Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council

Participating Guilds of the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council, The Biennial Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta, and The Albuquerque Fiber Arts Education Committee

The Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council invites you to JOIN one of the participating FIBER ARTS GROUPS to LEARN MORE about the fiber art media that you enjoy. DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS as you participate in the lectures, classes, exhibitions, study groups and more available through the local co-sponsoring fiber art guilds. Beginners, collectors, interested observers as well as the experienced are welcome to join! Click on the guild of your choice to learn about meeting times and other information.

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ADOBE WOOL ARTS GUILD is a member of the nationally recognized ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists). The guild welcomes rug artists and other fiber (primarily wool) artists as members, meeting the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at varying public libraries in Albuquerque. Guild members hold a rug hooking demonstration at the Heritage Farm at the ABQ BioPark the first Tuesday of each month, and also participate in national and regional rug hooking activities. Visitors and prospective members are encouraged to contact Mary (president) at 505-291-1093 or Cathy (treasurer/membership) at 505-286-8473.

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"Steve & Mollie 1934" rug hooked by Mary Schnitzler

"Paper Shredder" made by Cindy Kurey

The ALBUQUERQUE MODERN QUILT GUILD (ABQ MQG) meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm at North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center (7521 Carmel NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113). We are a growing group of quilters of all ages and experience levels. Monthly meetings offer programs reflecting the modern quilting aesthetic, show-and-tell, swaps and challenges, and a lending library. We also host an annual event by a national quilt instructor, and quarterly sew-ins. Dues are $40 a year, which includes membership in the national Modern Quilt Guild. For more information, visit, call Suzanne at Hip Stitch, 505 821-2739, email, or write to us at 7001 San Antonio NE, Suite P, Albuquerque, NM 87109. For more information on modern qulting and the national guild, see

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AMERICAN SEWING GUILD, ALBUQUERQUE CHAPTER meets the second Thursday in February, April, July and November at 6:00 pm in the classroom of Hip Stitch, 2320 Wisconsin St. NE, Albuquerque NM 87110. The Albuquerque chapter is an affiliate of the national organization and is dedicated to providing information, education and programs in sewing arts, and to participating in charitable sewing projects for local organizations. Smaller subsets of the chapter, called neighborhood groups meet at multiple times and places around the Duke City. Dues are $50 for the first year and $45 for subsequent years. For more information on ASG or its affiliated neighborhood groups contact Leslie Ashcraft at ASG National Website: Albuquerque local site:

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"Victorian Pillow", sewn by Linda Littman

"Egyptian Princess," beaded by Sally D-Hinds

BEAD SOCIETY OF NEW MEXICO meets on the fourth Monday of the month, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, every month except July and December. 

The location of the meetings is North Domingo Baca Cultural Center on Wyoming and Carmel.  Just north of Paseo Del Norte.

Please visit our website at for a list of all classes, workshops and general meetings.  The Guild was organized in the early 1980’s for the purpose of studying beads and their applications.  The education programs are open to the public.  Dues are $35.00 per year for individuals.  Please like us on Facebook as well, at Bead Society of NM. Click for a list of upcoming meetings.

Our mailing address is PO Box 91655, Albuq. NM.  87199.  Or you can email us at

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DESERT DESIGNS MACHINE KNITTING GUILD meets in members' homes once a month on Saturday at 9:30 am. Contact Carol at 505-771-1773 or for dates and locations. You can also visit our group at This club focuses on machine knitting, sharing techniques and skills, and community service.

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"On the Slant Vest," machine knit by Margaret Phoenix

"Cable Slouchy Hat," hand knit by Kay Smith

DROPPED STITCH KNITTERS GUILD was formed in 1997 as a local chapter of The Knitting Guild of America (TKGA). We are also one of the co-sponsoring guilds of the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council. Our purpose is to promote knowledge of, and appreciation for, the skills associated with the art of knitting. We meet the first Saturday of the month, usually at the Domingo Baca Multi-Generational Center (7521 Carmel Ave. NE: north of Paseo del Norte, west of Wyoming). Check at front desk for meeting room. Meeting time is 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Annual dues are $25. We are a friendly group - please join us. Click for end-of-2018 programs. For more information, email the guild at or check our Ravelry or Facebook groups. For a list of knitting groups around New Mexico, click here.

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DUKE CITY APPLIQUERS is a chapter of the national Applique Society. The group meets on the second Sunday of each month, except in May. The meetings are from 1:30-3:00 pm at Quilt Works, 1117 Menaul Blvd., Albuquerque, NM. The group promotes hand applique and the various applique techniques. The show and tell during the meetings shows off the variety of hand applique quilt projects being created. Visitors are welcome.

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EAST MOUNTAINS CAST-N-KNITS GUILD meets the 2nd Sunday of each month, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, at East Mountain Unitarian Church. For a list of knitting groups around New Mexico, click here.

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"Angel Wings Lace," hand knit by Bethe S. Orrell

"Bobbin Lace Lizard," made by Cathy Lowry

ENCHANTED LACEMAKERS' GUILD meets on the first Sunday of the month, at 1:30 pm at member Charlene's home. Please contact her for directions at 505 266-8007, or The Enchanted Lacemakers' Guild is dedicated to Lacemaking, Lace Education, and Lace Collecting. Monthly meetings revolve around studying lace and its many techniques. We stage workshops and demonstrate our art at local museums, libraries and festivals. The guild sponsors programs, workshops, discussions, and sharing studies about lace, including bobbin lace, needlelace, tatting, knitted lace, crocheted lace, and various forms of embroidered laces. For more information, contact Barb, 505 281-3576 or visit

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THE TURQUOISE TRAIL guild is a chapter of The Embroiderers' Guild of America, Inc. (EGA), an educational, non-profit, charitable organization with members throughout the world. The mission of The Embroiderers' Guild of America is to inspire passion for the needle arts through education and the celebration of its heritage. Membership is open to any interested person. Dues are $60.00 annually; benefits includes the quarterly EGA magazine NeedleArts, as well as access to on-line, group and individual correspondence courses, and regional and national seminars. Local members receive learning opportunities via general meetings, workshops and special events, and social activities.  For more detailed information about EGA and Turquoise Trail, see the May, 2016 article. And, Rebecca Wardlaw wrote a great article, entitled, "Is it Embroidery?" so check it out. Also, visit the 2017 meeting and event calendar.


"Thunder," embroidered by Rebecca Wardlaw

TURQUOISE TRAIL CHAPTER of EGA usually meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 1:30-4:00 pm, North Valley Library, 7704 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque. Contact Sue Thomas, by e-mail at statefairchallenge@Hotmail.comor 505 254-1839.

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KOKOPELLI'S ENCHANTED DOLLS guild meets at 6:30 pm on the first Thursday of the month, at the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Adult Ed. Bldg (check listing for room number). The guild was organized as an educational forum to provide information about dollmaking, and to help dollmakers develop skills, whether interested in dollmaking as a hobby or as a profession. Dues are $15 per year. Yearly workshops and exhibits are held. Read an article about the guild. Contact Jean at for more information.

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"High Priestess of the Flowers," made by Linda H. Rael

"Table Runner 2" woven by Donald L. Pippenger

LAS ARAÑAS SPINNERS AND WEAVERS GUILD meetings are usually held on the fourth Tuesdays, alternating day and evening, at Raymond Sanchez Community Center, 9800 Fourth Street NW, Albuquerque. The Center is located on the east side of Fourth Street a little ways north of the intersection with Alameda. Since 1970, Las Arañas has been sharing lectures, demonstrations, workshops and exhibits with the public to promote interest and education in weaving, spinning, dyeing and other fiber work. The group works with the New Mexico Wool Growers each year at the Sheep to Shawl booth at the New Mexico State Fair demonstrating shearing, spinning, dyeing and weaving with items to sell. Membership is $30 per year. For more information write: Las Arañas Spinners and Weavers Guild, PO Box 91225, Albuquerque, NM 87199-1225, or visit www.Las See the 2018 guild calendar and the May 2018 newsletter

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MIXED MEDIA TEXTILE ARTISTS OF NEW MEXICO (MMTA) is an informal organization open to all who share an interest in mixed media textile art that is diverse in style and medium. Membership is free. Meetings are currently held the third Thursday of each month at James Dwyer Memorial Substation, 12700 Montgomery NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico at 9:30 am. A short business meeting is followed by member show-and-tell and a mini-workshop, demonstration, or guest speaker. Workshops and seminars are scheduled depending on member interests. We also attempt to inform members of related classes and events in the state. Also see our blog at

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"Baby's Christening Gown," crocheted by Judith Davis

NEW MEXICO CROCHET GUILD meets the 3rd Saturday of each month, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church (8600 Academy NE), Adult Bldg. Room 407. For information, contact: Tillie Lopez at (505) 237-0632 ( in Albuquerque, or Dot Drake at 505 821-2635 ( Contact information in Santa Fe: Allison Jones-Lo at(505) 490-8094 ( Visit The Guild's mission is “To Teach and Preserve the Art of Crochet.” Click for the calendar of events.

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NEW MEXICO POLYMER CLAY GUILD meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the North Domingo Baca Multi-generational Center from 12 noon until 3 p.m. Contact Twyla at or call her at 505-331-9728 for more information.

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"Golden Feather," made by Anita McSorley

"Woven Floral," made by Jan LaGrone

NEW MEXICO QUILTERS' ASSOCIATION, INC. (NMQA) meets the fourth Monday most months, alternating day meetings on odd months and evening meetings on even months, at the UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque. Organized in 1974, NMQA has over 300 members. Special interest study groups, Show and Tell, major speakers and workshops, and a large lending library are regular events. (For more info on workshops and programs contact Jan Stevensen at and list "NMQA" on subject line.) NMQA creates a Balloon Quilt each year as a fundraiser at the Balloon Fiesta. Members create quilts for community service and teach children and senior citizens. Dues are $35 yearly. Membership info: write NMQA, PO Box 37133, Albuquerque, NM 87176-7133. Or look at NMQA web site at

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NEW MEXICO SILK PAINTERS' GUILD meets on a Sunday afternoon each month. It is an informal guild that functions as a support group for beginners and professionals working in silk-painting, batik and other methods of fabric painting, printing or surface design. Members meet in homes with show and tell or problem-solving sessions, hands-on workshops, occasional exhibits and public service activities. Contact Suzanne at 265-7288.

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"Desert Delight," painted by Ann Gordon

STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES OF NEW MEXICO serves artists working in the art quilt medium, as well as teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors who recognize the importance of the Art Quilt.  The New Mexico chapter regularly sponsors high quality exhibitions of art quilts at locations such as the New Mexico Capitol Rotunda, The Hubbard Museum of the American West and local venues throughout the state.  Studio Art Quilt Associates holds meetings every other month on the third Saturday of the month.  For information about the national organization, visit  For information on the New Mexico chapter, contact Michelle Jackson at

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"Unfurled," by Kay Pennington

THIMBLEWEED QUILTERS meet in the Sabana Grande Recreational Center, Rio Rancho, 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. This is a Rio Rancho Parks & Recreation group that has speakers, community service projects, library, annual quilting retreat, potluck parties, block of the month and workshops. Dues are $29 yearly. Contact Rio Rancho Recreation Center at 891-6196 for more information.

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