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Sarah Natani's 2009 Navajo Weaving Workshop Schedule:

September 28 - October 2:  Table Mesa, New Mexico
   Click here to read the details (below)

• June 22 - June 26:  Chuska Mountain Sheep Camp Retreat
For more information, contact Lora Rinke,  (503) 628-4593,

• July 20 - July 24: Beginning Navajo Weaving Workshop, Carlton, Oregon

• October 26 - 30: Black Forest, Colorado

October 26 - 30: Black Forest, Colorado

Navajo Weaving Workshop
with Sarah Natani

PLEASE NOTE: The Trinidad Workshop Oct 26-30, 2009 previously advertised has moved to Black Forest, Colorado. The workshop will be held in the beautiful classroom facility at Table Rock Llamas Fiber Arts Studio, 6520 Shoup Rd, Black Forest, Colorado ( only a few short miles east of Colorado Springs).

Learn the art of Navajo Weaving from Master Navajo Weaver Sarah H. Natani, of Table Mesa, New Mexico. Weave in Beauty while Celebrating the Traditions and Stories of Navajo Culture.

Sarah Natani is an internationally recognized traditional Navajo weaver, who has taught her weaving traditions world wide.

Please see the Five Day Weekly Syllabus.

Weavers who participate in this unique workshop will hear traditional Navajo Weaving Stories told by Sarah Natani, experience Sarah’s account of the intertwined history of sheep and weaving in the Navajo culture, learn about native plant dyes, card and spin wool, and learn to warp and weave in the Navajo Way. Weavers will (weather permitting) take a local field trip with Sarah to collect plants for dyeing, and dye wool in the studio.

Lab/Materials fee:
October 26 - 30, 2009
$200 due by September 21, 2009
$45 or $95 depending on your needs.  Please see the Lab Fee List.
Looms will be available for rent

No refunds past September 31. The remainder of the workshop fee ($150), lab fee and loom rental (if needed) is payable to Sarah Natani on the first day of the workshop.

Space is limited. Make your workshop reservations as soon as possible. For registration and further information,please contact volunteer cordinator: Debra Greer, (719) 499-3874 or for late reservations. Please see the Registration Form before calling Deb.

Please join us in Black Forest, Colorado and learn to Weave in Beauty.  It will be an experiience your heart will never forget.

More details about this workshop

Registration Form, two pages   (pdf)
Weekly Syllabus of the five day schedule, two pages   (pdf)
Items included in Lab Fee and Materials List   (pdf)

Additional resources and references (External Links)
    • Table Rock Llamas
    • Sarah Natani and NavajoValues

• November 15 - 20: Columbia, Missouri

Carol Leigh's HILLCREEK Fiber Studio,
7001 S Hill Creek Rd, Columbia, Missouri 65203  (573) 874-2233


N a v a j o W e a v i n g
F o u r - d a y w e e k e n d . The Navajo have a
unique way of dressing their loom so loom is
portable and weaving has no fringe! This
tapestry technique creates a firm weave
structure suitable for rugs, vests, carrying
bags, pillow covers, saddle blankets, or wall hangings.
Learn technique, legends and lore through Carol
Leigh's experiences both on Reservation and off,
with Sara Natani and Noel Bennett. Navajo
looms, forks, battens, spindles and yarns will be
available for purchase. Loom rental of $20.00
may be applied toward purchase price. Materials
fee: $15.00-$40.00.
Hillcreek Fiber Studio is located three miles south of Columbia, Missouri, in the Little Bonne Femme Creek valley, looking out on woods, pastures and a state park. We offer over 16 workshop topics throughout the year (several twice) in spinning, weaving (floor loom, Navajo, continuous strand on the triangle, square and rectangle looms, kilim and pile carpet, inkle, tablet), and natural dyeing. Bed and Breakfast at the Studio, and airport shuttle service from St. Louis and Kansas City to our front door, are available for workshop participants. This past fall, we again host Sarah Natani for an Advanced Navajo Weaving Workshop - her eleventh year here.

See photographs from Sarah's Navajo Weaving Workshops at Table Mesa

• 2008     • 2007     • 2006     • 2005

Sarah and Leo at Table Mesa
Sarah's earlier Navajo weaving workshops
Kathleen, Hannelore and TahNibaa
The first workshop, October 1982

See announcements and photographs from Marilyn Greaves and Mel Silva's Workshops

• April 30 - May 2, 2009:  Auburn, CA
• February 20-27, 2009: Bodega, CA
• May 5--7, 2008 at CNCH: DoubleTree Hotel

• Mel's Workshop for the Great Basin Basket Weaver's Guild


 Volunteer Workshop Coordinator
Kathleen Burnham 
Dates: September 28 - October 2, 2009
Fee: $350
Deposit (not refundable after thirty days of receipt): $200 due no later than August 1, 2009

Lab/Materials fee: $50 payable to Sarah Natini. $10 loom rental fee unless you bring your own loom. Returning students: contact Kathleen. If experienced weavers want to learn advanced techniques like twill, there is an additional $50.00 fee.


Make checks payable to SARAH NATANI
Date the check September 1, 2009
Mail checks with a 4" x 9 1/2" self-addressed, stamped envelope for more essential information to:

Kathleen Burhnam
155 Oak Avenue
Felton, CA 95018

Please call Kathleen at 831-335-2554 before mailing your deposit. You can also E-mail Kathleen at

The remainder of the workshop fee ($150.00), materials fee, and loom rental fee is payable on the first day of the workshop.

Please do not bring family members, friends, or pets to this workshop. This workshop is for weaving participants only. Please keep in mind that this is a weaving workshop on the Navajo Reservation and not an inexpensive vacation in the southwest. Respect for the Natani family and the Navajo culture is a must for everyone who comes to Table Mesa.

When the time draws near for the workshop, you will be sent a list of materials and camping supplies to bring and directions to the Natani's.


Announcement of 2009 Table Mesa Weaving Workshop




Click here to download a PDF image of the Registration Form

(This note received from Sarah Natani is intended for those students
interested in her Navajo weaving classes .)

I am a Navajo Native American. I teach Navajo Weaving which comprises of preparing raw wool, washing, carding, spining, applying vegetable or commercial dye. The classes consist of instructions on setting up the loom, warping, use of proper weaving tools and wool for the various type of weaving. Applying various type of designs into the weaving, such as the vertical, horizontal, and diagonal pattern.

The class also includes some Navajo Native American Cultures pertaining to weaving which are passed down in the Navajo Culture.

Students are urged to obtain Navajo pre-spun wool and warp which are available.

If you cannot get into these classes, and still interested in taking Navajo Weaving class, write to me and we can set some arrangement.

Sarah Natani
P.O. Box 4121
Shiprock, New Mexico 87420
(505) 368-4906
Send an e.mail to Sarah Natani
It will be redirected to TahNibaa L. Naataanii


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by Kathleen Burhnam

The Table Mesa Workshop with Sarah Natani is returning to the focus it has had in the past. It is a workshop for weavers who desire to learn or improve on the Traditional Navajo style of weaving.

I am a volunteer coordinator for this workshop. I believe an introductory letter would be beneficial for the Natani family, for ourselves, and especially for potential workshop registrants so that the purpose of the workshop is clear: this is a weaver's workshop, not a convenient excuse to take a friend and vacation in the southwest. The Natani family has graciously extended to us an opportunity to learn to weave in the Navajo style while living on their land, hearing their stories, and experiencing firsthand the conditions under which they have endured and produced their beautiful weavings, jewelry and pottery.

View of the small, original hogan and distant outhouse

This workshop may not be for everyone. The weather can be quite harsh, with cold winds, rain and lightning storms. There is a hogan with the traditional dirt floor and coal burning stove that can sleep approximately six people comfortably. We recommend driving to New Mexico in a vehicle you can sleep in, as tents have been known to blow over in the soft, sandy dirt. The bathroom facilities consist of one outhouse, which is shared by all of the weavers. If you feel you must have a shower, you can bring a solar shower bag and hang it in the outdoor shower stall. You are responsible for your own breakfast and lunch, which you may prepare in the hogan or at your vehicle or tent. I prepare dinners for the workshop participants, the Natani family, and guests, and are eaten in the Quonset hut or, weather permitting, in the brush arbor. When the wind dies down and the weather is sunny and warm, flies are abundant. This is camping, not resort living. We live as the Navajo live(d), however briefly and superficially, and in this way we develop an appreciation for their accomplishments, their enduring dignity, their grace and beauty in the face of adversity, and we come away with the glow of the southwest sunsets in our hearts.

Originally, all the weavers slept, ate and wove in the Natani's first hogan. This was how the Navajo families lived, and this was how the workshop participants lived. Eventually, as the workshop evolved, people began varying the sleeping arrangements, the meal preparation was pared down to one communal meal a day, and Sarah and Leo graciously allowed the weavers into their own larger hogan at night so they could continue weaving, carding and spinning, and to just relax and talk. To avoid misunderstandings that might exploit the Natani's personal generosity or offend their cultural heritage, what is--and is not--allowed needs to be very clear to every potential registrant BEFORE the deposit checks are sent in. Sharing the incredible beauty and variety of experiences at Table Mesa provides the workshop members with a very real and tangible sense of common purpose and focus.

I look forward every year to returning to Table Mesa and visiting with the Natani family. The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular. The wide, vibrant sky is filled with fluffy white clouds against an unbelievably blue background or millions of tiny stars that go on and on, and the rush and pull- and-tug of civilization quickly fades to the rhythms of a simpler life. The field trips to the trading posts, especially Two Grey Hills Trading Post, are fun and a great diversion and treat after laboring all day with the intricacies of Navajo weaving. There are opportunities for trips into town on your own after the end of the day's workshop activities. This is a wonderfully fulfilling workshop if you can give yourself up to it and not have unrealistic expectations.

I encourage anyone with a desire to learn about Navajo weaving and the Navajo culture, and who can laugh at a few minor discomforts, to sign up for the Table Mesa Workshop with Sarah Natani. It is an experience you will not likely forget.



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Sarah Natani's Navajo Weaving Workshops

Sarah Natani's 2009 Navajo Weaving Workshops:

June 22 - June 26: Chuska Mountain Sheep Camp Retreat
    Lora Rinke, (503) 628-4593,

July 20 - July 24: Beginning Navajo Weaving Workshop, Carlton, Oregon
    Lora Rinke, (503) 628-4593,

September 28 - October 2:  Table Mesa, New Mexico
    Kathleen ( 831) 335-2554,

October 26 - 30: Black Forest, Colorado
    Debra Greer, (719) 499-3874,

November 15 - 20: Columbia, Missour
    Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser: (573) 874-2233,

Sarah Natani's 2008 Navajo Weaving Workshops:

May 19-23, 2008 at the Eugene Textile Center, Eugene,  Oregon
June 9 - 13, 2008 at The Mendocino Art Center in California
September 22 - 26, 2008 at Table Mesa

Sarah Natani's 2007 Navajo Weaving Workshops

May 7 -11, 2007 at Table Mesa, New Mexico
June 18-22, 2007 at Mendocino Art Center
July 23-27, 2007 at Silver City, NM
September 24-28, 2007 at Table Mesa

Sarah Natani's 2006 Navajo Weaving Workshops

September 25 - 29, 2006 at Table Mesa, New Mexico
September 11 - 15, 2006 at the Mitchell Museum, Trinidad, Colorado
August 28 - Sept. 1, 2006 at the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, Blanding, Utah

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