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Beginning Navajo Weaving Techniques (Sunday Afternoons Feb 18, 25, Mar 11, 18, 25)
February 18, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Learn beginning Navajo weaving and warping techniques with Diné instructors Jennie Slick and Gloria Begay. You’ll learn plain and stripe weaving and joining techniques. Gloria and Jennie will show you how they design on the loom and they will help you solve problems as they arise. The five week class should allow you enough to time to finish your first weaving and warp a second. We are available to assist you with questions during business hours.
Your tuition of $100 includes the use a loom and tools for the duration of the class and two weeks after it ends. You’ll receive a digital download of our book, a sacking needle, dowels, and warp. You can buy yarns from us or bring your own. You should use wool and not acrylic yarn. We have looms and tools available for purchase and you can lay away your purchases if that is more convenient for you.
Beginning Navajo Weaving Instructors:
Jennie Slick is at the left in this picture. She is born to the Coyote Pass people and born for the Bitter Water People. She resides in the Querino Canyon area near Sanders, Arizona. Jennie has been teaching actively for over 20 years. She has taught all over the United States. Jennie loves sharing her weaving knowledge. She says “you’re not supposed to be stingy with it”.
Jennie is a very patient teacher and her students come back for more classes to increase their knowledge. Jennie is fluent in Navajo and can teach in either Navajo or English.
Gloria is at the left in the picture. Her maternal clan is Mountain Cove and her paternal clan is Towering House. She is the daughter of the famous weaver Nellie Joe. Nellie schooled all of her daughters in her exacting techniques of fine weaving and design. Gloria’s Chief Blanket and Burntwater designs are famous. She experiments with design and she loves natural dyes.
Gloria is very encouraging and her students love her. Hwe rugs and weavings are in collections all over the world. She is constantly increasing her weaving expertise and loves to learn about new yarns and dyes.
Gloria is fluent in both Navajo and English and teaches students in both languages. Gloria will be instructing this session.
What to Expect in Beginning Navajo Weaving Techniques
Week 1: You’ll learn how the loom is warped and you’ll mount the warp on the loom. If possible, you’ll do a little weaving on that first day. You’re probably going to be tired by the end of the day! Don’t worry though, we’ll be around during the week to help you with questions!
Week 2: You’ll learn how to manipulate the tools and how to do plain weave and we’ll show you some interesting aspects of stripe weaves. Let’s start talking about design. We’ll pester you if you put your fork down all the time. We’ll take a look at the rugs in the shop and talk about weaving history.
Week 3: Let’s add some design! You’ll weave block patterns and learn to develop designs. Gloria and Jennie will allow you to go as far as you want to with design, but you need to be able to work fairly independently during the week. They’ll keep it simple enough to understand and challenging enough to be interesting.
Week 4: Continue working on your pattern. We will solve any problems developing! We’ll talk about diagonal lines and maybe give them a try. You should be past the halfway point, so we’ll begin to talk about finishing.
Week 5: We’ll continue to talk about finishing techniques and begin planning your next weaving adventure. We will show you to spin the edging cord for your next project. deb
Week 6 and 7: We will be available for help and questions. Have your loom and tools back in the shop by February 24 to avoid additional charges.
Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policies
Since it is winter here in Gallup, we will cancel a session if the weather is bad. We will make up any cancelled sessions until we have been able to meet five times. You may also make up a session during a subsequent class as long as there is room. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a seat.