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Navajo Weaving: One Week Workshop



“Yá at’eeh, happy greetings from Navajoland. My name is Ilene Naegle. I learned to weave from my late mother, Ella Mae Naegle. My mother taught Navajo weaving in Sedona with Mary Pendleton, who wrote the book Navajo and Hopi Weaving Techniques in the 1970s. Today, I continue to take on her legacy and weave, in entirety, the way rugs were woven by our early ancestors. The materials and tools used are the modern version, but the technique is still the same. I like to share my knowledge and teach the art of Navajo weaving to individuals who are enthused about working with wool. I believe that weaving is a therapeutic practice and a way of discipline and self-control to strengthen the mind.”


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Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details: Beginner
Materials Included: Yarn and looms provided
Requirements: $50 materials fee to cover weaving tools, paid to instructor on the first day of class
Instructor: Ilene Naegle
Instructor Bio: Ilene is thrilled to be invited by Brown Sheep Company to teach a weaving workshop. She has been teaching Navajo weaving at Dine' College in Arizona since 2003. In addition to weaving, she likes to experiment with other types of fiber arts. Ilene has spent a lifetime caring for and raising sheep and has cleaned, washed, carded and spun many miles of yarns to a finished woven piece. She continues to be inspired in the peace and quietness within her own feelings. She also enjoys traveling on adventurous trips near and far.
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Includes Lunches (Monday through Friday)

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Contact Info
  • Brown Sheep Company, Inc.
  • brownsheep.fiberarts.schoolhouse@gmail.com
  • 100928 County Road 16
    Mitchell, NE 69357
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