Learn beginning Navajo weaving techniques online with Diné instructor Gloria Begay. You’ll learn plain and stripe weaving and joining techniques. Gloria will show you how she designs on the loom and will help you solve problems as they arise. The five-week class should allow you enough to time to finish your first weaving and warp a second. Store staff members are available to help with questions in between classes. As an online student, you will be part of an in-person class here at Weaving in Beauty, with your online feed monitored by a dedicated staff member who will handle any technical issues and make sure that you receive an immediate answer to your questions.
Tuition for the class is $150. You’ll also receive a digital download of our book, a sacking needle, dowels, three skeins of wool and warp. Your book will give you plans for a Navajo style loom, but we do have looms that can be shipped easily and require minimal assembly. If you don’t want to build a loom, we can ship you a basic kit (within the U.S. only) for $100 plus shipping. Just select the “with loom kit” option and we’ll get it right out. Please order by Feb. 8 to ensure arrival by the time class starts.
Beginning Navajo Weaving Instructor:
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 is instructing this session with help from Mary Walker.
What to Expect in Beginning Navajo Weaving Techniques
Week 1: You’ll learn how the loom is warped 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 fairly 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. Have your loom and tools back in the shop by November 25 to avoid additional charges.
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.
WebEx Meetings 1.3 System Requirements for Weaving in Beauty Online Classes
We use Webex Meetings for our online classroom. Webex will allow you so see your fellow students. You’ll be able to ask questions and interact with your class. If you are unsure whether your computer will work with Webex, please contact us before your class start date so that we can run a test for you. It should take less than 30 minutes.
- Intel Core2 Duo CPU 2.XX GHz or AMD processor. (2 GB of RAM recommended)
- Active X enabled and unblocked for Microsoft Internet Explorer (recommended)
- Java 6.0
- Intel processor (512 MB of RAM or more recommended)
- Plug-ins enabled in Safari
WebEx will support any Linux distribution as long as it meets the following minimum requirements:
- Kernel: 2.6 or later
- X Lib: X11R6 or later compatible
- C++ Lib: libstdc++ 6
- Desktop Environment: XFce 4.0 or later, KDE, Ximian, Gnome
- GDK/GTK+ version: 2.0 or later
- Glib: 2.0 or later
- Java 1.6