Weaver's Fourth Resort: Navajo Weaving Boot Camp in Mesa, Arizona - Weaving in Beauty Classes

ExpiredWeaver’s Fourth Resort: Navajo Weaving Boot Camp in Mesa, Arizona

Event Phone: 602-370-2875

  • Boot Camp Day 1: Warp and Start to Weave
    8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Boot Camp Day 2: Continue Weaving, Short History of Navajo Weaving,
    8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Boot Camp Day 3: Continue Weaving, Lunch at the Heard Museum
    8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Boot Camp Day 4: Continue Weaving, But Class Ends at 2 PM
    8:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Jennie Slick. Liz Munk and I will be bringing our Navajo Weaving Boot Camp class home again to Mesa, Arizona on February 4-7, 2016 with our fourth Phoenix area boot camp.  We will be able to accommodate up to 15 students and will be offering three tracks (just like those fancy shmancy conferences do).  What are those tracks you ask?  Well they are on the handy table below!

  • Track I: Beginning Navajo Weaving
    • Instructor: Jennie Slick
    • You’ll learn
      • Loom warping
      • Basic weaving
      • Basic joins
      • Problem solving
    • Pre-requisites
      • Open mind


  • Track II: 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
      • Pre-requisites
        • Must be able to warp a Navajo style loom with minimal assistance
        • Must be able to do basic weaving
        • Should have completed one to two weavings


  • Track III: Advanced Topics in Navajo Weaving
    • Instructor: Liz Munk
      • You’ll learn
        • Raised outline techniques
        • Wedge weave techniques
        • Twill and double weave techniques
      • Pre-requisites
        • Must be able to warp a Navajo style loom
        • Should be able to execute basic designs
        • Should understand Coalmine weave
        • Should be able to use side selvage cords
        • Should have completed three to four weavings

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.   More good news, we’re pretty flexible if you want to jump between tracks. We are inviting Navajo weavers who are in the Phoenix area to drop by the class and hang out, especially in the evening.  Our boot camp format means that we’ll be starting at 8 AM and will be in class until 9 PM.  This concentrated program allows students to really accomplish a lot during our time together. In addition to working our little fingers to the bone, we’ll be visiting the Heard Museum and Old Town Scottsdale.   Tuition for the class is $400 regardless of the track you choose and includes the use of tools and a free download of either our current book or the more advanced volume that we are currently working on.  If you would like to use a loom, let us know and we will be glad to arrange that for you, free of charge.  If you are bringing your own loom, that’s fine too.  Please let us know if your loom is more than 36″ wide.  All tracks will be warping on the first day of class or you may pre-warp your loom if you are in the intermediate or advanced group.  A deposit of $200 is required to hold your seat in class and you’ll receive an invoice that will allow you to pay the remainder online or by check at any time prior to January 8, 2016.   Since we are rather close to the class date, we are also giving you the option to pay the entire tuition when you register.  

We will be staying and weaving at the Days Hotel in Mesa, Arizona.  We have negotiated what we think is a great rate of $85 per night, which is low for this time of year.  The hotel is Tripadvisor rated #4 in Mesa.  This rate is for a room with two queen beds, so room sharing makes the rate even more attractive.   There is a daily hot breakfast buffet.    It is your responsibility to call the hotel at 480-844-8900 to make your reservation.  The hotel is on Country Club Rd. near U.S. 60 and there is a Starbuck’s, Schlotzsky’s, Culver’s and Waffle House within walking distance.  Of course, if you live in the area, you are welcome to attend as a day student.  The Days Hotel is a new venue for us.  They are very happy to have us there and the amenities and surroundings are similar to the Red Lion in Tempe, but they do not offer a local or airport shuttle, so you will need to arrange airport transportation.  The Red Lion is no longer an option for us because they have turned their meeting room into a fitness center.  Although treadmill weaving might be fun, our liability insurance agent was not enthused.  

Registration, cancellation and refund policies: A deposit is required to hold a seat in any class.  Tuition must be paid in full 15 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.    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 January 1, 2016 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. Currently, 12 of 15 seats are open. 



Venue Phone: 480-844-8900

Venue Website:

333 W. Juanita Ave., Mesa, Arizona, 85210, United States


Book a room at our Days Hotel Mesa Near Phoenix hotel and have restaurants, shopping and businesses at your fingertips. Our Mesa, AZ, hotel near Golfland Sunsplash is in the heart of the East Valley and offers a variety of amenities to enhance your stay.

Rise and shine to free Daybreak continental breakfast with hot items. Go for a swim in our outdoor heated pool or relax in our Jacuzzi. Before you head out for the day, get in a morning workout at our fitness center, and check your email with free Wi-Fi Internet access. Our pet-friendly hotel offers in-room refrigerators and microwaves, free daily USA Today and a guest laundry room. Handicapped-accessible and poolside rooms as well as business and family suites are available.