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Beginner Plus-Intermediate Navajo Techniques (Sunday mornings, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, 25, Apr. 8)
March 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
An event every 2 weeks that begins at 9:00am on Sunday, repeating until April 8, 2018
Improve Your Weaving Skills with our Beginner Plus-Intermediate Navajo Techniques Class
The Beginner Plus-Intermediate Navajo Techniques class will help you to take your weaving skills beyond the beginner level and will help you to explore the creative world of patterns, colors and textures. You’ll see how to approach the design process as you develop your own distinctive style of weaving. Each of the four bi-weekly classes will provide you with time in the classroom with your instructor as well as a 30 minute discussion of wool types, top weavers work, weaving history and, for our Navajo students, an introduction to marketing your work.
Class Prerequisites and Syllabus
You must have your own loom and be able to warp it with minimal assistance. You must have your own dowels and weaving tools. The class will cover the following:
- Week one: warp your loom under instructor supervision, discussion of wool/yarn selection
- Week two: design consideration and approaches to pattern; development of traditional patterns in Navajo weaving
- Week three: continue work on your current piece; discussion of weaving problems and solutions; trends in contemporary weaving
- Week four: refine your finishing techniques; plan further weaving projects; discussion of marketing considerations
Our store staff is always available to assist you with questions between your class sessions. Most of the time, we can solve problems within a few minutes. There is no additional charge for help in between classes, but please understand that we may need to help other customers while you are in the store. You are always welcome to weave in the classroom or in the shop during store hours.
Navajo Weaving Techniques 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. Her 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.
Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policies
We sometimes have to cancel a session because of inclement weather. 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.