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Susan Crawford


Vaila


Jeannie


Jamieson


Ralph


Ralph


Ethel


Twageos


Suffragette


Hilda


Helen

Tait


Ganson


Munro


Dorothy


Peerie Clews


Highland


Paterson


Marianne


Yule


Stromfirth


Ripple


Theodora


Johnson


Margaret


Rose


Harriet


Petrie


Mary


Knitting, fashion and history intertwined

T

he book you hold in your hands, The Vintage Shetland Project, is the culmination of eight years of hard work and personal determination. Inspired by the patterns and colours of Shetland knitting, the fashion historian, author, designer and publisher Susan Crawford began a journey into the rich heritage of Shetland knitwear, and in particular the wealth of pieces held in the Shetland Museum archive. With the help of Dr Carol Christiansen, the museum’s curator, Susan undertook the task of carefully selecting the most stunning and original designs from the 1920s to the 1950s, transcribed them stitch by stitch, and has here recreated them for the modern knitter, in stunning detail and a range of sizes for women and men. In combination with the collection of 27 comprehensive patterns for garments and accessories are carefully researched essays exploring the stories behind each piece and honouring their creators – some famous, some forgotten. Photographed by Susan on the island of Vaila, situated off the west coast of Shetland, this book also celebrates the untameable beauty of Shetland itself. Compiled with Susan’s trademark attention to detail, this book is a fabulous treasury of Shetland knitting design and a valuable insight into its textile traditions. It offers you the chance to delve into a fascinating era for knitwear design and to bring it to life in stitch-perfect vintage style. The meticulously written patterns showcase Susan’s new yarn range, Fenella, created specifically to enable you, the knitter, to perfectly recreate these unique museum pieces. Made using 100% British wool, grown, spun and dyed in Britain, Fenella is available in a range of 26 colours carefully chosen to emulate the shades found in the original vintage knitwear. The Vintage Shetland Project is a celebration of stunning design, beautiful knitting and the people of Shetland themselves during a time of local change, international conflict and revolution in the knitting industry.

What sets this book apart is the consummate focus on all aspects of construction, from design to finishing. It takes a special combination of exacting standards, an eye for technical accuracy, and a passion for vintage style to fully understand and interpret the essence of each of these garments. Carol Christiansen, Curator, Shetland Museum and Archives

Also written and published by Susan Crawford: A Stitch In Time: Vintage Knitting and Crochet Patterns, volumes 1 and 2, Vintage Gifts To Knit and Coronation Knits.

www.susancrawfordvintage.com

The Vintage Shetland Project - Lookbook  

Fashion & social history intertwine in the Vintage Shetland Project as Susan Crawford recreates & explores cherished pieces from Shetland's...

The Vintage Shetland Project - Lookbook  

Fashion & social history intertwine in the Vintage Shetland Project as Susan Crawford recreates & explores cherished pieces from Shetland's...