Knitted ethnic mittens "cimdu", gloves, and socks are the focus of this exhibit. All were brought back by Ruth Sybers from Latvia in 2001 and purchased during a tour led by Lizbeth Upitis, author of Latvian Mittens. Many of the items on display were purchased at the open air ethnographic museum near Riga although more intricate mittens were seen at museums. Included in private showings at museums were cimdu made by Jette Uzane. Jette has been honored by Latvia and designated a "National Treasure" for her innovative mittens. Most impressive to us were those designed as she looked out her window from her wheel chair recording the change of seasons. During our visit to her home she demonstrated special techniques and shared her mitten collection. We were able to reunite her with a part of her mitten collection just returning from a Canadian exhibition.
The three striking sweaters in the dining
room were designed and knit here in America by Joyce Williams, an unbelievably
clever designer from Sparta, Wisconsin. As with the best knitting
designers, Joyce creates solutions to the challenges of the yarn and design
while considering her personal preferences. For example, her mentor
and friend, Elizabeth Zimmermann, preferred not to purl or sew garments
together so she devised ways to create whole garments without knitting
or sewing together. These days Joyce and Meg Swansen (EZ's daughter,
Schoolhouse Press) often have their heads together as knitting challenges
arise. Joyce has developed several techniques:
For more about Joyce Williams, go to bottom of this article click on a past display entitled "The Early Knitted Works of Joyce Williams".
or if you have questions about the current one, contact Knitter's Treat .
Lizbeth Upitis, Joyce Williams, and Meg Swansen all teach workshops in their specialties. Ruth Sybers sponsors workshops in Monticello, featuring outstanding designers/teachers. To be informed of these workshops, request inclusion - firstname.lastname@example.org In the subject line "add to workshop list".
David Braunschweig who assists in "hanging" each exhibit.
Photos by Lori Manning
Copyright © 2005.
The Dining Room at 209 Main
Hooked Rugs by Ellie Beck
JOYCE MARQUESS CAREY
First Knitting Invitational
Weaving and the Structo Loom
Valentina Devine Creates
JAPANESE TEXTILES -- OLD AND NEW
Men Who Knit
Quilts by the Thursday Friends
WEAVING WITH SEWING THREAD
HISTORIC MONTICELLO WOOLEN MILL
Katherine Pence Inspired by Everything
WHY DO I SPIN?
THE EARLY KNITTED WORKS OF JOYCE WILLIAMS