This is an example of Elizabeth Johnston's work
"Takkin' your makkin'"
Fair Isle Knitting from Shetland
Dates: May 21-23, 2010
Times: 9am - 12 noon & 1pm - 4pm
Location: Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA
Cost: $290 - Information to be posted soon on the website.
Wendy Sundquist 360-221-7721 wendy@...
or Stina Cowan 206-789-5707 ext. 21 stinac@...
Fair Isle, a Shetland Island, away in the North Sea above Scotland
boasts of birds, wind, sheep and a well-known knitting style. The
knitting style involves carrying only two colors per row but
combinations can be startling and bright, or subtle and shaded. Pattern
repeats are distinctive from their Nordic, Turkish or South American
The traditional knitting style involves lots of cups of tea and the use
of a sheath and long knitting "pins" or needles (but we can use
any style we like.) Historically, most Fair Isle knitting (hosiery,
jumpers, all overs, gloves, mits, night caps, berets, etc.) was done on
mainland Shetland because more knitters were needed to meet product
demand. These knitters are the fastest in the world and have a long
Our time together will start with samples to get the technique firmly
"in hand". Topics of study and discussion will include:
Corrugated ribbing, two color or stranded knitting, choosing colors for
combining, pattern layout, traditional garment construction, cutting
your knitting, using a sheath and long knitting needles, designing a
garment to fit, washing and blocking. If time allows we will run a
"rainbow" dyepot for fast "Faux Fair Isle".
Please note: Students must be competent knitters, comfortable using
circular or double pointed needles for circular knitting.
> For more information contact Wendy below. Class information on the
Fair Knitting class will go up soon on the museum website
> Shetland Knitting & Spinning Classes
> Traditional Shetland Spinning & Lace Knitting
> May 14-16, 2010
> Whidbey Island, WA
> "Takkin' your makkin'" - Fair Isle
> Knitting From Shetland
> May 21-23, 2010
> Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA
> Both classes will be taught by Elizabeth
> Johnston of Shetland, Scotland and Martha
> Owen of North Carolina. Elizabeth, a spinner &
> knitter, is the former owner of the Spiders Web in
> Lerwick, Shetland, was part of the living history
> team at Scatness on Shetland and has taught
> throughout the UK, Europe and the US. Martha is
> the resident artist in spinning/knitting/dyeing at
> the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC,
> co-owner of the Yarn Circle (a fiber shop), a
> member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and
> a shepherd.
> For more information contact:
> Wendy Sundquist
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]