This class will introduce the participants to an appreciation of Diné weaving by creating and weaving a small rug on a traditional upright loom. Diné weavings are internationally known for their unique designs and techniques using vegetal, natural, and aniline dyed handspun wool. Traditional preparations of wool–carding, spinning and dyeing will be discussed as time permits. The Navajo culture, history of rugs, and way of life will be included in the discussions during the instruction.

Instructor: Marilou Schulz

Length: 3 Days

Skill Level:  Beginner, no previous experience required

Day 1

  • Introduction of Class & Start Weaving – Go over materials and tools. NOTE: Warp will be prepared in advance by instructor and already on the loom. (See materials fee)
  • Discuss designs, colors, and plan for a design
  • Start the weaving process

Day 2

  • Participants will continue weaving on their projects.
  • By the end of 2nd day- I will demonstrate how to weave stripes with weaving interlocks in making vertical lines

NOTE: those who want the challenge can start working with diagonals.

Day 3

  • Participants would have had time to work on the weaving on their own
  • Discuss weaving techniques and help participants problem-solve
  • Continue the weaving process -open topics for help
  • Demonstrate and/or Interlocks and problem solve with dips and hills in weavings.
  • Demonstrate: Finishing a rug and taking it off the loom.

Materials Fee: $110 per student, which covers a loom and about 4 oz of size 0 yarn

Loom (about 20” high by 15”) — warp will be prepared in advance; dowels, warp, and rope; plus a finishing needle.

Equipment & Supplies to Bring:

  • Weaving Batten and Weaving Comb (instructor will provide the source for buying these in advance)
  • Optional:Pillow to sit on the floor, if you prefer.