One of the first steps in learning to weave with Navajo techniques is to acquire an appropriate loom. If you already have a tapestry loom, it can probably be adapted to Navajo style weaving. You can also make a small Navajo loom from a picture frame or canvas stretcher bars. This link will give you the free plans for a small workshop sized traditional Navajo loom like the ones in the picture above.
Want to build something larger? Check out the loom on at http://www.woolgatherers.com/PLANSPAGE.html. It’s based on the loom used by the weavers who demonstrate at the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. The plans are $50, but they are a standard blueprint and the loom is so stable that you could probably build two of them, put of roof over it and live in it. Weaving in Beauty has no financial interest in Woolgatherers and we don’t receive any money if you purchase the plans. We just like the plans and some of our students have used them.
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