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Navajo Weaving Techniques Boot Camp in Missoula, Montana (May 20-23, 2021)

May 19 @ 9:00 am May 22 @ 7:00 pm MDT

Navajo Weaving Techniques Boot Camp is Coming to APORTA Shop in Missoula, Montana!

Navajo weaving techniquesGloria Begay, Jennie Slick, and Mary Walker invite you to learn about weaving the Navajo way.  In partnership with APORTA Shop, they are bringing their popular Navajo Weaving Techniques Boot Camp class to Missoula, Montana for four days, May 20-23 (Memorial Day weekend).  The class tuition of $500 includes the use of a loom and tools.  You may use your own yarn or purchase some from us.  You’ll also receive a digital download of our textbook, a sacking needle, edging cord, and binding string.   The class lets you can try Navajo style weaving without investing in equipment that you may not use later.  Don’t worry, though!  We’ll have plenty of looms, tools, and yarn for your shopping pleasure.  We tailor our classes to the needs of our students.  You’ll weave seated in a chair with your loom on a table.   You may bring your own loom subject to space limitations.   

What can you learn at a Navajo Weaving Techniques Boot Camp Class?

The class is suitable for levels from beginner to advanced and we are limiting the total enrollment to 12 students to ensure that you have enough individualized attention from our three instructors. Our typical teaching day at boot camp starts at 8 AM and goes until around 8 PM, so you can expect to learn a lot as long you can stay awake. You can see below what we cover in each track.  If you are interested in the more advanced tracks, but worried that you don’t have a firm enough command of the prerequisites, please contact me and we’ll figure out the best fit for you.  Our classes are small enough and personal enough that we can work with you to progress no matter where you are in your weaving journey.  

Beginners will learn:

  • Loom warping
  • Basic weaving
  • Basic joins
  • Problem-solving
  • Finishing

The only pre-requisite is an open mind!

More advanced students can extend their knowledge by exploring the following:

  • Use of side selvage cords
  • Designing for accuracy and symmetry
  • Perfecting the interlock and turned join
  • Combining the interlock and turned join
  • Outlining the interlock and turned join
  • Wedge weave introduction
  • Raised Outline introduction

Are you intermediate?  Are you advanced?  If you can warp your own loom, can handle the basics of weaving without too much help and have completed two or more pieces, you’re probably an intermediate weaver.  You’re moving to advanced when you weave six or more progressively larger, more complex pieces.  People don’t fit into slots, so we’ll work with you to expand your skills as much as we can.  

Your Navajo Weaving Boot Camp Instructors

Navajo weaving techniques class August 2019Jennie Slick

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 because she says, “you’re not supposed to be stingy with it.”   

Jennie is a very patient teacher, so her students come back for more classes to increase their knowledge. She is fluent in Navajo and can teach in either Navajo or English.


Navajo weaving techniques class August 2019

Gloria Begay

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 weaving and design.  Gloria’s Chief Blanket and Burntwater designs are outstanding.  She experiments with design, and she loves natural dyes.  

Gloria is very encouraging, and so 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 strives to be a better weaver, so the chances are that you will be too!

Registration, cancellation, and refund policies

A deposit holds your place in our Navajo weaving techniques boot camp class.  Deposits are non-refundable. If you can’t attend the session you’ve registered for, deposits may be transferred to another class as long as pay any difference in tuition.  Tuition must be paid in full 90 days before your class begins.    If low enrollment forces a class cancellation, we will refund your deposit. We will make this determination six months before your class, and we will inform you immediately should we need to do it.   Unpredictable conditions like weather, employment, and medical emergencies may affect your ability to attend a class. We highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to cover the portions of your trip that may not be refundable. 


May 19, 2022 @ 9:00 am MDT
May 22, 2022 @ 7:00 pm MDT
117 W Front St
Missoula, MT 59802 United States


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