This is a 3-day advanced weaving class; most students complete their projects within the dedicated workshop time if they choose a beginning design and not a complicated overall design. The teaching style is called the “Navajo Way”, with rugs warped in the Female way. A 6.5” wide X 8.5” long pre-warped rug will be on an adjustable Navajo loom with a tabletop attachment, designed and built by the instructor’s husband, Belvin Pete. After choosing their wool, students get started immediately in learning how to weave Navajo style. Students will become familiar with the adjustable Navajo loom; the tension of the warp; how the “female stick” and the “male stick” work; and they also get a better understanding of cultural stories associated with every part of the loom, warp, weaving process and with the weaving tools. As the rugs are completed, there will be a Navajo blessing on each finished rug.
M2: Weaving the Navajo Way: Advanced
Cushion for chair, we will be sitting for a long period of time, back rest if student has back issues, clamp-on light if student needs additional light for weaving.