The ancestors of modern Native Americans arrived in what is now known as the United States 15,000 years ago. Native American art is a major category in the worlds art collections, which include Pottery, Paintings, Jewelry, Weavings, Sculptures and Carvings.
Textile weaving – cotton dyed with pigments was a dominant craft among pre-contact tribes of the American southwest. The first Spaniards to visit the region wrote about seeing Navajo blankets. With the introduction of Navajo-Churro sheep, the resulting woolen products have become very well known around the world. By the 18th century the Navajo had begun to import yarn with their favorite colors, Bayeta Red. Using a upright loom, the Navajos wove blankets worn as garments and then rugs after the 1800s for trade.
The Navajo traded for commercial wool. Under the influence if European-Americans settlers at trading posts, The Navajos created new and distinct styles including
“Two Grey Hills” (predominantly black and white, with traditional patterns)
“Teec Nos Pos” (colorful, with very extensive patterns)
“Ganado” (red dominated patterns with black and white)
“Wide Ruins” & “Chinlee” (banded geometric patterns)
“Klagetoh” (Diamond Patterns)
“Red Mesa” (bold diamond Patterns)
Many of these patterns exhibit a fourfold symmetry, which is thought to embody traditional ideas about harmony.
Native Americans decorated most of their crafts to make them more beautiful. They added color and designs with paint, beads, quill embroidery. Sometimes a design or color was a symbol that stood for an idea or told a story. The meaning of colors was important to Native American Indians as each color held a special sacred symbolism. The meanings changed according to the purpose they were put to.
For Arizona I wanted to use colors that can be found in a traditional Native American blanket plus to symbolize what I wish to impart on my Son as Arizona was designed for him.
Black – Power, Strength & Success
Red – Faith , Energy and Happiness
White – Sharing, Purity & Light
Greys – Representing the Howlite Gemstone for Concentration & Stress Relief
Arizona is a relaxing design as it was intended to be. Suited for any crochet level.
For more information about the CAL Arizona – Introduction
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23 thoughts on “Arizona Cal – The Inspiration”
Ooohhhh….. my colors! Thank you!
I’m looking forward to this CAL, I’ll be looking out for it to start.
Looking forward to this CAL. I am a Native Arizonan. This will have meaning for me. 😀
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Those are beautiful and it’s going to be hard to decide which one to do. I’m hanging on my britches till it starts.
Love this! will watch for the cal to start.
Looking forward to this one.
Ok you’ve got me! Now when does it start. I’ve been wanting to do Native American design for sometime.
This is a must do for my oldest daughter
Emma, what level of experience do you think will be required for this CAL?
Bunni in Arizona
Hi Bunni. If you know the basic stitches and how to do a Front & Back post stitches you can do this cal. There will also be videos to take you through it step by step 🤗
Beautiful! I ordering my colors today!
I’m wondering how to print the intro for this piece. Also I would like to know the yarn and how much I will need. Thankyou, Karen
Yarn requirements are in the Introduction page. 🙂 https://pippinpoppycock.com/arizona-introduction/
I am wondering which beans of yarn is in your color scheme catona acorn or if it’s catona then where to order it.
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I love it when people come together and share views. Great blog, continue the good work!
I watched video and love the pattern, only if she would include tutorial of the last two or three stitches of the end. Also, never showed the whole blanket which would benefit the video.
It says that there’s a free pattern for Arizona Afghan but I can’t find it. I am watching the videos as well but I like a written backup. Also, I clicked on the link to order the yarn and it said page not available. Thank you for your help.
Hi Ali You can find all the parts here