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Celebrating Tradition and Creativity: Colcha Embroidery Workshop in San Luis

Last weekend, the San Luis Senior Citizens Center was abuzz with creativity as HEART of Saguache hosted a two-day free colcha embroidery workshop. The event brought together more than 20 participants, ranging in age from 18 to 90, from across the region—including some who traveled all the way from Denver—to dive into our rich regional tradition of embroidery. 

Thanks in part to the generous donation of premium yarn and needles by Colonial Needle, all participants were provided with the necessary materials to get started on creating their own artworks. The free workshop was led by artists Maria Eufemia Barela, Aurora Martinez, Donna Madrid Hernandez, Connie Mamich Morrell, and Julia Mondragon, each of whom brought their unique styles and expertise to the table. They shared examples of their work, offering inspiration and a tangible connection to the diverse approaches within the colcha embroidery tradition.

Colcha embroidery, a staple of San Luis Valley's artistic heritage, encompasses a variety of stitches and techniques. Whether it was through meticulously planned designs or spontaneous creativity, each piece reflected the unique voice of its creator, contributing to the ongoing dialogue between tradition and personal expression.

This workshop was not just an opportunity to learn a craft but a celebration of community, connection, and the enduring legacy of the San Luis Valley's artistic traditions. We are profoundly grateful to our sponsors, donors, instructors, and participants for making this event a resounding success.

The next colcha embroidery workshop is being planned for Antonito in late April and early May, in partnership with Antonito Together and the Antonito Senior Center. More details to come soon!

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