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Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Awards

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Lynn Hershberger and Annette Tanner
2017 master artist and apprentice
Lansing (Ingham County)
Stranded colorwork knitting

Lynn DT Hershberger was born in Golden Valley, Minnesota, in the winter of 1958. She moved at the age of four with her family to the Greater Lansing area where she has lived ever since. Lynn was introduced to knitting by her great-aunt Ingeborg who immigrated to Minnesota from Norway as a teen; Ingeborg knitted traditional pointed-tip mittens for Lynn and she remembers being fascinated by the mittens, their design, and traditional Norwegian blue and cream colorwork. Lynn learned to knit from her fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Johnson, who taught his students to knit so they would be occupied during indoor recesses. From this time until her late teens, Lynn knitted many scarves for her dolls and friends. She took a break from knitting for many years, returning only after stumbling across a web resource on knitted socks. Ever a fan of colorful wool socks, Lynn was determined to make her own. She completed her first pair within ten days and has not stopped knitting since. In 2003, Lynn was gifted four pairs of Turkish socks that she carefully studied and from which she modeled some of her own patterns. These patterns and others of Lynn’s have been published in books and journals. Lynn’s deep commitment to the study of Turkish socks and her generous spirit for teaching have earned her a well-respected reputation in the international knitting community.

Annette Tanner, Lynn’s apprentice for 2017, began knitting four years ago. She taught herself the basics through books and web resources. When she joined a knitting group in Lansing she not only gained great camaraderie but also knowledge of many knitting and fiber arts skills and techniques. It was through this knitting group that she met Lynn and the two formed a friendship and informal mentorship. Both Annette and Lynn are deeply involved in the Lansing knitting community and committed to being a part of and supporting do-it-yourself and maker communities and the preservation and presentation of traditional knitting techniques. For their apprenticeship, they will be working on the stranded colorwork technique within different ethnic traditions.

-Micah Ling

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