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Weave a Hijab on a Floor Loom

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Weave a Hijab on a Floor Loom

Friday December 18: 6-8pm 
Saturday December 19: 12-5pm 
Sunday December 20: 12-5pm 
*We like everyone to go home with a finished project, so end times are approximate for each day.   
Instructors: Nakita Valerio and Alison Hurlburt

Nakita Valerio is an award winning writer, researcher and Muslim community organizer based on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton. She is a graduate in history and Islamic-Jewish studies from he University of Alberta and has been a research fellow with the Tessellate Institute and the Institute for Religious and Socio-Political Studies. She serves as an advisor to the Chester Ronning Center for the Study of Religion and  Public Life at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus.

Alison is a handweaver and weaving teaching whose favorite thing in the world is  helping beginners make beautiful cloth in a warm and welcoming environment. Alison  is a Christian lay preacher who weaves faith based textiles including hijabs, altar cloths, clergy stoles, and tallitot (Jewish prayer shawls). She looks forward to continuing to learn from sisters in other faiths while she develops her weaving practice. 

For those who choose to wear it, the hijab represents a quiet act of worshipful submission to God. Yet this headscarf traditionally worn by Muslim women is wrongfully stigmatized in common understanding and media. Whether you have worn the hijab for years, are thinking of wearing it, or want to make one for someone you love, this workshop offers the opportunity to escape the cultural "noise" about hijab by sitting with one in intentional contemplation as you weave it with your own hands.

The technical side of this workshop will be instructed by seasoned weaver, Alison Hurlburt, with spiritual reflections and inspiration about the hijab from scholar and community organizer, Nakita Valerio.

You will learn the basics of weaving on a floor loom, and leave the workshop with a 

completed hijab, ready to hem and wear! 

Looms will be prepared ahead of time so that you can just show up and weave! We will provide a range of cotton thread colours for weft so that you can add your favourite colours to your hijab.  

All supplies are included:  

  • Studio Floor Looms are used for this workshop
  • Cotton warp
  • Cotton weft
  • Instructional Booklet 


Make sure to read the FAQs on our website that outline our workshop cancellation policy before signing up.

PLEASE NOTE: It is important to us to keep you all safe! Participants may be required to wear a mask for the duration of the workshop according to government guidelines. Please do not come to your workshop if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are feeling unwell. In order to provide high quality workshops, our Workshop Policies remain the same even though last minute cancellations may be more likely due to the health crisis. We are not able to refund workshops. We are able to provide a store credit for workshops cancelled with 72 hrs notice. We are not able to provide a refund or store credit for cancellations with less than 72 hrs notice, even for participants who are feeling unwell. Thank you for your understanding.  


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