“It was hard work, but we widnae ha’e missed it” Scottish Herring Lasses

For this week’s blog, we look at the role of the herring lasses during the 20th century. During the 20th century, the changing role of women led to the progression of their economic, social, cultural and legal rights – creating a remarkable turning point for women in society. Research of Herring Lasses This blog isContinue reading ““It was hard work, but we widnae ha’e missed it” Scottish Herring Lasses”

Marriage Lines and Heapies: A Life in Ganseys

For this week’s blog, Gordon Reid shares his first experience of gansey knitting, and the inspiration behind sharing his passion for ganseys to the worldwide knitting community. I first discovered ganseys in the early 1980s. Back then I listened to a lot of music (and cricket on the radio) and Margaret, my wife-to-be, an experiencedContinue reading “Marriage Lines and Heapies: A Life in Ganseys”

Drowning and Identity

For this week’s Blog, we have another extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). The links between drowning/identity and ganseys are one aspect of folklore which most people have heard of and find fascinating, even romantic, for example Alex Buxton writes: ‘It was even possible for fishing families to recogniseContinue reading “Drowning and Identity”

Economic, Social and Traditional Aspects of Gansey Knitting

For this week’s Blog, we have another extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). The fact that ganseys emerged during the industrial revolution at a time of high romanticism means that they have much folklore and cuItural status attached to them. Local Traditions The herring or fisher lassies took theirContinue reading “Economic, Social and Traditional Aspects of Gansey Knitting”

Significance and Symbolism of Gansey Patterning

For this week’s Blog, we have another extract from Dr Annie Shaw’s thesis Crafting the Technological: Ganseys and Wholegarment© Knitting (2009). The fact that ganseys emerged during the industrial revolution at a time of high romanticism means that they have much folklore and cuItural status attached to them. This has been broadly written about, but not alwaysContinue reading “Significance and Symbolism of Gansey Patterning”

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”

A Brief History of Knitted Garments

The use of wool in garments can be hard to trace precisely as it predates written records and the material, on exposure to oxygen, is so beautifully biodegradable! We do know that for a period over the Middle Ages and into the pre-industrial era, the British Isles were considered to be a world-leading centre ofContinue reading “A Brief History of Knitted Garments”