At the tender age of 5, Marthe Hess Young was introduced to the joys of needlework by her maternal grandmother. She grew up with sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidery as a part of daily life. The tatting gene failed.
More than 30 years ago, Barbara Elkins taught Marthe how to weave during the brief period when WEBS had a satellite store on Sumner Avenue in Springfield. Marthe raised her own sheep while living on a homestead in the Berkshires and decided that she needed to learn how to spin and weave her own wool. She would fold up her loom and pack it into the trunk of her 66 Dodge Dart and trek down to Springfield for the Beginner Weaver’s series. The instruction took root!
Since then, Marthe has enjoyed weaving as well as many other fiber arts, including stump work embroidery and crewel work. She has worked for more than 15 years as a sewing educator for Bernina of America. A recent convert to the ease and simplicity of the rigid heddle loom under the guidance of Leslie Ann Bestor, Marthe joins our teaching staff at WEBS.
With a strong sewing background, Marthe will be including some classes that feature fabric weaving on the rigid heddle loom with the end result of a sewn project.