What’s What Wednesdays

WWW: Woolaid; Great London Yarn Crawl; Jaquard by Google

Woolaid: Merino Wool Bandages. ♥ (via Clara Parkes) This year’s Great London (UK) Yarn Crawl takes place on 1st – 8th September, 2019. It will take a different tactic: the week-long event will allow participants to choose their own routes and shop combinations, and to spread their visits over multiple days, extending the yarn-y celebration! Tickets are on sale now. Oma Space Studio, Chloe Bensahel, and Amor Muñoz have been selected to participate in the the Jacquard by Google and Google Arts & Culture residency program. Note it’s not a Jacquard loom, but Jacquard by Google, a new form of ...

WWW: Maureen Rose of Taylor’s Buttons; Dangerously Close to Weaving exhibit; Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes Exhibit

Nazca Fragment, Andes
Meet Maureen Rose the woman who runs London’s oldest button shop, Taylor’s Buttons (London, UK). “Every button tells a story and I have no idea how many there are in the shop. Some are more than 100 years old, but most I make to order. You send me the fabric – velvet, leather or whatever – and I’ll make you whatever you want. We used to do only small orders for tailors: two fronts and eight cuff buttons for a suit. Nowadays I do them by the hundred.” Photo of Maureen Rose by Sarah Ainslie Dangerously Close to Weaving Is a Proud Celebration of Textile Art The all-women exhibition is on ...

WWW: some Craftivism links from the archives

The Feminist Power of Embroidery by E. Tammy Kim (Dec 29, 2018) The Politics of Knitting by Shannon Okey (Holiday 2018) Stitch by stitch, a brief history of knitting and activism by Corinne Segal (Apr 23, 2017) The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool Grandma was just making a sweater. Or was she? by Natalie Zarrelli (Jun 01, 2017) Many books have been written on the subject, here are a few: Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years – Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barbert (1995) Knitting for good : a guide to creating personal, social & political change, ...

WWW: where was that sweater knit; evolving tapestry; pattern sale

Woven item: Diedrick Brackens, unicorn kente, 2018.
That Iceland wool sweater may have been knit in China. Photo: Egill Bjarnason / AP (Via Clara Parkes) These Artists Are Changing our Expectations of What Tapestry Can Be Photo: Diedrick Brackens, unicorn kente, 2018. Donna Druchunas (Our Knitting Roots Columnist) is having her semi-annual sale. All her single patterns on Ravelry are only $1 through the end of the month. No coupon needed!

www: saving an ancient craft, micro knitting, good moths

Zamarada Moth (Zamarada scintillans) knit by Max Alexander
Weaver Porfirio Gutierrez, has returned to Mexico to protect his Zapotec weaving heritage. You can learn more about Porfirio at his website, porfiriogutierrez.com Pictured: Porfirio Gutierrez weaves a textile with a traditional Zapotec design using a nine-thread-count-per-inch comb loom. Photo by Javier Lazo Gutierrez. “Saving an Ancient Craft: Porfirio Gutierrez Returns Home” by Justin Mugits. National Museum of the American Indian, Spring 2019 / Vol. 20, No. 1 Many knitters fear moths, artist Max Alexander has embraced them, by knitting their likeness. This article from a few years ago resurfaced and is ...

WWW: Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl; Acts of Making; Knit in Public Day

photo of fabric on lap with hands threading a sewing needle
The Hudson Valley Yarn Crawl (New York/Connecticut) begins June 8th. The Hudson Valley Yarn Trail supports local yarn shops, wool farms and fiber artists throughout the Hudson Valley Region. Tomorrow, Thursday, June 6th, Nest, is launching its 25 Acts of Making Project. This project encourages people to unplug from their screens and reconnect with the act of making things by hand. World Wide Knit in Public Day is this Saturday June 8th!

WWW: Repair and Design Futures; Speech Record; Floral Weaving

Repair and Design Futures exhibit
Repair and Design Futures is an exhibit at the RISD Museum (Providence, RI, USA) through June 30, 2019. It investigates mending as material intervention, metaphor, and as a call to action. Perhaps you remember the train delays scarf earlier this year? Sue Montgomery, a city councilor and borough mayor in Montreal (Canada) decided track when men and women speak in city council meetings. As expected, this project has garnered attention. If you’re looking for additional ideas, I recommend Knit the Sky by Lea Redmond (reviewed by Jillian in Knitty, issue 54 Winter 2015). Whitney Crutchfield has a unique way of floral ...

WWW: calming Twitch; programmable yarn; checking in with Jonah

Jonah Larson crocheting while sitting on a couch.
While the site, Twitch, is known primarily for live-streaming video games, there is a creative side too. Gizmodo explored several Twitch streamers who focus on creativity. (Image: Screenshot of Bob Ross on Twitch) As reported in The New York Times, Dr Matsumoto is investigating the mathematics and mechanics of knitting. (We shared Dr Matsumoto’s work earlier in March.). (Photo: Dr Elisabetta Matsumoto, center, with the graduate students Krishma Singal, left, and Danielle Skinner. Credit: Johnathon Kelso for The New York Times) Prodigy crocheter Jonah is a fast rising star and still bringing us together with ...

www: sunshine; woollinn; weaving quarter

Sunshine's new jumper
Perhaps you need some Sunshine. Yes, she did get a new jumper. Woollinn, Ireland’s Festival of Yarn, is coming up on June 14th – 16th 2019, City North Hotel, Gormanstown, Co. Meath, Ireland. Learn more about the epic marketplace and not-to-be missed workshops (our Kate Atherley is teaching) at woollinn.com. The newest quarter in the U.S. Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarter Series celebrates Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts) with an image of a mill girl working at a power loom. [via Jillian]

www: embroidered joy; the knitting pilgrim; knitted robot

Knitting Pilgrim
This animated embroidery by Alexis Sugden is adorable. [via Kate] The Knitting Pilgrim is a multidisciplinary theatrical experience that uses storytelling, image projection and a one-of-a-kind textile installation called Stitched Glass. It opens at the Aga Khan Museum (Toronto) May 11-12, 2019 and tours Ontario until Nov. 2019. Knit 1, purl 2: Assembly instructions for a robot? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) have created soft robots with a knitting machine. What do they do? They give hugs when poked in the stomach! ♥