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Colcha Embroidery Workshop a Hit at the Saguache County Museum

On Sunday, June 2nd, the San Luis Valley Colcha Embroidery project hosted a free workshop at the Saguache County Museum. The workshop was at capacity, with most attendees being residents of Saguache County. Participants delved into the history of colcha embroidery in the San Luis Valley, learned the traditional colcha stitch, and examined artwork examples and a library of publications on the topic. Afterwards, everyone picnicked in the front of the museum. 

A heartfelt thanks goes to our dedicated instructors from San Luis and Monte Vista, who traveled to Saguache to lead the workshop: Maria Eufemia Barela, Donna Madrid Hernandez, Aurora Martinez, and Julia Mondragon. Special thanks to our local colcha embroidery experts Patsy Garcia and Delores Worley, who provided invaluable assistance. Patsy and Delores were part of the original La Costura de Saguache group of stitchers in the 1970s. Lastly, thank you to the Saguache County Museum for hosting the event.

This event was made possible through a partnership between the HEART of Saguache, The Range, the Saguache County Museum, and the Colorado Creative Industries’ Folk and Traditional Arts Project Grant. We look forward to continuing the workshops and supporting a stitching group for Saguache.

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