Construction and Visual Appearance of a Gansey

For this week’s Blog, we have another extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). To knit a gansey can be seen as the pinnacle of the hand knitters’ craft, for it encompasses the making of fabric and garment in one operation, seamlessly. Alice Starmore captures some of the spirit ofContinue reading “Construction and Visual Appearance of a Gansey”

Similarities Between Ganseys and Agricultural Smocks

For this week’s Blog, we have another extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). Similarities can be drawn between ganseys and agricultural smocks. The link with occupational dress may be significant. The collection of items held by Manchester School of Art, BA (Hons) Embroidery course includes an agricultural smock. TheContinue reading “Similarities Between Ganseys and Agricultural Smocks”

The Origins of Seamless Knitted Garments

For this week’s Blog, we have another extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). The origins of knitting remain uncertain, but importantly theories have been put forward that its origins can be traced back to fisherman’s net making. The link with fishing is significant to this research. ‘TheContinue reading “The Origins of Seamless Knitted Garments”

The Significance of Wholegarment© Technology

For this week’s Blog, we have an extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). We will be publishing more extracts from this relevant and fascinating thesis over the next few weeks – watch this space for more to come on knitwear manufacture. The development of Wholegarment© knitting machineContinue reading “The Significance of Wholegarment© Technology”