A posting by Illene Naegle, Emerging Aritst
My time with Brook Hemenway at her weaving studio in Taos, New Mexico was phenomenal and exciting. Brook has been teaching weaving at various studios in New Mexico. We are both experienced weavers, but with slight differences in technique. We had fun sharing our own ways of rug weaving. No matter what tools are used we know what we are doing on our own type of loom.
My type of weaving experience is, of course, Navajo style weaving and Brook's weaving experience is on a RIo Grande loom or a walking loom. Brook and I share the same concepts of weaving essentially beginning with winding the warp and then getting it on the loom. The Navajo loom is setup in an upright position while Brook's is setup on a floor loom. I use a rope for tightening the warp tension, she uses a ratchet wheel to tighten the warp. Also the shed sticks for separating the warp and the heddles for spacing both have similar purposes. Our weaving method are the same and the outcome is always a beautiful rug. The one distinctive difference we have is at the completion of our woven piece. Brook cuts off the warp, while my warping is used in its entirety in our Navajo style rug. Navajo weaving is a continuous warp from one end to the other end and therefore, there is no cutting of the warp.
i am open to other weavings from different locations and cultures, this is why I appreciate all textile crafts. Although there are many ways to weave, I an connected to my Navajo style of weaving and enjoy teaching other about Navajo textile art.