Navajo Weaving




Barbara Teller Ornelas – Sample rugs, on a loom like the ones we will be using in the workshop.

Pictures from past Navajo Weaving Classes:


Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete are fifth generation Master Navajo Weavers. Sisters, Barbara and Lynda will share personal stories and experiences, allowing participants to gain fascinating insights into the world of Navajo weaving and culture.

Barbara says, “My work means a lot to me. There’s a great amount of emotion involved in the finished pieces. My rugs are like my children. I like to keep track of them.” “My family is well known for weaving Two Grey Hills tapestries with high weft counts. This style was heavily influenced by the traders at the Two Grey Hills Trading Post where my father worked for 35 years.”

“My work, my ideas, my processes and weaving materials are ever evolving but staying true to the standards set by my elders. I take responsibility of carrying on our family’s tradition by teaching my family and mentoring others to help preserve this cultural legacy.”

In this 3 day workshop students will work on a pre-warped Navajo Upright Loom (which will be available for sale) and will learn the basics of Navajo weaving and design while making a small rug, which you will be able to finish in the allotted time. Wool for the weft will need to be purchased in the shop at the time of the workshop.

The workshop are held at Grandma’s Spinning Wheel, 6544 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Suite 150, Tucson,     AZ .  The fall workshop dates are 10/24-26, 10/31-11/2 and 11/7-9.  We have added a weekend to accommodate the students effected by the March cancellation  A $100.00 deposit will reserve your spot in the session of your choice.  Please call the shop to request an application or if you need more information.

Time for all workshops: 10:00-5:00. Cost is $375.00, which includes use of the looms.  The looms are supplied with warp already prepared and all necessary weaving tools, which will be available for purchase. The classes are limited to 12 students, so call the shop (520-290-3738) to reserve your space now.  We also offer a warping workshop on Wednesday, March 18 .  Cost is $200.00, limit of 6 students.