Thursday, January 5, 2012

January Hive: New Saturday Workshops Added -- HOSIERY!

Happy New Year!
I know that many of you have made New Year's Resolutions to make improvements to your 18th century impressions.  Some will try hand sewing a complete garment for the first time, others will try their hand at making a new accessory, but whatever we choose, there is one area that we all need work in: HOSIERY!

Stockings? Really?  Yeah! For the men especially-- think about it -- one third of what you see is their hosiery!  And guess what -- we don't have accurate period stockings -- or even *really* good ones for that matter.  However, that doesn't stop us from learning about this orphan item in our wardrobe.

To the rescue -- Carol Kocian, independent scholar and stocking maven is traveling north to share with us her vast knowledge period hosiery!  She'll be joining us for our first Sunday Hive to give us a introduction to period stockings, but that's only going to scratch the surface of this neglected subject so she has kindly agreed to do two workshops on Saturday January 14th, for those of you who want to learn about stockings in greater depth and learn how to make stockings that create a better period appearance.

Saturday January 14, 2011 9:30am–noon
This is not a session to teach knitting. If you want to knit stockings, plan to have someone to knit for you, or you are evaluating hand-knit stockings to purchase, you will be prepared after this session. Using detailed images from museum collections and originals from Carol's collection, we will discuss the elements of hand-knit 18th century stockings. Construction details, gauge, and density will be discussed, as well as the pitfalls of modern knitters assuming any hand knit is historically okay.
Fee: $15
Maximum Attendees: 15
Instructor: Carol Kocian

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