SAN JUAN WEAVERS GUILD ANNUAL SHOW & SALE

November 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Ute Indian Museum, 17253 Chipeta Rd., Montrose, Colorado. 

Handwoven apparel including scarves, ruanas, mittens.

[San Juan Silver Stage | November 2021 | By Janet Miller] Moving to a new venue this year, the San Juan Weavers Guild 43rd Annual Show and Sale is scheduled for Saturday, November 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Ute Indian Museum, 17253 Chipeta Rd., Montrose. One of the area’s oldest holiday traditions, the event is free, and the public is welcome. As part of the Museum’s monthlong celebration of Native American Heritage Month, there may also be free admission to museum exhibits the day of the sale.

The museum has ample parking and excellent access for wheelchairs. The guild is excited to use the beautiful museum facilities for this year’s event. As usual, a wealth of handmade items will be offered for sale. These range from practical (and beautiful) items for kitchen and home décor to one-of-a-kind scarves and other wearables in richly textured and colorful yarns. Baskets, ornaments, and fiber jewelry are popular items at our sales. Toys, hand-spun yarn, and fiber ready for felting and spinning are often available.

The guild maintains high standards for items submitted to the sale, and customers can be assured of finding wonderful gifts for themselves and others. “We don’t know until inventory is checked in the day before what will actually be included in our sale,” says Nancy deCastro, this year’s Show & Sale coordinator. “It is always exciting to see what our fellow members have been creating, and since we were unable to host this event last year, we’ve had even more time to build our inventory.” Nancy also notes that guild members are among our own best customers. Regular visitors to our sales often arrive early but also know that there will still be a good selection of items throughout the day for those who can’t be there when the doors open.

Handwoven placemats, napkins, towels, kitchen items.

Hand-weaving (interlacing yarn to create fabric), hand-spinning (twisting fiber to form yarn) and other fiber arts are not just quaint “old-time” skills suitable for historic reenactments. Our embers use modern equipment and yarns that were not available to our parents and grandparents and some use computers to aid the designing and weaving process.

Educational outreach has always been an important part of our annual Show & Sale. Ongoing demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to explore our passions are again expected to be part of the guild’s event. There will also be exhibits about guild design challenge projects and the participation of several members in the Violet Protest, an international effort to encourage unity through cooperation and collaboration in Congress which includes a public effort to send 50 hand-made ​textile squares to each and every member of Congress ​in support of these core American values.

The Ute Museum expects to be hosting its own events during the day, possibly including sales by Native American vendors, fry bread, and perhaps a demonstration of Navajo weaving. Updated information will be available from the museum as well as the guild’s website, sanjuanweavers.org.

Covid Recommendations or Restrictions. In keeping with state and local museum policy, as well as for the protection of our members and customers, masks and social distancing are strongly recommended for all in attendance and required for those not vaccinated. This event may be cancelled on short notice due to community health concerns.