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Knitting of the British Isles: A Hands-On History – 7 Feb – 13 Mar 2024

7 February @ 10:30 am 13 March @ 4:30 pm

Wednesdays 7 February to 13 March 2024 in the Creative Studio at the V&A South Kensington.


While the origins of knitting are unclear, we know it has been practised in many different parts of the world, over many centuries, producing objects of great beauty as well as items fulfilling practical needs. Over six weeks we’ll explore the history of hand knitting in the British Isles, covering specific objects in the collection, as well as the influence of silk, debunking the myths of Shetland lace and unravelling histories of Hand-knitting from the Indian subcontinent.

As part of this series of talks, Guild member (and Collection volunteer) Barbara Smith will be giving a talk on the evolution of the Aran style of knitting on 21st February.

In this six-week knitting course you’ll dive into a different history and technique each week to gain a deeper understanding of the craft through a mix of lecture-based learning followed by a practical hands-on session with textile practitioner Rachael Matthews.


V&A South Kensington

Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL United Kingdom
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