Study Groups

Tapestry/Navajo/Backstrap Study Group

Mesa Red Mountain Community College Red Mountain Campus near McKellips and Power Roads is the meeting place for the Tapestry/Navajo Weaving study group. It is in the Palo Verde Building, first classroom #114 on Saturday, September 8th from 9am-12:30pm. Oct. 6th and Nov. 10th are the next meetings there. We have plenty of room! Do come and join us. Email Sharie Monsam if you need directions. See our Face Book page: MCC Tapestry and Navajo weaving study group Our Guild also has a Face Book page: Telarana Weavers and Spinners Guild I hope you are a member of that also.


Coffee cans/lids or plastic containers/lids to put coffee grounds and peelings of vegetables/fruit. The MCC Red Mountain has a newly planted orchard with 9 fruit trees and has started a compost pile. The containers will be sent home with students to collect this material. Give to Sharie.

Boxes or we used to call them flats. When you are in the grocery stores, look down the beverage aisle and see if a soda pop representative is filling product. He/she will be happy to have you take the boxes. We need them for our children’s weaving project at Pueblo Grande Museum in February. Sharie is collecting these and will pre-cut them so they are ready to be warped.

Yarn suitable for Navajo weaving and tools (Forks) to be sent to Tohatchi High School in New Mexico. They have a class in Navajo weaving for interested students. They always need yarn and tools. A one-ply wool yarn like Brown Sheep brand or handspun is what is needed. Give to Sharie to mail.

The Board has agreed to donate to Adopt an Elder which is a non-profit that provides firewood, food, stoves and YARN to these elderly weavers. They will even post the finished rugs for sale and 100% of sales goes to the weaver. Adopt an Elder is for Navajos 75 years and older. See: They do wonderful work! Marie Nez is shown with her rug for sale.

Weavers Study Group

The Weavers Study Group meets the 3rd Monday of each month, 7 to 9 pm, Stapley Fire Station (west side between Southern & Broadway).

Contact Cindy Reynolds at  for locations and any changes.

For the near future, we decided to use Patti Garver’s book, Next Steps in Weaving – What You Never Knew YouNeeded to Know. We will do one chapter each month. Winnie Johnson volunteered to warp one of the guild’slooms for the first chapter on twill. We will pass the loom around during the month for different people to weave on and to try out several things in the chapter.

In the past we have met in the evenings. We are going to try meeting in the day time for our February meeting.We will meet at 1 p.m. at Winnie Johnson’s home.