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 weaving techniques using vegetal, natural and aniline dyed handspun wool. Traditional preparations of wool–carding, spinning and dyeing–will be discussed when time permits. The Navajo culture, history of rugs, and way of life will be included in the discussions during the instruction.
Introduction of Class & Start Weaving – Go over materials and tools. NOTE: Warp will be prepared in advance and attached to the loom when participants get the loom. -Discuss how the wedge weave is different from the basic weave technique. Then plan a design with the colors to be used for the weave. Start the weaving process.
Participants will continue weaving on their project and problem solving as participants weave.
Demonstrate: Finishing a rug and taking it off the loom. Participants will continue working on their weaving project.
Instructor: Marilou Schulz
Length: 3 Days
Materials Fee: $110 per student, which includes a loom and about 4 oz of size 1 yarn. Loom is about 20” high by 15” wide and will be pre-warped. Also includes dowels, warp, and rope, plus a finishing needle.
Skill Level: No experience required
Equipment & Supplies to Bring:
- Yarn (instructor recommends Size 1 from RB Burnham’s, which is about $8 per skein. Instructor can provide the yarns (Size 1) of at least 3 different colors.
- Weaving batten and weaving comb (instructor can provide the source for buying these prior to class)
- Pillow to sit on floor, if desired