How to Warp a Navajo Loom: Just the Warp! (11/18, 11/20 Wednesday and Friday Afternoons)
November 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm MST
How to Warp a Navajo Loom: Just the Warp! takes the student through the whole process of preparing a warp for weaving on a Navajo loom. This class is geared toward students who have knowledge of weaving but need to learn or re-learn how to warp a Navajo loom. Students will prepare a small 12″ x 16″ warp. If you need assistance with a larger warp, you’ll need more time than this class allows. You can arrange a private session with Gloria or Jennie if you want assistance with a larger project.
Instructors Jennie Slick and Gloria Begay work with a maximum of four students at a time. Students also receive a digital copy of Atł’óhí Binaaltsoos (The Weaver’s Book) and access to video instructions. We suggest watching the warping portion of the videos before class to get the most out of the class.
You’ll need the following materials to warp your Navajo loom:
- Navajo loom or a sturdy frame that designed for Navajo style warping, or a frame that you can pound four nails into
- Optional: Four nails and a hammer for frames that do not have pre-drilled holes
- 4 3/4″ or 1″ dowels 18″ long or wide enough to go across your warping frame
- A ball of Navajo warp wound tightly about the size of a golf ball. (2″)
- 6 feet of 2 or 3 ply edging cord
- One ball of cotton twine
- One sacking needle 3″ to 4″ long
- Optional: Neosporin and bandaids (sacking needles are sharp)