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Thursday, May 05, 2005

knitting in history

I stumbled upon this very interesting historical knitting photograph at the New York Public Library's Digital Gallery. This is an amazing collection of "illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more."

This 1930 photo of a Vandamm Theatrical production was produced with a glass negative. The detail of this picture is amazing. It really takes you back there.



Valerie asked about needle felting. Although I haven't tried it yet, I understand that it is a process of felting wool without water. It requires several sharp needles that you poke into the wool several times, creating agitation that transforms it into felt. This is the same process that regular ol' felt is made except that is on a much grander scale with machines and thousands of needles. Can anyone share a website with us that explains the process?

23 Comments:

Anonymous Colleen said...

I'm not sure "needle felting" is good for someone like me who is "injury prone".

7:24 AM  
Blogger The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Yeah, I'm with Colleen, sounds dangerous. But, then I guess a little danger can be exciting. A little google search got me this pdf booklet about needle felting.

purelyneysa.com/felting/ instructions/Felting_Booklet.pdf

7:44 AM  
Blogger The Stitchin' Sheep said...

Hmm, not sure how to get that pdf file without clicking on it in the google search page. That link won't work. Try going to this page and clicking on it.

http://www.google.fr/search?q=%22needle+felting%22+instructions&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official

It's the one that says Basic Needle Felting Instructions, where the words are a combination of caps and noncaps.

That should work.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Miriam said...

The key to needle felting is that the needles have little scales on them. The scales grab fibers as you poke the needle through the roving, and then rubs those fibers against others as it gets pushed through. That locks them together.
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10:10 AM  
Blogger Janice in GA said...

The new Australia/NZ online knitting magazine, Southern Cross Knitting, has an article on how to use needle felting to embellish knitted articles. See http://www.scknitting.com/winter2005/needle.html
or http://tinyurl.com/942o9.
Lot of folks at the spinning guild are doing needle felting these days. I'm not much on surface embellishment (I'm boring) and I'm not crazy about making little wool
figures, so I haven't tried it. Yet.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Valerie said...

Wow, that's cool stuff. I like the idea of making a kind of applique (without sewing!) that is naturally meshed to a piece without necessarily felting the piece itself.

< sarcasm> Thanks a lot for introducing me to yet another wonderful and desired thing I can spend my endless cash flow on! < /sarcasm>

10:28 PM  
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