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A rare and unusual class: ...Experiments in Wool and Culture

09 Feb 2024 11:09 AM | Susette Shiver (Administrator)

 "I have been working for years to find folks from the Navajo nation willing to travel to the mountains of western NC to teach at the John C. Campbell Folkschool. This year is a banner year for me because it is going to happen twice! " Martha Owen

The distinguished teacher:

TahNibaa Naataanii 

From her bio:

As a young girl my paternal grandmother gave me my Navajo name of: TahNibaa Atlo'iigii, which means "TahNibaa the Weaver". I believe it was her hope that I may continue the tradition of weaving in our family. After high school, I joined the U.S. Navy and my weaving ceased momentarily. As a weaver today, I am exploring with color and design elements. I am also a rancher, I raise the heritage breed sheep, the Navajo Churro. As a full time weaver, a mother, a daughter, a soon to be grandmother I am honored to walk a similar path my grandparents did." 

The class:

Felt and Embellishment: Experiments in Wool and Culture

Date and Class description: May 12-12, 2024

Instructor: TahNibaa Naataanii 

Skill Level: All levels

Explore hand and needle felting techniques to create bead-embellished wearable art or jewelry, bags, wall hangings, and more. Work with wool from the instructor’s heritage breed Navajo Churro sheep that grow beautiful shades of brown, gray, black, white, and tan, and combine it with merino in many dyed colors. See what happens and how these different kinds of wool behave in different combinations: Churro on Churro, merino on merino, and on! All levels welcome; some physical stamina required.

There is still time to apply for a scholarship. 

check here: 

Simply go to the Folk School website, look for- "Find a class", then "Felt Making", then "View Upcoming Classes" and scroll down! Click here for registering for this class. 

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