk Painting (see above) and introduces some new techniques. It serves as a continuation for students who take the beginning class and also as a standalone class for those with previous silk painting experience. Sunday, March 7; 10am to 4pm. BAUHAUS DESIGN THEORY I with James Koehler $245/307, materials fee $25. This is the first in a series of workshops where participants will explore Bauhaus design theory and its application to tapestry. Lectures will be presented on line, movement, and rhythm in design composition based on the art and teaching of Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Josef Albers. Participants will work on designs that relate to each lecture and have the opportunity to weave studies for each of the exercises. This workshop is open to students with some experience in weaving tapestry. James is a wonderful teacher and artist whose work has received international recognition. His classes are very popular at EVFAC, so sign up early! Saturday through Wednesday, March 13–17; 9am to 5pm.


MATHEMAGICAL DESIGN: The Golden Proportion, Symmetries, Tessellations, Fractals, and More, with Jennifer Moore - $168/210, materials fee $35. A class for any artisan (not just for weavers). Have you ever wanted to work with these wonderful tools for visual design but been scared off by a lack of drawing or math skills? We will take a visual approach to working with symmetry movements, tiling patterns, and harmonious proportions, including the Fibonacci series. Through a series of fun exercises using drawing, rubber stamps, and paper cutouts, you will create a toolbox of skills to use in creating your own designs. Jennifer has an MFA in Fiber, specializing in mathematical patterns and structures of music in weaving. She is the author of The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave (forthcoming in July 2010 from Interweave Press). Friday through Sunday, March 19–21; 9:30am to 5pm. INTRODUCTION TO LACE KNITTING with Susan Pacheco - $84/105, materials extra or bring your own. Plan a weekend escape into the beauty of knitted lace with expert knitter Susan Pacheco. While lace knitting can be done on an elaborate scale, it is always based on the fundamental stitches of knitting, and even beginning-level patterns can yield impressive results. EVFAC will have on hand needles and several skeins of lace-weight wool hand-dyed in rich palettes by Pat Dozier. Or simply bring your own fingering- or lace-weight yarn and circular needles, size 2 to 6 and at least 20 inches long. Students should be able to cast on, cast off, work basic increases and decreases and be familiar with working from charts. This is not a beginning knitter’s class. In addition to being a professional number cruncher and avid lace knitter, Susan Pacheco supported herself for several years as a full-time weaver. Saturday & Sunday, March 20–21; 10am to 4:30pm.

BEGINNING SPINNING with Jen Fehlau - $84/105, materials fee $15. Turning fleece into yarn is a magical experience. For the absolute beginner it can seem a mystery they may never master. Come to this class and be guided into the world of spinning. Students will begin learning on a drop spindle and progress to spinning on a wheel. Additional topics covered will include fiber selection, fiber preparation, hand carding, and plying. Students must bring their own wheel (EVFAC members may rent a wheel from the center). Jen is passionate about introducing new people to the craft of spinning. Her recent efforts have included demonstrations at the Santa Fe Folk Art Museum, teaching children from the Camino de Paz Middle School, and leading workshops at the Taos Wool Festival and at Village Wools in Albuquerque. She has a B.A.F.A. from the University of New Mexico. Jen lives in Dixon, New Mexico. 4 Sundays, skipping Easter: March 21 and 28 & April 11 and 18, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.


SPINNER’S TOOLBOX with Jen Fehlau - $84/105, materials fee $25. This is an intermediate-level course for students who have mastered basic spinning and are ready to build on that foundation with additional skills that will enable them to have more “tools” in their “toolbox.” Skills taught will include two styles of long draw spinning and spinning from the fold. Students will practice using the skills they learn to work with new fibers, create different thicknesses and qualities of yarn, and evaluate the yarns they produce and improve on them. Class is designed with homework: to get the most out of this course, students should be prepared to practice in between class sessions. Students must be comfortable spinning and plying on a wheel and be familiar with the using the wheel they plan to use for class and practice. 4 Sundays, skipping Easter: March 21 and 28 & April 11 and 18, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

UPCOMING CLASSES Socks on Two Circular Needles with Liz McMaster, April 9 &11. Learn to Knit with Liz McMaster, April 10. Playing with Blocks—Block Weaving with Maria Navarra-Pino, April 16–18. 2/2 Twills with Jason Collingwood - April 23–25. Weaving Basics with Beatrice Maestas-Sandoval May 8–9 and 15–16. Weaving from Every Angle with Robin Reider - June 2–6.



WALK IN AND WEAVE For those who want to make a 2’ x 3’ rag rug but have no experience in weaving. Staff will get you started. Cost is $25 for the warp and $10 for material. Please contact Pam or Andrea (505) 747-3577 to reserve a time.

THROUGH THE DYEPOT FOR WEAVERS with Trish Spillman - $154/193, materials fee $5; students supply yarns. Use the dyepot to bring glorious color to your weaving! Experimenting with many fiber types and using aniline dyes, we will dye skeins, warps, and wefts. Techniques we’ll explore include dip dyeing, overdyeing, and air dyeing. In addition to dyeing warps for future use, we will do warp painting on the loom, and students can plan to weave off their colorful warps. Visit the center in early March to see on display samples of the dyeing we’ll be doing. Trish is the founder of EVFAC. She weaves for sale and for fun and is fearless with color and novelty yarns. Tuesday through Friday, March 23–26, 10am to 4pm.

Make a difference: support our Center and the fiber artists of Northern New Mexico.

BRING YARN OVER; KNIT TOGETHER A relaxed, social gathering for knitters and crocheters. This is not a class, but we learn from each other. All levels welcome. Bring your yarn and needles (or buy some here) and join us! Mondays; 5pm to 8pm. SPINNING SATURDAY Polish your spinning skills, learn to spin in an informal setting, or just come to spin with fellow enthusiasts. Bring your wheel or borrow one of ours. Jen, our excellent spinning teacher, will be there for support. Meets the second Saturday of every month. January 9, February 13, and March 13; 10am to 1pm. QUILTERS’ GATHERING Meets the 2nd Monday evening of every month at 6pm. If you quilt or are interested in exploring this fascinating medium, please come. Bring your projects for show and tell or for assistance with problems, bring your ideas, and join Terry Meyer to create a home for quilters at EVFAC. Monday, January 11, February 8, and March 8; 6pm to 8pm. QUILTERS’ STUDIO Meets the 3rd Sunday afternoon of each month at 1pm. This is work (and play) time together for quilters. Bring your machines and projects (we have some machines available here). Sunday, January 24, February 21, and March 21, 1pm to 5pm. 5


College Credit Courses at EVFAC The following classes are offered at EVFAC through Northern New Mexico College. Students can apply and register online at The deadline for registration is one week prior to the class, and if you’ve never taken a class at NNMC before, you should apply two weeks before the class begins. Nondegree applicants do not require transcripts. Some fees apply per semester, so if you are taking more than one class, the per-class cost decreases. Tuition is a bit higher for New Mexico nonresidents; it is substantially lower for New Mexico seniors 65+. If you need registration help, please contact Christina Monsanatas at 575-581-4120, or Liesel Orend at 505753-9744 or .

Introduction to Weaving - Karen Martinez, Instructor. Monday to Friday, March 1–5; 9am to 5pm. 2 credits, approx. $191 for NM residents; $118 for NM seniors 65+; $299 out of state. CRN 21904 In this class, students will be introduced to warping (dressing) a loom and learn the four shuttle techniques while constructing a striped Rio Grande–style weaving. Karen Martinez is an accomplished weaver whose work has won many awards at Spanish Market and is in several museum collections. She has directed the Fiber Arts Program at NNMC for ten years. Color Theory for Textiles - Liesel Orend, Instructor. 4 Mondays, February 15 – March 8; 4pm to 8 pm. 1 credit, approx. $123 for NM residents; $87 for NM seniors 65+. CRN 22249 This class explores the principles of color theory and their application to textile design. Students will learn color terminology, explore color relationships with paints and yarns, and learn tools for creating harmonious color combinations. We will also look at the properties of fiber as they impact color. Liesel Orend weaves tapestries, complex weave rugs and traditional jergas. Her weavings have won awards at Taos Wool Festival and Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta, and she teaches nationally. Design for Textiles - Liesel Orend, Instructor. 4 Mondays, March 22 – April 12; 4pm to 8 pm. 1 credit, approx. $123 for NM residents; $87 for NM seniors 65+. CRN 22250 This class covers the principles of design and their application to textiles. We will learn to identify various elements of design, including

line, shape, pattern, and texture. Then we will explore the use of these elements to create focal points, balance, accent, contrast, movement, depth, and unity within textiles, as well as examining how the use of fiber impacts design. Students will explore ways to incorporate these principles into their own work, creating designs that hold the viewer’s interest. A field trip will be a part of the class. Four-Harness Weaving I - Liesel Orend, Instructor. Friday to Sunday, February 19–21; 9am to 4pm. 1 credit, approx. $143 for NM residents; $107 for NM seniors 65+; $197 out of state. CRN 21908 This class introduces the theory and application of weaving on a four-harness loom. Drafting and basic weave structures will be covered, as well as project planning and the mechanics of weaving on four harnesses. Students will experiment with several patterns in a sampler, then choose one pattern to weave a scarf. Four-Harness Weaving II: Jerga - Liesel Orend, Instructor. Friday to Sunday, March 5–7, 9am to 4pm. 1 credit, approximately $123 for NM residents; $87 for NM seniors 65+; $177 out of state. CRN 21907 This class will focus on the jerga, a traditional Spanish New Mexican 2/2 twill woven in wool. Students will learn about the history of this weave and will make a striped or checked jerga shawl or throw. Some experience with weaving is preferred. Four-Harness Weaving III: Saddle Blanket - Liesel Orend, Instructor. April 9–11 and 16–18; 9–4 Fridays and Saturdays, 12–4 on Sundays. 2 credits, approx. $191 for NM residents; $118 for NM seniors 65+; $299 out of state. CRN 21906 Explore the many design possibilities of the weft-faced twill weave as it is used in traditional saddle blankets. We will use a light, a medium, and a dark color yarn on a four-harness loom to create different effects, such as undulations, waves, diamonds, and ovals. These are very sturdy, thick weavings, suitable for rugs and mats, and of course, saddle blankets. Students will experiment with several techniques and then design and complete one finished piece. This class is for those who have had prior weaving and warping experience.



The two prices listed with the classes are member/nonmember prices. Please sign up early, classes with insufficient signees are cancelled 2 weeks before the start date. A minimum 25% deposit is required. If a class is cancelled, or if you notify us more than two weeks before the class starts that you cannot attend, the deposit will be refunded or applied to another class. At 2 weeks the deposit becomes non-refundable.

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Individual - $45 Family - $60 Working - $20 plus 36 hours/year Supporter - $100 Sponsor - $250

Youth - $20 Benefactor - $500+

The Española Valley Fiber Arts Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. Contributions beyond the basic membership of $45 for individuals or $60 for families are tax-deductible. EVFAC class prices are kept low to benefit a broad constituency. If you would like to support our educational programs, we encourage you to add a tax-deductible contribution to your class fee. If you prefer, you may donate online at

Send to Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, 325 Paseo de Oñate, Española, NM 87532 (or call: 505-747-3577;

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