Next Meeting -
Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 7:00 pm
February can mean only one thing - OK, three, if you include the holidays involving a groundhog and lots of hearts and chocolates. Madrona Fiber Retreat! It is truly a tremendous event, with a world class array of teachers and a great marketplace (free admission!) - but they also are generous enough to share one of those teachers with the Guild.
This year, our February meeting will be Wednesday, February 15, and will feature Galina Khmeleva. I love knitting, and I'm guessing that you kind of like it too. I love the yarn, the fibers, the FO's - but what makes it more than that is the feeling of being connected to so many other knitters, across the years and across the world. Hearing from Galina about Orenburg lace will be a unique opportunity to explore that aspect of connection.
This is from her website, www.skaska.com:
As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the ‘aristocracy’ of St. Petersburg, Russia’s music and theater society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the ‘new’ Russia that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status in private companies.
Until recently, the specific techniques for hand knitting Orenburg lace were passed from generation to generation, within the family structure, by word of mouth only. There existed no known record of comprehensive written instructions, patterns or designs. This meant that if the current generation of young women lost interest in learning the craft, it would most likely succumb to age.
Galina Khmeleva set as her personal goal and dedicated her company’s resources to keep Orenburg’s legacy alive. Hence, Skaska Designs developed a series of Orenburg knitted lace workshops and seminars and traveled the US and Canada since 1996, presenting its programs to textile enthusiasts.
Even if you don't knit lace (yet), this will be a really interesting evening.