Come enjoy seeing and learning about the beautiful creations that are produced locally by fiber artists at the first Fiber Fiesta on June 22 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces.

Also make plans to attend the Health & Fitness Expo, which also will be at the Museum on the same day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the Fiber Fiesta (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), the Health Expo, and all of the regular Museum offerings on this day are free.

Fiber Fiesta demonstrations for this first-annual event include spinning, knitting, felting, quilting, Colcha embroidery, tatting, bobbin lacing, several types of weaving, and contemporary coiled basketry. Tye Lightfoot of the USDA Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Lab will do cotton ginning demos with mini gins.

Local fiber groups will have informational booths and demonstrations.

Demonstrators include: Betty Rounds (weaving on a treadle loom), CK Fiber arts Studio (needle felting), Colcha Connections (colcha embroidery), Donna Wojcik (quilting interactive), Dorothy Peters (tatting and quilting), Art 2 Wear (bobbin lacing), Las Cruces Chapter of the Embroiders’ Guild of America (counted cross stitch, needlepoint, penny rug and more), Lin Bentley Keeling (contemporary coiled basketry), Linn Brekenridge (tapestry weaving), Mary Kay McDonald-Shelton (twining demo), Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild (basketry and weaving), Southwest Spinners Guild (spinning, weaving and more), USDA Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Lab (cotton ginning), Weaving for Justice (handwoven textiles).

The documentary video, “Colcha Circle: A Stitch in Northern New Mexico Culture,” will be shown in the Museum’s theater as well as informational talks. The day also includes food trucks (Nacho Mommas and Fresh Made Food), and a craft activity for the children from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Health & Fitness Expo is sponsored by the Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Electronic Caregiver, and the Las Cruces Sun-News. The expo features informational booths and much more.

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