Richardson’s Trading 102nd Birthday Boot Camp (Navajo Weaving Boot Camp Class in Gallup, New Mexico)

Richardson's Trading Post class

Who wouldn’t be inspired in these surroundings?

Join Our Navajo Weaving Class at Richardson’s in Gallup!

Richardson Trading in Gallup, NM is celebrating their 102nd  year in business and this Navajo weaving class is part of the festivities.  Class starts on Thursday, May 14th and lasts for three intense days, ending on Saturday, May 16th.  Our class will meet from 9 AM to 6 PM and we will have evening visits with other Gallup traders like Bill Malone and Perry Null. We will also welcome visits from area weavers who are invited to stop by. You may select from beginner, intermediate and advanced tracks and we will have a student ratio 5/1 so that you get the attention you need to progress in your skills. 

The Class Tracks

If you are interested in any of the more advanced tracks, but worried that you don’t have a firm enough command of the prerequisites, please contact me and we’ll figure out the best fit for you.

Track Beginning Navajo Weaving Intermediate Navajo Weaving Raised Outline and Wedge Weave
Instructor Jennie Slick Mary Walker Liz Munk
You’ll Learn

Loom warping

Basic weaving

Basic joins

Problem solving



Use of side selvage cords

Designing for accuracy and symmetry

Perfecting the interlock and turned join

Combining the interlock and turned join

Outlining the interlock and turned join

Raised outline techniques

Wedge weave techniques


Open mind

Must be able to warp a Navajo style loom

Must be able to do basic weaving

Should have completed one to two weavings

Must be able to warp a Navajo style loom 

Should be able to execute basic designs

Should understand Coalmine weave

Should be able to use side selvage cords

Should have completed three to four weavings

Important Details

Tuition for the class is $400 regardless of the track you choose and includes the use of  a loom and tools for the duration of the class.  You may also bring your own loom subject to space limitations.  All tracks will be warping on the first day of class although intermediate and advanced students may pre-warp their looms if they prefer to do so.   

Accommodations: It is your responsibility to make lodging reservations.  Jennie, Liz and I will be staying at the El Rancho Hotel, which is quite close to Richardson’s.  It is historic, fun and quirky.  It is NOT a Hilton and if you have issues with accessibility we suggest another hotel (one of the quirks of the hotel is that the bathrooms are, umm, unconventional).  For a list of other Gallup lodgings, check out Tripadvisor.  Of course you can contact me if you would like more information on any of the hotels you find.    

You can click here to register and pay your $200 deposit.  A second payment of $200 will be billed to you in February, 2015.    The class is currently full.  Please contact me if you would to be on the waiting list.  

Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policies

A deposit is required to hold a seat in any class.  Tuition must be paid in full 90 days before your class begins.  If you find that you cannot attend the session that you have registered for, you may move to another session at no additional cost by paying any difference in tuition if there is space available.   You may cancel your registration prior to three months before your class and you will receive a full refund of your tuition less $75 in administrative fees.  If you need to cancel within three months of your class date, your tuition will be refunded less $75 if we are able to fill your seat.   If we cancel a class due to low enrollment, you’ll receive a full refund of all the fees you’ve paid or you can transfer to another session that has space.  We will  make this determination by March 15, 2013 and we will inform you immediately should we need to do it.   Since your ability to attend any class session may be affected by conditions like weather, employment and medical emergencies that cannot be anticipated, we highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to cover the portions of your trip that may not be refundable.

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  1. Mary Walker on December 1, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Michelle, you can find the 2016 schedule at

  2. Michelle Gottfredson on October 5, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I am interested in attending a weaving boot camp. Please send me details when they are available for 2016.

    Thanks in advance

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