It’s quite easy to spot an Aran jumper, less easy to define what makes an Aran unique.
Tips on historical aspects of knitting and crochet for people wishing to place authentic knitted/crochet items in dolls houses
Sanquhar is a town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland with a population today or around 2,100 inhabitants. It is famous for its 15th Century castle and old post office. As the nearby coastal towns developed it allowed Sanquhar to have access to trading markets and by the 18th century a wool market had been established …
By Victorian times, wealthier ladies were taking up hand knitting again (including Queen Victoria herself who was an avid knitter). The 1850’s saw
Today the word spinster is used to denote an unmarried woman usually considered to be passed marrying age. The term originates
Smocking, as a means of gathering fabric so it is elasticated enough to allow for stretching has its roots in the Middle Ages. The need
Wartime knitting patterns came from numerous sources including the Red Cross. During these times (before photocopying) patterns were eagerly shared around or typed out using carbon paper to create multiple copies. Some women stuck to the same pattern producing a number of identical items, which had the benefit of
If You Can Knit — You Can Do Your Bit. That was one of the slogans posted around Britain aimed at encouraging the war effort during WWII. Naturally, the various
As we head towards the colder months ahead now might be a good time to think about knitting gloves or mittens to keep hands and fingers warm during the inevitable cold snaps. A glove is a cover for the whole hand including individual sealed covers for each finger and thumb. A glof was known in …
In 1848 Frances Lambert published My Crochet Sampler in which she described the crochet work up until this time as ‘practiced in its most primitive shape’.
By the early 19th century crochet was becoming popular across Europe and appeared in literary works in the early years of the century. The first crochet pattern appeared in Holland in 1824 and by the middle of the century ‘crotchet’ as it was then spelt was appearing in craft books and instructional books