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Fiber artist goes red for a cause

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By Gina Velasquez

Los Alamos resident Valentina Devine was one of 12 artists to be chosen for a knitter’s book, featuring their work to be sold at Joann Fabric and Craft stores, retail bookstores nationwide, as well as amazon.com.

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The book is released by the American Heart Association titled “Knit Red: Stitching For Women’s Heart Health (Stitch Red).”

The recently released book has photos of the finish product, as well as step-by-step instruction on how to create the article of clothing, whether it is a sweater, hat, gloves, or Devine’s work — a shawl. “It’s an honor to be chosen for such a good cause,” Devine said.

All artists did their work in red yarn, which was donated to the publication from various yarn companies throughout the country. Devine submitted her design when she heard the Heart Association was looking for fiber artists to contribute to the publication.

In addition, the book offers important medical information, a Heart Healthy Resources and Action Plan and powerful stories from survivors of heart related problems. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, according to the book.

Devine is a fiber artist who owns a business called Yarn Creations. She has owned her own business for the past 30 years and teaches classes in knitting. Last summer she taught classes and workshops through the Fuller Lodge Art Center in crocheting and knitting.

Devine’s work has been seen recently on display also at the art center. The art to wear exhibit was called “Fiber Art in Public Places.” The exhibit was part of the Trickster show at the art center’s portal gallery for over a month. A fashion show with models sporting Devine’s art was also a recent event at the art center.

The exhibit not only contained sweaters, but also shawls, accessories and wall hangings. “Part of my goal is to sell one-of-a-kind garments,” she said.

Her classes consist of teaching six different techniques of knitting and how to dye yarn. She attends fiber art conferences four times a year and she buys yarn regularly from commercial businesses in New York, Nebraska and Southern California.

Currently, she is a member of the Española Fiber Art Center in Española where she also teaches classes in knitting and crocheting. “I want to give customers better prices than they would find anywhere else,” she said.

Previously, Devine used to sell her work in different boutiques around the area and owned a retail business for a short time. She said working with trunk show, knitter’s guilds and teaches classes at home, has given her more control.

For more information about Devine’s work and when classes and workshops will be held, contact the Fuller Lodge Art Center at 662-1635.