Mother Astrop
30 September, 2019
18.30 - 21.30
Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Bring own needles
Hadewych van der Werf
Not included

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Around 1900 Ebba Astrup was the director of an orphanage in Rostad, a peninsula North of Trondheim in Norway. She developed a knitting technique which she used to knit scarves for the children in the orphanage. The scarves had different colours and motifs so that the children could recognise their own scarf. Simply called ‘Mother Astrop’, this intriguing technique combines colour and pattern in garter and slip stitch giving a very graphic result which can be utilized in original garment designs.

Materials: Bring 3mm needles, short dpn’s or circular. Yarn is provided.

Skills required: Must be able to knit.

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Hadewych is a qualified textile teacher who has been teaching since 1978 in the Netherlands. She has studied extensively in Norway, spending a whole year there learning traditional Norwegian knitting. She is always increasing her knowledge by studying under masters of other countries including Estonia. She is in demand as a teacher in Europe and revered for her knowledge of various techniques including Norwegian colour work, double knitting, Marlisle, Mor Astrup and Estonian borders. Hadewych receives praise from highly skilled locals and visitors, we are lucky to have her return to teach more classes. Her exciting sense of colour is inspiring – you will not regret joining any of Hadewych’s classes.

Transport: Buses leave from Viking Bus Station (Service no.6) and regularly travel to Sandwick (a 6 minute walk to the Visitor Centre). We suggest you ask the driver to let you off by the shop or Hall. Folk regularly travel from Lerwick, lifts and car sharing is usually available. Please email us if you need assistance with transport, or if you need any other assistance. For bus timetable –