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Saturday 08/08/2015, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday 08/09/2015, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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The Unst Effect: Shetland Shawls with Denise Bell
The northern-most reaches of Scotland are the Shetland Islands, renowned for their wool and knitting traditions. By the time one travels north to the Shetland island of Unst, one is quickly running out of Scotland. The lace there, however, is worth the trek.
Shetland lace was once presented to Queen Victoria, whose excitement over the garment sparked aristocratic interest and brought the Shetland lace industry into its most popular era.
In this class we will discuss traditional methods used in Shetland shawls and consider current techniques for their construction, including both 'inward' and 'outward' progressions. Denise's photographs of Shetland lace will be available, and students will knit a swatch using lace-weight yarn (provided).
Note: This class begins on Saturday afternoon and concludes Sunday morning.
Students must be skilled at executing standard increases and decreases and be proficient at chart reading. Experience with lace-weight yarn is required.
3.25mm/US 3 needles, either two circular (16” or 24”) or long double points will do as long as the tips are sharp, stitch markers along with their usual knitting kit containing scissors, etc.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.