Knitting History symposium, 2 November 2019

Join the Textile Research Centre and the Knitting History Forum at the finale of the Texel Stockings Project in the historic centre of Leiden, The Netherlands.

As many as a hundred volunteers were involved in making reconstructions of the 17th century silk stockings from Texel. The symposium on Sat. 2nd November will explore the results of this research. It will offer a wide range of papers on current knitting research and related citizen science projects.

Location Saturday 2nd Nov 2019, 9.30-17.00h.Location: De Tuinzaal (The Garden Room) at the Grand Café de Burcht, Burgsteeg 14, Leiden, The Netherlands

Tickets for the symposium cost €25,- and are available through this website (Dutch delegates only). Guest from outside The Netherlands are asked to register by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tickets include entrance and coffee/tea during the day. Lunch and drinks after the symposium are not included.

Saturday 2 November’s programme will include a survey of the evidence for Early Modern knitters (Lesley O’Connell Edwards), a comparison with other silk stockings from the era to the Texel evidence (Sylvie Odstrčilová), and charting the introduction of knitting instructions (Hanna Bäckström).

Other contributions will look at dyeing knitted fabric (Art Ness Proaño Gaibor), the experience of wearing 17th century silk stockings (Geeske Kruseman), and how the Texel evidence can contribute to reconstructions for the ready-to-wear re-enactment market today (Sally Pointer).

Susan North will talk about her experiences of reconstructing silk stockings for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the process of documenting Early Modern knitting. Chrystel Brandenburgh will report on what the Texel reconstruction team has learnt through their knitting experiences and Jane Malcolm-Davies will consider ways of gathering experimental and experiential data from participatory dress reconstruction projects.

A panel discussion about the challenges and benefits of citizen science will conclude the formal programme. The day’s events will end with a drinks reception. Click here for full programme.

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