More on The Centenary Stitches Exhibition
November 20th, 2014
If there is one knitting exhibition that is a must see it is this one currently in Lincoln, at the collection, running until the 6th Dec, I thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the lovely work from the film ‘Tell them of us‘ and the pattern book ‘Centenary stitches‘.
I feel lucky to have some of my items on display here as well as on film and in the book.
It is like walking into the wardrobe of a community from WW1, and you get a little taste of just how lovely it must have been to go in and choose what the actors in the film were going to wear!
A few months ago I went to the Kaffe Fassett exhibition in bath, it was fantastic but I was wowed in a very different way when I walked in and saw all of these lovely garments.
As I use a wheelchair I actually found I had a good view of all the garments, and this had to be one of the best! this was lovely and really felt like a wow moment as I went under the knits.
It is lovely and homely knowing that these items were knitted at home, by woman doing there bit keeping community’s & service men clothed during the war.
The big difference for me is that although Kaffe’s work is amazing and inspirational (I really did love his exhibition) and it has really made me want to push my artistic ideas. The works in this exhibition are very wearable for all the family on a day to day basis, it gave me some new design ideas and the want to make every day knits for people I know.
All items I could pick up and knit easily myself – every item is an item I can see myself knitting, I can defiantly see myself wearing these.
The hard work put into these items really shows, there are some items that are quick knits, all in garter stitch, and some that are a bit more complicated, but one thing is for sure there is something for everyone!
This jacked is lovely and long, a must see!!
A lot if the knits are plain garter stitch, I suspect this was because of time, you can imagine just how much time things took back then so something easy and quick was ideal, we don’t often use garter stitch as much these days but just look at some of these knits- hats, shawls, scarves and jackets, don’t they prove that we should use garter stitch more!? This also makes these items perfect for beginners 😀
The lives of people in the era has really been thought about, right down to items that girls would have wanted on dolls!
They even thought about beloved pets!
This fab little bag was one of the items I just loved.
I really could keep showing you all the lovely items from the exhibition but I think it is best to stop here and encourage you to go see it for yourself, it is well worth the trip, all these items look so much better when you can see them for yourself!
And when you can knit them for yourself! some of these items can be found in this pattern book.
* Thank you to everyone who let me share pictures, most of these are Pauline Loven’s (costumer and co producer)
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