I received this information from Rosie Dupuy of Applewood Handwovens (Weavolution user Applewood)
Navajo Weaving Workshop
April 17 & 18
Prairie Arts Center (Here's the link http://www.bishophillartscouncil.com/Shops/Prairie_Arts_Center/)
Bishop Hill, Illinois
Please email me for application and information:
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There will be another workshop at the World Sheepfest Missouri labor day week end.
This is a short note I posted
This is a short note I posted in the Contemporary Hand Weavers bulletin of Houston about my classes last year.
Weaving In Beauty
By Mike Barnette
After collecting Navajo rugs for 20 + years it was inevitable that I started trying to weave a rug. And since my wife Peggy spins and weaves it just fell into place. Spinning Churro wool also came along with the weaving process. This meant purchasing a new wheel since my wife wanted hers back. But that’s another story.
I weave in the traditional Navajo style using traditional tools. My loom was made by Mark Deschninny (from Window Rock Arizona) and is a modern traditional loom. You warp and weave your selvage on the loom. I thought now that you have the equipment I can start weaving, not so fast, as I soon found out. My first stab at weaving did not make it half way through the weaving process. Boy, did I need help!
Realizing that, I needed instruction of some kind. Reading books and watching CD’s helped. But an actual hand on instruction is what was called for. Taking the one day course on Navajo weaving at the CHT conference in San Antonio just reinforced this fact. I found a course that teaches Navajo weaving at the Taos Art School. Seven days of weaving instruction with Pearl Sunrise (noted Navajo weaver). The school was held at the San Geronimo Lodge in Taos New Mexico. The school arranged breakfast and lunch for us at the lodge, because the classes went from 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 Sunday trough Friday. There are just too many temptations to run off somewhere. And just too many good fiber stores around, which I paid a visit to. So I booked the course and planned my trip.
Driving up to Taos I went on part of the “New Mexico Fiber Arts Trails”. This could be expensive and I was right. I visited Tapetes de Lana in Mora, Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center in Espanola, Terra Wools in Los Ojos and every fiber shop in Taos.
The experience was fantastic needless to say. Even though it was a beginner class I learned more than I could hope for. The instructor was patient and informative and the hospitality at the lodge was great. Not to mention the weather.
There were times I wove until late afternoon ate supper then continued weaving in my room. During the day we all set up weaving under the cotton wood trees behind the Lodge. In the shade of these big trees it was cool but you had to follow the shade which meant moving tables every few hours. Then the afternoon rains came which meant really moving the tables, inside the lodge. One of the ladies dubbed us “running with tables”.
By watching and listening to a great weaver I learned things I never though of and questions still unanswered. I still have a lot to learn about this style of weaving, but I am on my way. Next year (May and August 2010) I have more classes to take, this time in Window Rock Arizona.