Knitted Lives at the Museum

The Knitted Lives project is coming to the Framework Knitters Museum and we’d love you to come and share your own knitting stories. Whether you’re a beginner working on your first scarf, or an expert making cuddly toys, or
indeed the reluctant recipient of a hideous jumper, we want to see them all. So, come and join in this weekend celebration of creativity.

Not everyone is a knitting fan

Maybe bring your own knitted wonder (or horror!) to be recorded or simply come and see what people have been making. Join in our big knit as we use our antique knitting machines to create a giant collaborative knit. This is super easy and anyone can join in. For the more accomplished knitter, maybe take a seat in our cottages and knit in the wonderful atmosphere of our Victorian knitting community.

Knitted Lives was created by artist and curator Jen Cable who wanted to capture the amazing work of knitters and fibre artists everywhere. She has always been curious about other knitters: what, why and where do they knit? How did they learn? What do they make? Knitted lives showcases real knitters from all walks of life through original conversations and knitted wonders. See more here knitted lives and here art website. Jen will give a talk at 2.00 on the Saturday, sharing highlights from the project and the knitters she has met along the way.

Jen Cable – She Persisted. Protest art in knitted wire

There will be a selection of Jen’s work on display. She knits mainly in metal wire creating sculptural forms (not jumpers, that would be very uncomfortable). Over the weekend Jen will also be trying her hand at hand frame knitting on one of our 200-year-old machines. With only 12 people in the world who are able to practice this ancient art, we are hoping that she and other knitters might take up this endangered craft.

Open Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd October 11:00 – 4:30, Sunday 24th 1:00 – 4.30.

Admission to the event is free. Usual admission to the museum and workshops apply.