Our Board, and Volunteers

In November 2012, CKC’s Founder, Ms. Kendrick-Hands initiated a symposium entitled “Knitting Heritage Museum: A Work in Progress,” hosted by Dr. Ellsworth Brown, Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, and funded in part by a $5000 grant from The National Needlework Association’s Yarn Group.  An interim, nine-member volunteer Advisory Board created at the symposium to shepherd the Center’s initial phases of development forward has evolved into CKC’s current Board of Directors whose short bios, below, attest to their depth of knowledge and experience in knitting, crochet, development, outreach, volunteer organization, governance, finance, collections, exhibitions, fundraising, and technology.  Several founding Board members are still serving on CKC’s Board today, providing organizational continuity.  The Board seeks nominations annually from CKC members.  If you are interested in learning more about serving on CKC’s Board of Directors, or want to recommend a friend or colleague, please contact us.

 

CKC Officers

Jennifer L. Lindsay, President

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Jennifer Lindsay is an independent curator and arts educator specializing in craft and contemporary textiles.  She was an early advocate of going digital, global, and collaborative in establishing the Center for Knit and Crochet.  She holds an M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts from the Corcoran College of Art + Design.  A lifelong passion for knitting inspired her Master’s thesis, Mary Walker Phillips: ‘Creative Knitting’ and The Cranbrook Experience, 2010, which documents the emergence of knitting as contemporary art.  Lindsay coordinates exhibitions and public programs for museums, arts organizations, and other civic stakeholders.  Past projects include the Smithsonian Community Reef, a display made by more than 800 contributors nationwide for the National Museum of Natural History’s 2010-2011 exhibition of the Crochet Coral Reef — a global project that promotes mathematics and marine stewardship using hands-on crochet.  Lindsay’s scholarly articles are published in The Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium Proceedings; Rowman & Littlefield’s Innovative Approaches in Museums series; and The Journal of Modern Craft.  Sixth & Spring Books and Clarkson Potter published her original knitting designs in 2003-2007.

Nicole H. Scalessa, Vice President

Nicole Scalessa is IT Manager and Digital Humanities Coordinator at The Library Company of Philadelphia where she represents and promotes the Library’s celebrated collection of needlework print culture. Ms. Scalessa advises the Center regarding its technological needs based on professional experience as a website & graphic designer, IT manager, reference librarian, and cataloger. Ms. Scalessa represents The Library Company on multiple committees for the National Digital Stewardship Association (NDSA) and the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL.org). She is also a Digital Public Library of America community representative, member of the Delaware Valley Archivists Group (DVAG.org), Philadelphia Digital Managers Working Group, and Philly Digital Humanities Meetup (PhillyDH.org). She is a member of the Philadelphia THATCamp planning committee and is the Communications and Membership Director for Historians Against Slavery (www.historiansagainstslavery.org). She is the author of Historic Reflections in Crochet (Library Company of Philadelphia: 2001) and the curator of the 2001 exhibition “The Hook and The Book: The Emergence of Crochet and Knitting in Early American Culture, 1840-1876.” More recently she has contributed to PieceWork Magazine (Interweave Press) and Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Sewing.

Mary Colucci, Secretary

Mary Colucci is Executive Director, Craft Yarn Council, a nonprofit trade association that represents major yarn resources, needle/hook manufacturers, and publishers in the yarn industry. She also serves as Executive Director of the Warm Up America! Foundation, one of the industry’s leading charities. The Warm Up America! Foundation coordinates and trains volunteers to knit and crochet afghans and clothing for people in need. Ms. Colucci started her career by editing a trade journal covering the Over-the-Counter fabric and needlework markets. She then helped to organize The National Needlework Association (hereinafter “TNNA”), another industry group, and served as TNNA’s Executive Director for 12 years. She has worked extensively with both chain and independent retailers to develop promotional and educational programs. She was a former Board member of the Crochet Guild of America.

Marilyn J. Huset, Treasurer

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Marilyn Huset is an ardent knitter and a member of the Madison (Wisconsin) Knitters’ Guild (the largest in the U.S.). She holds a B.S. in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She retired from TDS Telecom as Manager of Financial Communications, where she was previously Manager of Policies and Procedures and Manager of Accounting. At TDS Telecom, with newly acquired companies, and as national president of the American Woman’s Society of CPAs (AWSCPA, www.awscpa.org) she oversaw and revamped management structures, managed corporate records, annual meetings and board actions, and revised bylaws. She also co-authored a book on the 75-year history of the AWSCPA. She served on the American Institute of CPAs’ Work/Life and Women’s Initiatives Executive Committee and co-edited the book Promoting Your Talent: A Guidebook for Women and Their Firms by Nancy Baldiga. She is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs, chaired its Public Utilities Committee, and served on its Task Force for the 21st Century. She is active in civic organizations and served as a treasurer for her church during two reorganizations, creating internal controls and a new church constitution.

CKC Board Members (in alphabetical order):

Karen D. Kendrick-Hands, Founder 

Karen Kendrick-Hands is an attorney, community activist and lifelong, obsessive knitter: artisan, published designer, retailer and educational consultant. Inspired in part by quilt collections and study centers, and spurred by the limited access to knitting and crochet in existing museum and research settings, she is leading the effort to develop the Center for Knit and Crochet, Inc., as a knitting heritage museum and resource to collect, preserve, document and share knitted and crocheted objects and their cultural significance.

Kyle Kunnecke

Kyle Kunnecke is an author, knitting instructor, and all around fiber-arts enthusiast. His first book, Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Knitting Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe (Interweave, 2016) explores the use of urban architectural elements as inspiration for classic garments. Through his fiber workshops at venues such as TNNA, TKGA, Vogue Knitting LIVE, and the Madrona Winter Retreat, he provides inspiration to his students; exploring the skills necessary to continue their personal knitting journeys. His website offers additional resources and information to his students, and he continues to expand his own knowledge by attending workshops and conferences across North America.

Callie Lasch

Callie Lasch is a Producer, Director, and Writer of public interest educational and documentary media designed to inform and inspire through fresh perspectives. For over 20 years, as the principal of Lasch Media, she advocated for a greater appreciation for the value of the fiber arts and the handmade.  She believes firmly in the power of handwork as a transformative tool for learning, cognitive development and healing, and has made it a personal mission to assist in raising the profile of knitting and crochet through educational outreach and public awareness.

Callie is currently developing exhibitions and events to advance the fiber arts, including hands-on public programs, lectures, panel discussions, and interdisciplinary events which also reach outside of the traditional gallery or museum experience and encourage collaboration between artists, makers, and communities. She is particularly interested in advancing the dialogue and understanding of handwork and its role in informing the hand/brain connection and expanding its relevance to people of all ages and stations in life, especially in the balance of future generations and digital technology.

Lilly Marsh

Lilly Marsh’s interests in textiles originated in sheep breeding and colored fleece production for handspinning, and developed into professional studio practice as a sculptural knitter, dyer, and production hand-weaver. She is currently in pursuit of a doctoral degree in American Studies at Purdue University focusing on contemporary textile history and practices. Now in the final year of dissertation writing, her doctoral project is a cultural biography of the knitting writer, teacher, designer and publisher Elizabeth Zimmermann.  Investigating the intersection of domesticity, feminism and professional craft identities, Lilly’s pedagogical work has included an innovative introductory level 16 week American Studies course that combined basic American Cultural Studies with craft practices and history across the 20th C. US.  Her interests in the identities, communities and durable institutions of American textile craft practice will be followed up in future research projects around the histories of the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and the Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon. Marsh’s own work continues to combine both practice and academic research as she is currently developing a dissertation exhibit of original knit wire sculptural work in concert with her dissertation. Designed as both a reflection upon and an artistic expression of her research, this participatory installation hopes to engage both non-academic and university community members around ideas of  how what we save and what we examine produce meaning in society and culture.

CKC Volunteers (in alphabetical order):

Edie Eckman

Edie Eckman, Crochet Advisor to the CKC’s Nomenclature Committee, considers herself “a Knit-Crochet Diplomat, easing the schism that can exist between the two disciplines.” A noted freelance author, teacher, designer, and technical editor, Eckman serves individual students, guilds, local yarn shops, yarn companies, and independent publishers of books and magazines on knitting and crochet.  She is a Master Teacher for the Craft Yarn Council’s Certified Instructors Program and has taught classes and workshops at Stitches, The National Needlearts Association, The Knit & Crochet Show, Vogue Knitting Live, New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinebeck), Fall Fiber Festival (Montpelier), and other national venues.  Her articles and designs have appeared in numerous publications, including Interweave Crochet and Knitters.  She is the author of Christmas Crochet for the Hearth, Home & TreeConnect the Shapes Crochet MotifsSocks to Knit for Those You LoveAround the Corner Crochet BordersThe Crochet Answer Book and Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs. Together with Judith Durant, she edited Crochet One Skein Wonders and Crochet One Skein Wonders for Babies & Toddlers.  We are so fortunate to have the benefit of Edie Eckman’s help and expertise on the CKC Nomenclature project.

Jolie Elder

Jolie Elder has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross-stitch at age four. She has a B.A. in Art and a M.A. in Art History from Pennsylvania State University, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. She designs, teaches, and “stunt knits” in Atlanta, GA. She is also past President of both the Atlanta Knitting Guild and North Georgia Knitting Guild, and is a past board member of Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance. Her published patterns accentuate geometric structure and feature meticulous techniques. Jolie has taught at fiber festivals including STITCHES South, Maryland Sheep and Wool, Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair, and Georgia Fiber Fest. She blogs about her knitting experiments at jolieaelder.blogspot.com and posts regularly on Ravelry.

Kristi Gersbach

Kristi Gersbach, CKC Membership Coordinator, 2014-15, has been knitting since 1986 and is always intrigued by new techniques.  She is a member of the Madison Knitters’ Guild, and enjoys spinning her own yarn.  She has an extensive collection of vintage knitting patterns and booklets and is excited to be part of an initiative to preserve and share the history of her craft.

June Hemmons Hiatt

June Hemmons Hiatt is an established authority on knitting, and the author of the well-known and comprehensive resource, Principles of Knitting: Methods and Techniques of Hand Knitting, first published by Simon and Schuster in 1989, and revised and updated in 2012.  At CKC’s founding symposium, Ms. Hiatt generously volunteered to author the initial draft of the CKC’s Nomenclature, and subsequently developed a general terminology for both knitting and crochet, and a specific terminology for knitting.  The CKC is indebted to June Hemmons Hiatt for her pioneering work to develop this cataloguing system, which now includes crochet terminology added by Edie Eckman.

When vetted and tested, the CKC Nomenclature, containing terms that are familiar to knitters and crocheters, will be made available to galleries, libraries, archives, and museums for use in identifying and cataloging their collections.

Board Emeritus:

Jolie Elder

Jolie Elder has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross-stitch at age four. She has a B.A. in Art and a M.A. in Art History from Pennsylvania State University, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. She designs, teaches, and “stunt knits” in Atlanta, GA. She is also past President of both the Atlanta Knitting Guild and North Georgia Knitting Guild, and is a past board member of Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance. Her published patterns accentuate geometric structure and feature meticulous techniques. Jolie has taught at fiber festivals including STITCHES South, Maryland Sheep and Wool, Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair, and Georgia Fiber Fest. She blogs about her knitting experiments at jolieaelder.blogspot.com and posts regularly on Ravelry.

Kathleen Stiso Mullins

Kathleen Stiso Mullins has served in the position of CEO for more than 30 years, directing multi-million dollar budget institutions. She has guided the restoration of historic structures; planning and building of new facilities; comprehensive strategic and master site planning; as well as vision and mission planning. Additional experience includes the development and implementation of staffing and organizational structures; new and increased existing revenue streams; capital campaigns; partnerships with academic and cultural organizations; and interpretive and educational programming. Kathleen also taught Women’s Studies at Purdue University.

Margaret S. Peterson

Margaret S. Peterson is a life-long knitter, and a nationally recognized instructor, published designer, judge and scholar of knitting. Her early designs are included in the Wisconsin Historical Society textile collection. In addition to her knitting expertise, Mrs. Peterson brings extensive professional and volunteer experience in development, fundraising, marketing and volunteer coordination. She studied Journalism and Public Relations at University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was Director of Public Relations, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, WI, for thirteen years. During her 60-year career as a volunteer, she has provided leadership, direction, and oversight for numerous charitable organizations, including as Board Chair of the Wisconsin Division of the American Cancer Society and as Director of Volunteer Services, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, WI.

Myrna A.I. Stahman

A retired attorney, Myrna Stahman has been an avid knitter since the age of eight.  Ms. Stahman started designing in the 1990s, self-publishing Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves: Lace Faroese-Shaped Shawls From the Neck Down and Seamen’s Scarves in 2000 while practicing law full-time.  Retired from the practice of law after thirty years, she now combines writing, publishing, teaching and lace knitting with her love of travel, teaching classes and speaking about knitting in the US and internationally.  Ms. Stahman is an avid collector of antique knitting tools, needles, books and hand knit lace.  She is a member of the Lacy Knitters Guild, the Visionary Authors Group, and an affiliate member of the Idaho Bar.

Barbara S. Tuceling

Barbara S. Tuceling retired as director of The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) in September of 2013. TSA offers a broad array of pan-Institutional educational activities as well as the Resident Associate membership program. TSA’s nearly 1000 activities annually take many forms, including performances, lectures, courses, seminars, studio arts, local study tours, special workshops, teacher training, summer camps, and live theater for children. These programs are designed to showcase the Smithsonian’s broad knowledge network, including its many research initiatives, exhibitions, and collections. TSA also offers a Masters degree in the History of Decorative Arts, in partnership with George Mason University. TSA programs take place in Washington, D.C., and across the US.