traveling MI 2012

Hello, My name is Melvenea Hodges.

Welcome to my ongoing journey to learn, share and practice traditional textile techniques.

I have had an fascination with handcrafted textiles since before I can remember. The most influential women in my life have been skilled at sewing and needlecrafts. This includes great grandmother Mattie and grandma Arelia who was ever encouraging and proud of her “sweet pea” as I attempted my first projects at the age of 11.

Starting with braid weaving, then progressing to sewing, then crochet I was on my way. I received a bachelors in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising from Eastern Michigan University in 2006. Over the years I have picked up knitting, loom weaving, embroidery and finally spinning every type of fiber I can get my hands on.

The process of creating using  traditional techniques has brought me much joy and fulfillment over the years and I hope to inspire others to explore our heritage skills through my sharing.


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  1. Melvenea,

    I am so impressed by your Lithuanian-style woven sashes. I am part-Lithuanian and I want to learn to weave sashes and aprons, but it’s so scary! And here you, just doing it. Thank you for imapiring me. I’m going to really put my mind to it and jump in the water.

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