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Learn fiber arts from masters at the Heritage Farm.

Winter Wool Festival Returns to BioPark Saturday

The Navajo-Churro ram at Heritage Farm. Photo courtesy of ABQ BioPark.

February 21, 2013

Discover the roots of modern cloth by attending the Winter Wool Festival, Saturday February 23 at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Heritage Farm exhibit, enjoy hands-on demonstrations of the fiber arts including spinning, dyeing, quilting, rug hooking, traditional colcha embroidery and much more.

"New Mexico's fiber arts community is stronger than ever," said Tallie Segel, Botanic Garden Education Coordinator. "Our state has a long history of fiber arts, from indigenous people using plant and animal fibers to weave shoes, rope and textiles, to colonialists who brought churro sheep from Spain in the 16th century. At the festival, guests will be able to see many examples of these New Mexican traditions."

Visit Discovery Stations at the Animal Barn to learn more about fiber animals from both the BioPark and around the world. Don Bixby, former director of the American Livestock Breeds Conservatory, will give a special presentation on the Navajo-Churro sheep at 12:30 p.m. You can also enjoy the bluegrass melodies of the Desert Skies Band near the windmill from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Watch experienced artisans at work, learn about natural dyes made from plants and follow the process used to turn fleece from fiber animals (and plants) into sweaters and blankets. Learn to card and spin fleece, practice weaving on a table loom and make your own weaving to take home.

Winter Wool Festival is included with regular admission. For more information, call BioPark Education at 505-848-7180.

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