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2019 Bisbee Fiber Arts Retreat & Gathering

June 21-23, 2019

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In July of 2018, the Bisbee Fiber Arts Guild hosted its first Fiber Retreat & Gathering, hoping to offer fiber artists an event to both further skills and friendships during the "quiet time" of summer in the Southwest.  It was quite a success so this year we have added 10 more openings and a private setting for the Saturday night dinner.   In addition, there will be a Handspun Yarn Competition, with judging by Southwest Regional judges.


We also moved the retreat to the 3rd week in June to avoid last year's biggest challenge: the bugs! This retreat, like last year, will be very informal with participants being responsible for their own food and lodging - which are plentiful here in Bisbee during June.

Registration will be limited to 50 participants. Cost to register is $40.00 (includes Saturday and Sunday workshops and Friday's Spinning Clinic) and there are no refunds once registered - but a replacement person is accepted if needed.

Our keynote speaker this year is Louie Garcia, a weaver, spinner and teacher from the Tiwa/Piro Pueblo in New Mexico.  He has an extensive fiber arts and teaching repertoire and a passion for sharing his knowledge and love of fiber with others.


The Saturday night banquet offers locally sourced ingredients prepared by a local chef.  You are welcome to bring someone with you to the dinner, just choose the "additional dinner" option on the form below. There are a limited number of dinner reservations available, so please try to register early if you wish to include the dinner and presentation. The price remains at $20 this year.

Vendor booths will include wool, angora (rabbit), alpaca, cotton and hemp fiber plus many tools and yarns, including these neat vendors:

  • Brookmoore Creations - all kinds of cotton and cotton-related items for you to choose from, including Easy-to-Spin cotton sliver and cotton tools. Wonderful wool roving by the ounce with a lovely selection of wool types and luxury blends.

  • Six Gun Angoras - lovely angora fiber and  yarn that can be used for spinning, knitting or making stunning needle-felted angora bunnies. 

  • Sky Island Girls - locally produced Navajo Churro fiber and yarns in delicious natural colors for spinning, weaving and dyeing adventures.

  • Southwest Corner - Joan Ruane will have Lendrum spinning wheels and accessories.

  • Thunder Mountain Alpacas - an extensive array of alpaca products and more including raw alpaca fiber, roving, pin drafting, hand-spun and mill-spun yarns, core-spun art yarns, handmade dryer balls, felted insoles, needle felted sculptures, needle felting kits and supplies, wet felting kits and supplies, ceramic yarn bowls and sculptures, handmade items from alpaca, and maybe some fun alpaca stuff like stuffed toys and T-shirts.


The retreat will be held at the Seven Sister’s Studio at 72 Erie Street in the historic Lowell district of Bisbee.

For local accommodations check out these links:

Remember June can be the warmest month of the year in the Bisbee area - for optimum comfort, make sure your lodgings include air conditioning and verify this with your hosts prior to booking your stay!

For popular local food & dining options during your stay:




NOON: Studio Opens for Retreat


Participants can start arriving on Friday at noon and set up their wheels or crafts before heading out to check into their lodging. This is also the time to turn in your handspun yarn for the judging competition on Saturday afternoon.


2:00 - 5:00 pm SPINNING CLINIC

This is for anyone with questions about their wheels, fiber or even some techniques.   Join in on discussions about different fibers, spinning techniques and the latest in spinning news.   This is optional for anyone who wants to stay around the Seven Sister’s Studio on Friday afternoon.


7:00 pm Evening Program & Introductions


Gather back at the Studio for spinning, knitting or whatever tickles your fancy while we do the instructor introductions and class descriptions, followed by Show & Tell.  Please bring your creations so you can share about what you have been doing this past year.

SATURDAY - Classes & Dinner with Keynote Speaker Louie Garcia

8:00 am - Noon

The studio will open at 8:00 am and classes will begin promptly at 9:00 am and run until noon. Seven different classes being offered at that time.  You pick the class you want (first-come, first-serve style) and if there is an over-flow in a class, you will be asked to pick your second choice.  


You are free to choose your activity - the Studio will be open until 5 if you would like to stay and work on a project, or choose to be free and spend the time visiting Old Bisbee and the surrounding area.  The Southwest Regional judging team will be working on the handspun yarn entries in the studio, results will be announced at the dinner.

6:00 pm - Dinner with Keynote Speaker Louie Garcia

On Saturday evening there will be an optional catered banquet featuring a delicious  lasagna dinner (meat & vegetarian options), salads and desert.  The program features fiber artist Louie Garcia of the Tiwa/Piro Pueblo in New Mexico as the keynote speaker with a program on Pueblo cotton preparation and spinning - a traditional method of fiber preparation used by many indigenous societies that has contemporary applications.


8:000 am - Noon

Studio will open at 8:00 with classes starting promptly at 9 AM  Again, seven different classes will be available for you to choose from.  Note that due to popularity, both Indigo Dye Pot and Japanese Boro will be repeated on Sunday.

Sunday noon will be the closing of the Second Annual Bisbee Fiber Retreat, time for packing up and saying our “Good byes” until next year.  

Saturday Classes:

  • Traditional Pueblo Cotton Preparation & Spinning with Louie Garcia

  • Indigo Dyepot with Rick Rao

  • Spinning Flax with Joan Ruane

  • Spinning Angora Bunny Fiber with Julie Drogsvold

  • Japanese Boro with Debbi Brunner

  • Natural Color Blending with Nancy Wilson

  • Embellished Coiled Basket with Darquis DeCoz

Sunday Classes:

  • Indigo Dyepot with Rick Rao

  • Japanese Boro with Debbi Brunner 

  • Color Spinning with Jill Holbrook

  • Charka Spinning with Joan Ruane

  • Spinning Alpaca with Nancy Wilson

  • Pin Loom Weaving with Lindy Brigham

  • Wet-Felted Dryer Balls with Lisa Thompson

Pay for Your Registration

Fill out the Registration Form & Liability Release below and submit it for payment. You don't have to have a PayPal account to use this function. There are no refunds once registered - but a replacement person is accepted if needed.