KHF Conference 2015

KHF Chair, Prof Sandy Black, introduces speaker Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd, at the 2014 Knitting History Conference
KHF Chair, Prof Sandy Black, introduces speaker Dr Amy Twigger Holroyd, at the 2014 Knitting History Conference

It’s not too late to join us for the KHF Conference 2015, on Saturday 14th November 2015, at the London College of Fashion. Tickets available at the door or reserve in advance via the website. See Knitting History Forum Conference 2015 all the details and to book your ticket.

Knitting History Conference 2015

Reconstruction Knitted Sanquhar Glove courtesy of Kirstie Buckland. PLEASE DO NOT USE WITHOUT PERMISSION!Join us for the Knitting History Forum 2015 Conference and AGM on Saturday 14th November 2015, at the London College of Fashion, 20 Princes St.

The Knitting History Conference starts promptly at 2.00PM. Speakers and papers for 2015 are:

  •  Carol Christiansen on ‘Late seventeenth century knitwear from the Gunnister Man find‘;
  •  Kirstie Buckland on ‘Saintly Socks and Silken Pillows – a glance at the mysteries of some medieval knitting in Spain‘;
  •  Lesley O’Connell Edwards on ‘Who wrote what when? A study of the publications of the Hopes of Ramsgate in the 1840s‘;
  •  Zoe Fletcher on ‘Designing for breed: Enhancing the potential for British wool in UK knitwear manufacture, through design, new technologies and marketing strategy’ and
  •  Jane Malcolm-Davies on ‘A knitting revolution? A scientific survey of sixteenth century knitted caps‘.

There will be time for questions and further discussion from 5.00PM, after all the speakers have delivered their papers.

Doors open at 10:30AM for registration. The first session from 10:30 to 11.00 is Show and Tell so please bring items for discussion. The AGM for KHF members runs from 11.00AM to 12:45, followed by a break for lunch. Lunch is not provided so please bring your own or buy locally. The London College of Fashion is just off Oxford Street so there is plenty of choice!

We welcome non-members and new members! Tickets cost £25 and can be booked in advance or on the door. If you are not a KHF member, you can use the PayPal button below to buy your ticket. See payment methods page for alternative ways to pay.


Knitting History Conference 2015 Non-members’ Ticket



Attendance at the Knitting History Conference is included in the KHF membership subscription, only £15 annually. Members may renew or subscribe on the day.

Knitting History Forum the international society for the history of knitting and crochet. Eight-pointed star, a common motif in knitting across many cultures. Smaller.
Knitting History Forum, the international society for the history of knitting.
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KHF AGM & Conference 2015

Knitting History Forum the international society for the history of knitting and crochet. Eight-pointed star, a common motif in knitting across many cultures.
Knitting History Forum, the international society for the history of knitting

A quick reminder that this year’s KHF annual AGM and Conference is on Saturday 14th November 2015. The venue is the London College of Fashion on John Prince’s Street, just off Oxford Street and easily accessible by Tube or bus.

The Knitting History Conference is open to anyone. You don’t have to be a member to attend. Tickets will be available for purchase in advance or on the door, but are included in the annual KHF membership fee, still only £15. The papers are wide-ranging and thought-provoking – see a list of past speakers and their papers – and the conversation stimulating. The line-up is yet to be confirmed but details will be posted here in due course. Book Saturday 14th November in your diaries now!

Historic Knit Open House with Joyce Meader

Joyce Meader Wearing Her Reproduction 1910s Knitted Suit, Knitting History Forum Conference 2007. Photo by Loraine McClean.
Joyce Meader wearing knitted 1910s reproductions in 2007. Photo by Loraine McClean.
Joyce Meader of The Historic Knit has confirmed more information ahead of the open house at her Hampshire home next month. The date is Wednesday 29 April from 10:00am to 16:00pm. Joyce says there is ample parking and she will kindly be providing bread, soup and homemade cake.

Please email or message Joyce ahead of the visit and let her know you are coming. Her personal details will not be posted here for obvious reasons. For more info log into the KHF Yahoo group to read Joyce’s latest post and respond to Joyce directly.

See our earlier post for photos from Joyce’s presentation at the Knitting History Forum Conference in November 2014. You can also see more of Joyce’s historical knitting and knitting pattern collection at her website.

ETA 18/03/2015: You can also message Joyce via her post today on the Knitting History Forum Facebook page.

Top photo: detail of a reproduction by Joyce Meader.

Knitting History Forum Visit the V&A!

Loraine and Tricia have arranged a KHF visit to see knitting from the Victoria and Albert museum in London. The V&A has a rich and varied holding of knitting in their collections, ranging from very early to the latest in modern knitwear. Only a tiny fraction is on display in the museum itself: the rest is stored in controlled conditions at the V&A’s new purpose-built facilities at the Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, Blythe House, in Olympia. The museum collections can be searched online. If there are specific items you know would like to see, please email your suggestions with your booking.

V&A Victoria and Albert Museum
V&A Museum, London
Once again the event is open to members of the Knitting & Crochet Guild as well as Knitting History Forum. There are two dates available, the afternoons of Friday 13 and Friday 20 March. Although it was intended that the 13th would be for KCG and the 20th for KHF members, there is some flexibility across both dates to ensure this wonderful opportunity is open to as many interested people as possible.

Tricia is still finalising all the details but she will let you know as soon as all the arrangements are made. Places are almost gone but there is still time to book yours. Contact Tricia directly or email ‘KHF Events & Bookings’ to reserve your space, arrange payment of the £5 deposit and suggest items to view. Don’t miss this opportunity to see items not usually on display, in the company of some extremely knowledgeable members of both Knitting History Forum and the Knitting & Crochet Guild!

Joyce Meader’s Open House

Joyce Meader has graciously invited Knitting History Forum to an open house at her home in Hampshire, on 29 April 2015.

For those of you who do not know her, Joyce, a long-standing KHF member and supporter, is an expert on historical knitting who owns an extensive collection of knitting patterns from 1817 to the present day. She also recreates historical knitting for re-enactment, film and museums. Below is a sampling of Joyce’s reproduction hand knitting and her collection of nineteenth and twentieth century patterns, from those accompanying her presentation at the Knitting History Forum Conference in November 2014.

More details will be confirmed nearer to the time. If you are able to attend, please let Joyce know you are coming by logging into the KHF Yahoo group and replying to her post.

Read more about Joyce, her knitting pattern collection and reproduction historical knitting at her website, The Historic Knit, military and historic knitting.