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Online Beginning Navajo Weaving Techniques (Thursday Afternoons August 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24)

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September 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm MDT

Online Beginning Navajo Weaving Class

Learn beginning Navajo weaving techniques online with Diné instructor Gloria Begay and her Anglo assistant Mary Walker.   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 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, we will do our best to give you a quality experience that is as close to having you here in person as we can get.  

Tuition for the class is $150.   When you register, we will schedule an onboarding session with you to make sure that you have access to the classroom and that you have what you need to start the class.  You’ll also receive a digital download of our book.  The book will show you what you need to have to get started.  The book has plans for a Navajo style loom, but we do have looms that can be shipped easily and require minimal assembly, and there are options that are even less expensive.  Like a picture frame or canvas stretcher bars.  

Beginning Navajo Weaving Instructor: 

Gloria Begay with a student

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 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.   

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.

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 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.  

Week 6:  We will be available for help and questions. 

Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policies

A deposit is required to hold a seat in any class.  If you are ill and miss a class, you can make it up at a later time.  

System Requirments

We use Zoom for our classroom.  Please check the requirements here to make sure that you’ll be able to participate.


  • Hi! I’m so happy to be registered for the class that begins this Thursday, August 27th. I’ve not yet received an email with the details of the class; I’m checking here because I have recently had some difficulties with my email. My partner built my loom yesterday; I’ve oiled it and will give it a second coat of Danish oil today. I’ve purchased the items for weaving that were attached to the back of loom plan; but have absolutely no idea how they will be used. The mystery is so exciting! At this point I do have a question though: what should we use for the warp yarn? I’m so looking for to hearing from you and eagerly awaiting the first day of class!
    Thanks so much,
    Debbie Hoover

    • Debbie, I’ll get that information out to you this morning! That will tell you how to download your textbook. Review the list of warping supplies on page 18 and then let’s talk!

      • Hi Mary,

        I wasn’t able to reply to your email; it was returned with a communication error message.

        Thanks so much for all of the great information. I’ve ordered some wool warp; hopefully it will come soon. If it doesn’t make it by class time, I’ve got LOTS of acrylic weaving yarn that I can practice with. I was just recently gifted 80 3-5lb cones!

        I will have to get the turnbuckles; so happy I waited to do that as I was about to purchase them with two closed ends. I haven’t seen in the videos where the galvanized wire is used; but I haven’t read that portion of the book in its entirety yet either. So I suppose I will learn what it’s used for. I was waiting for that purchase as I didn’t see it in Big R yesterday. I might have to go into town to Lowes for that.

        I have used Zoom on numerous occasions and am very familiar with that tool. I am confident that I should be able to connect once the link is sent out. Will you send that out a couple of days prior to class?

        There seems like there is lots to learn and I’m very excited and happy that I have this opportunity. Looking forward to Thursday!!

        Thanks again for sending all of the information so quickly.


        Sent from my iPhone


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