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V.24 No.49 | 12/3/2015
churro yarn
Maggie Grimason

Arts Feature

A Stitch in Time

Colcha evolves as a craft while preserving New Mexican heritage

Colcha embroidery developed with the dense wool of early Spanish inhabitants' churro sheep, connecting art, history, memory and the natural world to create a complex, tactile chronicle.
V.19 No.24 | 6/17/2010

Culture Shock

My knitting hero, I’ll call her “Our Lady of Crafting,” once advised me, “make a hat or a scarf for a boyfriend—never a sweater.” I think her guidance had something to do with commitment. I listened and, last Christmas, made and gave away a hat to a special somebody. By February, the hat was lost. Thing is, I know where it was lost. It was lost at Maria’s in Santa Fe. I know because the hat was with us when we walked in and gone 20 minutes after we left. But it was eventually found, for sale, at Buffalo Exchange. The hat misplacer and I just happened to be shopping that day when I found it (and a $9 price tag). I think they only sold it back to us at a discount to get the crazy lady (me) out of the store. Being crafty is fun, so get your do-it-yourself on or support someone who already has!

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