Richardson's Trading 104th Birthday Boot Camp: Navajo Loom Weaving Techniques - Weaving in Beauty Classes

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  • Day 1: Looms warped and weaving starts, loom weaving starts
    10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Day 2: Loom weaving continues,
    10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Day 3: Weaving continues, group dinner
    10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
  • Day 4: Weaving goes on but class ends at 5:30
    10:00 AM - 6:30 PM

2015-05-16 14.20.57Join Our Navajo Weaving Class at Richardson’s in Gallup!

Richardson Trading in Gallup, NM is celebrating their 104th  year in business and this Navajo weaving class is part of the festivities.  Class starts on Wednesday, May 17th and lasts for four intense days, ending on Saturday, May 20th.  Our class will meet from 9 AM to 5:30 PM and we will have evening visits with other Gallup traders like Bill Malone and Perry Null. We will also welcome visits from area weavers who are invited to stop by. You may select from beginner, intermediate,  advanced tracks and we will have a student ratio 5/1 so that you get the attention you need to progress in your skills.  By popular demand, this class has been expanded to four days.  

The Class Tracks

If you are interested in any of the more advanced tracks, but worried that you don’t have a firm enough command of the prerequisites, please contact me and we’ll figure out the best fit for you.

Track 1: Beginning Navajo Weaving

Instructor: Jennie Slick

You’ll Learn: 

  • Loom warping
  • Basic weaving
  • Basic joins
  • Problem solving
  • Finishing


  • Open Mind

Track 2: Intermediate Navajo Weaving

Instructor: Mary Walker

You’ll Learn: 

  • Use of side selvage cords
  • Designing for accuracy and symmetry
  • Perfecting the interlock and turned join
  • Combining the interlock and turned join
  • Outlining the interlock and turned join


  • Must be able to warp a Navajo style loom
  • Must be able to do basic weaving
  • Should understand Coalmine/Pick and pick weaving
  • Should have completed one to two weavings with relatively straight selvages
  • Pictures or weavings should be brought to class for analysis

Track 3: Advanced Topics in Navajo Weaving: Raised Outline and Wedge Weave

Instructor: Liz Munk

You’ll Learn: 

  • Sectional Raised Outline
  • Non-sectional Raised Outline
  • Wedge Weave and Eccentric Warp Techniques
  • Twill and two-faced weaving


  • Must be able to warp a Navajo style loom
  • Must be able to do basic weaving
  • Should have completed three to four weavings with relatively straight selvages
  • Pictures or weavings should be brought to class for analysis


Important Details

Tuition for the class is $375 regardless of the track you choose and includes the use of  a loom and tools for the duration of the class.  You may also bring your own loom subject to space limitations.  All tracks will be warping on the first day of class although intermediate and advanced students may pre-warp their looms if they prefer to do so.  If you pre-warp, you should discuss sizing and warp spacing with your instructor before you warp. 

Accommodations: It is your responsibility to make lodging reservations.  Jennie, Liz and I will be staying at the El Rancho Hotel, which is quite close to Richardson’s.  It is historic, fun and quirky.  It is NOT a Hilton and if you have issues with accessibility we suggest another hotel (one of the quirks of the hotel is that the bathrooms are, umm, unconventional).  For a list of other Gallup lodgings, check out Tripadvisor.  Of course you can contact me if you would like more information on any of the hotels you find.

Registration, Cancellation and Refund Policies

A deposit is required to hold a seat in any class.  Tuition must be paid in full 90 days before your class begins.  If you find that you cannot attend the session that you have registered for, you may move to another session at no additional cost by paying any difference in tuition if there is space available.   You may cancel your registration prior to three months before your class and you will receive a full refund of your tuition less $75 in administrative fees.  If you need to cancel within three months of your class date, your tuition will be refunded less $75 if we are able to fill your seat.   If we cancel a class due to low enrollment, you’ll receive a full refund of all the fees you’ve paid or you can transfer to another session that has space.  We will  make this determination by March 15, 2017 and we will inform you immediately should we need to do it.   Since your ability to attend any class session may be affected by conditions like weather, employment and medical emergencies that cannot be anticipated, we highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to cover the portions of your trip that may not be refundable.



Venue Phone: 505-722-4762

Venue Website:

222 W. Historic Hwy 66, Gallup, New Mexico, 87301, United States