Continuing Textile Traditions:
Churro Week is an annual event held in Northern New Mexico. During Churro Week, the extended fiber community explores the deep local roots of this livestock and helps to raise awareness about the importance of the Navajo-Churro sheep. The New Mexico Fiber Arts Center / Española Valley Fiber Arts Center (NMFAC/EVFAC) has been organizing Churro week since 2014. It began as a consortium of shepherds, spinners and end-product makers to promote and sustain the Churro fibershed.
Churro Week begins with sheep shearing at Los Luceros Historical Site, including demonstrations and a Churro marketplace. The rest of the week includes presentations, field trips, a lamb dinner, and classes in fleece processing, natural dyeing, Navajo and Rio Grande weaving, felting, colcha embroidery. This important week celebrates the importance of the Churro heritage sheep breed to communities in the American Southwest.
Join Weave A Real Peace (WARP) on Saturday, February 18th at 1 pm US Eastern time for a conversation with members of the Churro Week team. This program is free & open to all.
Leigh Alexander serves on the Board of directors of the New Mexico Fiber Arts Center (NMFAC/EVFAC), and is the Churro Week coordinator. Leigh is a professional weaver with over 40 years of experience in the textile industry. Leigh developed and ran the Heritage Blanket program at EVFAC, training weavers on dobby loom and producing churro blankets for wholesale.
Emily Trujillo is an eighth generation Chimayo (Rio Grande) tapestry weaver. She teaches Rio Grande weaving at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center and is working to develop an apprenticeship program for the Chimayo weavers. She also weaves spectacular tapestries with her own twist on traditional designs and works at the family weaving gallery, Centinela Traditional Arts
The panel will be moderated by WARP member Judi Jetson, a weaver and a leader in the well-researched promotion of craft, particularly textiles. There will be ample opportunity for questions from those attending this free online event, and a recording of it will be available later on WARP's YouTube channel.
This event is free & open to all. Please complete the registration form to join us on Saturday February 18th, at 1:00 pm US Eastern Time.