Monthly Meetings


Monthly Meetings

Monthly Meetings

Due to the current pandemic and associated restrictions, our meetings are being held via Zoom. Please check this page for any changes to this format.


May 2021


Traditionally, our May meeting is designated a social event as it marks the end of our fiscal year, and the start of our summer hiatus.


The Mesilla Valley Weavers Guild will be celebrating our last meeting of the year at a local park in Las Cruces. Members, please be sure to bring masks, personal chairs and all your "show and tell items". It will be a great opportunity to see you once again and be inspired by all your creativity.


If you are interested in attending as a guest, please contact mesillavalleyweavers@gmail.com for complete details.


April 20, 2021


"An Interactive Show-and-Tell of tools or techniques that help in all phases of any fiber art process"


Our upcoming program on April 20th (via Zoom) - Program Chair Svea Peterson asks, "Would you like to learn about great tools you can make yourself? Or tools that make weaving, spinning or basketry easier or pleasurable? Join us on April 20th for a gizmo and gadget presentation. Bring a tool or two that you've made yourself for an interactive show-and-tell of tools or techniques that help in all phases of any fiber art process."


Via Zoom. Log in time: 9:45 a.m. Meeting call to order: 10:00 a.m.

An email will be sent out to all members one week prior to our meeting that will provide a link to the meeting and log in information. If you know someone who is interested in attending, please email our Guild inbox at mesillavalleyweavers@gmail.com.


March 16, 2021

Sheep is Life: "Dibe ei Dine be'iina at'e"

In 1598, Don Juan Onate' brought 2,900 Churra sheep to the Southwest. The Navajo were such good shepherds that the stock had grown to 574,821 sheep by 1930. So where are they today? How have they influenced the culture of New Mexico? What characteristics make them so compatible for an arid climate?

Join us on March 16th to learn about the history and influence of the Churra sheep in the Southwest. We will also discuss programs designed to increase wool and meat consumption and sustainable agricultural practices.

Via Zoom. Log in time: 9:45 a.m. Meeting call to order: 10:00 a.m.

An email will be sent out to all members one week prior to our meeting that will provide a link to the meeting and log in information. If you know someone who is interested in attending, please email our Guild inbox at mesillavalleyweavers@gmail.com.


February 16, 2021

"What Inspires you as a fiber artist?"

This month's program is a roundtable discussion that focuses on what you - the fiber artist - uses to inspire your creativity. It could be a "go to" book by a favorite fiber artist, a video, a blog, a walk in the desert, a special gallery or another fellow fiber artist. Bring those ideas to our next meeting on February 16th. Svea Peterson, Program Chair, will moderate the roundtable.


Via Zoom. Log in time: 9:45 a.m. Meeting call to order: 10:00 a.m.


An email will be sent out to all members one week prior to our meeting that will provide a link to the meeting and log in information. If you are interested in attending, please email our Guild inbox at mesillavalleyweavers@gmail.com.


January 19, 2021


"A Roundtable with our new Program Chair Svea Peterson and open discussion regarding future Guild programs"

Many of the things our Guild does revolve around our monthly programs. We want to start the first meeting of the year with an introduction to our new Program Chair, Svea Peterson. She's diversified, excels in several fiber art techniques, and has some great ideas from her time with the Los Angeles Weaving Guild.

Svea will be providing an overview of her background, and then present a list of possibilities for future programs for the coming year – during/and after COVID. Open discussion will follow. This will be a planning session. We ask members to please attend so that we can get everyone's input.

Via Zoom. Log in time: 9:45 a.m. Meeting call to order: 10:00 a.m.


An email will be sent out to all members one week prior to our meeting that will provide a link to the meeting and log in information. If you are interested in attending, please email our Guild inbox at mesillavalleyweavers@gmail.com.


December 15, 2020


Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) Executive Director to address the Guild


Elizabeth Williamson, Executive Director of HGA, will be our featured speaker for our monthly Guild Zoom meeting on December 15th.


As Executive Director, Elizabeth has been responsible for leading the HGA board through the development of a strategic plan, consolidating technology platforms for a better customer experience, and nearly doubling the organization's Convergence conference attendance. HGA is an organization that provides inspiration, instruction, and networking opportunities for fiber artists of all skill levels, as well as numerous opportunities for artists including grants, scholarships, and a certification program in handweaving, handspinning, dyeing, and basket making.


We welcome Ms. Williamson, who will address the Guild on the state of fiber arts today, how the HGA has evolved since their inception in 1969, and what is available for its affiliate member guilds today.


Via Zoom. Log in time: 9:45 a.m. Meeting call to order: 10:00 a.m.


An email will be sent out to all members one week prior to our meeting that will provide a link to the meeting and log in information. If you are interested in attending, please email our Guild inbox at mesillavalleyweavers@gmail.com.


November 17, 2020

Overview of Donna Monroe Exhibit at Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery

Hosted by Susan A. Christie

For our Zoom meeting on November 17th, Susan A. Christie will be previewing an exhibit tracing the career of artist Donna Monroe from her early photographs and monoprints, to collagé, shrines, altered books, totem figures and embellished, three-dimensional wall pieces. The exhibit will be on display at the Rio Bravo Fine Art Gallery in Truth or Consequences from November 14 - December 27, 2020.

Susan is the founder, editor, and publisher of the New Mexico Fiber Arts Directory and manages the Susan A. Christie Fine Art Online Gallery. She a well-known fiber artist and a MVWG member.

Log in time: 9:45 a.m. Meeting call to order: 10:00 a.m.


October 20, 2020

Online Zoom Meeting featuring the Sylvia Heyden film – “A Weaverly Path”, as our featured program. The video covers Ms. Heyden’s eighty years of sketching, seventy-five years of playing the violin and sixty years of weaving tapestries. She draws parallels between the strings of her violin and of her loom and often felt that after sixty years of exploration, she had only just begun to discover what is unique about weaving a tapestry.

An email will be sent out to all members one week prior to our meeting that will provide a link to the meeting and log in information. If you are interested in attending, please email our Guild inbox at mesillavalleyweavers@gmail.com.

Log in time: 9:45 a.m. Meeting call to order: 10:00 a.m.