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Next week (09/15/2014) my guest will be Art & Barbara Elkins… the founders of WEBS - America’s Yarn Store.
 
We’ve had Steve Elkins (their son) and his wife, Kathy Elkins, on the show before to talk about WEBS. But this is going to be a fun, almost prequel to that show.
 
Art & Barbara are going to share with us the history and the evolution of WEBS… from a basement business to the industry leader that it has become over the last 40 years. And for those of you who may have missed it… this is the 40th anniversary of WEBS.
 
These are two remarkable business people who I remember meeting for the first time when I was a teenager. 
 
I’m so please to have them on the show so you can hear how they defined an innovated their business model in the fiber arts world. I hope you’ll join us for this very special show.
Direct download: FH_65_Art_Barbara.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Next week (09/15/2014) my guest will be Andrea Marquis of YarnSuperhero. She is a long-time knitter crocheter, and newly impassioned spinner. She loves to make things and grow things, and her superpowers include working with what is available, seeing the bright side, and helping people reach their 'Next Great Idea'.

With twenty years of business to business sales experience, Andrea approaches the yarn business and the rest of life with an improvisational spirit. An unrepentant optimist with a weird love for spreadsheets, she is a member of the small but mighty Spinzilla committee.

Andrea will be joining us to tell us more about herself as well as telling us all about Spinzilla. This will be a first for us Fiber Hooligans… delving into the world of spinning.

I can’t wait to have Andrea on the show so we can learn more about her and this growing (even international) event that is Spinzilla.

Direct download: FH_64_Spinzilla.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

This week my guest is Karin Skacel the president of Skacel Collection, Inc.
 
The Skacel Collection has been supporting Local Yarn Shops as a wholesaler of high-end yarns and needles for over 27 years. 
 
Skacel is the sole North American distributor for the addi Turbo® line of hand-knitting needles and accessories, as well as the Zitron, Schulana, HiKoo®, artfelt®, and Schoppel yarn lines.  As a family owned and operated entity, they strive to provide top-notch customer service world-class products and cutting-edge designs
 
Karin has been involved in the artistic crafts industry her entire life. Prior to taking over Skacel, she taught classes in glass fusing and lamp work, clothing design, sewing, knitting, crochet, and pottery painting. She is also the leading authority on art felt® in North America. She was the first to experiment with the paper and through trial and error has discovered many amazing possibilities using the paper as a base for felting. She is currently working on an artfelt® book and has been teaching classes and doing demonstrations throughout the United States.
 
Although her resume and credentials are impressive… it doesn’t do justice to this remarkable and generous lady who does so much to support the entire fiber arts industry. I can’t wait to have her on the show so you can learn more about Karin and her company.
Direct download: FH_63_Karin.mp3
Category:Knitting -- posted at: 11:00am CDT