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Weavers’ Winter Resort and Heard Museum Indian Market Navajo Weaving Boot Camp in Mesa Arizona (March 4-8, 2020)

March 4 @ 9:00 am March 8 @ 12:00 pm MST

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IMG_0528Navajo Weaving  Boot Camp is in Mesa again in 2020!

The Weaving in Beauty Boot Camp Team (Jennie Slick, Gloria Begay, Liz Munk, and Mary Walker) will be bringing our Navajo Weaving Boot Camp class to Mesa, Arizona on March 4-8, 2020 with our ninth (!) Phoenix area boot camp.  We will be able to accommodate up to 10 students and will be offering three tracks (just like those fancy schmancy conferences do).  What are those tracks you ask?  Well, they are on the handy table below!

  • Track I: Beginning Navajo Weaving

    • Instructor: Jennie Slick
    • You’ll learn
      • Loom warping
      • Basic weaving
      • Basic joins
      • Problem-solving
    • Pre-requisites
      • Open mind
  • Track II: Intermediate Navajo Weaving

    • Instructor: Gloria Begay
      • You’ll learn
        • 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
        • Introduction to Wedge Weave
        • Introduction to Raised Outline
      • Pre-requisites
        • Must be able to warp a Navajo style loom with minimal assistance
        • Must be able to do basic weaving
        • Should have completed one to two weavings
  • Track III: Advanced Topics in Navajo Weaving

    • Instructor: Liz Munk
      • You’ll learn
        • Twill and double weave techniques
        • Combining joins 
        • Considerations for larger weaving
      • Pre-requisites
          • Must be able to warp a Navajo style loom
          • Ability to execute basic designs
          • Understanding of stripe weaves like Coalmine & Crystal
          • Experience in the use of side selvage cords
          • Should have completed three to four weavings

Which Track is Right for Me and What Else Will We Be Doing? 

If you are interested in any of 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.   More good news, we’re pretty flexible if you want to jump between tracks. We are inviting Navajo weavers who are in the Phoenix area for the Heard Museum Indian Market to drop by the class and hang out, especially in the evening.  Our boot camp format means that we’ll be starting at 8 AM and will be in class until 9 PM.  This concentrated program allows students to accomplish a lot during our time together. In addition to working our little fingers to the bone, we’ll be visiting the Heard Museum Indian Market and Old Town Scottsdale.  

Tuition, deposits, and details

The cost for the class is $475 regardless of the track you choose and includes the use of tools and a free download of either our current book or the more advanced volume that we are currently working on.  If you would like to use a loom, let us know, and we will be glad to arrange that for you, free of charge, which means that you can show up with nothing but your clothes on and learn to weave.  If you are bringing your own loom, that’s fine too.  Please let us know if your loom is more than 36″ wide.  All tracks will be warping on the first day of class or you may pre-warp your loom if you are in the intermediate or advanced group.  A deposit of $200 for new students or $25 for students who have attended any previous Weaving in Beauty class is required to hold your seat. You’ll receive an invoice that will allow you to pay the remainder online or by check at any time before January 8, 2020.   


We will be staying and weaving at the Days Hotel in Mesa, Arizona.  We have negotiated what we think is a desirable price of $85 per night, which is low for this time of year in the Phoenix area.  The hotel is Tripadvisor rated #9 in Mesa.  This rate is for a room with two queen beds, so room sharing makes it even more attractive.   There is a daily hot breakfast buffet.    It is your responsibility to call the hotel at 480-844-8900 to make your reservation.  The hotel is on Country Club Rd near U.S. 60, and there is a Panda Express, Jimmy John’s, Starbuck’s, Schlotzsky’s, Culvers and Waffle House within walking distance.  Of course, if you live in the area, you are welcome to attend as a day student.  

Registration, cancellation and refund policies

A deposit is required to hold a seat in any class.  Deposits are non-refundable but may be transferred to another event if you are unable to attend the session you are registered for as long as pay any difference in tuition.  Tuition must be paid in full 15 days before your class begins.    If we cancel a class due to low enrollment, you’ll receive a full refund of all the fees you’ve paid, or you can transfer to another session that has space. We will make this determination by December 1, 2019, and we will inform you immediately should we need to do it.   Conditions like weather, employment, and medical emergencies are unforeseeable; we highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to cover the portions of your trip that may not be refundable. 


March 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am MST
March 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm MST
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