Monthly Lecture Series


Monthly Lecture Series via Zoom - Second Wednesday of the month

7:00 PM EST

This exciting new series is being offered to all members of MLH as a FREE benefit of membership.  


This series does require that you must be a member of MLH ( and register in advance for the topic you find of interest. This series will offer you 11 FREE lectures/speakers throughout 2022 on the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm. The Zoom lectures will be recorded  LIVE and made available through a limited, password protected access for registered MLH members up to 2 weeks after, unless otherwise noted. 

January 12 at 7pm  "Oscar Beriau and the Québecois Weaving Renaissance 1930 - 1950" with Mary Underwood 

How does a chemist manage to become one of the most influential people in the world of handweaving in the early to mid-1900’s?  Oscar Beriau, a chemist by training, would create a school for domestic arts in Quebec in 1930.

Please note:  This lecture will not be recorded!


February 9 at 7pm “The Fascinating Life of Mary Meigs Atwater”  with Karen Donde
Widely regarded as the unofficial dean of American handweaving, Mary Meigs Atwater, 1878-1956, did not start weaving until she was forty. Even then, she was not driven by a passion for making cloth. Her interests were more pragmatic.


March 9 at 7pm   Weaving Experiences in Guatemala”  with Gisela Bosch
Over the past 15 years I have been lucky enough to go to Guatemala seven times and experience the rich weaving culture there. I will share that experience through my many photos.


April 13 at 7pm   “Basketry” with Judy Dominic 
Judy will discuss her love of basketry and its influence on most of her fiber work over the past forty years.


May 11 at 7pm  “Weaving by Design” with Kelly Marshall

Kelly Marshall will give a broad spectrum talk on design, rep weave, and the development of a weaving business.


We will take a break for June as we focus on the Summer Workshops at Hope College.


July 13 at 7pm     “Woven Worlds: Structure, Science & Metaphors”  with Rachel Hefferan

Rachel will walk us through her journey as a weaver over the past five years. She will describe the ways in which microbiology, brewing beer, changing landscapes, and health, led her to

making the work she is now.


CANCELED: August 10 at 7pm    “History of Weaving in Hartland, MI”   with Nadine Cloutier

She will discuss the rich history of Cromaine Crafts during the 1930-40s, the looms built here, the birthplace of both the first National Weaving Institute Conference in 1938 and the Michigan League of Handweavers at Waldenwoods in 1959, and the philanthropist who made it happen. (Will be rescheduled next year.)

September 14 at 7pm    “Cultivating a Plant Based Art Practice” with Kayla Powers    

Kayla is a weaver and natural dyer living and working in Detroit. Her work is focused on local, natural color from plants foraged around the city and her own dye garden. She is currently working on the completion of her MFA at Cranbrook.


October 12 at 7pm. “An Introduction to Scandinavian Coverlets & Sleigh Blankets” with Susan Conover     

Susan’s fascination with Scandinavian weaving is apparent in everything that is created on her looms. The Swedes traditionally weave a structure called Smalandsvav (a multi-harness weave) and the Norwegians call it Skillbragd.  She explored mounting these unique hand-woven pieces onto sheep skins to create warm and cozy bed coverings or sleigh blankets.


November 9 at 7pm  “Pin Loom Weaving; discovering one of the most popular unknown weaving techniques ever.”  with Margaret Stump 

This introductory presentation covers the background of pin loom weaving, an introduction to the pin loom weaving process, a demonstration of weaving a two inch pin loom square as well as lots of examples of what you can make using a pin loom.


December 14 at 7pm  “Throw in the Towel” with Gail Pilgrim Ross     

Kitchen Towels (aka Dish Towels, Tea Towels, Bar Towels, Glass Towels) are the workhorses of the weaving world.  By popular opinion they are the most often woven project and not only fulfill a practical functional role, but also make happily received gifts and highly successful sale items. But why weave towels when big box stores can sell them in great quantity at a fraction of the cost of materials, not to mention our time? 


An email to sign up for the lecture series will be sent out on the Friday before the lecture.  Space is limited, so sign up as soon as possible.  

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