Locals win at Fiber Arts Fiesta

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Fiber to Finish Guild of Valencia County members brought home several awards at the recent Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta. The festival held every other year at the Manuel Lujan Complex in the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds.

The multi-day fiesta is organized and run by volunteers from 17 New Mexico Fiber Arts Guilds.

Belen resident Donald L. Pippinger wove a large cotton kitchen towel (blue, white and burgundy), which was awarded third place in the functional, non-wearable division. Pippinger also wove an alpaca table runner on a rigid heddle loom in a waffle weave pattern. The center of the table runner has an inlay of turquoise and rust yarns. The alpaca table runner won a second place for Pippinger, he is a weaver and spinner.

Bosque Farms resident Terri L. Greenlee won a third place for her hand-knit and beaded wool and silk scarf, titled "Gold Strike." Greenlee is a knitter, spinner and weaver.

Myra Chang Thompson, a Los Chavez resident, won a first place in the woven yardage division. Her piece was inspired by Peruvian tapestry artist Maximo Lara. The hand-painted and handwoven five-yard cotton piece is titled "Coastal Peruvian Waters."

The yardage, fabric woven with the expressed purpose of sewing into a garment, contains cotton, metallic, mylar and novelty yarns. This is the first year the weaving and spinning category featured a woven yardage division.