About Weaving in Beauty
Weaving in Beauty is dedicated to expanding the appreciation and knowledge of the textiles of the Navajo people of what is now the southwestern United States. As a business, we offer cleaning, repair and appraisal of Navajo textiles and we coordinate classes in Navajo techniques to help others learn to weave. As part of the community of Navajo weaving, we provide a forum for discussion of the people, techniques and events encompassing this evolving art form. At left, Larissa Blake with a rug that she wove in 2007.
Mary and Jenn–We really enjoyed taking your class @ Bear Lake & learning to weave, didn’t know what to expect, but sure am glad we did it. Learning more about our traditions is very important to us, we didn;t have the opportunities a typical Navajo has, being brought up in the white society, deep down we have always wanted to learn more of our culture and traditions. THANK YOU for having these classes available… We have just began learning but anxious to continue with our weaving and learning more. Looking forward to future classes and seeing you both again. Pat Yeaman & Carolyn Pedro… (the Curley girls from Tooele)
Will you be posting class schedules for 2011 soon? I would like to plan to attend a class in Window Rock.
The information that you need is now in the Navajo Rug 101 section and the Velcro is in the Mercantile! Thank you, Geneva for taking the time to write.
I am interested in info on “how to hang Navajo rug.” I would like to purchase velcro for hanging rugs and I don’t find it in the mercantile store.
Looking for Lake Havasu City Navajo/Tapestry weavers. Am I the only one?
Mary, I am interested in registering for your weaving class July 2010. I would be stopping on my way back home (Australia) from a visit with family in WV. What would be the best way to get to the class? Is there regular public transportation to Window Rock from Albuquerque or would I need to rent a car to get there?
I am hoping to be wait-listed for weaving sessions in August and October 2009. I was once part of Telerana Weaving Guild and had Shari Monsom for Beginning Navajo. I am also interested in availability of nearby camping areas.
The Weaving in Beauty site and mercantile are owned by Mary Walker (me). I am not Navajo or Native American, but I have been privileged to participate in the Navajo culture for most of my adult life. I am honored to be considered an in-law by several Navajo families and pleased to help promote Navajo textile arts in any way I can. My main business is the cleaning, repair and appraisal of Navajo textiles. I also coordinate classes for my Navajo friends who would like to teach and they are paid fees comparable to those received by fiber arts instructors teaching private workshops. The main purpose of the Weaving in Beauty site is to provide as much information as possible on weavers and weaving. The tools and rugs in the Mercantile are Navajo made whenever possible and the artist receives approximately 78-80% of the purchase price.
i’m curious if this site and the mercantile are run by Navajo women – who are the owners?
Hi Mary~our local weavers sent around the Heard Museum pictures via email and your wonderful rug of “The Girls”. Your website is evolving beautifully as is your continued devotion to Navajo-style weaving.
One of these days you will see me in Window Rock again. I am still weaving with some of the colors we dyed at Rose’s place in 2007.
~Christina MacLeod, Westcliffe, CO
How many people do you have in the beginning weaving class, and is there anyplace nearby for self contained camping?
Lynn, I’ve added you to the wait list for all three sessions. We plan to do sessions on approximately the same dates in 2010. Thanks for your interest!
Can I get waitlisted in case there is a cancellation? Do you know what 2010 will bring for dates? Thanks, Lynn
Hi Mary. Will send receipt tomorrow for workshop supplies. So good to see both you and Jenny. Love your website. I follow you on your travels and wish I could be there, at least once in a while!!!!