October Weaving in Beauty Class: Continued Weaving and Natural Dye Field Trip

Our students are continuing to make great progress with their weaving with many of them approaching the half way point.   Each student is working on a unique design and some may even finish by the time our class ends on Saturday morning.

Jennie coaches Gloria Thompson on the rock art motif in her rug.

Jennie coaches Gloria Thompson on the rock art motif in her rug.

Mary Falzone is working on a design inspired by the Teec Nos Pos pattern and we’re having fun helping her work on it.  It reminds me of a historic rug that I saw last winter and I need to try to find a picture of it.

Mary Falzone works on her Teec Nos Pos inspired motif.

Mary Falzone works on her Teec Nos Pos inspired motif.

This afternoon, we were the guests of Henry and Rose Dedman in Ft. Defiance where we tried our hand at traditional Navajo vegetal dyeing.  We used rabbitbrush, sage, ground lichen, wild carrot, Navajo tea and juniper mistletoe.  We got some wonderful colors that I’ll try to photograph tomorrow.  Here’s a short video of some of the students tending the dyepots over the open fire. From left, you see Cheryl Griffin, Diane Craig and Nance Howsman.  After we had completed the dye work, we had a cook-out with the Dedman family. It was a great afternoon and thank you Henry and Rose for your gracious hospitality.

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