[HNW] Knitting book

Sue Clemenger mooncat at in-tch.com
Sun Dec 3 07:38:22 PST 2006

That's why I like a variety (and why I mentioned both books in my original
response).  Even the good ones can make mistakes, or have biases--I've seen
it in costuming "bibles," too, and in museums.  I like to have multiple
references, ideally, from which to base my research.
For overall availability and coverage of topics, though, I don't think you
can beat Rutt at this time.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carol Thomas" <scbooks at mindspring.com>
To: "Historic Needlework" <h-needlework at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2006 5:27 PM
Subject: [HNW] Knitting book

> While this book has a great deal of useful information, I have a few
> reservations about it.  He describes some alternative knitting methods,
> there is one that I learned almost 50 years ago.  His description of it
> made no sense to me.  I have also been told that there is controversy
> other parts of the book, but cannot recall the details.  I think it is
> worth having, but consider his conclusions and descriptions carefully.
> I have two of Turnau's articles (ILL librarians are a gift from heaven),
> plus 2 teaching packets from original research by an SCA member.  Contact
> me off list if you would like them.
> At 11:15 AM 12/2/06, you wrote:
> >The classic would probably be Richard Rutt's "A History of Hand
> >I believe that the 2nd edition is in print, and at a relatively
> >cost, but that it doesn't have the color photos that the 1st edition
> >You can still, sometimes, find a first edition (I did), but the cost is
> >substantially higher.  It's got some nice chapters on extant items from
> >medieval and Renaissance Europe--alms bags, hats, etc., as well as a
> >section on Islamic textiles, and earlier forms of fabric construction
> >as naalbinding.  And later stuff, too.
> >There's some stuff out there by Irene Turnau, too, but all I've seen of
> >is some translations of a few articles, and people referring to her other

> >work.  She's apparently pretty hard to find, and not all of it's
> >or translated well.  IIRC, the original's in Polish.
> >You might also point your friend to the Historical Knitting group on
> >We cover everything up to the 1950s, more or less, although we seem to
> >cluster heavily in the middle ages/renaissance and the 18th and 19th
> >centuries.  There are some *amazing* people on the list whom your friend
> >might find very helpful as resources, plus, there's always interesting
> >in the files and photos sections.
> >--Sue (embroidery and knitting geek, among other things ;o)
> >
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: <vwalk94 at bellsouth.net>
> >To: <h-needlework at lists.ansteorra.org>
> >Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2006 8:01 AM
> >Subject: [HNW] Knitting book
> >
> >
> > > Can anyone recommend any good books on knitting relevant to the
> >Renaissance period?
> > > I'm an embroidery enthusiast myself, but have a friend that's
> >in getting started in Renaissance era knitting and I would like to get
her a
> >related book for Christmas.
> > >
> > > Any ideas?
> > >
> > > Thanks!
> > > Genevieve
> > >
> Carllein
> Small Churl Books
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