Greetings from Estonia!
The colors and textures of this Baltic country are inspiring, and the artists of Estonia have certainly responded to create beautiful and unique yarn, knitting and weavings.
From Tallinn, we traveled to the quiet village of Viljandi (pronounced Villyandy). We first visited the open air museum to begin to understand early life and fiber arts in Estonia. We were fortunate enough to be allowed to see some early examples of clothing not on public display.
Next we traveled to a small farm in the countryside where Anu Raud and Anu Kotli have a textile school to teach traditional Estonian knitting.
Together they have written a book called “Kiri Kari,” meaning Pattern Puppets. They use the puppets to teach children the traditional patterns and motifs of Estonia. Pattern Puppets are not only adorable, they’re fun to knit. Watch the website for an upcoming class!
Going to the Estonian National Museum was a real treat! There were so many examples of beautiful knitted, woven and embroidered items unique to Estonia.
Internet here is sketchy! It’s the nature of travel. I can’t wait to post new classes about the wonderful techniques I’ve learned.
Don’t forget to pick up your invitation to the post travel party in August. There will be more pictures and discussion about the traditional techniques, and the opportunity to purchase some of the lovely yarn and beautiful books I’m bringing back just for you! Invitations are limited, so get yours early.
That’s all for now! Happy knitting!