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April 26, 2017 by Fabricville

The history of knitting is certainly a tricky one to unpick. Due to early knitting projects being made from natural fibres such as wool, cotton, and silk, many have since decomposed leaving few surviving examples of the craft. So where did knitting originate? Let’s deconstruct this mystery!

 

For many years it was believed that a certain pair of red socks dating back to 250 – 420 AD (circa), was the first example of knitting. Besides a ball of yarn, typically two needles are needed for knitting. But, it turns out that these curious red socks were in fact knitted using just one needle to splice and knot the string together, which is an ancient Scandinavian technique called nålbindning. However, since knitting and nålbindning produce nearly identical results, we can presume quite confidently that one evolved from the other.

 

Fast forward a few centuries, the first example of knitting with two needles is found in Egypt dating back to 1000 AD. Although there is some debate among historians about where knitting was developed, considering that we knit right to left – the same as writing in the Arabic language – and that the earliest examples of knitting are made from cotton and silk – fabrics much more available in the Middle East than wool – the evidence seems pretty clear.

 

Our favourite craft did not take off in Europe until around the 13th or 14th century, so how did knitting get from Egypt to Europe? Once again, the history of knitting is up for debate, but a lot of evidence points to it passing through the then Moorish-occupied Spain and up into the rest of Europe.

History of Knitting

Early European knitting was confined to royals, the very rich and the Catholic Church. However, knitting was soon an established craft, and with the demand for knitted stockings on the rise among Italian and Spanish gentlemen, knitting guilds began springing up in the 1400s. If you wanted to work in a knitting guild, first of all, you had to be male and second you had to complete six years of training! The first three were spent learning from the masters, and the next three were for travelling to foreign countries to learn other techniques and patterns. What could be better than spending three years learning your trade while meeting new people and seeing new lands? Well, the thought of returning to a 13-week exam of knitting pieces like a felted cap, a pair of stockings or embroidered gloves, a shirt or waistcoat and a knitted carpet might dampen spirits! But we do have these knitting guilds to thank for the precision of the craft that we know and love today – without this strict exam process, knitting would never have evolved!

 

From the 1400s, knitting continued to grow with the first knitting machine being invented in 1589 and balls of yarn moving from hands to factories during the Industrial Revolution. But handknitting did not die there! During the World Wars, the fashion industry revived knitting as an art form, and we are still knitting to this day! Sure, we can all go out and buy a perfectly knitted sweater, but taking the time to sit down with two knitting needles and a ball of yarn is much more satisfying and meaningful. What is your next project?

March 31, 2017 by Melanie for Magpie Makery

As Spring approaches I’m trying to hurry it up by making a warm weather dress, from bright red quilting cotton featuring playful mice, of course! Unfortunately making a cotton spring dress means I had to wait a week for a day suitable for outdoor pictures after finishing it.

March 23, 2017 by Margo B.

I recently returned from a trip to Punta Cana…I know…lucky me. Believe me, I’m still pinching myself! It was a 25th wedding anniversary gift to ourselves and we had a blast!

by Lynn Worall for Inspiredbymomxoxo

Every car seat needs a piddle pad.
Especially during potty training!We had bought one for approximately $14 when we got our car seats. I then made one for our second vehicle using the original as a pattern. Once I started planning for potty training, I quickly realized that we would need a back up for each vehicle.

March 22, 2017 by Maude Parent

 

Even if I am that type of person you always caught wearing a pair of jeans, I really do love dresses; s

March 16, 2017 by Chantal Lapointe

Big thanks to Fabricville for the fabric and notions used for this project!

March 1, 2017 by Judith Dee for Judith Dee's World

 

The pattern and fabric

While patiently waiting for spring to come back, I am slowly building my Spring Wardrobe.

February 24, 2017 by Lynn Worall for Inspiredbymomxoxo

I have been sewing up a storm lately. There are just so many things I want to make. Pinterest may have a lot to do with that lol.

February 9, 2017 by Lynn Worall for Inspiredbymomxoxo
 
I came across this simple idea on Pinterest (of course). How easy are these little tea bags. What a great idea, not to mention cute.
January 11, 2017 by Ann Strecko Koeman

Hello, I am Ann from Annmakes®, and today I am sharing

December 28, 2016 by Margo B.

 

I have never had so much difficulty

December 15, 2016 by Lynn Worall for Inspiredbymomxoxo

 

I found this awesome Peppermint Swirl dress pattern by Candy Castle Patterns.

December 12, 2016 by Melanie for Magpie Makery

My latest project was supposed to be a Fall shirtdress…

November 29, 2016 by Jenn Cox

We’ve been working on redecorating our guest room in the basement in preparation for the holidays

November 24, 2016 by Chantal Lapointe

Inspiration:

This dress pattern was on my sewing list as soon as I saw it in McCall’s Fall 2016 collection.

November 4, 2016 by Jenn Cox

I consider myself to be a pretty crafty person,

October 21, 2016 by Margo B.

 

My love affair with coats runs deep. Embarrassingly deep.

October 11, 2016 by MeltingMirror

 

Winter is coming but first we have to survive Halloween.

October 6, 2016 by Margo B.

 

Happy Fall everyone! I love the heat of the summer

October 5, 2016 by Chantal Lapointe

Inspiration

For the past few years, jumpsuits have been all the rage.

September 20, 2016 by Judith Dee for Judith Dee's World

Fall is back and it is time to start covering ourselves again!

September 13, 2016 by Barbara Emodi

 

I usually start a project with a pattern in mind, but this time started with the news cycle and a fabric.

September 9, 2016 by Maude Parent

 

(*Note: The photos look a bit blurry, but that is only due to the type of fabric that I’ve used! Try to take a clear picture of suede, it’s a little hard)

August 10, 2016 by Deb Zaleski of Sprouting Jubejube

Getting in a little more summer sewing while I still can.

by Ula for Lulu & Celeste

There’s still plenty of sunshine outside so why not make another cute summer dress!

June 27, 2016 by Judith Dee for Judith Dee's World

 

I finally jumped on the exposed shoulder look bandwagon!

June 7, 2016 by Diane Saucier pour Jianel

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Avez-vous déjà confectionné la chemise pour homme?

June 1, 2016 by Melanie for Magpie Makery

 

I am declaring this the summer of the shirtdress, to help me overcome my fear of buttonholes and to challenge myself a little!

May 27, 2016 by Fabricville

Whether your style is a little Bohemian, Woodstock inspiredor even Nautical, there are home décor fabrics available on the market to ensure you remain true to your designer spirit.

May 24, 2016 by Fabricville

Few inventions have changed the course of history as much as the sewing machine. Imagine if it was still up to women

May 9, 2016 by Barbara Emodi

Lately I have had the bright idea of actually sewing clothes that I would wear everyday

April 25, 2016 by Deb Zaleski of Sprouting Jubejube

 

 

So we’ve had a taste of nice weather and I think we’re all about done with sewing up

April 18, 2016 by Margo B.

Hello everyone! I’m Margo and I can usually be found over at Creating In The Gap but I’m super excited to                                                              be sharing my coat here with you today!    

April 14, 2016 by Judith Dee for Judith Dee's World

Hey sewfriend!

It is time for me to share with you my latest make: McCall’s 6891.

April 13, 2016 by Ula for Lulu & Celeste

I’m so excited to be showcasing this pretty dress!

April 4, 2016 by Diane Saucier pour Jianel

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by Melanie for Magpie Makery

Sometimes the fabric decides the dress. I saw a quilting cotton at Fabricville.com, called Mallowway Green Diamonds.  It reminded me of

March 29, 2016 by Judith Dee for Judith Dee's World

Hi sewfriends!

I am slowly becoming a jumpsuit addict. Every time I see a new jumpsuit pattern, I just want to

by Maude Parent

(Funny story: It was starting to be sunnier outside with higher temperatures so I decided to create a summer dress by using everything that I needed from

March 22, 2016 by Diane Saucier pour Jianel

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En découvrant les collections de tissus “Décor Maison” de Fabricville
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