In celebration of New York Textile Month, join members of the New York Guild of Handweavers to see and experience the craft of handweaving at this drop-in event.

Inspired by the experimental and colorful weavings of Dorothy Liebes, currently on view in A Dark, A Light, A Bright: The Designs of Dorothy Liebes, expert weavers from the guild will be on hand to demonstrate some of the weaving techniques and materials often used by Liebes and the weavers in her studio, including the hand-tied loop fringe technique. Weavers will be using materials inspired by Liebes, including reeds, leather, ribbons, and other unusual materials on their looms. There will be opportunities for visitors to try their hand at weaving themselves, if they wish. 

About the Program 

  • Program Length: drop in anytime from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • Interactivity Level: Low to medium 
  • Program is free with museum admission
  • Intended Audience: People curious about weaving and weaving techniques and who are interested in trying out weaving on a sample loom.

Workshop leaders 

The weave-in will be led by members of New York Guild of Handweavers, a 70year-old non-profit dedicated to sharing the techniques and history of handweaving. Guild weavers will be on hand to demonstrate how to weave and answer any questions visitors may have about weaving. 


  • Location: This program will take place in person in the Library at Cooper Hewitt (2 East 91st Street, New York, NY). The Library is on the first floor of the museum and fully wheelchair accessible. There is an accessible restroom on the ground floor. Informal seating will be available. Read more about accessibility at Cooper Hewitt. 
  • What to Expect: This program is an all-day drop in event; visitors can stay as long as they like and can choose to try weaving if they are interested. 
  • For general questions, please email us at You may submit a question in advance for our speakers. If we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, email us or let us know when registering. Please make your accommodation request as far in advance as possible—preferably at least one week before the program date when possible. 

Health & Safety Measures

Please visit Cooper Hewitt’s Plan Your Visit page for up-to-date information on health and safety guidelines.


A Dark, A Light, A Bright: The Designs of Dorothy Liebes is made possible by The Coby Foundation; The Decorative Arts Trust; the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, a program of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum; and the Terra Foundation for American Art. 

The project received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee. 

Generous support is provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation; Mergentime Family Archive; and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, administered by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation. 

Support is also provided by Elizabeth Whelan, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and Patsy Orlofsky.