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NAVAJO WEAVING with Mary Pahl
During the first class, we will dive right in and learn to prepare a warp, get it mounted onto our Navajo-style upright looms, prepare our heddles, and make sure everyone has suitable tools (batten and weaving fork). This is a time-consuming process, so this first class will be 4 hours long.
In the subsequent weeks, we will begin learning and practicing weaving technique, and the efficient handling of tools. We will start with several inches of stripes followed by learning vertical and diagonal tapestry joins in order to begin weaving simple designs. Along the way, we will discuss yarn choices, design, troubleshooting weaving problems, and finishing techniques. In the Navajo culture, weaving is deeply integrated into everyday life and has a strong spiritual component. These aspects of the tradition will also be integrated into the class.
Wednesdays, February 28 – April 4
First class 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM, all other classes 4:00-7:00 PM
Materials students should bring: a tape measure, scissors, pen and notebook to each class.
Mary Pahl has been playing with string for as long as she can remember, as a kid weaving hundreds of potholders, crocheting, knitting, and being totally fascinated with playing Cat's Cradle. Her first encounter with a Navajo rug was at the Field Museum of Natural History, in her home town of Chicago. She recalls thinking "I’m gonna learn how to make one of those someday." Years later Mary took a trip to New Mexico where she happened upon the monthly Navajo rug auction and again fell in love with these “beautiful creations”. Then, through a series of serendipitous circumstances, she met a dear little Navajo lady named Sally Curtis from Lower Greasewood, AZ. Sally, an accomplished weaver, agreed to take Mary on as a student. Although she spoke very little English, they became fast friends and under Sally's patient tutelage, Mary became accomplished Navajo weaver.Sally passed away in 1991. Mary, although not Navajo herself, loves to share this beautiful traditional craft as way of honoring the precious gift of weaving that Sally gave to her.
This class requires a minimum of 3 students for the class to run. See our Class Payment and Refund Policy.
Non-Member: $220 (Member $190)
Material Fee: $10
Material fee is paid at first class meeting.