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 ( This series will offer you 11 FREE lectures/speakers throughout the year 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 10, 2024  at 7 pm "Bead Weaving" with David Heustess

Learn about off loom bead weaving techniques, upscaling disposable/recyclable materials and how the "happy accident" can change your whole perspective. David will also share a basic demonstration of Right Angle Bead Weaving along with images of the work he's created and what may also be currently on his work table."


February 14, 2024 at 7 pm  "Deflected Double Weave and its Many Variations with Janney Simpson

Deflected Double Weave is a weave structure that has regained popularity in the repertoires of contemporary weavers. Why is this structure appealing? How does it work? What else can we do with Deflected Double Weave? 


March 13, 2024 at 7pm "Unlocking the Mystery of Block Weaves and Profile Drafting" with Jill Staubitz

How many times havw you asked "I understand how to weave it, but how did you come up with those tie ups?" Somehow the concept of block weaves and profile drafting mystifies weavers of all levels of weaving experience. Yet, by understanding the basic principles, a weaver can choose a draft and substitute the structure of their choice to weave it. Understanding block weaves and profile drafting allows weavers to be in charge of what they are weaving and design their own weaving drafts.


April 12 at 7:00 pm "Tapestry Design Elements and Principles" with Molly Elkind

Artists have always used concepts like Color, Texture, and Contrast to make their works sing.  In this lecture, learn about the eight most important Elements of Art and Principles of Design for tapestry.


May10 at 7:00 pm "Handmade Cloth: Exploring Ritual" with Sarah Saulson

For about a decade my studio practice has been focused on Jewish Prayer Shawls.  This has led me on an exploration of handmade cloth and its role as a ritual object in traditions across time and space.


July 12 at 7:00 pm  "What is sprang? How does it work? And what can you do with it?"  with Carol James 


August 9 at 7:00 pm  "A Master’s Class in American Handwoven Coverlets" with Gay McGeary.  Gay will share her research of early American nineteenth century handwoven coverlets.


September 13 at 7:00 pm “Tales from the Weaving Room” with Barbara Schutzgruber

Rumpelstiltskin spins straw into gold. Sleeping Beauty pricks her finger on a spindle. Three Aunts have unusually large feet, arms, and teeth. Greek myths send poisoned clothing as revenge. Why are these images in our stories? WHERE did they come from?  The answers to these and more will be revealed, so be sure to join us.


October 11, 2023 at 7:00 pmStyling and Photographing Your Handwovens” with Elaine Palmer.

This talk discusses design and technical considerations when photographing and styling handwoven for different media.


November 8, 2023 at 7:00 pm “Angled Light in Woven Forms” with Laurie Carlson Steger

This story is not only about the invention of fiber optical materials and but also, about how I found a spiritual expression through weaving with fibers filled with light. I will share these works and others that are based in enlightenment, reflection and perception of human soul.


December 6, 2023 at 7:00pm "My Journey with Archie Brennan" by Brenda Osborn

During this presentation I will show images of Archie Brennan's large body of work and talk about his life and the experience of working with him to create a memoir of his 70 year weaving career. 


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