Susan Crawford: The Vintage Shetland Project

The Making of The Vintage Shetland Project with Susan Crawford

Saturday 20 February, 11.30am – 12.30pm (approx.), Long Kiln Gallery

The Vintage Shetland Project is the culmination of the several years Susan has spent researching early 20th Century knitting in Shetland. With the help and support of Dr Carol Christiansen, textile curator at the Shetland Museum, she has studied hand-knitted garments and accessories from the 1920s to 1960s, which are held in the Museum’s archives. Susan has chosen 26 pieces, recording their construction stitch for stitch then recreated them for the Vintage Shetland Project. These pieces – all with their own unique story to tell – have been developed into comprehensive multi-sized knitting patterns, complete with instructions, technical advice and illustrated with colour photography shot on Shetland.  Painstaking research provides an in-depth look at each piece, its knitter and its place in Shetland’s hand-knitting history.

Susan’s talk will take us on a journey to Shetland and explain the processes she and her husband have gone through to bring this book to life. She will explain about the computer programme written specifically to handle the challenges of the Project. Finally Susan will share some of the recreated items with us and tell us a little about the story behind them, providing us all with an insight into Shetland’s rich textile traditions.

About Susan

Susan is a British designer, author and fashion historian, specialising in vintage knitwear of the early Twentieth century. Susan has extensive experience in the knitting and fashion industry as well as formerly working as a Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles. Susan’s name has become synonymous with well executed designs that either draw inspiration from the past to create original pieces or re-interpret vintage paterns for a contemporary audience. Susan is also a stylist and photographer and has her own yarn ranges of 100% British wool. She recently moved to a small hill farm in North Lancashire where she now breeds her own sheep for their fleece.