Early Knitted Stockings in Leiden 2-3 November 2019

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Early Knitted Stockings in Leiden 2-3 November 2019

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Join Knitting History Forum in beautiful Leiden in The Netherlands for a weekend of Knitting History! We welcome scholars, knitters and everyone with an interest in knitting.

The Knitting History Forum and TRC Leiden Conference with the culmination of the seventeenth century Texel Stockings Project is this Saturday 2 November 2019 at De Tuinzaal (The Garden Room) at the Grand Café de Burcht in the historic city centre (at Burgsteeg 14). On Sunday 3 November Prof Sandy Black will chair our Annual General Meeting for KHF members and we have a special visit to Het Leids Wevershuis (a textile workers’ house built circa 1560). The knitting exhibition ‘Socks & Stockings: A world full of surprises’ which is running until 19 December at the Textile Research Centre will open especially for conference delegates on Friday 1 November from 12.30pm to 2pm and again on Sunday 3rd November 10am to 12.30pm.

You can register for the conference and pay on the door (€25 or €15 for KHF members). You don't have to be a knitting scholar or a member of KHF to attend.

If you prefer you can pay in advance via PayPal using the “Donate” button on the home page of the Textile Research Centre – scroll down the right-hand column) or via PayPal directly to the TRC’s email address (info@trc-leiden.nl). Please visit the Knitting History membership page for details of how to join Knitting History Forum. You can also register for the conference online using this form. The conference hotel is Hotel Nieuw Minerva and a discount is available – email hotel@nieuwminerva.nl mentioning KHF2019.

The 2019 Knitting History Conference will focus on the Texel Stockings Project, the original seventeenth century silk stockings from the Texel Finds and copies made by volunteer knitters as well as the construction and wearing of Early Modern knitted stockings throughout Europe. The speakers and papers include

Keynote speaker Chrystel Brandenburgh: ‘Knitting for science. The reconstruction of the 17th century Texel Stockings by a citizen science community’
Lesley O’Connell Edwards: ‘A hidden workforce: hand knitters in 17th century England’
Sylvie Odstrčilová: ‘Early modern stockings from the Czech Republic and neighbouring countries’
Hannah Bäckström: ‘The earliest printed knitting patterns’
Art Ness Proaño Gaibor: ‘Dye-experiments on the Texel Stocking’
Geeske Kruseman: ‘Wearing 17th century knitted silk stockings’
Sally Pointer: ‘Clues from the deep: Reconstructing for the re-enactment market - silk stockings based on the Texel project’
Susan North (V&A Museum): ‘How not to Knit: Sourcing silk, research and reconstructions reviewed’
Jane Malcolm-Davies (The Tudor Tailor): ‘Modern Slavery and the early modern work ethic: Lessons learned from volunteer participation in knitting in early modern Europe’
Panel discussion with Katrin Kania, Heleen van Londen and Roeland Paardenkoper: ‘Knitting leads the way! The perils and potential of citizen science in textile research’

The full conference programme is available here.

British members who had previously expressed concern about travelling so soon after the B-word no longer need worry and it would be a shame to miss out. If you can’t attend anyway, you can still contribute. We welcome suggestions for future events and speakers. Perhaps you have research you have not published, but you would be willing to present next year? Please let us know.

It is not too late to register for the conference and book last minute flights, Eurostar tickets or even drive to Leiden to enjoy an unusual knitting history event which, in a way, is itself historic. We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

More information at http://knittinghistory.co.uk/news

....and so home and to supper, and so to bed.

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