25th Annual Weaving History Conference

May 16-17, 2019

Clayton, NY


We are pleased to invite you to the 2019 Weaving History Conference (WHC) hosted by the Thousand Islands Arts Center (TIAC). Held at the beautiful 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, this conference brings together textile and fiber enthusiasts from around the country to celebrate, promote, and share ideas related to fiber arts. What began as the Historic Manuscripts Conference in 1994 has evolved to encompass not only academic weaving presentations, but information on all the fiber arts. The two-day WHC has now become a gathering for textile and fiber academics and admirers to showcase their talents, network with peers, and hear speakers present on a wide variety of topics.

This year we celebrate our 25th anniversary and there are new and exciting plans in store!

  • First, we invite you to submit your finest woven wearables to our spring textile exhibition Weave It, Wear It. This show will be up through the WHC and be accompanied by the fashions of featured weaver Barbara Decker. All are invited to join us at the reception Wednesday, May 15, from 4—5:30pm!
  • We are excited to include a workshop opportunity following the conference this year. Join instructor Karen Pardee and learn the Japanese weaving technique known as saori. 
  • Once again, you are invited to bring your wares and to buy, sell, barter, and/or trade with other attendees at the Conference Marketplace! It will be open throughout the conference. Please let us know if you’ll need space and how many six-foot tables you would like.
  • Bring a cherished textile or item reflecting where your interest lies for our special Show & Tell session. Please keep presentation to three minutes.
  • We’re also looking for photographs of past conferences to include in a slideshow. If you have any to share, please send them to

For the full registration packet, please click here. 

For a look at this year's presentations and speakers, please click here.

For the conference schedule, please click here. 

Please direct any questions to WHC coordinator Marina Loew at She may be reached by phone Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm at (315) 686-4123 ext. 204.


                          Location:                    1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

                                                              200 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624

                                                              (315) 686-1100




photo credit Sally Orgren

A word about the Weaving History Conference...

The conference is held at the  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 25th consecutive year!





phone: 315.686.4123 

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