The 2020 edition of the Knitting History Forum Conference will be brought to you online via Zoom from several different locations.¬† Last year, as part of our visit to the Netherlands in collaboration with the Texel Stocking Project, the KHF AGM was hosted by the Textile Research Centre in Leiden.¬† We start our conference this year with a presentation from the TRC‚Äôs director Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood about their collection and will see some of its knitted items.
The next group of presentations focus on the experience of knitting at home with examples from research based in Scotland and elsewhere.¬† Lynn Abrams will give an overview of current research into the history of knitted textiles in Scotland, followed by Jade Halbert speaking about knitting for money as a homeworker in the 1980s.¬† Sandy Black responds to this with her personal perspective of being a knitwear designer and producer in the 1980s.
We then return to the early history of knitting with two presentations on gloves worn by religious figures.¬† The first, from Sylvie Odstrńćilov√° in the Czech Republic discusses two pairs of 18thC Abbess‚Äôs gloves from Prague, and the second reports on a project by Angharad Thomas and Lesley O‚ÄôConnell Edwards, mapping the existing liturgical gloves as worn by bishops from the sixteenth century. We conclude with a talk by Emily Whitted from Massachusetts USA on the stocking frame knitting industry in Germantown, near Philadelphia, including Emily‚Äôs experience of trying out frame knitting herself in Ruddington Museum.
Join us for a pre-session Show and Tell (including what did you make during lockdown?) or see and respond to the fascinating new knitwork produced by Michelle Hanks as part of her PhD research.
See the detailed schedule below‚Ä¶
Please register via the Eventbrite link below and joining details will be sent to you.
Chair, Knitting History Forum
Knitting History Forum 2020¬† AGM and conference ‚Äď Saturday 7th November via Zoom¬†
We ask for your understanding if the schedule is subject to change at short notice due to the current pandemic.
10.30 -11.00 am Welcome and AGM¬† – see separate agenda (to follow)
11.30 ‚Äď 12.30pm Show and Tell open session ‚Äď Moderator:¬† Tricia Basham
Bring along something to show and discuss¬† including ‚ÄúWhat I made during lockdown‚ÄĚ ‚Äď kicked off by Susan North‚Äôs crochet toys.
11.30 ‚Äď 12.30 pm PhD research student presentations ‚Äď¬†Moderator: Sandy Black
11.30 Michelle Hanks ‚ÄúI‚Äôll have to knit about it…‚ÄĚ¬† Knitting as a thinking tool. Showing her knitted pieces made whilst exploring ideas in response to interviews with knitters
Break or keep chatting informally
1.20 pm conference welcome: Sandy
1.30 ‚Äď 2pm¬†¬†¬† The Collection of the Textile Research Centre Leiden, with some knitted highlights.
Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, Director of the TRC Leiden, The Netherlands
2 ‚Äď 2.15¬†¬†¬†¬† From Fleece to Fashion: researching the history of knitted textiles in Scotland
Lynn Abrams, University of Glasgow
2.15 ‚Äď 2.45¬†¬†¬† Knitting for Money: homework in Glasgow and beyond in the 1980s
Jade Halbert, University of Huddersfield
2.45 ‚Äď 3.15¬†¬† On being a knitwear designer in the 1980s
Sandy Black,¬† London College of Fashion, UAL
3.30 ‚Äď 4.00¬†¬† Two pairs of 18thC¬† Abbess‚Äôs gloves from Prague
Sylvie Odstrńćilov√°, Independent researcher, Czech Republic
4. ‚Äď 4.30¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Holy Hands: studies of knitted liturgical gloves
Lesley O‚ÄôConnell Edwards and Angharad Thomas, Independent researchers, UK
4.30 ‚Äď 5¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Made in Germantown: Analysis of an Early American Frame Knitting Industry¬†
Emily Whitted, PhD candidate, University of Massachusetts, USA
5 ‚Äď 5.05¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Closing remarks ‚Äď Sandy Black