Knitting sheath; c.1843; 2004.0004.049


Shantytown Heritage Park


Knitting sheath

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Knitting sheath

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30 x 20 x 155 (HWL)

Subject and Association Description

Knitting sheath with heart and diamond shaped wooden inlay. Used to hold knitting needles in place above the ladies' hip.


Shantytown Collection

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Greymouth Gem and Mineral Club

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Pamela Lovis 15 May 2009 06:35 AM,UTC

Recently saw a fabulous collection of these at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, Yorkshire Dales, UK and found out that they were often given as love tokens, with inscriptions like this one. Their current temporary exhibition "Let No Loop Down" by contemporary textile artist Ruth Lee, draws from studies of knitting sheaths and knitting in the museum's collections:

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