Santa Fe Rag Rug Art & Marketplace 2014

Rag Rugs by Woven Hearth

Rag Rugs by Woven Hearth

The New Mexico Women’s Foundation hosted the 2014 Santa Fe Rag Rug Art & Marketplace at Museum Hill on August 8-10. The amazing Gerry Cerf and her staff of volunteers put on this show. Many, many thanks to Gerry and all the folks from NMWF!

I assisted my mom (Sandy Voss of Cabin Textiles) last year with her booth, as I had just begun down the path of being a weaver full time. This year, we each got a booth and we were set up side by side, allowing us to share the loom that my mom brought. This year, certain animal products (such as leather, bone, wool, feathers, etc.) were encouraged to set up outside in the big tent. More artists (selling things like jewelry, wall art, clothing, etc.) were inside the atrium of the Museum of International Folk Art.

This show exceeded all my expectations. My mom and I were busy the entire time, barely having time to snag a bite to eat (more like nibbling throughout the day). We quite enjoyed the crowd, talking about our rugs, the loom, my knitting, and my mom’s crocheted hats. Also, several friends stopped by to say hi. My feet were quite sore by the end of the Rag Rug Fest, but I was too pleased with the success of the show to fuss over them.

What follows is a list of the artists I chatted with (and their contact info) and lots and lots of pictures. Enjoy!

Ann Lumaghi, annlumaghi@cybermesa.com, PO Box 644, Abiquiu, NM 87510, 505-685-4503, http://www.abiquiustudiotour.org/galleries/ann_lumaghi_contact.html

Duka Subedi, duka_aarpan@yahoo.com, 8409 Gutierrez Rd. N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87111, 505-948-6638, http://www.jackrabbitmarketplace.com/collections/ds

Tanka Chapagai, contact her through her daughter Duka Subedi

Carol Mills, Rags to Rugs, 575-534-4020, Silver City, NM, http://www.jackrabbitmarketplace.com/collections/cm

Wendy Capek, wendycapek@gmail.com, PO Box 465, Mora, NM 87732, 505-617-6850

Kei Tsuzuki & Molly Luethi, Kei & Molly Textiles, kei@keiandmolly.com, 505-554-7062, molly@keiandmolly.com, 505-554-9337, 5321 Acoma Rd. S. E., Albuquerque, NM 87108, http://www.keiandmolly.com/

Lisanne Cole, Tribal Soul Maps, giasound@yahoo.com, Santa Fe, NM, 575-770-7777, www.tribalsoulmaps.com

Mujeres de Adelante Cooperative, iribe@sfps.info, 505-819-9966, www.adelantesantafe.org

Carol Eggers, caroleggers45@gmail.com, Las Cruces, NM

Renee Brainard Gentz, rbgentz@gmail.com, 505-242-5703, www.rbgentz.com

Susan Young-Tweet, The Santa Fe Sewing Studio, wrapahat@aol.com, 505-913-9650, 1807 Second St. Suite 45-1, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Carmen Sena-Todd, For the Brand Ranch, forthebrand8@gmail.com, 575-571-9941, 6790-14 Camino Encanto, La Mesa, NM 88044, www.forthebrand.etsy.com

SW Women’s Fiber Arts Collective, information@fiberartscollective.org, 575-538-5733, PO Box 636, Silver City, NM 88062, www.fiberartscollective.org

TDLT Fiber Artists, TDLT@GauchoBlue.com, PO Box 114, Penasco, NM 87553, 575-758-1730, www.gauchoblue.com/TDLT.html

Julie Anderson, Costume Salon, julie@costumesalon.com, 505-989-7125, 903 W. Alameda #109, Santa Fe, NM 87501, www.costumesalon.com

Sandy Voss, Cabin Textiles, sandyvoss@cybermesa.com, 505-753-6395, PO Box 10, Abiquiu, NM 87510, www.cabintextiles.com

Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center (EVFAC), info@evfac.org, 505-747-3577, 325 Paseo de Onate, Espanola, NM 87532, www.evfac.org

Kathy Konecki, Necessary Little Luxuries, info@necessarylittleluxuries.com, 505-989-7015, www.necessarylittleluxuries.com

 

This is me trying out an Entrelac piece by Carol Eggers.

This is me trying out an Entrelac piece by Carol Eggers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hat bands by Wendy Capek.

Bead work belts by Wendy Capek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rag rug by Carol Mills

Rag rug by Carol Mills

 

 

 

 

 

Rag rug by Carol Mills

Rag rug by Carol Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVFAC clothing rack.

EVFAC clothing rack.

 

 

 

 

 

EVFAC goodies!

EVFAC goodies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVFAC woven shawls.

EVFAC woven shawls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitted gloves by Kathy Konecki.

Knitted gloves by Kathy Konecki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy Konecki with her knitted decorative scarves

Kathy Konecki with her knitted decorative scarves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorated burlap bags by Mujeres de Adelante Cooperative.

Decorated burlap bags by Mujeres de Adelante Cooperative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand-made soaps by Mujeres de Adelante Cooperative.

Hand-made soaps by Mujeres de Adelante Cooperative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weavings by Tanka Chapagai.

Weavings by Tanka Chapagai.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tote bags by Duka Subedi.

Tote bags by Duka Subedi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue jeans weavings by TDLT.

Blue jeans weavings by TDLT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hand towels by Kei & Molly Textiles.

Hand towels by Kei & Molly Textiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greeting cards by SW Women's Fiber Arts Collective.

Greeting cards by SW Women’s Fiber Arts Collective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilted notebook cover by SW Women's Fiber Arts Collective.

Quilted notebook cover by SW Women’s Fiber Arts Collective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little wallets by SW Women's Fiber Arts Collective.

Little wallets by SW Women’s Fiber Arts Collective.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amethyst necklace by Carmen Sena-Todd.

Amethyst necklace by Carmen Sena-Todd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bracelets by Carmen Sena-Todd.

Bracelets by Carmen Sena-Todd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fleece clothing by Susan Young-Tweet.

Fleece clothing by Susan Young-Tweet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Towel rugs by Ann Lumaghi.

Towel rugs by Ann Lumaghi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skeins by Ann Lumaghi.

Skeins by Ann Lumaghi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birds, masks, cat pillow by Costume Salon.

Birds, masks, cat pillow by Costume Salon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wicked Witch feet by Costume Salon.

Wicked Witch feet by Costume Salon.

 

 

 

 

 

Julie of Costume Salon modeling her crazy cool hat.

Julie of Costume Salon modeling her crazy cool hat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorative art by Lisanne Cole.

Decorative art by Lisanne Cole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorative art by Lisanne Cole.

Decorative art by Lisanne Cole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hats crocheted from cotton selvedge, by Cabin Textiles.

Hats crocheted from cotton selvedge, by Cabin Textiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weavings and knitted items by Cabin Textils & Woven Hearth.

Weavings and knitted items by Cabin Textils & Woven Hearth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rag Rugs by Cabin Textiles & Woven Hearth.

Rag Rugs by Cabin Textiles & Woven Hearth.

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Voss teaching weaving.

Sandy Voss teaching weaving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitted hats by Carol Eggers.

Knitted hats by Carol Eggers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow shawl by Carol Eggers.

Rainbow shawl by Carol Eggers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woven items by TDLT.

Woven items by Carol Eggers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitted bag by TDLT.

Knitted bag by Carol Eggers.

 

 

 

 

 

Quilted wall art by Renee Brainard Gentz.

Quilted wall art by Renee Brainard Gentz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santas by Renee Brainard Gentz.

Santas by Renee Brainard Gentz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep your yarn balls in order with these bowls from TDLT.

Keep your yarn balls in order with these bowls from TDLT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the personal artist book for Wendy Capek. I really liked the snakeskin cover.

This is the personal artist book for Wendy Capek. I really liked the snakeskin cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandy Voss teaching kids how to weave.

Sandy Voss teaching kids how to weave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Las Golondrinas Fiber Arts Festival

The booth we shared.

The booth we shared.

A few weekends back (Memorial Day weekend), Cabin Textiles and Woven Hearth teemed up to participate in the Santa Fe Fiber Arts Festival held at the beautiful El Rancho de Las Golondrinas. It was a wonderful weekend, even with the rain (or in my little opinion, especially because of the rain).  There were plenty of vendors, demonstrations, and archery! Yes, archery. Which was particularly thrilling for those standing next to me when I took my try at the range. Plus, all visitors and vendors had access to various exhibitions and museum and walking trails available at Las Golondrinas.

Cotton shag Happy Rug by Cabin Textiles.

Cotton shag Happy Rug by Cabin Textiles.

This was my first time at this venue, and I got lost. Yes, I did check a map before heading off. No, I did not trust my map – instead I followed the signage. Haha! So, the scenic route for me. Turns out there are two ways to approach Las Golondrinas. The one I discovered took me through La Cienega and past their trash transfer station. The second route is much more direct, utilizing the frontage road.

Rugs by Woven Hearth.

Rugs by Woven Hearth.

Anyway, it is an exceptionally beautiful location and I look forward to visiting Las Golondrinas again. And they had wifi so I could use my little credit card swiper gizmo. Hooray! We had a corner booth that worked out quite well for displaying one of my mom’s (Sandy Voss’s) large rugs on the wall. Our booth neighbors (TDLT Fiber Artists) were a cheery group of ladies who shared food and drinks back and forth with us throughout the weekend. (Barbara Anne – thank you for the humus!).

There were also lots of demonstrations – both the regular ones provided by Las Golondrinas volunteers and some of the vendors. Sheep, bunnies, spinning, felt work, paper making, weaving, etc. And I met Inger Seitz, whose work I have seen through the Las Tejedoras Newsletter. Chatting with her about rag rug weaving in Finland was great!

What follows are lots and lots of pictures. enjoy!

Contact Info for artists who I had the joy of photographing:

Sacred Heart Cafe, Patty Mara, Box 5D, Pilar Route HC69, Embudo, NM 87531, pmgourley@gmail.com, www.pattymara.etsy.com

The Natural Twist, Ruth Baldwin, 877-TNT-WOOL, 505-453-2277, ruth@TheNaturalTwist.com, TheNaturalTwist.com

Felt Free, Jo Thompson, jo@feltfree.com, feltfree.com, feltfree-itswhatifelt.blogspot.com

TDLT Fiber Artists, PO Box 114, Penasco, NM 87553, 575-758-1730, TDLT@GauchoBlue.com, www.gauchoblue.com/TDLT.html

Rio Fernando Farm, Shelley Loveless, #3 Sunset Drive, Taos, NM 87571, 575-758-0019, riofernandofarm@gmail.com

Hairball Yarns, A. Smith-Nelson, Lot15/15 North Mesa Stables, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Lisa Joyce Designs, Lisa Joyce de Burlo, PO Box 1716, Taos, NM 87571, lisajoydb@gmail.com, www.lisajoycedesigns.com

Cabin Textiles, Sandy Voss, PO Box 10, Abiquiu, NM 87510, sandyvoss@cybermesa.com, www.cabintextiles.com

Nicole Blais – feltmaker and Las Golondrinas volunteer, & unfortunately I can’t find contact info for her.

Beautiful roving by The Natural Twist.

Beautiful roving by The Natural Twist.

 

 

 

 

Dolls by the TDLT Fiber Artists.

Dolls by the TDLT Fiber Artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woven wraps by TDLT Fiber Artists.

Woven wraps by TDLT Fiber Artists.

 

 

 

The de-fuzzing of an angora rabbit by Rio Fernando Farm.

The de-fuzzing of an angora rabbit by Rio Fernando Farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More skeins by Hairball Yarns.

More skeins by Hairball Yarns.

 

 

 

 

 

More felt art by Las Golondrinas volunteer Nicole Blais.

More felt art by Las Golondrinas volunteer Nicole Blais.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a medieval spindle with cast bronze whorl & oak shaft from The Natural Twist.

Here is a medieval spindle with cast bronze whorl & oak shaft from The Natural Twist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rag rugs by the TDLT Fiber Artists.

Rag rugs by the TDLT Fiber Artists.

 

 

 

 

Table loom demo by TDLT Fiber Artists.

Table loom demo by TDLT Fiber Artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felt pins by Lisa Joyce Designs.

Felt pins by Lisa Joyce Designs.

 

 

 

 

Happy hat by Felt Free.

Happy hat by Felt Free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rag rug made from faux fur by Woven Hearth.

Rag rug made from faux fur by Woven Hearth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural dyes by The Natural Twist.

Natural dyes by The Natural Twist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Locally spun, hand-dyed wool by TDLT Fiber Artists.

Locally spun, hand-dyed wool by TDLT Fiber Artists.

 

 

 

 

Wall felt art by Sacred Heart.

Wall felt art by Sacred Heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spun tidbits by Lisa Joyce Designs.

Spun tidbits by Lisa Joyce Designs.

 

 

 

 

Felt hat by Felt Free - I see a dragon or Sky Eel!

Felt hat by Felt Free – I see a dragon or Sky Eel!

 

 

 

 

 

Rag rugs by Woven Hearth (left - bedsheet material, right- blue jeans).

Rag rugs by Woven Hearth (left – bedsheet material, right- blue jeans).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felt art by TDLT Fiber Artists.

Felt art by TDLT Fiber Artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanging chakra by Sacred Heart.

Hanging chakra by Sacred Heart.

 

 

 

 

 

Hand-spun skeins by Lisa Joyce Designs.

Hand-spun skeins by Lisa Joyce Designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table sheep from Felt Free.

Table sheep from Felt Free.

 

 

 

 

Purses & potholders by TDLT Fiber Artists.

Purses & potholders by TDLT Fiber Artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faerie play sets by Sacred Heart.

Faerie play sets by Sacred Heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skeins, hats, and purses by Lisa Joyce Designs.

Skeins, hats, and purses by Lisa Joyce Designs.

 

 

 

 

 

A felt purse by Felt Free.

A felt purse by Felt Free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table runners by TDLT Fiber Artists.

Table runners by TDLT Fiber Artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felted soaps in various scents by Rio Fernando Farm.

Felted soaps in various scents by Rio Fernando Farm.

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning demo by Lisa Joyce.

Spinning demo by Lisa Joyce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little sheep at Las Golondrinas 2014.

Little sheep at Las Golondrinas 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Placemats by TDLT Fiber Artists.

Placemats by TDLT Fiber Artists.

 

 

 

Skeins by Rio Fernando Farm.

Skeins by Rio Fernando Farm.

 

 

 

 

Skeins by Hairball Yarns.

Skeins by Hairball Yarns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Felt work by Las Golondrinas volunteer Nicole Blais.

Felt work by Las Golondrinas volunteer Nicole Blais.

 

 

 

 

 

Paper making frame is pulled through a tub of water that contains pulp.

Paper making frame is pulled through a tub of water that contains pulp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pulp is collected on the screen with one pull through the tub of water.

Pulp is collected on the screen with one pull through the tub of water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The top half of the frame is removed & paper laid face down on another board to dry.

The top half of the frame is removed & paper laid face down on another board to dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here was have paper made at the paper demo.

Here was have paper made at the paper demo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taos Wool Festival 2013

The ATTL Booth with people!

The ATTL Booth with people!

I know I am behind with my posts. Doing a complete career change is a little time consuming, but things are settling down and I find I have some time for sharing my silly pictures with folks.

So many baskets of skeins!

So many baskets of skeins!

Back in October 2013, I participated in the Taos Wool Festival with the Art Through The Loom guild. I have enjoyed the festival for years, but this was my first time participating as an artist. It was nice sharing a booth with a group of ladies, as that meant we could share booth time. The ATTL participators were Glenna Dean, Kathy Konecki (Necessary Little Luxuries), Nancy Woodworth, Suzanne Correira (Fire Ant Ranch), Sandy Voss (Cabin Textiles), Diane de Souza, and myself. This was great for everyone as it can be a kind of long weekend with set up Friday afternoon, and then all day Saturday and Sunday, with take down at 4 or 5 PM Sunday. I also had a cold, so I was all snivelly. And our booth was in the shade, so it was quite chilly for the entire weekend for us.

Woven and knitted clothing.

Woven and knitted clothing.

Yet, despite the sniffles and the cold, I still had a blast. Friday set up was probably the hardest part. We had to figure out how to put up two tents. Haha! I like to sit back and simply take direction, but we had a limited number of people who were familiar with the tents, and lots of people trying to help. Still, there was plenty of laughter throughout the process.

Skeins by various ATTL members.

Skeins by various ATTL members.

I was told that many people will come walk through on Saturday and buy larger items on Sunday. As I was selling rugs, I didn’t expect any sales Saturday, but one happened Saturday morning, and then again, and again. Sunday was good too. And Sunday I brought my man to help with take down. We showed up early to have time to walk around. Also, there is this amazing food booth that sells kibbeh in Greek yogurt and tortilla. So good! Us ladies at the booth also got him to model a button neck scarf thingy. Yeah, that’s a technical term.

Wool shag rugs by Cabin Textiles & Woven Hearth.

Wool shag rugs by Cabin Textiles & Woven Hearth.

And then there is the livestock. Yes, fuzzy-wuzzies are allowed at this event. People bring their bunnies, their sheep, their llamas, their alpacas. And sometimes they even put on demonstrations, showing how to shear the wee beasties. My man especially likes the llamas because they hum. And he hums back at them and they nearly always respond, some of them walking up to him. Though I don’t know if they see him as a kindred spirit or are contemplating spitting in his eye. Never can tell with a llama.

Here's a handsome llama.

Here’s a handsome llama.

This year, I purchased just one thing of goat milk soap. As I was changing careers from a stable office job to a weaver, I felt the need to conserve money. It was hard. Very hard. So many gorgeous things, left, right, and center. And people definitely encourage you to touch items, enjoy them. They know how to tempt! My mom purchased a new wooden shuttle from the folks she has been buying from for years, KCL Woods. It’s a gorgeous little piece.

This is my Farm Ninja outfit. Nifty face scarf thingy, huh?

This is my Farm Ninja outfit. Nifty face scarf thingy, huh?

And then we participated in the swap bin. Each year, the Taos Wool Festival organizers go around with a wagon full of items donated by the participants. You can swap for something of equal or lesser value. The wagon hit us late Sunday after I was all packed up and simply helping other ATTL members. My mom insisted I play so she donated a little rug and I got this nifty knitted thingy (a cowl?) made by Kathy Hartmeister. Well, you can see in my Farm Ninja photo that it fits over my head and is wide enough to cover my ears, nose, mouth, and neck. I really, really like it because, unlike a scarf, there are no ends to get tangled in the hay or inadvertently dunked in the water trough as I see to farm chores.

Here are some knitting kits for those who forgot their own knitting.

Here are some knitting kits for those who forgot their own knitting.

As I live near Ojo Caliente, I took the back road to Taos each day, which took me over the Taos Gorge. On Sunday, my man and I stopped to walk the bridge and take photos like tourists. Sunday I also wore my one and only knitted-by-me sweater. I got lots of compliments on it at the festival, which was nice. It is not something I would have worn to the office as I think many people would find it odd. I think I am going to really enjoy hanging out with artists.

This is my man modeling a neck collar for us ladies.

This is my man modeling a neck collar for us ladies.

This is me at the Taos Gorge in my knitted sweater.

This is me at the Taos Gorge in my knitted sweater.

My mom's new shuttle.

My mom’s new shuttle.

Little sheep!

Little sheep!

Taos Gorge, October 2013.

Taos Gorge, October 2013.

More skeins.

More skeins.

Alpacas!

Alpacas!

More skeins and roving at the ATTL booth.

More skeins and roving at the ATTL booth.

Some wool throws and a wool rug.

Some wool throws and a wool rug.

Skeins by various ATTL members.

Skeins by various ATTL members.

Shaggy llama.

Shaggy llama.

The ATTL Booth!

The ATTL Booth!

Recycle Santa Fe Show: Our Booth

Another picture of wool shag rugs by Cabin Textiles & Woven Hearth.

Another picture of wool shag rugs by Cabin Textiles & Woven Hearth.

For the 2013 Recycle Santa Fe Show, my mom (Cabin Textiles) and I (Woven Hearth) shared a booth. The booth fee for a single participant is $350 and then a single artist may be added to the booth for an additional $50. As you can see, it’s great to be able to find someone to split the booth fee with. Even though I have only done a handful of shows so far, this was easily the highest booth fee, for a 3-day weekend. However, we both did great at the show, so no complaints from us!

This is a rug made from sweaters (by Woven Hearth).

This is a rug made from sweaters (by Woven Hearth).

This post will be mostly photos to show what we brought. Since this is a show that focuses on making art from trash (recycling), the show regulations has a minimum amount of recycled materials the art must contain to be allowed in the show (I believe it is 75%). All our rugs shown here easily met that rule. In fact, I find myself hard pressed to think of any recent rugs either of us has made that didn’t meet this rule…

This is a striking wool shag rug from Cabin Textiles.

This is a striking wool shag rug from Cabin Textiles.

Each show I learn something new. At this one, it was the term, ‘upcycle‘ which is used to describe making high art from recycled materials. Since all the participants in this show were doing recycled art, I could see the full range of items, and the different take on recycling trash materials into art.

This is a rug made from socks (by woven Hearth).

This is a rug made from socks (by woven Hearth).

This was also my first time to use my Paypal card swiper gizmo, and it was a success. In fact, all my sales were done with the card swiper. My mom was using her old-school metal & carbon copy swiper for her sales. So we had a direct comparison. I think my mom now wishes to switch to the gizmo, as means less work for her – you don’t have to call in the card charges individually. Hooray for the electronic age!

Another wool shag rug by Cabin Textiles.

Another wool shag rug by Cabin Textiles.

My friends J & J and Bailey dog also gave us a hand in both setting up and taking down. It was very much appreciated! Lugging bags of rugs around is heavy work, and then the metal frame we used for the booth wasn’t a total joy in setting up or taking down. So it was great to have the extra muscle.

A cotton shag (Woven Hearth) rug.

A cotton shag (Woven Hearth) rug.

My mom brought a few of her larger rugs, include one off the big loom – 7 feet by 9 feet – and they drew a lot of inquiries. It is rare for one of these larger ones to sell at a show, but letting people know such sizes are available, and handing them our cards, leads to special orders.

 

A variety of our wool shag rugs.

A variety of our wool shag rugs.

 

 

 

This large rug (by Cabin Textiles) measures 9 ft. x 7 ft.

This large rug (by Cabin Textiles) measures 9 ft. x 7 ft.

 

Rag Rug Festival 2013

Here is Sandy Voss of Cabin Textiles at her loom at the Festival.

Here is Sandy Voss of Cabin Textiles at her loom at the Festival.

This was my first year assisting my mom, Sandy Voss of Cabin Textiles, with Rag Rug Festival held by the New Mexico Women’s Foundation in Santa Fe, NM August 9th, 10th, & 11th. This year the Rag Rug Festival was held at the International Folk Art Museum on Museum Hill, instead of the Udall Building as in years past. The artists, somewhere between 30-40 (my guess), had most of Friday to set up prior to a special ticket preview night that went to 8PM. There was light food and a small bar and a full array of fashions on display by artists and patrons alike. I live an hour and a half north of this shin dig and I was beat by the time I got home. I was quite surprised by the variety of arts on display as I had assumed the bulk of the wares would be some sort of woven art. While there were perhaps 6 rag rug weavers on display, there was also felting, gourd art, silk painted clothing, jewelry, hats, bags, scarves, quilting, and a number of other things.

Some Enchanted Weavings brought her stripper and sewing machine to demo.

Some Enchanted Weavings brought her stripper and sewing machine to demo.

Both Saturday and Sunday the Rag Rug Festival, sprawled over three rooms, was open to the public 10-4 and the museum from 10-5 for free. My mom brought one of her looms to demonstrate making a rug. All artists were asked to bring something to demo, so I saw a spinning wheel, some henna art, sewing, and a stripper (not as exciting as some of you are thinking – it’s actually a wheeled blade for cutting fabric into strips). I brought some sock loops to show customers the basics of creating long strands of sock loops for weaving. I also had some left over warp that I made into braided plant hangers. But, really, folks were way more interested in watching me untangle Pendleton shag (the selvedge edge of the blanket that usually goes to the landfill if not put to use by artists) for my mom to weave. By far, the loom was a draw. I let little kids climb on it as I know how tough rag rug looms are. Several adults wanted to give weaving a try too.

Here is an UpCycled Fashion felt owl.

Here is an UpCycled Fashion felt owl.

Saturday had more sales for Cabin Textiles, but less traffic. There were lulls where either one of us could go walking for an hour or so and see the other artists. This is where I walked around taking pictures for this blog. Most folks were quite happy to let me take pictures. Some wanted to know why and I told them because my grandma reads this blog and most found that quite amusing, even sweet. If anyone still had doubts as to my innocent silliness, I told them who I was and that I was helping my mom for the weekend and once folks heard my mom’s name, everyone was cool with me taking pictures. Someone was kind enough to explain to me afterwards that sometimes nefarious types take pictures of folk art with the intent of reproducing that type or style and selling their items as original ideas. If I find such nefarious folks, I will personally tweak their noses. Anyway, this points to just how much I have to learn about shows.

The ladies of the NaNeelzhiin Women's' Craft Circle put on a beautiful display.

The ladies of the NaNeelzhiin Women’s’ Craft Circle put on a beautiful display.

Sunday had more traffic, and plenty of it chatty, but less sales. We heard the same from more than one vendor. In some ways, we were busier because we had more folks wanting to try the loom or talk about local weaving classes (like at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center). I had another bag of shag to untangle. I also brought some chocolate candies to share with artists and patrons alike, though I think we and our neighboring vendors ate more chocolate than the wandering customers. I got to do plenty of people watching over the weekend, a favorite past time. It was very interesting to see the huge variety of people who came through the doors. Some were just visiting the museum and happened upon the Rag Rug Festival, while others are repeat customers year after year. Some folks spend much of their year in other countries and make a point of visiting Rag Rug Festival when they are in NM. I did manage to break away for about an hour Sunday to see the rest of the museum. They have a very eclectic doll and figurine collection in a very, very large room. Also there was a Japanese kite show on display that was quite something.

Quilt work by The Common Thread.

Quilt work by The Common Thread.

The museum provided large dollys for bringing items in and hauling them out. However, the museum guys were not allowed to load, unload, or handle the items in anyway. They did make an exception for my mom’s loom. After all, it is unlikely the museum staff would be blamed if the loom went missing later, which I think was the concern for all of the smaller items. They did have a nice big freight elevator we got to ride in with our items. As you can imagine, the artists had to dress not only to impress but to also be able to haul their own wares about. Many vendors said that attendance was way down from years past, though the museum said their average weekend attendance was up (remember, this is the first year having the Festival in the museum). Also, there was very little advertising. I don’t know the reason for this, but even an internet search turned up very little information. I also overheard a few patrons expressing their frustration at the limited number of rag rug vendors (6?) on display compared to the rather eclectic variety of arts on display.

Gourd antler mask by Eye of the Beholder. Stunning!

Gourd antler mask by Eye of the Beholder. Stunning!

This being my first time helping out with this Festival, I had a great time. I had intended to simply give my mom support during the core hours of the day (like from 11 or 12 to 2) so that she could take a break if she wanted. But all 3 days I found myself staying until closing because I was enjoying the camaraderie of the show, chatting with the customers, letting kids use the loom as a jungle gym, and exploring the museum. One of my knitting friends was able to make it by and it was so great to catch up with her (thanks P.H.!). Taking pictures was also fun as it gave me a great excuse to talk with the other artists and ask them about their work.

Colorful bags by Subedi Enterprises.

Colorful bags by Subedi Enterprises.

So, who all did I harass for pictures? Let me say two things first: I am a bit shy in social situations, so if the artist was busy with customers, I didn’t approach to snap away pictures; second, I always made sure to ask if I could take pictures and a few folks were a little suspicious at first, which only increased my shyness. So, this is only a few of the many wonderful artists that were present at this show.

I thank each of these artists for indulging my latent reporter skills and letting me take pictures.

Necklace & earrings by Shamana Jewelry.

Necklace & earrings by Shamana Jewelry.

Eye of the Beholder, Fine Art Gourds, Joanna Bradley (lovely lady, my mom and I gave her some shag and left over warp for decorations, so much fun to joke around with). Contact info: swdirect@comcast.net, 575-522-3479

Shamana Jewelry, Rebecca Swallows (she shared an innocent thong, as in flipflop, joke with me, haha!). Contact info: rebzoe@hotmail.com, 575-921-5502, 575-585-9420, 204 St. Francis Dr., Tularosa, NM 88352

The Common Thread, Southwest Women’s Fiber Arts Collective (Granma D. – the picture of the mice is just for you). Contact info: http://www.fiberartscollective.org, 575-538-5733, 107 W. Broadway, PO Box 636, Silver City, NM 88062

These little Badgersong 'donuts' were quite the eyecatcher.

These little Badgersong ‘donuts’ were quite the eyecatcher.

Badgersong Art, Andy Hunter (I think the two of us laughed so loud the other room could hear us!). Contact info: hunteralh@yahoo.com

NaNeelzhiin Women’s Craft Circle (these ladies were right across the aisle from us and were often entertained by the kids playing on the loom). Unfortunately, they were out of business cards and I could not find any contact info on the internet for them.

Rag rugs by Some Enchanted Weavings.

Rag rugs by Some Enchanted Weavings.

Some Enchanted Weavings, Ann Lumaghi (her booth was right next to us & she let me take plenty of pics – thank you!). Contact info: annlumaghi@newmexico.com, 505-685-4503,

Subedi Enterprises, Duka Subedi (her son, husband, and mother were there with her and it was great to see the family effort). Contact info: duka_aarpan@yahoo.com, 505-948-6638, 8409 Gutierrez Rd, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111

UpCycled Fashion, Anita Marie Moss & Jean Nichols (they let me chatter away about the farm & goats, because they are cool like that). Contact info: UpCycledFashion.com, jean@upcycledfashion.com, anitamarie@upcycledfashion.com, 575-587-0202, 575-587-2200, PO Box 237, Penasco, NM 87553

TDLT Fiber Artisans, Lise Poulsen (the felted vases were quite the eye catcher!). Contact info: lise.poulsen@mindspring.com, Tejedoras de Las Trampas, 575-758-1730, http://www.gauchoblue.com/TDLT.html, TDLT@GauchoBlue.com, PO Box 114, Penasco, NM 87553

Artist Renee Brainard Gentz showed off some fabulous pieces made from silk.

Artist Renee Brainard Gentz showed off some fabulous pieces made from silk.

Fiber artist Renee Brainard Gentz (such lovely silk pieces). Contact info: http://www.rbgentz.com, rbgentz@gmail.com, 505-242-5703

These felt 'vases' by UpCycled Fashion are great.

These felt ‘vases’ by TDLT Fiber Artisans are great.

The Common Thread mice were well behaved and too cute.

The Common Thread mice were well behaved and too cute.

Felt goats (I do so love goats) and felt baby boots by UpCycled Fashion.

Felt goats (I do so love goats) and felt baby boots by UpCycled Fashion.

Another cool bag from Subedi Enterprises.

Another cool bag from Subedi Enterprises.

Shawls & scarves by Some Enchanted Weavings.

Shawls & scarves by Some Enchanted Weavings.

Another beautiful piece from Shamana Jewelry.

Another beautiful piece from Shamana Jewelry.

Potholders & scarves by Some Enchanted Weavings.

Potholders & scarves by Some Enchanted Weavings.

This gourd was cut open and decorated inside & outside by Eye of the Beholder.

This gourd was cut open and decorated inside & outside by Eye of the Beholder.

Here is the backside of that same hollowed out gourd, by Eye of the Beholder.

Here is the backside of that same hollowed out gourd, by Eye of the Beholder.

Art Through The Loom Show: Setting Up at Ghost Ranch

Wall hanging by Caroline Rackley.

Wall hanging by Caroline Rackley.

As some of you know, the Art Through the Loom guild show at Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, NM is the first show that I have my rugs in. This show runs from mid-July through mid-September. On July 16th, several of us made the trek to Ghost Ranch to set up the show. The reception for the show was held the following Saturday, July 20th. Unfortunately, I did not make it to the reception because we had a lovely summer flash flood the day before and I was still tending to the after math – both in cleaning and in recovering physically from my Friday exertions of shoveling and bailing water.

However, I did take lots of pictures the day we did set up, so I can share with you all some of the great art work that was displayed in this show. I am new to the guild, so I am still learning who all the other artists are; any mistakes in labeling the pictures or spelling folks’ names are my own.

Necktie rug by Elaine Anaya.

Necktie rug by Elaine Anaya.

In a previous post, I expressed concern that I would forget to bring something important to the set up of the show, like business cards, water bottle, or even my rugs. So, I packed the truck the night before with everything but the water bottle. I even brought extra hanging tags just in case I needed to correct something or replace one on one of my rugs. I managed to have 15 rugs ready for the show. I hadn’t been out to Ghost Ranch in perhaps 7-10 years and I wasn’t sure which building we would be in. So, I planned to be 15 minutes late so that I would (hopefully) see several other vehicles, including my mom’s, in front of the correct building. It worked, though the sign on the building said it was closed. That was easily fixed by turning the sign around and lugging my rugs in.

Practical weather forecasters by Gloria Padilla.

Practical weather forecasters by Gloria Padilla.

The ladies at ghost ranch who allow us to invade the space and help set up are awesome: Lorraine, Cheryl, and Judy – Thank you!

I also wish to thank John Curran for doing so much ladder work. Much of the wall pieces must be hung from the ceiling instead of attached to the walls. If John had not volunteered, I am sure I would have been sent up and down the ladder repeatedly as I was the youngest there. It’s a wee secret of mine that I have a ladder phobia, which I didn’t particularly want to share with the other guild members in full on color vision. I don’t know what the clinical term for this fear is, though climacophobia is close. If the ladder is anchored into a wall, etc., I have no problem. But a free standing ladder is extremely difficult for me to use. So, a big, big thanks to John and later, Cheryl for doing the ladder work.

A mix of things: hotpads by Nancy Woodworth, towels by Michelle Rudy, more hotpads by Caroline Rackley.

A mix of things: hotpads by Nancy Woodworth, towels by Michelle Rudy, more hotpads by Caroline Rackley.

I learned the check in process for items. Several folks brought not only their own work, but the work of others. So we had plenty to check in, make sure all the items match the paperwork, and stick on the scannable barcodes. I do like sticky barcodes – makes things simple for whoever is doing checkout and makes me as an artist feel like we are in the 21st century.

I spent most of my time harassing three ladies: Michelle Rudy, Caroline Rackley, and Nora Curran. Michelle got me started on checking in my mom’s (Sandy Voss’s) hats. This was a good thing to learn on because it was hard to mess up. Next, I artistically mussed up the kitchen weavings table, which included items by Michelle, Caroline, and Nancy Woodworth, so that someone with a more critical eye could come along later and make it look nice. Then I had fun placing little baskets holding Hues by Heather skeins of yarn. Hues by Heather is created by Erika Schwender. These baskets were later consolidated and placed in other strategically located places.

The Hues by Heather skiens are by Erika Schwender. The pillows are Judy Lucero.

The Hues by Heather skiens are by Erika Schwender. The pillows are Judy Lucero.

Caroline and I spent some quality time comparing pocket knives, checking in Debra Dubois’s items, hanging Pamela Colton’s dolls, and joking around. She makes the mullet look cool and I look forward to seeing her at future functions. So as not to pester Caroline the entire time, I then spent time with Nora tying knots, arguing with dowel rods, discussing pickles, untying knots, and fussing with clamps. We eventually got one, yes a single, item ready for hanging.

Eventually, we had a little lunch break in the partially covered center patio area. John & Nora’s sheep dog was out there in the shade. I shared an apple with her and gave her a back massage. She was very sweet. We watched the mud swallow chicks being fed by their parents. After lunch, we had a few more things to see to, cleaning up, making sure the Ghost Ranch staff had all the paperwork they needed from us, etc. After that, we peeled off here and there. I had planned to take pictures of us all dressed at the reception and capture a few pictures of the scenic landscape of the area when I came back for the reception. Alas, who expected flash flooding encroaching on my livingroom?

Wall hanging by John Curran.

Wall hanging by John Curran.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wall hanging by Linda Bentley.

Wall hanging by Linda Bentley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dolls by Pamela Colton.

Dolls by Pamela Colton.

 

 

 

 

 

Shawl by Sally Rupert.

Shawl by Sally Rupert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thumb rings by Caroline Rackley.

Thumb rings by Caroline Rackley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wall hanging by Alex Sullivan.

Wall hanging by Alex Sullivan.

 

 

 

 

Wall hanging by Bettye Sullivan.

Wall hanging by Bettye Sullivan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wall hanging by Gloria Padilla.

Wall hanging by Gloria Padilla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On our lunch break watching swallow chicks.

On our lunch break watching swallow chicks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nora & John's dog on a water break.

Nora & John’s dog on a water break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My rugs mixed with other artists's rugs.

My rugs mixed with other artists’s rugs.

 

 

 

 

Crazy hats by Sandy Voss.

Crazy hats by Sandy Voss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A shag rug (reds) and a sock rug made by me.

A shag rug (reds) and a sock rug made by me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepping for My First Show

My first business cards.

My first business cards.

This month, I will be entering my first show, the Art Through the Loom Ghost Ranch Show. Now I grew up going to shows and art fairs, fiestas, and festivals, gallery openings, etc. with my mom for her weavings (Cabin Textiles). These things are usually pretty tame affairs; it’s a bunch of fiber artists being polite in public, dressed nicely, and usually worn out from trying to get their craft done earlier in the day and silently wondering how early they can duck out without being rude.

So, I have no real anxiety about the 2 hours at the reception standing around in a skirt making small talk about the weather. No, my anxiety is about the details of pulling my pieces together. Business cards, sewing the tabbies, using my new vacuum, selecting the rugs to go, and how to display them.

These rolled rugs are waiting to have their tabbies sewn.

These rolled rugs are waiting to have their tabbies sewn.

I finally have business cards and hanging tags. These were two important things. The business cards can have all my contact info, whereas the hanging tags simply have my name and business name on it, along with cleaning instructions. Each rug will get a hanging tag in which I will write the dimensions and price, leaving space for the Ghost Ranch bar code sticker. Of course, on set up day (a few days before the reception), I will forget my business cards and have to bring them at the reception. I think the Ghost Ranch staff keep a few business cards from each artist at the front desk? I will learn. Details.

Next is learning the sewing machine. I know. Some of you just had your eyes bug out. I grew up in a weaver’s house and never learned the sewing machine. I will probably do a separate post on this for comedy’s sake. Anyway, each of my rugs has tabbies at each end that need to be folded over and sewn. Straight lines, people. That’s all I need to master. Wish me luck.

These rugs are awaiting the sewing of the tabbies, a vacuuming, and tags.

These rugs are awaiting the sewing of the tabbies, a vacuuming, and tags.

I purchased a little hand vacuum specifically for my rugs. I have cats and dogs. I live on a little farm. Each rug WILL be vacuumed before leaving this house. So, the guest bedroom is pet free and the guest bed makes the perfect flat surface for vacuuming, measuring, and tagging.

What to take? Well……I have sock rugs and shag rugs right now. I am planning tentatively to take 10-15 rugs. I am also entering a show in August and I want to make sure I will have enough for both. The sock rugs are limited in number right now simply because they take so much prep. I have cut up and looped all the colored socks I had. I have a huge bag of light grey and white socks that need to be dyed before they can be turned into rugs – but that is unlikely to happen before either show. So, the Ghost Ranch show may get more shag rugs in the mix as I hold back more sock rugs for the August Rag Rug Festival.