Saturday, September 6, 2014

Historical Lecture Series: Threads that Bind




WHAT: Historical Lecture Series: Threads that Bind – Textiles in the Connecticut River Valley: A Trip Through Time and Space at WEBs

WHEN: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6pm
 
WHERE: Wistariahurst Museum

COST: $7 general/$5 members

Historical Lecture Series: Threads that Bind – Textiles in the Connecticut River Valley:
A Trip Through Space and Time at WEBs


HOLYOKE: Join us at Wistariahurst on Monday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. to kick off our Fall Lecture Series: Threads that Bind. Our opening lecture will feature the story of WEBs-America’s Yarn Store, located in the picturesque Pioneer Valley of Western Mass.-a favorite destination for knitters, weavers and spinners. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, WEBs began as a home-based venture developed by Barbra Elkins and a friend. The goal was to earn a little money to enable them to buy yarn so they could support their love of hand weaving. The business concept was to rent looms to students and weavers who didn’t have the resources to buy a loom outright. The project could have failed, but instead, WEBs has become the largest independent yarn retailer in the country. Through visuals and a presentation by both Barbra and Art Elkins, the history of the company will be illustrated.

Barbra Elkins has been weaving for over forty years. She has had articles published in Handwoven Magazine, has judged many weaving exhibits and taught weaving at WEBs for many years.

Art Elkins taught management at Eisenberg School at UMASS for over 20 years before joining Barbra full time at WEBs. In addition to academic publications, including several textbooks, he wrote for Yarn Market News for several years. As President of Valley Fibers Corp., Art oversaw the growth of WEBs through several stages of development until the second generation took over.

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