Textile designer, teacher, author, and illustrator Franklin shared his knowledge of textile preservation during Preservation Week, April 23 – 29, 2017, a time when librarians and library workers share expertise on how to preserve family heirlooms and treasures.
Habit’s varied experience in the fiber world includes two popular books (It Itches and I Dream of Yarn) and contributions of writing and design to Vogue Knitting, Yarn Market News, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, PieceWork and Twist Collective, as well as regular columns and cartoons for Knitty.com, PLY Magazine, Lion Brand Yarns and his popular “Fridays with Franklin” feature for Skacel Collection. Many of his independently published designs are available via Ravelry.com.
Habit first became well known as the writer of The Panopticon, one of the most popular knitting blogs on the Internet, which attracted readers worldwide to his mix of essays, cartoons, and the adventures of Dolores the Sheep.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute and gain additional knowledge of textile preservation,” said Habit. “There is no greater honor than to work alongside expert librarians and library workers who are transforming lives through education and lifelong learning. As an enthusiastic preservation-novice who is tasked with safeguarding multigenerational family treasures, I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with the public as I work to preserve fabrics and patterns from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”
As Preservation Week Honorary Chair Habit appeared in Preservation Week artwork and chronicled his preservation efforts through various social media channels. You can follow Habit online with @franklinhabit on Twitter, @franklin.habit on Instagram, or through his Facebook page for tips and resources.
The 2017 Preservation Week theme was textile preservation.
Franklin Habit PSAs for Preservation Week 2017