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Spinners, knitters show off work at Fiber Crawl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Building on a successful inaugural event last year, the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center is partnering with local artists, businesses and cultural centers to host the second annual New Mexico Fiber Crawl May 18-20.

The three-day event will give fans of knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving and felting the chance to see the creative works of more than 50 artists in northern New Mexico from Taos to Albuquerque. Visitors can pick up a “passport” at any of the locations that will give them free access to artists’ studios, retail shops, farms, galleries and museums on the tour.

At each stop, visitors will get their passport stamped and have the chance to talk to artists, see demonstrations and learn about the state’s fiber arts culture.

The 2017 Fiber Crawl drew more than 1,000 visitors. Artists in Mora and Tierra Amarilla have joined the lineup this year and the hope is that it will continue to grow, said Denielle Rose, media coordinator for the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center.

“Our goal is to expand into southern New Mexico,” said Rose.

The event begins with kickoff activities at the hub locations in the main locations. Albuquerque’s hub is the Yarn Store at Nob Hill, which is organizing a “Yarn Bombing” at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the Open Space Visitors Center, 6500 Coors NW.

“We’ll be covering trees, benches and fences with colorful knit and crocheted items. It’s very whimsical,” said Celeste Nossiter, the Yarn Store’s fun events coordinator.

There will be a pot-luck kickoff party from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Yarn Store, 120 Amherst Drive NE in Nob Hill. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, the store will hold a Community Spin Day where volunteer spinners will show visitors how to spin.

For information about the New Mexico Fiber Crawl, call the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center at 505-747-3577 or check the event website, www.nmfibercrawl.org.

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