Camille Myers Breeze, Director, is an internationally known textile conservation educator and author. A central mission of Museum Textile Services is to educate museum professionals, volunteers, students, and the public on issues related to textiles, conservation, and museum studies. Upcoming lectures and workshops include:
Practical Solutions: Quilt Care and Display
February 16, 2017
2-3:30 pm EST
Connecting to Collections free webinar
Do you have quilts in your collection and are you at a loss about what to do with them? you are not alone. Quilts are among the most abundant textiles found in our collections. Their large size, complexity, popularity, and history of use can pose a number of challenges to their custodians. This webinar will review the fundamentals of quilt care and display, including assessment, surface cleaning, stabilization, storage, and display. Along the way, we will dispel common myths, such as the necessity to handle with gloves and vacuum through a screen. Creative problem solving will be emphasized. Participants can download technical handouts from the Museum Textile Services website to walk them through each of the solutions presented. C2C webinars are free but require registration.
Special fund-raising lectures
Help raise money for your conservation project. MTS can create a presentation for your Board or the public that places your historic textiles in the spotlight and educates donors on what their support will accomplish. Please contact Camille if you would like her to speak or teach a workshop at your institution.
Textile Stabilization Using Sheer Overlays
June 5-7, 2017
Tuition and materials $1150
The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies
Mount Carroll, Illinois
Conservators employ three main types of sheer overlay to stabilize deteriorated textiles: net, silk sheer, and synthetic sheer. Each material has its pros and cons including cost, availability, invisibility, ease of use, and archival stability. The benefit of any sheer overlay is that it provides immediate stabilization as well as preventative protection. Participants will learn how to use all three of these sheer materials and, more importantly, how to determine which overlay is best for a given situation. You may choose to bring your own clean, pest-free textile that is quilt sized or smaller. For prices and more information, including a full list of courses offered at the Campbell Center, please visit the Campbell Center website.
Displaying Historic Textiles
June 8-10, 2017
Tuition and materials $1050
International Preservation Studies Center
Mount Carroll, Illinois
Temporary display of flat textiles, such as quilts, flags, embroideries, and lace, is a challenge faced every season by museum staff. Learning what technique is best for each textile is essential to safe and attractive exhibition of these often fragile and large items. This three-day workshop will begin with choosing textiles that are good candidates for display. Basic documentation and surface cleaning will then be taught. Attendees will learn hands on how to create a slant mount and a pinable mount for display of small to medium-sized textiles. Magnetic and Velcro hanging systems will then be created for larger textiles. Other display solutions, such as pressure mounting and framing, will also be presented for comparison. This workshop is intended for people with excellent hand skills and experience working with museum artifacts. Sewing skills are preferred but not required.To register or for more information please see their 2017 schedule.
Sampler Study Day
Would you like to hold a Sampler Study day at your museum or historical society? They are a great way to bring the public through your doors. People are invited to bring a sampler a professional assessment. Camille Breeze evaluates the condition of your sampler and identify potential conservation issues. Your Curator or collections team discusses details related to your sampler's iconography, style, and history. Museum Textile Services staff also be available to help you complete a short survey to include your sampler in a national database administered by the Colonial Dames of America (www.nscda.org). A small fee is charged, which is split 50/50 by you and us. Sample Press Release.
Click here to learn more about the Ancient Peruvian Textiles Workshop.