Ronda Kivett asked a question in her Charlie for VP comment about the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta.
There is always a featured artist from New Mexico. There are lots of demonstrations, and each guild gets a booth to show their wares and perhaps sell specialty items such as books and patterns to support their guild. The NMBS usually also buys an extra booth for its members to sell from. And there are other vendors -- my favorite being Treasures of the Gypsy [no website], where I always plan to lose most of my money. And then some. ;-) She specializes in exotic trims, fabric yardage, and funny little geegaws and embellishments like embroidered sequins and such from India, with an emphasis on dollmaking. (I cannot, however, seem to say "Treasures of the Gypsy" without sounding like I've had a couple of beers.)
I'm kind of sad that South Beach Trimmings doesn't come to the show any more -- he has the absolute wildest trim I've ever seen gathered in one place. Maybe he'll come back in 2009?
The FAF also has a fashion show, exhibit, and other events. One year I helped Nikia babysit the 9/11 Bead Quilt -- a very moving experience for sure.
So yes, Ronda, maybe you can come to town for a visit that weekend. . . certainly there are other things for the family to do while you spend a few hours trolling. . . er, cruising . . . er, shopping . . . er, participating in educational activities at the FAF.