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 will be held at Grandma’s Spinning Wheel, 6544 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Suite 150, Tucson, AZ .  The March 2019 workshops on Sat., March 9-Mon., March 11 still has a few space; Sat., March 16-Monday, March 18 is full. 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 will be limited to 8 students, so call the shop (520-290-3738) to reserve your space now.  We are also offering a warping workshop on Wednesday, March 13.  Cost is $200.00, limit of 6 students.

Note:  Barbara will not be available to work with Lynda Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend, but Lynda’s husband, Belvin will ably assisting her.  Barbara will be joining us on Monday.