1. Mary Walker on July 2, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I provide an identification service at $5 per item. You can submit pictures through the web site.

  2. Mary Walker on July 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Yes, we have one group of beginners and another group of students who are intermediate,

  3. Corinne on July 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Is the class running on 7/17, Weaving Bootcamp a beginners class?

  4. Carol Hall on June 30, 2013 at 4:34 am

    I have a rug that looks Native American. I think it is cotton with a fringe. Bright colors of yellow, red, black, blue, burgandy, orange stripes. Large green background with black and purple arrow like designs. Have no clue. Approx. 50″ x 76. Any help will be appreciated. Carol

  5. Mary Walker on June 21, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Paul, I have added you to the list that receives the first notice of all classes as they are added.

  6. Paul Tracy on June 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm


  7. Mary Walker on May 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm


  8. Debra Lozano on May 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Please add me to the waiting list for your next Online begining weavers course.

  9. Mary Walker on April 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Unfortunately, Cay, I don’t know Leo. Perhaps another reader will know him.

  10. Cay Randall-May on April 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I purchased a weaving fork signed by Leo Wolfe, Durango. Do you know anything about this weaver or his work?

  11. Mary Walker on March 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I can send you a Paypal invoice. There’s also a link in my online store that will be sent to you if you fill out the form online.

  12. Jane Salida on March 20, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I love your web site and have learned a lot! However, once I send a photo of my rug to your email address, how do I get the $5 to you?

  13. Mary Walker on February 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Yes, you can send pictures to mary.walker@weavinginbeauty.com. After March 1, there will be a $5 charge for informal evaluations.

  14. Nigel Pierce on February 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Hello, I have a single saddle rug that was my Grandparents. I have been trying to find out if it’s true Navajo and a rough estimate of date of weaving. Would someone be willing to look at some pictures? Thank you.

  15. Mary Walker on February 14, 2013 at 10:18 am


  16. Ann on February 13, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Please put me on the waiting list- for Sept or Oct weaving in beauty tour. thanks ann

  17. Mary Walker on January 31, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Sandra, I’ll be adding a new online session later this evening. We sell looms and tool and you can also find them from Weaving Southwest, Halcyon Yarns and the Woolery.

  18. sandra swanson on January 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Looking for a beginning Navajo on line weaving class. I do need to order a loom an tool;s needed. Any suggestion from whom?

  19. Mary Walker on January 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Reply for Rick Johnston: Cinch looms are really just a long frame with feet. You should be able to easily make one.

  20. Mary Walker on January 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    It is probably from the area near Farmington, NM and was woven in the 1930’s to 1940’s.

  21. VERNNETTA CASTILLO-DAVIS on January 4, 2013 at 9:23 am


  22. Rick Johnston on December 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Do you have any cinch looms for sale?

  23. Curt Gengnagel on December 8, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Hello The following Rug or Blanket was passed down to me, they were at my grandparents cabin in northern minnesota since 1944. Could you tell me if they are a Navajo weaving please. The size is 52 inches long by 17 inches wide. Thanks Curt

    From Mary:
    It isn’t Navajo, Curt. The knotted fringe at the ends indicates that it’s was woven on a horizontal loom. My guess would be that’s a Hispanic weaving from southern Mexico or Central America.

  24. Tanya on November 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Hi Mary,

    Thanks for confirming that my rug is, in fact, Navajo. Can you tell me any more about it? Where made? Likely Value?
    Thanks for your attention. And, Happy Holidays.


  25. Tanya Pemberton on November 5, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I think I have a Navajo weaving. Can you verify if it is? I have some photos that I will try to forward.
    You have a Marvelous site and so informative.
    Thanks very much.

  26. Mary Walker on August 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    JoAnn, the loom is probably not at fault. Unless the loom is very large, you need to use the heddle rod with your palm facing you, pushing the warp as you pull the heddles. Send a note mary.walker@weavinginbeauty.com and I’ll send you a picture.

  27. JoAnn McCutcheon on August 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Hi! Thank you for all the detailed information that you provide on your website. It is not only informative, detailed, and provides magnificent pictures of rugs that are so inspiring!!! My question is: How do you keep a weaving loom from tipping forward when you pull the back strings forward? My neighbor and friend has a loom that she has discarded because of that particular flaw. She has so graciously consented to teach me how to weave. But her loom was not built properly. She wants a new loom. So in payment for her teaching, I have taken on the construction of a new loom for her as well as one for me. I cannot find a website that can answer that question so I really hope you can assist me. If I build the loom to exact instructions provided would we have the same issue when we begin weaving? Does the back leg board require additional weight? Or is the dimension of the legs need to be longer towards the back that in the front? HELP!! It would be so embarrassing if I build a loom that is inadequate for both my instructor and me.

  28. Rebecca Marsh on August 20, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Thank you. I sent the close-ups to your email.

  29. Mary Walker on August 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    You can send a picture to me at mary.walker@weavinginbeauty.com.

  30. Rebecca Marsh on August 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I would like to know if this Two Grey Hills rug is Navajo. It was assessed by a local expert weaver, and she looked at it carefully and didn’t find any evidence that it’s not; however, I wanted an expert Navajo weaver to look at it. There is no one in my area. I’m trying to upload a jpg to the response area, but it’s not letting me. Is there a direct email I can submit to?

  31. Mary Walker on August 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Can you send me a close-up of the ends? It looks like there is fringe at both ends and the pattern resembles a Chimayo weaving.

  32. Greg Mace on August 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I have an Indian rug/blanket; I don’t know how to tell. I found it hanging on the wall of a house that I bought to remodel. Anything you can tell me about it would be appreciated.

  33. Mary Walker on July 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Charlie, are you still looking for a longer batten?

  34. Mary Walker on July 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I do them, but I won’t be doing any new ones until next year.

  35. Diane Bennett on July 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    can you let me no if you d enny online loom weaving corses

  36. Mary Walker on May 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Tempe Yarn and Fiber carries it. You can also order it online from Paradise Fibers.

  37. paz taylor on May 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

    i need brown sheep wool other then fiber factory where else can it be purchased thank you in advance

  38. Raymon on May 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I have a blanket simialr to the pink blanket. My dad’s family had sheep. Every year they would gather the wool and take it to Utah Woolen mills and make beautiful wool blankets. Similar to Pendleton blankets, in many different colors. Love the turquoise jewlrey. My mom has a big beaded bag of it that I hope I get a few peices of (she’s half Native American) She finds it kind of amusing that Native American prints etc. are “in” right now.

  39. Remigio on May 14, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Way to go, Navajo Nation! Either cease-and-desist, or collect roiaetyls for the use of your name (only on quality products of which you approve, of course). Same with sports teams that use Native names as mascots. Until recently, the University of North Dakota was paying the Standing Rock Sioux annual roiaetyls to use the name Fighting Sioux , which was a win-win and a source of pride for both parties. Unfortunately for both the Tribe and the university, political correctness put an end to that.

  40. Ann Puzio on March 7, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Hi Mary,

    Need to change to the waiting list for 9/13-20th. I hope this is possible.Also, going to see if I can sign up for the online class, need to check my computer. Thanks ann

  41. Cindy Van Derhoof on March 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Hello! I am registered in your class this June in Estes Park. I am interested in getting directions on how to build my own loom for class. Thank you, and I am very much looking forward to class and meeting you.

  42. Mary Walker on March 2, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Ann, thanks for your interest in the class! I’ve added you to the waiting list. If there’s an opening, I’ll send a note out to everyone on the list and the first person who responds gets the opening.

  43. Ann Puzio on March 2, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Is it possible to get on the waiting list for October? If so, where on the list am I. Thanks Ann

  44. Mary Walker on February 27, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Joyce, you are on the waiting list!

  45. Joyce Gay on February 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I would like to sign up for the October 2012 class (already full) or future ones, please advise when the next available opening will be. I live in Hawaii and need a little time to get to Arizona, but will come for a class. Thanks

  46. Mary Walker on February 22, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Carol, you book is on the way!

  47. Carol Bass on February 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    My friend has your “How to Weave the Navahoe Way” and I would love purchase one. Do you have any for sale?
    Sincerely, Carol Bass

  48. Mary Walker on February 2, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I can’t give you any idea without having a picture of it.

  49. Robert Garcia on January 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I have what I think is a Navajo weaving 23″ X 35″ that was made by ? Mary Rose James? Just wanted to know what its worth.

  50. Mary Walker on January 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Alas, I don’t know of one, but perhaps one of our readers does!

  51. Mary Walker on January 6, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Please contact me at mary.walker@weavinginbeauty.com.

  52. Victoria on January 6, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Very excellent and helpful article. Where can I write to identify the weaving I have? It is around 1920’s, wool,gray & red design. Was bought in the Southwest as far as I know. Any direction you can send me would be appreciated.

  53. Gloria on December 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Do you know of a useful site (like yours) that deals with info re Mexican blankets? Thank you!

  54. Mary Walker on December 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Geneva, check this page on the site. Please drop me a line if you need more help.

  55. geneva on December 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Please provide me with instructions on how to hang rugs. Thanks

  56. Mary Walker on November 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

    The deposit is $375. The link is http://secure.ultracart.com/cgi-bin/UCEditor?merchantId=WIB&ADD=WIB-2012-OCTOBER-DEP.

    A Burntwater design is done with vegetally dyed yarns. If you think of a classic Two Grey Hills rug done in pastel colors, that’s a Burntwater.

    I make the hotel reservations so that I’m sure that everyone gets the right rate. If you have other questions, just let me know. There’s more information on the web site at http://atlohi.wpengine.com/find-a-weaving-class/weaving-in-beauty-classes/weaving-in-beauty-a-textile-tour.

  57. Deidra Manary on November 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    A friend and I are very interested in signing up for your 10/7-14/2012 class. What is the deposit required to hold a spot in that class? What is Burntwater designs? Do reservations need to be made at the Quality Inn the same time as securing a place in this class – or do you request that they hold a reservation? We hope to make our reservation this week after hearing from you.
    Thank you,
    Deidra Manary

  58. Mary Walker on November 14, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Inge, Jennie Slick and I don’t have anything scheduled in that area in late 2012, but please check with Lynda Teller Pete. Lynda’s web site is http://www.navajorugweavers.com.

  59. Inge on November 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    do you have any beginning weaving classes scheduled for Nov/Dec/2012 in Colorado Springs, Denver Colorado?

  60. Mary Walker on October 18, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Many people like “Navajo Weaving Way” by Noel Bennett and Tiana Bighorse. You’ll find that our book, Atł’óhí Binaltsoos (The Weaver’s Book): How to Weave the Navajo Way, is very detailed and is supported by video resources that many people have found helpful. I think that you’ll find both books helpful learning to weave the Navajo way.

  61. suZ on October 18, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I have finally found what I have been looking for, and have enjoyed all of your questions and answers. I am trying to find a good book to help me get started in weaving of any kind of tapestry. I am a disabled U.S. Navy Nurse (I have MS) with limited financial resources, so I would like to find the best book to get started with. Is ‘Atł’óhí Binaltsoos (The Weaver’s Book): How to Weave the Navajo Way, in your opinion, the book I am looking for? If it isn’t can you point me in the right direction? I have access to lumber and other building materials and can build most anything. Looking at the price of looms, I know that I can build a Navajo loom and would love to be part of a very historic art.
    Thank you for you time and information.

  62. Francine on October 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I would like to sign up for the spider rock boarding class next year if you are going to do it.
    Please let me know.

  63. Mary Walker on September 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    This design is often referred to as a “whirling log”. It was used as a metaphor for the wheel of life, the four winds, the four directions, and the four sacred mountains. When it was appropriated by the Nazis, the Navajos and other Native Americans stopped using it in their art. Many of the rugs using the symbol were destroyed during the 1930’s and World War II. Many people who own the pieces that survived are still reluctant to display them, because of the visceral reaction that many people understandably have to the symbol, however innocently it is used. When I did an article discussing a rug that included a whirling log, three or four people wrote to me the next day and asked to be removed from my mailing list, so clearly there is still a lot of sentiment against it. Modern Navajo weavers use the symbol very sparingly because of this.

  64. terry airhart on September 27, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I have a Navajo rug given me by my Grandmother who lived on the reservation asa child. I am curious what the design that almost looks like a swastika stands for. Is there a book that determines the meaning of the designs?

  65. Mitch Lenz on September 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Have a rug said to be done by a Jane Benally in Windorock AZ.How could I find out if there is such a rug weaver.She is said to be 90 years old and still weaving.

  66. Mary Walker on August 11, 2011 at 7:08 am

    The most authoritative numbers that I have seen on this subject come from Ann Lane Hedlund. If I remember correctly, Ann estimates that there are about 20,000 Navajo weavers. Many, perhaps half, weave only occasionally to meet a pressing need. Another group consists of people who weave on a regular basis and weaving provides part of their income. Another and smaller group consists of master weavers who derive a significant part or all of their income from weaving and who are identified primarily as weavers within their community. A smaller number work as fine artists and many people in this group have formal training in art. Finally, there is a group of revival weavers, who weave not for income but for personal and cultural fulfillment.

  67. Marlowe on August 10, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I wonder how many weavers there are now? Any estimations?

  68. Jess Burns on July 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Thank you for your wonderful site, I googled Two Grey Hills looking for a shop that I visited many times while in Arizona. I purcased many lovely pieces of jewlry and was looking for them online… didn’t find them but will return to this site when I have time to take in all the beautiful photos and information.

  69. Denis Prevost on June 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    can’t wait to take a class in Navajo weaving – Denis

  70. Charlie DeWeese on June 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Hi Mary,
    I was one of your students and attending the tour up around Shiprock back in the mid 90’s. I just finished building a cedar loom (big) and I am looking a purchase a 36-38″ batten. Can you recommend someone?

  71. Mary Walker on May 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    A Storm Pattern woven in the 1970’s suggests that the weaver may have been in the western part of the Navajo Nation. I don’t have any information on the weaver, but another reader may be able to help. There were probably 30,000 weavers working at that time.

  72. Judith Hitt on May 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    In 1972 in Colorado, Steven purchased two Navajo rugs both woven by Bessie Johnson. The storm pattern was lost in a fire but his mother kept the Yei rug. When she died, we could not find the provenance and would like to learn more about this weaver. Can anyone help us about who she was and when she was working? We are very fond of this weaving and any information would be greatly appreciated.Thank you very much.

  73. Mary Walker on May 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Many students who don’t drive use the Amtrak train from Albuquerque to Gallup, where we’ll pick you up!

  74. Bobbie Desalernos on May 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Transportation from Albuquerque to Window rock?

  75. Mary Walker on May 5, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I’ll be sure to mention them next week too! Thanks for bringing it up!

  76. lyle t on May 4, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    OK,I see, you mentioned Hubbell. Sorry!

  77. Lyle T. Yazzie on May 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Please mention the Hubbell Art Auction-Hubbell Trading Post-May 14,2011

  78. Mary Walker on April 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I’ve asked Daniel to send me a picture. I’ll let you know what I find out.

  79. Daniel Logg on April 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I have a large rug which has the navajo storm pattern, but has cotton warp and weft. It also has a few added fringes on the end that were added after the rug was woven. I was wondering if you might have some idea of the time period that this rug might have been woven? I can send some photos if that would help. Thanks, Daniel

  80. Mary Walker on April 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Don, the 2” Velcro is about right. We just place the rug so that it holds and we’ve found that it provides the best overall support without clamping or creating extra hanging weight. You only need the hook side unless the rug is an older one that’s had a lot of foot traffic. You just press the rug lightly until it holds and gently peel it off when you want to do maintenance or rotate the side displayed.

  81. Don Mawhinney on April 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I have found 2″ “industrial” Velcro at Hobby Lobby. Is this too much for the rug, possibly causing some deterioration when I remove it to flip the rug?

  82. Pam Root on April 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    This is for Beth Robertson. I am a professor of education and we are working on an integrated sustainability unit for our future teachers. Would you be willing to share your “woolery” curriculum” with us?

  83. Mary Walker on March 23, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Beth, I’ll send you a private email on this. Thank you for your comment.

  84. Beth Robertson on March 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I really like this site. I am enrolled with the Navajo Nation and I grew up and live in South Carolina. I am enrolled at Shiprock. I love to knit and weave and anything else about the felting arts. I card wool and spin. I use a lap loom and a shuttle loom and knitting looms and of course knitting needles I also create felted works of art. I would love to learn how to weave on a Navajo loom and thanks to you I can. I wanted to know if there is some way that financial assistance can be provided so that I can participate in the online classrooms.I am always w/a loom or knitting needles and my love for the art has allowed me the priviledge to teach others. I have recently been asked to teach children at libraries and schools on spinning, weaving, knitting and felting. I have a “woolery curriculum” that I have used with my children that incorporates fiber arts and handwork through the history of wool, weaving, knitting, chemistry (natural dying), geography, math concepts, balance, our connection to all things in nature and of course stories of Spider Woman.
    Thank You
    Beth Robertson

  85. Avril Sheppard on March 15, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Hi Mary
    I’ve been following the pictures you’ve been posting on your site, and I just have to comment on the one of Marilou Shultz spinning “under the watchful eye of her Mother”…it says so much…about spinning, but about mothers and daughters too…it’s a jewel.

  86. Mary Walker on March 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Darn, I wish I’d been there to bid against you!

  87. mike sparkman on March 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Mary….was able to achieve a rug goal by purchasing a Burnham weaving by Sandy Begay…at an umbelievably low price in Crownpoint. (you helped me purchase a rose yazzie at Hubble)

  88. Mary Walker on March 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Carol, our schedule for this year is very full. It doesn’t look like we’ll have anything in Oregon.

  89. Mary Walker on March 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    The closest classes that I know of are at the Fiber Factory in Mesa.

  90. Carol Welch on March 11, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I would love to go to one of your boot camps. Is there any chance you would be in Oregon?

  91. Jill on March 11, 2011 at 9:48 am

    my brother made me a navajo loom years ago and I even have the warp and weft required. I just need to learn how to weave on it. I was wondering if you knew of classes in Tucson. Thanks, Jill

  92. Mary Walker on February 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    We will be releasing a DVD on the horse cinch this summer.

  93. Mary Walker on February 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. I secure the ends of a repair warp with a t-pin. I like the 1 ¾” pins that they sell at Jo-Ann.

  94. Avery on February 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Question: I am doing my second navajo weaving and the warp frayed apart in one area. Is there a fix for this? I have tied a new thread but does not stay tight once the warp is retightened.

  95. Nick Duren on February 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    i am interested in learning to weave the Navajo cinch maybe you could tell what to read or maybe you have a class thanks

  96. Mary Walker on January 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

    The next beginner session should start around March 13th. I’ll post registration soon. Thanks for your interest in learning to weave the Navajo way!

  97. Margaretha Fletcher on January 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I love all you have posted on your site, I hope to learn how to weave Navajo someday.

  98. Dinah Rose on January 20, 2011 at 6:27 am

    When will your next online beginning Navajo weaving class be?
    Dinah Rose

  99. Mary Walker on December 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    We have a proposal in to do a workshop at the Estes Park Wool Market, but we haven’t gotten an answer on it yet. We usually do a three day class in Utah, but we won’t have a date until January. Thanks for your interest!

  100. anita on December 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Do you have any 3 day courses scheduled for 2011?

  101. Sandy Gally on October 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Excitement Plus,Mary!! Just received “The Weaver’s Book How To Weave the Navajo Way” What a wonderful job ya’ll did. Now I can finish my rug.
    Congratulations on a Job Well Done!

  102. Mary Walker on September 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    The book is available at this link. It’s self published and the ISBN is 978-0-615-37744-5. The book is supported by online multimedia files that the student can use to re-enforce the printed material. I hope that helps!

  103. Suzanna Hermans on September 4, 2010 at 8:10 am

    We have a customer looking for your book on Navajo weaving by Mary Walker & Liz Munk. Can you send us ordering info, ISBN, price, etc. Thank you.

  104. Jackie Schweitzer on August 27, 2010 at 8:36 am

    hello, if you happen to have a cancellation for Oct. 2010, i would like to take the spot. if not, probably May 2011. i have a 2nd person coming but he is not a weaver. thanks!

  105. Mary Walker on August 23, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Our physical address is protected on the web site but appears on all of our online transactions and invoices. We can provide references from past students if you’d like them. We have provided classes on the Navajo Nation since 2000 and have taught over 500 students. Please contact me via email if you’d like to set up a phone or web conference to discuss a class. Thanks for your interest in learning to weave the Navajo way!

  106. Mary Ann Polacek on August 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I am interested in signing up for future classes, but dont see contact info to discuss classes beforehand as you require or firsttimers. Also I dont do cyperspace business without a physical address involved when invovling money-waaaay too much internet fraud out there to submit deposits to cyperspace. Please advise how to contact you and engage in synchronous conversation about upcoming classes. Thank you.

  107. Mary Walker on August 19, 2010 at 7:47 am

    I’ve got it fixed now. The dates were right, but the year was wrong! Thanks for the heads up.

  108. Judy Spivey on August 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    tried to sign up for Oct 2011 class and when I add to cart is comes up Oct 2010. Please advise. Thanks

  109. Mary Walker on August 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Judy, your husband is very welcome to join us for the field trips. We frequently have spouses, significant others and even BFF’s along. If he’s willing to drive, that’s even better.

  110. Judy Soivey on August 18, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I want to attend your class in 2011, my husband wants to come for the field trips but not to weave, it that possible, we are willing to drive our car as the extra car. Thanks judy

  111. Mary Walker on August 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Tyra Preston, Roy Kady’s neice teaches at Village Wools and Morris Muskett (http:/www.morrismuskett.com)is also in Albuquerque. Naomi was able to get in touch with Tyra, who is helping her out.

  112. Naomi julian on August 9, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I am desperate for some help with warping a navajo loom. Could anyone help me? I am in Albuquerque and have been weaving on the navajo loom for a few years, but still having problems with warping.

    Thank you, Naomi

  113. Jan HP on August 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Hi Mary-Is there any chance you have a picture of the class looms used at Convergence? (I met you in Window Rock last spring (VT natives) and I have pics of the 2 rugs we bought at the Adopt A Native spring Food Run! See you soon-Jan

  114. John Sandstrom on August 1, 2010 at 11:52 am

    At Convergence you mentioned the possiblity of on-line classes. Is there any time frame I should be checking for them to start?
    Thanks again for your and Jenne Slick’s teaching at Convergence. They were great classes.

  115. Mary Walker on July 31, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I’m not aware of anyone in Florida, but other readers may know!

  116. Mary Walker on July 31, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I will be sending some wool! Please send me your address privately. Others interested in donating some yarn should contact me.

  117. G. Lewis on July 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Im a Navajo weaver and I’m trying to completed a piece for College Expenses (Redheart yarn is all I can afford right now).
    Im seeking Some Donors of scrap wool/ Full Skeins. So I can make some pieces for my College expenses this Fall 2010.

  118. Florida Sue on July 28, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Can you put me in contact with a Navajo-style weaver in Florida?

  119. Janean on July 25, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Where do students lodge for classes?

  120. kathleen higham on July 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I’d like to join with you when it starts again!

  121. Mary Walker on July 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    The Munsell color system was developed to provide a precise numeric description of color based on hue, value or lightness and color purity (referred to by Munsell as chroma). This precision is helpful in mixing dyes to achieve the desired results. There is a Munsell study group on Weavolution.com, but I was too busy teaching right now to join. I hope there will be enough people interested to do another group later this year. If you haven’t already joined Weavolution, I’d encourage you to do it. The current study group is called the Munsell+dye study group.

  122. Emmy on July 8, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I’m curious now. What is a Munsell group?

  123. Pam Hellman on July 7, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Yes, please do add me to the waiting lists. I’ll also be checking for the 2011 schedule. Thanks for replying!

  124. Mary Walker on July 7, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Pam, thank you so much for your interest in our class. We can’t add an additional class this year due to other commitments that we have, but we can add you to our waiting list in case there’s a cancellation and we’ll be posting our 2011 schedule soon.

  125. Mary Walker on July 7, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I hope suggest another one later in the year. I’m way too busy to participate right now.

  126. kathleen higham on July 6, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Mary, will another Munsell group start up? I’ve been reading on the web aboutit and would loved to participate in it.

  127. Pam on July 5, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Is there a possibility that you might add another Weaving In Beauty Class and Tour for this year? I came to the page tonight and saw that the July/August class is full. (Good news for you but bad news for me.)

  128. Mary Walker on June 23, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Look for an online cinch class and more online classes in general starting in mid-October. Thanks for your interest!

  129. Emmy on June 22, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Does anyone ever teach an online class in cinch weaving.There’s
    not much here in Oklahoma.

  130. Mary Walker on May 30, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Tapestry grade pieces generally find a market outside auction venues. There are relatively few pieces of true Navajo tapestry, which is a class of weaving with 80+ wefts per inch. The Toadlena and Two Grey Hills Trading posts are the best sources for tapestries in natural colors and Perry Null’s and Richardson’s in Gallup carry limited numbers of both Two Grey Hills and other tapestry grade pieces. Be prepared to pay $300 and more for good tapestry grade weaving. Some larger tapestry pieces can take well over a year to weave.

  131. Doug in Denver on May 27, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I went to the Crownpoint auction a couple weeks ago for the first time, really enjoyed it and purchased a couple of beautiful rugs. For my next rug, though, I’m thinking I’d like to get a small tapestry. I didn’t see any tapestry quality weavings at the auction in May and wondered whether you ever see them at Crownpoint?

  132. Jim on May 19, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Question on behalf of Lillie Dugi. “How does one participate in your Weavings For Sale?

  133. Mary Walker on April 26, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Not to worry, they’re in the process of changing mills. I’ve had a chance to help them with it and it’s been fun.

  134. Mary Walker on April 26, 2010 at 8:06 am

    You will love it. Roy is a very special person and you’ll learn a lot from him.

  135. DebraJ on April 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Mary, I ordered some wool from Burnham’s. The lady there told me that their source in Philadelphia went out of business. So they bought the rest of their yarn. She said after that runs out they would be getting churro. Thanks for the tip.

  136. Kathleen Higham on April 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Mary. I get to attend a work shop by Roy Kady in Idaho falls! Lucky me!!!

  137. Pat Johnson on April 14, 2010 at 7:04 am

    K.Y. Emberson: Yes, mark is still in business. I just purchased a loom from him. His website provider went out of business. I’ll see if I can find the email I received from him.

  138. susan Mendenhall on April 12, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Curious to know if this is Mary R Walker who at one point did metalsmithing or silversmithing?

    Thank You so much

  139. Celinda Hall on March 14, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I live in Albuquerque, NM and I am looking for a class here in town. One school I can find is booked up. Don’t want to have to take a vacation just to take a class. thanks

  140. k.y. emberson on March 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Does anyone know if Mark Deschinny is still in business? I paid for looms and tools almost a year ago, he doesn’t respond to any contacts and still no looms or money returned. Any info? Thank you.

  141. michael H. on March 12, 2010 at 10:38 am

    hello,I’m trying to find information on a weaver by the name of “Bissi Claws”.I recently purchased a rug that was made by her in 1984. Thank You!

  142. Bonnie Allen on March 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Does anyone know of any weavers in Illinois? thanks, Bonnie

  143. anna florence atimango on March 3, 2010 at 4:42 am

    thanks for the onine class.i would like to know more about different types of plain weaves.

  144. Joan Van Wagner on February 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Interested in info. for begin.navajo weaving classes in Auburn April 30-May.I live in Rocklin. Thank you for any info. re: avail.,cost,time. Also have grandfathers old horse blankets I would like to learn how to repair. Joan

  145. Tracy Siebenthal on February 16, 2010 at 6:30 am

    I am interested in coming out to attend one of your seminars. Can you tell me about the overnight accommodations? I am anxious to expand my horizons!

  146. LINDA HERNANDEZ on February 13, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    i am interested in the next online class or if there are any classes around toledo ohio.

  147. linda hernandez on February 13, 2010 at 8:42 am

    i would like to know when the next on line weaving class will be held

  148. Alison Halsey on February 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Long time no contact! My fault! I am doing well and continue to weave mostly on the portable loom although I did make myself a large wooden one. Time problem – work gets in the way. A few friends asked me about teaching them to weave and I said I would try. Believe me they will be no threat to the Navajo weavers.

    Could I buy from you 6 smaller width forks and 6 medium length and width battens? The problem is I need them by February 25th. Is that possible????
    A snow storm here knocked everything out for a week and a half hence I am behind on ordering things. Thanks. Let me know how much and if I can send a check or do you want a credit card number.
    I still long to be back on the reservation and weaving – what a great 3 weeks. I hope to be back this summer for a brief visit in July.

    Alison Halsey
    32 Franklin St.
    Annapolis, MD 21401

  149. Mary Walker on January 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    It’s possible that someone else will be doing them, but Jennie Slick and I will not be coming back any time soon.

  150. Oshea on January 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Will there be any navajo weaving classes in massachusetts this year?


  151. Mary Walker on December 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I’ve provided Topsy with my mailing address. I’ll post pictures and a review when I’ve had a chance to look at the samples.

  152. topsy holmes on December 28, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    i would be happy to send some samples. perhaps you might email me with an address, of where to send them. topsy@dragonflychurros.com

  153. Mary Walker on December 28, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Perhaps if you could send some samples?

  154. topsy holmes on December 28, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    i live in colorado and i have beautiful commercially spun navajo churro yarn. i would love to sell it to navajo weavers. i have all the natural colors. any ideas on how to get this yarn to the weavers? or get to know the weavers who are looking for navajo churro?

  155. Mary Walker on December 18, 2009 at 11:36 am

    No, the C-Cactusflower loom has a unique way of producing a Navajo warp with a system using two combs, but you can’t change the spacing of the warp or attach a traditional warp. For a portable loom that is warped traditionally, contact Mark Deschinny at http://www.markdeschinny.com..

  156. Jan HP on December 18, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Hi Mary & Jennie- I have a question about the C-Cactus Flower loom. Jennie-are you able to warp this loom in the tradional way for a Navajo rug? Love all your rugs!! Jan

  157. Mary Walker on November 18, 2009 at 11:03 am

    You can interview me if you want to Gabrielle. Some of the weavers with web sites are also possibilities.

  158. Gabrielle Poorman on November 18, 2009 at 10:14 am

    My name is Gabrielle Poorman and I was wondering if I could interview someone who knows about rug weaving. I’m in college and have a research paper to write and i need to interview someone. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You

  159. Mary Walker on November 18, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Yes, it’s my weaving! I get so busy washing, repairing and writing about other people’s rugs that I only finish about two pieces a year! Thanks for the compliment; it was a fun piece to weave.

  160. Jan HP on November 17, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Mary-did you weave the Social Dancers weaving yourself? It is beautiful!

  161. Mary Walker on November 8, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    If someone attends this event, please feel free to write an article if there’s weaving related content. I’m teaching a class that weekend.

  162. Deborah Downs on November 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm


    I don’t know if your are interested; however, The 13 Grandmothers Council will be meeting in Sedona, Dec 3-6. Below is their website.


  163. Mary Walker on October 19, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I’m checking with Vickie to find out which event. The chances are that we’ll be doing it again.

  164. vickie armstrong on October 19, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Will you be having another miniature navajo weaving event like the one on your website.

  165. Mary Walker on July 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Let’s see! There’s sheep shearing, wool processing, spinning, dyeing…. We’ll have to be sure that they follow up!

  166. Lesia Spencer on July 23, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    In reference to Weaver’s Day in Window Rock, FYI .. the NN council passed legislation for starting up “Green Jobs” within the nation … one of the suggestions was a wool/weaving coop for local weavers … I think that’s a pretty good start … now, to think of types of jobs!

  167. Jane Gerard on July 22, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    we have just started with a beautiful herd of Churra, we are looking for weavers or hide tanners working in the old ways- any one out there?

  168. Eddie Bonnie on July 8, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Just want to say hello to all weavers and buyers. I’m a male navajo rug weaver of Wide Ruins,Az. Bye

  169. Mary Walker on May 29, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    It depends on the weaver. D.Y. Begay and Morris Muskett certainly do. Some of the other weavers work directly with private clients. You can use the individual links to contact any of the artists whose work you’re interested in. What I try to do at my site is to provide a (free) link for any Navajo weaver who has a personal web site so that they have a conduit to higher search engine rankings and wider public exposure for their work.

  170. Lisa Reiser on May 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Do any of your artists ever exhibit in private galleries?

  171. Mary Walker on May 16, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    It’s very easy to convert the Deschinny loom to turnbuckles. This particular student had a fairly wide warp and she used four turnbuckles that were about 7″ long and attached them to the upper board in the back. I’ll try to find some other pictures of it. It worked very well. The turnbuckles could have been attached to the front board, but the warp was a bit too long to do that.

  172. Mary on May 16, 2009 at 9:20 am

    We would like to convert a Mark
    Deschinney Yazhi loom to turnbuckles (like loom in back on pic #7 of the finish line). Any advice or suggestions, and maybe another picture? Thanks.

  173. Mary Walker on April 23, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Jany, with the resources that you have available, I’d definitely encourage you to give it a try. I think that the scarce resource that you’ll have to deal with is time, not money. Processing your own wool is not expensive, but it is time intensive. That’s probably why your friend is buying her wool. Weaving the Navajo way isn’t a rich person’s hobby, but it does require time and patience. I’ll send you a personal email with more information.

  174. Jany on April 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I teach High School art and we have an ag department with sheep, and a wood shop, I would like to teach Navojo style weaving. Is there a simple way to prepare the wool? from sheep to spinning, I have a friend with a spinning wheel. Buts she buys her wool. Money is, of course, non existant. Am I trying to bite off too much, is this a rich mans hobby?

  175. Mary Walker on February 19, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Jim, thank you for being the first to use the new comment and question feature! On the East Coast, you can contact Firewatch Weavers in Brimfield, Massachusetts or Wild West Weaver in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Most people build their own loom and I’m going to post a plan for a workshop sized loom on the site later today.

  176. James Peiffer on February 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I want to do small blankets or rugs where you can sit at a counter and work on. Where can I get the supplies I need. I live in Pa. regards, Jim

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