Fall Fiber Fiesta comes to Santa Fe

Emily Jaceks
November 16, 2018 06:26 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. - “What I do is hand needle felting,” Lysandra Nelson said.


She’s one of 47 different artists bringing distinctive crafts to the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe this weekend.

“I use this barbed needle. It's a special tool that catches the fibers and tangles it up,” Nelson said. “Probably the most popular item I sell are these little birds that I make.”

And no two birds are the same.

“A lot of the designs that I'm making are completely out of my own head, so I have to make up the design first, then experiment, and figure out how to make the thing. Everything I make is totally unique,” Nelson said.

From the contemporary to the traditional, Santa Fe weaver Christine Hernandez hopes you'll pick up one of her items.

“I am constantly in a state of putting good energy into the pieces I make,” Hernandez said.

From blankets to blouses, Hernandez said hand-weaving is no small task. Setting up the loom alone takes a bundle of time.

“So the weaving of each blouse and the set-up of the loom probably takes about two to four hours for each blouse. And about another hour to sew everything up and to make sure the ends are tight and everything,” Hernandez said.

But Hernandez said there's no greater feeling than to see someone wearing an item made with her own hands.

“It’s really sweet to see that my pieces are able to decorate our beautiful human bodies and that people feel comfortable in wearing something that's hand woven,” Hernandez said.

The Fall Fiber Fiesta will be held at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe. It kicks off Friday night with a reception and silent auction. Tickets are $10. But admission is free on Saturday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Emily Jaceks

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