Workshop Calendar

The Gathering Place: Knitting & Weaving Workshops with Miriam Leth-Espensen–Part Two

The Gathering Place: Knitting & Weaving Workshops with Miriam Leth-Espensen–Part Two

Fiber artist Miriam Leth-Espensen, owner and operator of Miriam’s Well and the Santa Fe School of Weaving, has more than 50 years of professional knitting, weaving, and design experience. Her boutique store in downtown Santa Fe features her finished work, knitting and weaving kits of her own design, and Santa Fe’s largest selection of weaving, knitting, and spinning materials. Santa Fe Creative Tourism is proud to present Ms. Leth-Espensen’s ongoing fiber arts workshops. For...

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Valentine’s Day is for Lovers! Knitting Lovers!

Valentine’s Day is for Lovers! Knitting Lovers!

Fiber artist Miriam Leth-Espensen, owner and operator of Miriam’s Well and the Santa Fe School of Weaving, has more than 50 years of professional knitting, weaving, and design experience. Her boutique store in downtown Santa Fe features her finished work, knitting and weaving kits of her own design, and Santa Fe’s largest selection of weaving, knitting, and spinning materials. Santa Fe Creative Tourism is proud to present Knitting in All Directions with Miriam Leth-Espensen.  For...

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Five Questions with Miriam Leth-Espensen

Five Questions with Miriam Leth-Espensen

Fiber artist Miriam Leth-Espensen, owner and operator of Miriam’s Well and the Santa Fe School of Weaving, has more than 50 years of professional knitting, weaving, and design experience. Her boutique store in downtown Santa Fe features her finished work, knitting and weaving kits of her own design, and Santa Fe’s largest selection of weaving, knitting, and spinning materials. Santa Fe Creative Tourism is proud to present Ms. Leth-Espensen’s ongoing fiber arts workshops. For...

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Open Studio Workshop at Santa Fe School of Fashion Design / February 13, 2013

Open Studio Workshop at Santa Fe School of Fashion Design / February 13, 2013

Open Studio Workshop at Santa Fe School of Fashion Design / February 13, 2013 This is an open studio time to bring your projects in for advice, consultation and use of our workspace and equipment at the Santa Fe School of Fashion Design. Bacon-Richards said her adult classes focus on “traditional old-school methods” that combine pattern-making and draping. “It’s a much more intuitive way to design,” she said. “People really need to be able to use their...

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Knitting in Color with Diane de Souza / March 30, 2013

Knitting in Color with Diane de Souza / March 30, 2013

Knitting in Color with Diane de Souza / March 30, 2013 It’s still cold outside- so come get cozy at Española Valley Fiber Arts Center and expand your knitting repertoire with Knitting in Color! It can seem overwhelming at first, but Diane will walk you through the different styles of incorporating color into knitting including mosaic, Fair Isle, and intarsia. A portion of the class will be devoted to chart reading and development of individual designs. Students will walk away with a Fair Isle...

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Artist Product Pricing Seminar with Olimpia Newman / March 2, 2013

Artist Product Pricing Seminar with Olimpia Newman / March 2, 2013

Artist Product Pricing Seminar with Olimpia Newman / March 2, 2013 Product costing & pricing is a crucial component of selling, and it poses many challenges to artisans. This intense day-long seminar will review costing and pricing principles. During this highly participatory seminar Olimpia will teach how to arrive at a price that will sell their product via various distribution channels and points of sale. She will go over various solutions that can be developed to make selling products...

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Learn to knit mittens with Diane de Souza / January 6, 2013

Learn to knit mittens with Diane de Souza / January 6, 2013

It’s the perfect time of year to learn to knit something new! In this class Diane will walk you through the techniques of knitting a basic mitten and the class will include instructions for a mitten that can be adapted to different sizes and different patterns. Students will walk away from this class with an understanding of different mitten construction, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and different options for materials. Make the winter cold more bearable by keeping your hands busy...

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Come Learn to Spin! with Santa Fe Buffalo Designs / December 16, 2012

Come Learn to Spin! with Santa Fe Buffalo Designs / December 16, 2012

This 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....

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Come Learn to Spin! with Santa Fe Buffalo Designs / December 30, 2012

Come Learn to Spin! with Santa Fe Buffalo Designs / December 30, 2012

This 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....

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THE BEAD KNITTED SCARF: A Beginner’s Project with Bethe Orrell / November 17, 2012

THE BEAD KNITTED SCARF: A Beginner’s Project with Bethe Orrell / November 17, 2012

Many students learn to knit but soon give it up because- well – it’s only a boring scarf. To fall in love with knitting, students need to make something they can show off and be proud of. This scarf is stunning and looks intricate and complex, but a beginning knitter can make it! You will learn to cast on, knit, load and set beads, edge stitch artistry, and other techniques that will improve your scarf and your next knitted project. You can purchase all necessary supplies at the time of the...

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Knit a Summer Into Fall Tee with Bethe Orrell @ Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center / September 8, 2012

Knit a Summer Into Fall Tee with Bethe Orrell @  Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center / September 8, 2012

About 30 years ago, Bethe’s mother knitted her a sweater that she still wears! Over the years so many knitters she knew asked for the pattern that it became a beloved classic. If you are a beginner knitter that is bored with scarves, this is the perfect next step in your knitting education. Pick any of a number of yarns to customize-then take off and knit . This is an easy pattern with interesting stitches and patterning, and it knits so fast you’ll want to make more than one! When: September...

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Knit a Summer Into Fall Tee with Bethe Orrell @ Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center / August 18, 2012

Knit a Summer Into Fall Tee with Bethe Orrell @  Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center / August 18, 2012

About 30 years ago, Bethe’s mother knitted her a sweater that she still wears! Over the years so many knitters she knew asked for the pattern that it became a beloved classic. If you are a beginner knitter that is bored with scarves, this is the perfect next step in your knitting education. Pick any of a number of yarns to customize-then take off and knit . This is an easy pattern with interesting stitches and patterning, and it knits so fast you’ll want to make more than one! When: August 18,...

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Beginning Knitting / Starts October 22, 2012

Beginning Knitting / Starts October 22, 2012

Knitting is re-surging in popularity for everything from scarves to sweaters, ponchos to mittens, hats to handbags, cushions to afghans and more. Often called the “new yoga,” it is relaxing, inspiring and strengthens your hands. In addition, it is an entree to meeting new people and forming knitting groups where more than knitting is shared. The foundation of knitting is only two stitches, but the possibilities built on those two stitches are infinite. When:  Monday, October 22 to...

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Artists on YouTube: Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center

Artists on YouTube: Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center

We offer a wide variety of fiber arts classes, workshops and other hands-on fiber experiences year round. We teach New Mexico traditions like Rio Grande weaving, Colcha embroidery, natural dyeing, as well as many other weaving classes, knitting, felting, basketry, quilting, silk painting and more. We schedule learning experiences for children on request. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can tell you about the artists, traditions and fiber arts techniques of our area. Many of our classes are...

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Portal to Non-Adhesive Bindings / July 14th, 2012

Portal to Non-Adhesive Bindings / July 14th, 2012

This class is for anyone who is afraid of glue or shudders when using PVA. We will make 3 bindings that don’t use PVA at all. Starting with a double pamphlet stitch, we’ll move on to a multiple-sectioned buttonhole stitch. This exposed spine sewing forms a linear pattern at the head and tail. The resulting visual effect is almost like a window looking into the center of the spine. We will finish off with a variation of a long stitch book which includes two chain stitches across the spine, a...

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BACKSTRAP WEAVING with Louie Garcia / April 28th & 29th, 2012

BACKSTRAP WEAVING with Louie Garcia / April 28th & 29th, 2012

Often dismissed as a simple loom, the backstrap loom should not be underestimated. As one of the oldest tools used by ancient cultures to produce a wide range of fabrics, the backstrap loom is one of, if not the, most versatile looms you will ever learn to use! Its storability and portability make it the ideal loom for those who want to weave but just do not have the room for a larger stationary loom. The possibilities are endless once you learn the basics of weaving on a backstrap loom. The...

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8 SHAFTS, ONE THREADING with Diane de Souza / April 14th, 2012

8 SHAFTS, ONE THREADING with Diane de Souza / April 14th, 2012

Have you always wanted to weave on a many shaft loom?  With the generous donation of the 16 shaft AVL to the center, you have that opportunity.  Not sure how to get started?  Then this class is the class for you.   We begin with 8 shafts and explore the options of a straight draw threading.  How many do you think there are?  The class will be a mix of lecture, design, and weaving on 8 shaft looms.  The lectures will hone your drafting/design skills.  The design portion will reinforce the...

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IKKANBARI with Chris Conrad / Saturday April 21st, 2012

IKKANBARI with Chris Conrad / Saturday April 21st, 2012

Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center Ikkanbari is the traditional folk art of extending the life of worn out baskets by covering them with washi (paper) and kakishibu (persimmon dye).  We’ll learn about kakishibu, basic techniques for using kakishibu on washi and even a little katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing).  Much of the information and techniques are also applicable to other paper and textile arts. Bring your old baskets!    After a chance encounter with kakishibu at the Toji...

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CREATIVE KNITTING with Valentina Devine / Saturday March 17, 2012

CREATIVE KNITTING with Valentina Devine / Saturday March 17, 2012

Shed your fears about fiber, texture and most of all … gauge. Join Valentina in this incredible class to learn her secrets of creative knitting, the emphasis will be on knitting without a pattern. Discover how to combine linear shapes such as rectangles, squares and strips, along with linear areas of color. Combine all that with textures and embellishments and Viola! Explore simple shaping ideas for sweaters, coats and shawls in this hands-on class and your will be well on your way to...

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COLOR AND DESIGN FOR TAPESTRY WEAVERS with Cornelia Theimer Gardella / March 28th, 2012

COLOR AND DESIGN FOR TAPESTRY WEAVERS with Cornelia Theimer Gardella / March 28th, 2012

This course will help students put basic design and color principles into practice at the loom. Students will first work on a tapestry design for a small tapestry or a sampler for a larger tapestry which they will then weave during the class. Each day, students will also be given color and design exercises to complete on paper. The practical weaving part of the course will be tailored to each student’s previous knowledge and all necessary tapestry techniques will be covered. Students are...

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REP WEAVE PLACEMATS with Melodie Usher / Starts March 16th, 2012 (2 days)

REP WEAVE PLACEMATS with Melodie Usher / Starts March 16th, 2012 (2 days)

In this class you will learn all about rep weave; what it is, how to plan it and how to weave it.  To put your new knowledge to use, each student will plan and warp a loom to create a set of Rep Weave placemats.  A choice of patterns will be available for each student to individualize so that everyone will be able to create a project that is uniquely theirs.  The project will be planned and the weaving will be started in class but the student will finish the project on their own having learned...

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Nicky Epstein Knitting Weekend / Friday, March 30th / Meet and greet at Oodles Yarn & Bead Gallery

Nicky Epstein Knitting Weekend / Friday, March 30th / Meet and greet at Oodles Yarn & Bead Gallery

Friday, March 30th: Drop-by, meet and Greet at Oodles Yarn & Bead Gallery. All day ! Edgings and Embellishments: One of Nicky Epstein’s specialties! Learn many ideas and skills through Nicky’s methods that you will use repeatedly in your own knitting. Intarsia and Fair Isle: Nicky Epstein teaches how to read a knitting color chart, change colors in the same row, and how to mix, match, and combine colors like a pro! Reception, Book Signing, and Design Presentation: Meet Nicky...

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9th Annual East Mountain Fiber Farm & Studio Tour / June 2 & 3, 2012

9th Annual East Mountain Fiber Farm & Studio Tour / June 2 & 3, 2012

Enjoy a day at the farm! Visit fiber art studios in the beautiful East Mountain area, outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Only a short drive east of Albuquerque will bring you to this rural area where fiber artists and fiber animal breeders open their studios and farms one weekend every year. You will have the opportunity to visit with alpacas, sheep, camels, angora goats, llamas and angora rabbits. Their hair is sought after for making the finest yarns for handweaving, felting, crocheting and...

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Evocative Knitting Workshop with Jane Thornley & Ricki Darbee / March 14th,15th, & 17th, 2012

Evocative Knitting Workshop with Jane Thornley & Ricki Darbee / March 14th,15th, & 17th, 2012

Explore knitting off grid with color and texture while learning how to make shawl pins from hammered metal. Santa Fe is rich with color and art, it’s a virtual community of creativity with museums, art galleries, fabulous shops, historic and spiritual sites plus wonderful yarn and bead shops.  If that’s not enough to entice you, the Santa Fe Bead Fest  rolls into town every March, unfurling aisle after aisle of beads and arty bobbles. Workshop is held in a lovely Santa Fean home...

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