Navajo Weaving Beginning with Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete (9/25-9/27)

Type: class

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Navajo Weaving Beginning with Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete (9/25-9/27) - Class Only is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.

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Fri 9/25/2020, 9:00 AM to Sun 9/27/2020, 4:00 PM

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 3-day workshop students will be introduced to traditional Navajo style tapestry weaving. Their beginning weaving classes are structured to take three days for weaving. The goal is to have students finish their rugs in class. Students will begin weaving on pre-warped looms, so weaving begins immediately. The pre-warped size is 6.5” wide by 8.5” high. A one ply, worsted weight wool in 2 oz. skeins is used and sells for $5 each, which is paid to the instructors. They will bring some sample designs, along with all the Navajo weaving tools needed for beginning and finishing.

The looms for this class are on tables and are adjustable. They are designed by Lynda’s husband who is a mechanical engineer and is from a Navajo weaving family. Barbara and Lynda’s nephew, Terry Lee, is their Navajo weaving toolmaker, who makes beautiful weaving tools and specialty tools. Loom and tools are available for use in class and for purchase. At the end of class, each student keeps their woven rug and a printed booklet.

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 rugs 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 color combinations.  

From a very young age, it was instilled in them 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 colored, hand-carded and hand-spun wool. These finely woven rugs are known for their high weft counts. 

photo credit: Joe Coca

Since 1971, we have sponsored workshops to give students the opportunity to study with exceptional instructors in the relaxed atmosphere of this unique village. Our workshops are held on the second floor of the Bethuel Harris Mill which sits at the end of the canal overlooking the mill pond and originally operated on water-power. This beautiful brick building was built in the 1830’s as a spinning mill for locally raised wools and it now houses our retail shop on the first floor and provides excellent studio space for our students on the second floor. It is relished for its sunlit windows, fresh air and tranquility. In order to create the atmosphere of a working studio rather than a classroom, we limit enrollment in our workshops. Most classes meet daily from 9 am to 4 pm; however, the studio is open to students 24 hours a day while class is in session. During the 5 day classes, students will have the opportunity to tour our spinning mill and listen to a talk on the history of Harrisville. Yarn and other materials for the workshops are usually included in the tuition unless otherwise noted.
Withdrawal/Refund Policy: Tuition includes a non-refundable $50.00 registration fee for each workshop. Students who must withdraw have 5 weeks prior to class for a full tuition refund less the registration fee. After this date all payments are non-refundable.
or call us: 603-827-3996 Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
While taking a class, students receive a 10% discount on non-sale items
in our store, including our floor looms