Monday, May 05, 2008

Creating Historic Stockings

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This beauty is from the collection at the MFA in Boston. It's Italian, knit in silk and metal threads from the early part of the 1600's. I think it is stunning. I would love to know what color it is.

At Jara's 35th Anniversary celebration I taught a class on knitting period stockings. Some people had already knit socks, some were just starting out knitting scarves, but they all seemed eager. I think the class went well so I'm ecouraged about my class at Lillies.

I worked some more on the second of pair #2 of the silk stockings. Sewing a pavilion and preparing for the class ate most of my time last week so I need to make it up. Having a cold now is not helping my concentration. I just want to sleep.

9 comments:

Emily said...

Holy crap is that gorgeous. I spent a couple minutes just scrolling it up and down. I hope you feel well soon!

Alwen said...

mmmmm, and also wow! The description says "gilt-silver-over-yellow and pink silk". Flashy!

rita said...

Wow! i just happened on your blog and YAY! it is good.

Sarra Romney said...

SOOOOO PRETTY!!!!

Constanza said...

I need to stop drooling on my keyboard over the pretty, pretty sock. I'll have an update in my blog coming this weekend again. I cooked in the taginne again last weekend, and it was yummy.

Jamie/Moira said...

Wow.
Thank you for posting that.

ciorstan said...

Hi there! I usually lurk over on Livejournal, but I was slum-- uh, wandering by...

Those stockings are purple silk with gold metallic contrast yarn. The gold yarn is made with a hammered gold strip wound around a gold silk core. So very Fronch, n'est ce pas?

If the metallic yarn had been silver, the silver strip would have been wound around an undyed (white) silk yarn; the color of the core yarn plays up the color of the metal. Silkworkers had metallic yarns like this made up for tablet woven braids and other luxury smallware goods for centuries prior to when these stockings were knitted.

ciorstan said...

I am a DORK. Those stockings are pink and gold...

Leslie said...

The MFA has a picture in color. http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/pair-of-stockings-121233