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, using your choice of designs chosen from a series we know 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.
During this past workshop, Lynda informed me that Barbara is planning to move after the first of the year and that they have decided to cut back on the number of workshops that they will be offering. After 11 years of holding these wonderful workshops, this fall will be the last time we will be offering them here,, at Grandma's. The fall workshop dates are November 13-15 or 11/20-23.
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.
Barbara Ornellas and Linda Teller Pete are sisters, and fifth generation Navajo Weavers. They have recently had their book, How to Weave A Navajo Rug, published. It is available from Amazon.