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Master craftspeople will demonstrate at Heritage Farm.

Winter Wool Festival Brings Fiber Arts to the ABQ BioPark

A weaver at Winter Wool Festival. Photo courtesy of Kate Kosman.

February 18, 2014

The Winter Wool Festival brings together fiber artists from around the state for demonstrations, mini-classes and more at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden on Saturday, February 22. From 10 a.m.–2p.m., the Heritage Farm exhibit comes to life with artists and hobbyists working on beautiful handiwork, docents teaching about plant and animal fibers and musicians playing folk melodies.

"We have a great group of demonstrators this year,” said Tallie Segel, Botanic Garden Education Coordinator. "At the festival, anyone with a curiosity about fiber arts can learn about traditional and contemporary work from spinning to weaving and colcha to quilting.”

Demonstrators include Las Arañas Spinners and Weavers Guild, Dropped Stich Knitters, Adobe Wool Arts Guild, El Arco Iris Colcheras and Heritage Farm Quilters. Guests are welcome to bring their own projects to “sit and knit” at the farm. Las Arañas will do a dyeing demonstration at 11 a.m. and a drop spindle class at noon in the Farmhouse.

Botanic Garden docents host discovery stations about plant and animal fibers and how they go from fleece to sweater. Kids can create take-home butterfly craft using fleece from the BioPark’s sheep and camels.

Guests can visit the two Navajo-Churro ewes in the Animal Barn. Don Bixby, former director of the American Livestock Breeds Conservatory, will give a special presentation on the Navajo-Churro sheep at 1 p.m.

Live folk music will be provided by Cactus Tractor from 10 a.m. - noon and Wildewood from noon - 2 p.m. Subscribers to the BioPark's Wild Beats music e-newsletter get free song downloads from both bands this week!

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

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