Lace Knitting – Part 2 – Orenburg Lace

19 March 2011

On my last post Talespinner left a comment about Orenburg Shawls in reply to my question about whether Shetland lace originated in Russia. Apparently this is probably partly true. 

The Wedding Ring Shawl originated in Orenburg for instance and was probably taken to the Shetland Isles by sailors where it became part of their traditional knitting.  And a number of the motifs are the same.

And this gives me an opportunity to take off my Pompom hat, and put on my Knitters’ Guild Publicity Officer’s hat!  If you’d like to learn more about Orenburg lace knitting, the  Guild is holding a series of workshops in Sydney from 29th March to 2nd April.  The tutor is Galina Khmeleva, who is considered the world’s authority on the subject.  She’s in Australia for a few weeks and we’ve been lucky enough to get her in Sydney for a few days. From what I’ve read about workshops that she’s conducted all over the world, this woman really knows her stuff and a great time is had by all.  

All details can be found here.  The workshops are open to Guild and non-Guild members (with members of the Knitters’ Guild and other NSW craft Guilds receiving a discounted price). If you have any interest in lace knitting, I think this is probably an opportunity not to be missed. 

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  1. DD and I will both be attending Galena’s lace workshop in Blaxland next weekend. I can’t wait!

  2. The Knitmore Girls podcasts has a couple of Very Interesting interviews with Galina. This is the one I could easily find:

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