Ilene NaegleIlene Naegle is a Diné from Ganado, Arizona. She has been around sheep and weaving all her life. Today she teaches Navajo weaving class at the Diné College every semester. Ilene teaches beginning weaving and advanced weaving. She also hosts a monthly spin-off group in her community for those who are enthused weavers, spinners, knitters, wool felting and dyeing. They do it as a potluck and all they do is eat. Ilene enjoys helping and keeping the Navajo tradition alive. Ilene’s e-mail address is

Linda Smith in 2011 Linda Smith has 35 years of experience teaching students of all ages.  She received her M ED from the University of Arizona. She has taken art classes a variety of mediums for the past 30 years. Her work in oil, watercolor, and pencil painting has been shown in a variety of places around the 4 corners, with many pieces now in private collections.

Linda began working intensively with dyeing and felting fiber five years ago and has studied with Pat Spark. Her work is also influenced by Brigette Hansen and Lisa Klakulak. Linda resides in Bayfield where she and her husband raise Wensleydale sheep and angora goats.  On most days, spinning, art projects, gardening, and knitting for her first grandchild occupy most of her time.

Linda’s contact information is:
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 Lois Burbach's Alpacas SchoolLois Burbach of Ignacio, CO, is a highly-regarded fiber artist in the Four Corners area of Colorado. Her background in Home Economics (University of Northern Colorado), sewing and knitting paved the way for her to excel in the fiber arts when she and her husband, Jim, started their alpaca ranch, Navajo Lake Alpacas, in 2002. Lois is best known for her felting, which is a natural outlet for her artistic talents and award-winning skills. She has taught hat felting at the Pagosa Fiber Festival, the Wool Festival of the Southwest, for the Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies, and at various alpaca ranches and yarn shops across Colorado.

Lois’ contact information is:
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Nancy WilsonNancy Wilson began spinning shortly after she and her husband Chris acquired their first llamas in 1988. Nancy’s educational background is in textiles and clothing; learning to spin camelid fibers seemed a natural extension of this interest. Over the years she has taken numerous spinning courses and most recently attended Level I of the Olds College Master Spinners program. She has taught classes for her local guilds in Prescott and Sedona (Arizona) as well as at the Pagosa Fiber Festival and Southwest Regional Spinners annual conference. Nancy enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for spinning with others. Nancy’s e-mail address is

Paula Seay and Her Natural Dyed YarnPaula Seay has been curious about natural dyeing for a number of years and has experimented with plant materials around her home in Southwest Colorado and with other materials available online. She is always been amazed by the colors they give: the yellows & golds, reds & browns, purples & blues, all of which coordinate together, beautifully. As a knitter and hand spinner, natural dyeing is a perfect fit.


Having taken a few workshops, Paula has learned so much and has enjoyed networking with other natural dyers.

 Oct 2011, Earth’s Palette Natural Dye & Color Conference, in conjunction with the Wool Festival at Taos – Michele Wipplinger  dye workshop

Sept 2009, Earth’s Palette NC&CC – Liesel Orend – The Dye Garden workshop

 Paula’s e-mail address is

Roy KadyRoy Kady. If there is a “man for all seasons” among contemporary Diné (Navajo), Roy Kady might be that man. Kady is a well-established sheep herder and a male weaver residing in Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, and a sort of Mecca for sheep herders and Diné weavers. Roy was born at Shiprock Hospital, NM and raised in the small sheep-herding town of Goat Springs, AZ.

His mother, Mary K. Clah, is a Master Agro-Pastoralist and Weaver and the main teacher of Diné culture to her children. At her side, six children were taught cooking, collecting herbs for healing, vegetable dyeing, and beading as they watched her weave. The children also herded sheep with their mother and taught them about the values of life and its giver, to forever cherish it, to keep it close to their hearts and to pass on the valuable teachings to the next generation.

Serious sheep herding and weaving reappeared for Roy in 1985. Traditional designs are important to him, and he considers each rug a story and expression of feeling and inspirations. Time spent after his sheep and at the loom is spiritual for Roy, who weaves only when he feels inspired the rest of the time he is herding his sheep. He wants his rugs “to teach the beauty of the universe and the cosmos.” and also to enrich the next generation about the importance of sheep herding, weaving and traditional/cultural preservation. Roy also says “In the Diné tradition we treat the land and its creatures with the upmost respect. Because we all need to eat and when we take from the land we do so in a responsible sustainable way that has been passed down from generation to generation by our elders and told to us in our creation stories.”

Roy is “Diné first” but able to comfortably combine both cultures. He continues building his flock of the cherished sacred Navajo-Churro sheep and is an avid environmentalist as the scared songs of creation depicts. “Pastures must be rotated, we must return to our agro-pastoral ways,” he stresses. Some years ago, his elders declared him a Master Weaver and a Leader with a Blessing Way ceremony for beauty, balance and harmony. Roy feels he has a gift for teaching and loves a classroom of young people or elders. He is comfortable in front of large crowds or in the solitude of herding sheep. He wants his Diné people to return to their trusted traditional ways and to know the creation stories and sing the scared songs again. “The world seems far less threatening when you know who you are,” he says. Roy’s outlook is broad and contemporary, the old and new woven into the fabric of his 42 years and going. “The Navajo rug is no longer just a blanket for wearing or a cover for the floor. It is now an art form to grace your wall,” Roy says proudly. Each rug he sells represents a piece of his soul. “I hope my buyers will feel the essence of happiness when they see my sheep and weavings.”

Roy’s contact information is:
- Phone: 928-656-3498
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Susan Jones and her spindleSusan Jones learned to spin as a docent in the Pioneer History Program at the Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen, CO.  She moved to Durango nearly three years ago and spins with the Rovers and the Wild Woolley Spinners of the West. Susan’s e-mail address is



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