TRC Silk Stockings Project: First test swatches

Four experienced knitters for the TRC Silk Stockings project, 29th December 2017.

Four experienced knitters for the TRC Silk Stockings project, 29th December 2017.

29 December 2017: Since the first anouncement of the TRC Silk Stockings project, last November, we’ve been overwhelmed by enthousiastic people wanting to participate. More than 100 people have volunteered to join in and to help to reconstruct the silk stockings of the Texel seventeenth century shipwreck. We even had people from the USA and Canada wanting to join in!

The first workshops will take place in the beginning of 2018 and in order to prepare ourselves for this big event we asked four experienced knitters to help us make a preselection of yarns and silks and knit several test swatches. Using needles of 0.7 and 1 mm and threads of max. 0.5 mm, this was quite a challenge. To be honest, the first half hour was not very encouraging. “You can’t knit with this thread!” and “This is not possible…!”

 

A small knitting needle, and an even finer silk thread. TRC, 29th December 2017.

A small knitting needle, and an even finer silk thread. TRC, 29th December 2017.

Luckily for us the ladies rose to the challenge and bravely plodded on. When three hours the first centimetres were ready and the faces looked considerably happier. “Do-able”, “You have to take your time” and “The first rows are the hardest, but it is always like that”.

Thanks to the work of these brave knitters we can now make a good selection of yarns and needles for the participants of the workshops to start with. It will be a tremendous project and we’ll keep you all informed through Facebook and our newsletter. Would you like to stay up-to-date on the project? Please send us an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and we will put you on the list for the newsletter. 

Chrystel Brandenburgh, 30th December 2017.

 

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The TRC is dependent on project support and individual donations. All of our work is being carried out by volunteers. To support the TRC activities, we therefore welcome your financial assistance: donations can be transferred to bank account number NL39 INGB 000 298 2359, in the name of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden. Since the TRC is officially recognised as a non-profit making cultural institution (ANBI), donations are tax deductible for 125% for individuals, and 150% for commercial companies. For more information, click here
 
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