Navajo Weaving with Lynda Teller Pete & Barbara Teller Ornelas - SOLD OUT

$ 525.00

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SOLD OUT. Please call our retail store to be added to the waitlist.

A Peace Fleece Workshop at Harrisville Designs

Cost: $525

Date: September 11-14 (Tues-Fri)

Instructors: Lynda Teller Pete & Barbara Teller Ornelas

We are pleased to partner with our friends at Peace Fleece to bring you this Navajo weaving workshop. Making cross-cultural connections and supporting the tradition of Navajo weaving is essential to the mission of Peace Fleece. 

Join Barbara & Lynda on a journey of discovery. In this 4-day workshop students will be introduced to traditional Navajo style tapestry weaving. Their beginning weaving classes are structured to take three days for weaving and the 4th day will cover warping. Our goal is to have students finish their rugs in class. Students will begin weaving on pre-warped rugs, and weaving begins immediately. The pre-warped size is 6.5” wide by 8.5” high. They use Brown Sheep Co., one ply, and worsted weight wool in 2 oz. skeins for $5 each paid to the instructors. They will bring some sample designs, all the Navajo weaving tools needed for beginning and finishing. Classroom looms are on tables and adjustable, designed by Lynda’s mechanical engineer husband who is from a Navajo weaving family. Our nephew Terry Lee is our Navajo weaving toolmaker, he makes beautiful weaving tools and specialty tools. Loom and tools are available for use in class and available for purchase. At the end of class, the student keeps their woven rug and a printed booklet.


About the Instructors


Lynda Teller Pete and her sister Barbara Teller Ornelas are award-winning fifth-generation Navajo weavers. They are Tabaaha (Water Edge Clan) and born for the To’aheedliinii (Two Waters Flow Together Clan) from the Newcomb and Two Grey Hills area on the Navajo Nation. They have been teaching Navajo weaving together for over twenty years.

Weaving is a legacy in the Teller family. For over five generations, Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, and cousins have produced award-winning rugs and have been featured in numerous publications.

Lynda and Barbara's mother, Ruth Teller's rug's were so prized that collectors often purchased them right off the loom. Needless to say, as children, Lynda & Barbara learned through observation. Their maternal Grandmother, Susie Tom and their paternal grandmother, Nellie Peshlakai Teller made sure their daughters and granddaughters learned the art of weaving. They emphasized many practices, such as respecting the loom, preparing one’s own wool via shearing, carding and spinning, the production and proper care of weaving tools, and paying attention to design elements, always emphasizing the importance of intricate patterns and colour combinations.  

From a very young age, it was instilled in them the belief that beauty and harmony should be woven into every rug. Lynda and Barbara are known for weaving rugs in the traditional Two Grey Hills pattern. Identified primarily by a double-diamond layout, intricate geometric design using natural coloured, hand-carded and hand-spun wool. These finely woven rugs are known for their high weft counts




Please call 1(603) 827-3996 for more information or to sign up for the class. To view and/or download our 2018 Workshop Catalog click here.

We highly recommend staying in our Cheshire Mills Boarding house while taking a class. The Cheshire Mills Boarding House is inexpensive, and only a quick walk to the studio and shop! Learn more.