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Drawn to my roots in Shetland. This is a hap, a traditional art that reminds me of waves on the ocean and absolutely inspires me! Read more about it here👇🏽
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T h e C r o f t h o u s e M u s e u m | It's impossible not to fall in love with the beautiful Shetland knitting traditions. Locally spun wool from the islands' four legged population is turned into the most beautiful fair isle patterns, yokes, and even knitted lace. I'm so impressed by the extent to which these traditional crafts are kept alive by the islanders.
This is a traditional 'hap', an everyday shawl that has been worn as a warm piece of outerwear by women in Shetland over the centuries. In this picture, the hap is mounted on a wooden frame, a hap stretcher or board, to be stretched into shape.
In it’s more common form a garter square was knit first and stitches were picked up to knit an old-shale lace border around, using different colours of wool, often scraps in different colours, to create interest. Haps were not originally knitted in fine wool as this was kept for knitted items which were sold. These practical shawls were folded in half to make a triangle and worn over the shoulders, crossed over the front and the ends tied at the back.
I find haps a particularly beautiful part of the Shetland knitting tradition. Besides having been used to keep Shetland women warm, there's also far more delicate haps, knitted in thin lace weight wool, traditionally used as Christening shawls. There are even 'wedding ring shawls', knitted in such fine lace wool they can be drawn through a wedding ring. The lace shawls were often white and had far more intricate patterns as they were commonly made as gifts or for sale.
Please take a look at the beautiful accounts of @donnasmithdesigns and @ellalcgordon , a couple of very talented Shetlanders who do a wonderful job of promoting this beautiful tradition by keeping it alive and updated.
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