Special Event: A Journey Through Britain's Knitted History- Talk by Esther Rutter
WI Member: £42.00
Non Member: £47.00
Friday, 21 February 2020 at 2:30PM
Ends: Friday, 21 February 2020 at 5:30PM
Available spaces: 37
Tutor: Not Applicable
Denman are thrilled to welcome Esther Rutter, Author of the truly fascinating book, This Golden Fleece- A Journey through Britain’s Knitted History for what will be a fascinating talk.
This Golden Fleece traces the history of wool and knitting throughout the British Isles. Each chapter follows the creation of a particular garment pertinent to Britain’s craft culture, from protest knitting to fishermen’s jumpers, from funeral stockings to knitted swimwear. Through these garments Rutter examines the places and people that created them, working in the little-known stories of knitters from Shetland to the Channel Islands, from Wales to East Anglia. In today’s knitwear industries, she finds tradition and innovation intermingling. She also seeks to ‘myth bust’ commonly held assumptions and stories about knitting, and examines the role of knitting in the creativity of writers including Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey.
Outline of the Event:
2.30pm- Arrival Refreshments
3pm- Talk and Q&A
4.30pm- Afternoon Tea
Esther studied English at Magdalen College, Oxford, where she held an academic scholarship. She has worked at the Wordsworth Trust and at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and is currently Writer in Residence at the University of St Andrews. Growing up on a sheep farm in Suffolk – where as a child she learned to spin, weave and knit – she retains an affection for all things woolly. She lives in Fife, Scotland.
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