Symposium - Knitting Heritage Museum: A Work in Progress

Thursday, November 8, 2012 to Saturday, November 10, 2012

Join the first symposium in support of establishing of a Knitting Heritage Museum, to be held in Madison, WI Nov. 8-10, 2012. Co-hosted with the Wisconsin Historical Society, Ellsworth Brown, Director, and funded in part by the Yarn Group of The National NeedleArts Association’s

This symposium is intended for textile curators, conservators and collectors, educators, designers, industry representatives, passionate practitioners, and anyone who has ever thought that knitting and crochet deserved a museum, but didn't know where to start.

Susan Strawn, author of Knitting America: A Glorious Heritage from Warm Socks to High Art, and Melissa Leventon, principal of Curatrix Group Museum Consultants and Appraisers, and Consultant to the new Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles in Bangkok, will be speaking. Trisha Malcolm, VP and Editorial Director of Vogue Knitting [invited] and Jack Blumenthal, VP of Lion Brand Yarn will present industry perspectives. Highlights include the opening of a “Curators’ Choice” exhibit of historic knitted and crocheted objects at the Wisconsin Historical Society, created in honor of the symposium, and a closing book signing with knit and crochet authors and designers.

Attendees will participate in facilitated breakout sessions to determine directions and next steps as we develop a place to collect, document, preserve and share our knitting and crochet heritage. Don’t miss it! Come share your big ideas and recommendations. Knitted and crocheted objects are a valuable part of our heritage, with compelling stories to tell.

To Register:

More info at our blog: or in this brochure

Or contact to get involved.
Karen D. Kendrick-Hands
404 S. Blount Unit 101
Madison WI 53703
cel 313.600.1670

Time and Location: 

Thursday, November 08, 2012 4:00 PM - Saturday, November 10, 2012 4:30 PM (Central Standard Time)

Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
United States

Meetings: Doors open 5 pm, KnitAid 5 pm, Meeting 6:30 - 8:30 pm
2nd Monday of each month (September-May)

Bishop O'Connor Center
702 South High Point Road
Madison, Wisconsin