23rd Annual Weaving History Conference

Thursday, May 18 & Friday, May 19, 2017, Clayton, NY

Registration is now open! 


photo credit Sally Orgren



  • Download the complete 2017 Weaving History Conference booklet and printable registration form here

    • ​**Please note that one banquet dinner is included with both one-day and full conference fees. The "Banquet Dinner Only" option is intended for spouses and guests of the conference. 
  • Don't forget to bring an item for our Show & Tell session! 

  • Join us May 17 from 5-7pm for the opening reception of our landmark 50th Anniversary Retrospective.

  • Presenters- Don't forget to register!


Speakers Include:

Nell Znamierowski, Textiles & Weaving in the 20th Century

Patricia Hilts, The Applied Arts Exhibitions in Chicago: A Window into Handweaving 100 Years Ago

Sandra Swarbrick, Woven Samples from the John Landes Traveling Exhibit

Peggy Hart, Wool in America, 1780-1840

Fredrika Loew, How to Preserve Your Weaving Archive

Marjie Thompson, The New “In” Thing or Clues for the Modern Textile Detective

Deborah Livingston-Lowe, Weaving Cloth for a Medieval Northern Germanic Kyrtill

Sandra Rux, Looms for Ingrain Carpet Weaving 1820-1849: Scottish Innovations Spark American Industry

Jean Hosford, On the Rohland and Uhler Draftbooks

Loris Epps and Susan Wright, Mary Phylinda Dole: Weaver and Country Doctor

Philis Alvic, Churchill Weavers: 80 Years of American Handweaving

Janet Meany and Sharon Kruppenbacher, The Development of the Looms of the Newcomb Loom Company


A word about the Weaving History Conference...

The conference is held at the new 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel overlooking the beautiful St. Lawrence River in the historic village of Clayton, NY- just blocks from the Thousand Islands Arts Center's Handweaving Museum.

In order to celebrate, promote and share academic work in the subject of handweaving, the Historic Manuscripts Conference was founded. The name was changed to the Weaving History Conference to reflect the expansion of the subject of the conference to contain not just academic weaving presentations, but information on all fiber arts. Today the WHC is entering its impressive 23rd consecutive year! Please join us in 2017 as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Thousand Islands Arts Center~ Home of the Handweaving Museum. 

Thank You to our generous Weaving History Conference Sponsors for helping us continue to share and preserve our knowledge and research on the special tradition of handweaving:

Complex Weave Sponsor: Mrs. Lu'Ann Hart, Cody, WY

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Download the sponsorship form here.

While the official deadline to submit a proposal has passed, we will still consider submissions. Download the presentation proposal and informational forms here.



 email: Jessica@tiartscenter.org 

phone: 315.686.4123 

mail: TIAC attn: WHC - 314 John Street - Clayton, NY 13624