About Our Weavings

Weaving is a legacy in the Teller Family.

Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts, and cousins have produced award-winning rugs and are featured in numerous publications. Lynda and her family are known for weaving rugs in the traditional Two Grey Hills pattern. Identified primarily by a double-diamond layout, intricate geometric design using natural 
colored, hand-carded and hand-spun wool. These finely woven rugs are known for their high weft counts.

As the youngest child in a family of weavers, Lynda was raised in an atmosphere that encouraged creativity. Weaving was viewed as a “way of life,” and weaving lessons were mandatory.  Lynda won her first weaving award at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremony at age twelve, in the Juvenile Textiles Category. Garnering other weaving awards, Lynda set aside other forms of artwork while she attended Arizona State University and relied on weaving to pay for tuition and books. Her mother also sold rugs to offset college costs. After college, and a 20 year weaving hiatus, Lynda re-focused on weaving as a priority and took First Place
four times at the Santa Fe Indian Market in the Textile Category in 2004 and 2006, and 2011.  Lynda won “Best of Classification”, and Best of Division with a Child’s Blanket in 2011.  Along with her weaving, Lynda is collaborating with museums, weaving guilds, schools and other art venues to teach the public about Navajo Weaving.

Lynda and her sister Barbara teach Navajo Weaving workshops.  In their workshops, they share their family’s rich heritage of Navajo Weaving. Telling their stories, they give the workshop participant a glimpse into seven generations of enduring Navajo Weaving.  Each of their tapestries tell a story.  They are imbued with their hopes, their dreams, their tears, and their laughter.

Lynda’s maternal Grandmother, Susie Tom and her paternal grandmother, Nellie Peshlakai Teller made sure their daughters and granddaughters learned the art of weaving. They emphasized many practices, such as respecting the loom; preparing one’s own wool via shearing, carding and spinning; the production and proper care of weaving tools; and paying attention to design elements, always emphasizing the importance of intricate patterns and color combinations.
Lynda’s mother Ruth Teller, her maternal aunt Margaret Yazzie, and her older sisters, Barbara and Rosann instilled the belief that beauty and harmony should be woven into every rug.  Today, Lynda Teller Pete continues to carry on this tradition.

5 comments

  • Pam Gregory

    I understand that Lynda will be at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction, Colorado in October, and I am writing to ask if you might have time to speak with Mesa Fiber Arts Guild while you are here. We admire your work and would love to visit with you. Please let me know whether or not this is a possibility, when you might be available, and your fee for a special talk with our Guild members.
    Thank you.

    • Administrator

      Hello Pam,
      Certainly, I will be available to speak with your group in October. In Fact, I will be at the Museum on March 30, 2019 during the Rug Auction. I will be selling and signing my latest book, Spider Woman’s Children.
      Thank you for your interest.
      Lynda

  • Ellen Kamerling

    Hello, I am bringing a study group of 15 people from Washington state to New Mexico Oct. 17-27, 2017 to explore
    “The Spirit of the Southwest”. They have a special interest in Navajo weaving and the historic importance of Churro sheep.
    We will be in Taos Oct. 19, 20 and 21….. then we will be in Abiquiu at Ghost Ranch Oct. 22 & 23. It would be an honor
    to have the group meet you so they could learn about your family tradition and see your work. I see you have a
    very full schedule of teaching. Please let me know if you might be available for a demo and talk on any of the above
    dates and your fee.
    Thank you!
    Ellen
    Ellen Kamerling
    Founder, Art World Excursions (travel with AWE)
    2750 Jacks Canyon Road
    Sedona, AZ 86351
    928-284-1892

    • Administrator

      Hello Ellen,

      Sorry for not responding earlier. I left you a message.

  • Ellen Kamerling

    Hello, I am bringing a study group of 15 people from Washington state to New, MX. They have a special interest in Navajo weaving and the historic importance of Churro sheep.We will be we will be in Abiquiu at Ghost Ranch Oct. 22 & 23. It would be an honor to have the group meet you so they could learn about your family tradition and see your work. Please let me know if you might be available for a demo and talk on any of the above dates and your fee.
    Ellen (928-284-1892)

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