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Navajo Weaving Techniques, Beginner and Intermediate (Saturday Afternoons, March 14, 21, 28, Apr 4, 11)
March 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 11, 2020
Navajo Weaving Techniques Class Description:
Navajo Weaving Techniques: Learn with Diné instructors Jennie Slick and Gloria Begay. Beginners will learn plain and stripe weaving and joining techniques. Intermediate students will build on their knowledge to make more perfect joins, plan designs, and learn about the textile market. Both beginner and intermediate students will learn how to prevent and manage problems as they arise. The five-week class should allow you enough time to finish your first weaving and warp a second. Store staff members are available to help with questions in between classes.
Tuition for the class is $250, including a loom, weaving comb, and batten. You can return the loom and tools within two weeks of the end of your class and receive a $75 refund if you decide that this type of weaving is not for you. Tuition is $150 if you provide your loom and tools. Looms must be less than 30 inches in width. Either way, the class includes a digital download of our book, a sacking needle, dowels, three skeins of wool, and warp. Intermediate students will receive copies of our handout during class.
Navajo Weaving Techniques Instructors:
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 continually 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 is instructing this session.
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 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. She is fluent in Navajo and can teach in either Navajo or English. Jennie will be teaching this session.
What to Expect in Beginning Navajo Weaving Techniques
Week 1: You’ll learn how to warp and you’ll mount the warp on the loom. If possible, you’ll do a little weaving on that first day. You’re probably going to be tired by the end of the day! Don’t worry, though; we’ll be around during the week to help you with questions!
Week 2: You’ll learn how to manipulate the tools and how to do plain weave, and we’ll show you some interesting aspects of stripe weaves. Let’s start talking about design. We’ll pester you if you put your fork down all the time. We’ll take a look at the rugs in the shop and talk about weaving history.
Week 3: Let’s add some design! You’ll weave block patterns and learn to develop designs. Gloria and Jennie will allow you to go as far as you want to with design, but you need to be able to work relatively independently during the week. They’ll keep it simple enough to understand and challenging enough to be interesting.
Week 4: Continue working on your pattern. We will solve any problems developing! We’ll talk about diagonal lines and maybe give them a try. You should be past the halfway point, so we’ll begin to talk about finishing.
Week 5: We’ll continue to talk about finishing techniques and begin planning your next weaving adventure. We will show you to spin the edging cord for your next project. deb
Week 6: We will be available for help and questions.
What to Expect in Intermediate Navajo Weaving Techniques
Week 1: Practice your warping techniques with Jennie and Gloria’s supervision. You’ll warp as independently as possible, but you can get help when you need it.
Week 2: Let’s talk about design! We’ll look in-depth at some of the design techniques used in rugs in the shop. Bring your design ideas and learn about computer-based tools that make designing easier. Bring your previous weaving and learn how to count warps and wefts and how to use this information to make designs more precise.
Week 3: See how weavers use outlining to add visual impact to their work. See how to do outlines in turned join and interlock work.
Week 4: Thinking about your next weaving? Great! We will visit area traders to see what they are looking for in the rugs that they are buying, and we’ll talk about the Navajo weaving market with local traders like Bill Malone.
Week 5: You’re probably starting to think about your next weaving! Let’s look at some advanced techniques like the raised outline, wedge weave, and twill. You may want to try one or all three on your next project.
After your class ends: We will be available for help and questions.
Navajo Weaving Techniques Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policies
We will cancel a session if the weather is bad. We will make up any canceled 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 but transferable deposit is required to hold a seat in the class.