Where to Learn Indigenous Weaving Techniques

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The sources of instruction listed here offer instruction either by Navajo (Diné) people or by persons very well versed in Navajo (Diné) weaving techniques and culture. When at all possible, please seek out instruction from a Navajo (Diné). When we know that the teacher is a Navajo (Diné), we have indicated that after the instructor’s name. Remember that if you are going to become a skilled weaver in these techniques, you will need to dedicate considerable time over a period of years, and will probably study with several instructors. We have listed instruction sources by state, and have included email addresses and web sites where available.

Arizona California Colorado Massachusetts 
Missouri  New Jersey New Mexico Oregon

Arizona

Class Title Description Location Instructor Date Tuition

Miniature Navajo Rug

AZ

Learn about Navajo style weaving in a small format that you can take anywhere. You can work on a small loom made from art store stretcher bars or a picture frame. You can also purchase a C-Cactus Flower loom from the Fiber Factory. You’ll do everything that is done in the beginner classes, but you’ll do it in a smaller format. This class is an excellent introduction to Navajo techniques.   Meets every week for three 2.5 hour sessions.

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The Fiber Factory
216 W Main St, Mesa, AZ
MesaArizona, 85201-7312
480-969-4346
yarn@fiberfactory.org
Contact: Terry McCook or Susan Calrk
Sharie Monsam Start: February 12, 2013
End: February 26, 2013
$45

Navajo Weaving Workshop

AZ

Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete are fifth generation Master Navajo Weavers.  Sisters, Barbara and Lynda will share personal stories and experiences, allowing participants to gain fascinating insights into the world of Navajo weaving. 

In this 3 day workshop students will work on a pre-warped Navajo Upright Loom (which will be available for sale) and will learn the basics of Navajo weaving and design while making a small (10” x 12”) rug.  Wool for the weft will need to be purchased in the shop at the time of the workshop.

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Grandma's Spinning Wheel
6544 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
TucsonArizona, 85715
520-290-3738
spinninggramma@aol.com
Contact: 
Barbara Teller Ornelas (Diné), Lynda Teller Pete (Diné) Start: February 16, 2013
End: February 18, 2013
$375 includes use of loom and tools

Beginning Navajo Loom Weaving

AZ

Learn the basic techniques of this wonderful southwestern craft. You will learn to warp a Navajo loom, the basic weaving techniques of stripes, Coal Mine weave, Crystal weave, diagonals, and how to finish a Navajo rug. Looms are provided.* No experience is necessary. Pick up materials list.

Five 2.5 hour sessions

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The Fiber Factory
216 W Main St, Mesa, AZ
MesaArizona, 85201-7312
480-969-4346
yarn@fiberfactory.org
Contact: Terry McCook or Susan Calrk
Liz Munk Start: March 2, 2013
End: March 30, 2013
$88

Intermediate Navajo Loom Weaving

AZ

Weave a Two-faced or Twill rug or your own design. Come to class with your loom already warped. This is an instructor assisted independent study class for the intermediate to advanced student in Navajo weaving. 

Three two and a half hour sessions every two weeks.  

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The Fiber Factory
216 W Main St, Mesa, AZ
MesaArizona, 85201-7312
480-969-4346
yarn@fiberfactory.org
Contact: Terry McCook or Susan Calrk
Sharie Monsam Start: March 19, 2013
End: April 9, 2013
$53

Weaving in Beauty: A Textile Tour of the Navajo Nation

AZ

Intensive week-long combination class and textile tour for students of all levels of ability.  Limit of 8 students per session. 

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Weaving in Beauty Remote Location: Window Rock
Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital
Window RockArizona, 86515
602-370-2875
mary.walker@weavinginbeauty.com
Contact: Mary Walker
Jennie Slick, Diné, Mary Walker Start: June 9, 2013
End: June 16, 2013
$750 includes the use of loom and tools

Weaving in Beauty: A Textile Tour of the Navajo Nation

AZ

Intensive week-long combination class and textile tour for students of all levels of ability.  Limit of 8 students per session. 

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Weaving in Beauty Remote Location: Window Rock
Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital
Window RockArizona, 86515
602-370-2875
mary.walker@weavinginbeauty.com
Contact: Mary Walker
Jennie Slick, Diné, Mary Walker Start: August 4, 2013
End: August 11, 2013
$750 includes the use of loom and tools

Weaving in Beauty: A Textile Tour of the Navajo Nation

AZ

Intensive week-long combination class and textile tour for students of all levels of ability.  Limit of 8 students per session. 

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Weaving in Beauty Remote Location: Window Rock
Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital
Window RockArizona, 86515
602-370-2875
mary.walker@weavinginbeauty.com
Contact: Mary Walker
Jennie Slick, Diné, Mary Walker Start: September 13, 2013
End: September 20, 2013
$750 includes the use of loom and tools

Weaving in Beauty: A Textile Tour of the Navajo Nation

AZ

Intensive week-long combination class and textile tour for students of all levels of ability.  Limit of 8 students per session. 

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Weaving in Beauty Remote Location: Window Rock
Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital
Window RockArizona, 86515
602-370-2875
mary.walker@weavinginbeauty.com
Contact: Mary Walker
Jennie Slick, Diné, Mary Walker Start: October 6, 2013
End: October 13, 2013
$750 includes the use of loom and tools

Navajo Weaving

AZ

Navajo weaving workshop with award winning Two Gray Hill weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete. Participants will be able to complete a small rug under their tutelage. Stories from their culture, their families, and their experiences flow easily from these engaging sister artists. Participants have an option to stay in Amerind's Fulton Seminar House. November 2 is an optional day for those who want to learn how to warp their looms.

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The Amerind Foundation
P.O. Box 400, 2100 North Amerind Road
DragoonArizona, 85609
(520) 5863666
amerind@amerind.org
Contact: 
Barbara Teller Ornelas (Diné), Lynda Teller Pete (Diné) Start: October 28, 2013
End: November 2, 2013
$950 includes room, board, use of loom

Various Workshops on Weaving and Dyeing

AZ

Contact Mark Deshchinny for class schedule

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Deschinny Weaving and Dyeing Workshops
P.O. Box 4677
Window RockArizona, 86515
928-871-5587
deschinny@yahoo.com
Contact: Mark Deschinny
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California

Class Title Description Location Instructor Date Tuition

Intermediate Workshop

CA

Intermediate workshop: learn to combine diagonal and vertical lines to create complex designs.  

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Foothill Weavers in the Navajo Tradition
4524 Las Encinitas Drive
Fair OaksCalifornia, 95628
916-961-0477
ibweaving@sbcglobal.net
Contact: Marilyn Greaves
Marilyn Greaves, Mel Silva Start: February 23, 2013
End: February 24, 2013
$40 per day

Intermediate Workshop

CA

Learn to combine diagonal and vertical lines to create complex designs.  

Find additional information here

Foothill Weavers in the Navajo Tradition
4524 Las Encinitas Drive
Fair OaksCalifornia, 95628
916-961-0477
ibweaving@sbcglobal.net
Contact: Marilyn Greaves
Marilyn Greaves, Mel Silva Start: March 4, 2013
End: March 4, 2013
$40

Beginning Workshop

CA

Beginning Workshop - $350 for three days; all supplies and a student loom provided.

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Foothill Weavers in the Navajo Tradition
4524 Las Encinitas Drive
Fair OaksCalifornia, 95628
916-961-0477
ibweaving@sbcglobal.net
Contact: Marilyn Greaves
Marilyn Greaves, Mel Silva Start: March 22, 2013
End: March 22, 2013
$350

2013 Navajo Weaving Class

CA

Students will have the opportunity to learn the art of weaving from Award winning, Master Navajo Weavers, Barbara Teller Ornelas, originally from Two Grey Hills and Newcomb, New Mexico, now living in Tucson, AZ and her sister Lynda Teller Pete from Denver, CO. Barbara and Lynda have taught Navajo Weaving for over 14 years. While instructing and demonstrating, Barbara and Lynda will share personal stories and experiences, allowing students into family’s 7 Generations of Navajo weaving. There are Navajo weaving songs and stories, however, all songs and stories vary from Navajo weaving families in different geographical areas. Students will learn the traditional method of Navajo weaving in the 5 days of class. The majority of the class will be spent designing and learning how to weave a 12.5” high X 10.5” wide rug on an upright Navajo Loom.

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Ojai, CA
1545 Cuyama Road
OjaiCalifornia, 93023
303-561-1582
lynda@navajorugweavers.com
Contact: Lynda Pete
Barbara Teller Ornelas (Diné), Lynda Teller Pete (Diné) Start: April 12, 2013
End: April 16, 2013
Contact Lynda Pete

Beginning OR Intermediate Workshop (depends on demand)

CA

Check with Marilyn to see which class will be offered.

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Foothill Weavers in the Navajo Tradition
4524 Las Encinitas Drive
Fair OaksCalifornia, 95628
916-961-0477
ibweaving@sbcglobal.net
Contact: Marilyn Greaves
Marilyn Greaves, Mel Silva Start: April 26, 2013
End: April 28, 2013
Depends on which class is offered

Beginning & Intermediate Navajo Weaving

CA

Beginners: Students will learn the traditional method of Navajo weaving and will begin by learning how to prepare an upright Navajo-style loom for weaving. The majority of the week will be spent designing and learning how to weave a 16" x 24" rug. In order to complete the rug and learn how to finish the piece, it is recommended that students continue for the second week. Beginning weavers may enroll for the full two weeks or in the first week only. For beginners wanting to weave only, pre-warped looms will be available (must preorder).

Intermediate: Students will learn more advanced weaving techniques and more intricate patterns, and the rug may be any size. Students who have begun a rug in this workshop in previous summers may bring their rugs to complete. Intermediate students (those who have taken this course before or have had previous basic training in Navajo weaving on an upright loom) may enroll for the full two weeks or in the second week only. Intermediate students must bring their own loom and it must be set up for weaving before class begins. If you wish to warp your loom, you must attend the first session, even if you are a returning student.

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Idyllwild ARTS Summer Program
PO Box 38, 52500 Temecula Rd
IdyllwildCalifornia, 92549-0038
951-659-2171 x2365
Summer@idyllwildarts.org
Contact: 
Barbara Teller Ornelas (Diné), Lynda Teller Pete (Diné) Start: June 24, 2013
End: July 5, 2013
$715 per week plus lab fees

Small group Navajo weaving classes

CA

Offers ongoing workshops throughout the year.

Beginning weavers will learn to warp up and weave on a  traditional Navajo loom and create a small sampler.  Intermediate and advanced weavers will learn more complex vertical and diagonal design methods and techniques to plan and carry out intricate patterns.

Contact Marilyn for classes other than those currently in the schedule.

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Foothill Weavers in the Navajo Tradition
4524 Las Encinitas Drive
Fair OaksCalifornia, 95628
916-961-0477
ibweaving@sbcglobal.net
Contact: Marilyn Greaves
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Colorado

There were no classes scheduled in Colorado as of our last update on February 5, 2013.

Massachusetts

 

Class Title Description Location Instructor Date Tuition

Navajo Weaving

MA

Description: Private instruction on an as-needed basis.  Instructor Pam Engberg has studied with Jennie Slick and Liz Munk and can help you progress in a creative environment.

Pam Engberg: Private Instruction
275 Brookfield Rd.
BrimfieldMassachusetts, 01019
413-245-7495
pamengberg@charter.net
Contact: Pam Engberg
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$25 per lesson. Usually a six lesson course provides adequate introduction.


Missouri

 

Class Title Description Location Instructor Date Tuition

Fiber Furlough

MO

Part of Fiber Furlough curriculum.   “ Our Fiber Furlough is a popular week-long workshop designed as a get-away fiber week filled with exploration and time to work on fiber projects”.

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Hillcreek Fiber Studio
7001 Hillcreek Road
ColumbiaMissouri, 65203
573-874-2233
Workshops@HillcreekFiberStudio.com
Contact: Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser
Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser Start: June 9, 2013
End: June 9, 2013
$345


 

New Jersey


Navajo (Diné) Rug Weaving

NJ

Class Description: Learn how to set up a warp, weave and finish off a small rug using the basic and traditional weaving techniques on an upright Navajo style loom. Various Navajo rug styles will be shared along with a brief history of the Navajo culture. Ideas will be provided on how to plan and incorporate various designs in a rug as well as how to resolve problems that you may encounter. Navajo rugs are well known for their selvedges and for having the designs be the same on the front and back. You will learn how to do this properly and finish a small rug. No prior experience is necessary.

Instructor Bio: Marilou Schultz, Navajo or Dine, is originally from the Navajo reservation from Arizona. She learned weaving at a young age and taught Navajo weaving for more than 20 years. The basic weaving techniques are still the same as our ancestors except for the material used for the loom, weaving tools, and sometimes the fiber used for weaving. As a weaver and educator, She likes to experiment and share her knowledge with others. She participates in the Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Indian Market, New York Sheep and Wool plus the Maryland Sheep & Wool festivals.

Find additional information here

Peters Valley Craft Center
19 Kuhn Road
LaytonNew Jersey, 07851
973-948-5200
info@petersvalley.org
Contact: info@petersvalley.org
Marilou Schultz, Diné Start: July 12, 2013
End: July 16, 2013
$650 with materials fee

 

New Mexico

Class Title Description Location Instructor Date Tuition

Navajo Weaving and Culture

NM

"We begin with the all important warping for which Pearl supplies her own hand-spun yarn to ensure proper tension. Then the students are guided through the design stage. For beginning students this will be a block design, while advanced students will work with diagonals, or even a twill. The Navajo way is not to use a cartoon but rather to design right on the loom. Monday through Friday we weave. All techniques will be demonstrated first by Pearl, then done by each student under her encouraging supervision. All levels are welcome as each student is encouraged to work at his or her individual pace.”

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Taos Art School
P.O. Box 2588
TaosNew Mexico, 87571
575-758-0350
tas@laplaza.org
Contact: Ursula Beck
Pearl Sunrise, Diné Start: July 6, 2013
End: July 13, 2013
$575 plus materials


 

Oregon

Class Title Description Location Instructor Date Tuition

Southwestern-style Tapestry Weaving Workshop

OR

The workshop offers an opportunity to explore the unique tapestry techniques of the Southwestern United States. Warping will be done in the traditional way, and the basic structure of vertical, horizontal, and diagonal patterning will be practiced on a 10″ x 16″ sampler. The use of classic tools, finishing, and natural dyeing will be introduced. Open to all levels of weavers. Looms provided. On-site accommodation is available.

$395 fee, $195 deposit due by 4/24/15. Registration open through May 9, 2015.

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Black Sheep Squadron Farm
84610 Hideaway Hills Rd.
EugeneOregon, 97405
541-343-2458
bopeep30@msn.com
Contact: Judy Ann Ness
Judy Ness Start: May 18, 2015
End: May 22, 2015
$395, $195 deposit

If you know of other classes that we should list, just let me know!  

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Mary Walker on June 2, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Maya, take a look at Lynda Teller Pete’s site. She will be offering workshops in Denver, Lakewood and Golden in June and July. She is at http://navajorugweavers.com/.



  2. Maya Seymour on May 27, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Hello ~ I just sent an email before seeing this thread…I am so very interested in learning to weave, but see that there are no classes offered in CO. Perhaps you have suggestions on where to look for classes in Colorado, specifically the Denver area (although, I can and will drive to take a class!). If you do I would be so grateful for the help. Thank you, and many Blessings ~



  3. Kathy Riggs on January 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Please advise when you have a class list for 2013. I am very interested in any classes given in CA. Thank you



  4. Mary Walker on December 8, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Yes, I’ll be working on class listings for 2013 very soon.



  5. Gary on November 6, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    this is a wonderful list you have here. I am only sorry I found it so late in the year and have missed most of the dates listed. Are you planning on a similar list for next year?

    Thanks so much



  6. Mary Walker on August 17, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I am working on making the videos available as a DVD. It would be used in combination with the book.



  7. Caroline Greenwell on August 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I was adopted at age 3 months, at 22 I found out I was of Indian Heritage. Finally an explanation to the many outdoor enjoyment along with unusual craft choices made throughout my life. I’m so very proud to be an American Indian. I really feel I missed out on teachings of my heritage as well. Although drawn to crafts my whole life now at 52, I suffer many joint and arthritic problems and find it impossible to attend a class both financially and travel would be harsh to my pain level. I’m very anxious to learn the beautiful art of weaving, do you offer DVD’s for sale. My husband being a former builder and general contractor feels sure he could build a very nice loom. Would this be a possibility to learn by DVD instruction? Thank you so much for your site and the passing of your treasured art.
    Warmly, Caroline Greenwell Coxs Creek Ky. 40013
    502-294-9891
    talkhorses@gmail.com