Weaving is a legacy in the Teller family. For over five generations,
Grandmothers, mother, 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.
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