Introduction to weaving with Master Weaver Anita Hathale

The Moab Museum presents an Introduction to Weaving Class with Navajo (Diné) master weaver Anita Hathale. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the entire process of creating a small weaving, from warping the loom to creating patterns to completing a project. The class is limited to 12 students and will be held from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 8. The course fee includes a loom stand for each participant and weaving tools will be available for loan.

Photos from the Course

A special thanks to instructor, Anita Hathale, for her incredible insights over the course of this fabulous week in December 2023. Enjoy these photos and check out the Museum's blog for additional updates and words from Public Programs Manager, Mary Langworthy.

Course Details

With the course taking place in the Museum’s South Gallery, students may take inspiration from the stunning array of textiles on exhibit for The People’s Tapestry: Weaving Tradition in Navajo Culture, on display through the end of 2023. The cost of the course is $600/person.

  • The class will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 8, with a half-hour lunch break each day at noon.
  • Your course fee includes a Navajo-style tabletop loom stand, which you will be able to keep after the course is complete. You will not need to bring your own loom. Fiber for warping will be available from the instructor, though you are welcome to bring your own if you’d prefer.
  • A variety of hand tools used for the weaving process will be available for loan – and some available for optional purchase as well.
  • The teaching space is located in the Museum’s ADA-accessible gallery.
  • Some fiber will be available from the instructor, though attendees are encouraged to bring their own to supplement. Fiber may be purchased from Desert Thread, located right down Center Street.
  • Attendees can expect a communal, conversational, hands-on learning environment: the instructor will demonstrate techniques and parts of the process, while students replicate on their own looms with assistance from the instructor, her assistant, and classmates. Video recording is not permitted, but attendees are welcome to take notes. Trial and error (and fun!) is a part of the learning process, and the weeklong timeframe is designed to allow students time to experiment.