I’m a strong believer in the power of the internet, so here’s a page of links to websites I find useful, engaging and/ or inspiring. I want to emphasise how much wonderful stuff you can get for free, so I generally avoid posting links to commercial sites.
- Textile Conservation at the University of Glasgow – blog by student and staff at the Centre for Textile Conservation.
- The National Trust Conservation Studio – blog by staff at the studio based in Norfolk.
- Ravelry, of course!
- Craft Yarn Council – “the yarn industry’s one-stop resource”
- The Home of Mathematical Knitting
- Knit the City: your friendly neighbourhood graffiti knitting art collective
- Helen Griffin’s youtube how-to videos. Especially good for learning new cast-on techniques.
- Tricksy Knitter Colour Chart Maker – Megan Goodacre’s free chartmaker is beautifully simple to use.. & did I mention that it’s free?
- KnitPro 2.0 – converts any image into a knitting chart
- Antique Pattern Library Catalog’s knitting section.
- Free 1940s patterns on the V&A website.
- Free pattern page on knitty.com. Here are my favourites:
- Future museum’s page on Sanquhar knitting. Site created by partnership of independent museums of South West Scotland. Range of information, photographs, designs and examples of this regional technique.
- Knitting items from the V&A collection. Well-photographed objects and often detailed information. Plus, many are on display in the museum (free!).
- The Richard Rutt Collection at Winchester School of Art. Library of knitting books, journals, magazines and patterns from 1800 – 1911 available to download free.
- Reading list on the V&A site.
- Page on how to do huck weaving, a form of Swedish embroidery.
- FolkCostume.blogspot is an excellent source of embroidery patterns from Eastern Europe, particularly Ukraine
- Semne Cusute blog is a good source of embroidery designs from Romania.
- Craft Guerrilla – Markets, workshops and all things craft.
- Antique Pattern Library Catalog. Collection of craft pattern publications scanned and available to download as PDFs.
- Craft Council’s interactive timeline of 70 years of craft.
Sustainability and ethics
- Clean Clothes Campaign – “work towards better working conditions in the global garment industry”.
- China Labour Bulletin – “defend and promote the rights of workers in China”.
- HomeWorkers Worldwide – “support homeworkers around the world”.
- Ethical Consumer Guides – individual product reports cost £3, annual subscription is £29.95 (30-day free trial)
- No Sweat – “exists to fight against sweatshop bosses”
- Men, Women and Clothes – a series made in 1957 by Doris Langley Moore and now available to watch on the BBC archives website.
I try to keep my links up-to-date, but please let me know if you find any have expired.
TIPS FOR USING/SEARCHING ONLINE RESOURCES
Remember that variations on a word may mean that you aren’t getting all the results you should be. Using the following ‘wildcard symbols‘ may help to eliminate this problem:
Question mark ?
This can be used to replace a single character in a word. Useful for words with spelling variations. For example kn?t would give results for knyt (old-fashioned variation) and knit.
This can be used to replace a single, none or several characters. For example, typing knit* gives results for knit, knitted and knitting.
However, some sites won’t be set up for wildcard symbols, so it’s worth testing, and if they aren’t, try variations one at a time. I tested this on the Cleveland Museum of Art ‘Search the Collection’ page and came up with different results for the searches ‘knit’, ‘knitted’ and ‘knitting’.