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These pages are for knitting enthusiasts. Study knitting history from our collections or do your own knitting from 1940s patterns. Knit your own work of art following a pattern we have specially commissioned from Freddie Robins. Follow up your interest using our web links or booklist.

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Knitting: Fashion, Industry, Craft

Knitting: Fashion, Industry, Craft

In this fascinating book, Sandy Black charts the development of knitting, from domestic handcraft to one of the most sophisticated computer controlled…

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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016. An exhibition looking at the extremes of footwear from around the globe. From a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.

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Event - A Stitch in Time: Home Sewing before 1900

Fri 08 May 2015–Thu 04 February 2016

DISPLAY: This display examines some of the tools used in domestic sewing, which could be highly decorative in their own right. Often the only things that women could legally call their own, these tools reflected female status and accomplishment.

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