Raised Outline Weaving: An Advanced Class with Liz Munk(Friday Afternoons: October 23, 30, Nov 6)
November 6, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm MST
Raised outline weaving emerged as a specialized technique in Navajo weaving in the first half of the 20th century. The earliest examples come from an area called Coalmine Mesa, in the northwestern part of Navajo country. In the 1960s and 1970s, some weavers from this area relocated to an area that became known as New Lands (near Sanders, AZ). These relocated weavers developed a New Lands version of the Coalmine Mesa Outline. Raised Outline extends from what conventional handweavers call the Pick and Pick technique. Navajo weavers call it Coalmine or Railroad Tracks. By carefully manipulating the threads, each design element sports a distinctive ridged or raised outline. Weavings produced using raised outline techniques aren’t reversible, as most Navajo weavings are. If you’re ready, Liz Munk will guide you through the challenge of raised outline weaving.
Raised Outline Weaving: What You Will Learn
There are two basic methods of doing raised outline weaving. Liz will take you through both approaches in this class. You’ll learn how to execute raised outline as the basis of a design and how to incorporate it as an area of a design. You’ll produce a sampler using the techniques, and you’ll receive a complete instructional handout and you’ll have access to video resources. We’ll look at examples of raised outline weaving by Larry Yazzie, Lena Curtis, Linda Curtis, Rena Robertson, William Whitehair, and Mary Whitesinger, and Sarah Warren. And there’s a rap song too. It’s a plethora of new skills that will add to your pandemic coping skillset!
This is not a beginner class. It’s aimed at weavers who have at least intermediate weaving skills. You should be familiar with Pick and Pick or Coalmine weaves. You’ll warp your loom to about 12″ by 16″ prior to the start of class. Navajo, tapestry, frame, or horizontal looms will all work for this class. Your loom should be warped about 8 ends per inch and you should have several colors of worsted weight yarn available.
Your Instructor: Liz Munk
Liz has studied Navajo and backstrap weaving techniques for the last 25 years. She is a co-author of Atł’óhí Binaaltsoos (The Weaver’s Book) and has taught Navajo weaving techniques at the Fiber Factory in Mesa, AZ, and at Weaving in Beauty in Gallup, NM. She has worked as a textile conservator and appraiser. Liz has just completed a term as the chairperson of the Friends of Hubbell Scholarship Committee. She lives in Tempe, AZ.