Linda Worley

Linda and her husband and daughter moved to Las Cruces in the summer of 2011.  Prior to this they had operated a farm in rural Oklahoma where Linda had a spinner’s flock of Bluefaced Leicester/Coopworth sheep and a herd of dairy goats.  Earlier in their lives they had lived and worked in Native American communities in New Mexico, Arizona and Oklahoma for several years.

Linda’s love of all things fiber began early in her childhood when her mother would give her scraps of cloth so ‘sew’.  Later both her mother and grandmother taught her to embroider.  She has done crewel embroidery for many years and is now enjoying colcha embroidery as well.

Linda learned to weave and spin in 1997 from an accomplished fiber artist, Elizabeth Miller.  Elizabeth was not only an exceptional teacher but became a lifelong friend and mentor.  In March of 2012, Elizabeth lost her battle with breast cancer. “ Every time I handle wool or fiber, spin or weave, I feel Elizabeth with me.  I know she is very pleased that my weaving has been included in this exhibit.”

Linda is intrigued with pattern and texture, but also loves to work with color. The interplay of color as the threads cross one another is a constant source of amazement.  Linda weaves with both hand spun/hand dyed yarns and commercially prepared yarns and fibers.  “I love being able to take a material and transform it into something beautiful and useful.”