Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
My latest design is an Opera Shawl for FREIA.
Apple Green for Freia's apples!! (OK, GOLDEN apples if you're being strictly literal, but this is such a beautiful shade of green!) It is hand-knitted in Kidsilk, and hand-beaded.
Here she is as portrayed by Arthur Rackham in his illustrations of Wagner's RING.
Monday, 14 October 2013
Just bought this beautiful book : SHETLAND TEXTILES, 800 BC to the present. Edited by Sarah Laurenson.
I love this because I make Shetland Lace shawls, and it's wonderful to have such a comprehensive history of Shetland textiles.
It 'does what it says on the tin' - a comprehensive history of textiles in Shetland from the earliest times to the present day. There are chapters dealing with Shetland Sheep and Wool, with Fair Isle Knitting and Shetland Lace. I am reproducing here some images from the book - (I don't THINK I am breaching any copyright laws here, since they are mainly images in the public domain that I have seen before).
This is a well-known image of Shetland knitters - I don't have a date for this, but it must be early in the 20th century, perhaps before the First World War. I have made shawls similar to the one being knitted by the woman in the foreground.
Shetland Lace Shawls drying.
Finally, some Shetland sheep.