July 17, 2021

In the mountains at Idyllwild, Native artists weave, shape and nurture their passions

Author: Debra Utacia Krol

IDYLLWILD, Calif. — Barbara Teller Ornelas deftly inserts colored thread between warp threads that run vertically on an upright Navajo loom. Using a hand-carved comb, she firms the horizontal thread on the warp with swift downstrokes. As the textile tightens, a pattern slowly emerges.
Ornelas’ sister, Lynda Teller Pete, sits nearby, crafting her own small textile as she gives tips to one of their eight students. Some of them have taken the class from the two sisters for several years.
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