Haapsalu shawl knitting *
Teachers: Liina Langi and Ivika Viljasaar
Liina Langi, also known online as Rees, has worked as an entrepreneur specialising in handicrafts and lace knitting for six years, but a love of handicraft has accompanied her throughout her life. She graduated from Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics in 2016 specialising in native textiles. Her graduation work was a personal exhibition of shawls with her own patterns. Liina has carried out knitting workshops since 2010, and she continues creating new knitting patterns and maintains her blog in addition to her passion for lace knitting.
Ivika Viljasaar’s love for lace and especially Haapsalu shawls has lasted for years. Using the traditional patterns of Haapsalu shawls, she has knitted wedding gowns for dozens of brides, creating unique, timeless and elegant beauty in the process. As a brave experimenter in lace knitting, Ivika now conducts her own lace training courses.
The tradition of knitting Haapsalu shawls dates back a few centuries. Originating from the small coastal resort town of Haapsalu, this phenomenon has now been included in the list of intangible cultural heritage. Thus, in the past decade, it has become highly popular among specialists of lace knitting around the world.
The workshop is designed for students already experienced in knitting. Similarly, the students need to have the skill of reading the knitting patterns. We will discuss the rules of knitting Haapsalu shawls and briefly talk about the history and finishing touches. The practical tasks include a particular stretch pattern and nupps that are characteristic of Haapsalu shawls, and we will also try to knit lace edgings to the shawls. All necessary supplies will be provided.