Kihnu knitting: mittens and troi **
Teacher: Riina Tomberg
Riina Tomberg is born in Tallinn, Estonia, living in Saaremaa, Kuressaare. She graduated from Estonian State Art Institute (Estonian Academy of Arts) as a textile designer in 1981, Master degree in Estonian Academy of Arts folk art department in 2004. Riina participated in expeditions to Finno-Ugric people by Estonian State Art Institute and Estonian National Museum in 1978-1986. Riina has participated in many national and international exhibitions of textile art since 1980.
Since 1992, she has her own textile studio and knitting workshop Ruut & Triip OÜ in Kuressaare. Since 2000 , Riina is a lecturer in University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy Estonian Native Crafts Department. Riina is the author of a book 'Vatt, Troi, Vamsa - Knitted Jackets from West-Estonian Islands', published in 2006. She has conducted various workshops on Estonian traditional knitwear.
Riina describes her work as follows: "The inspiration for me lies in the traditional way of life, doing things with your own hands for yourself and the closest people around you. You would like to protect them not only from bad weather, but from anything bad that could come across. I would like to use that kind of thinking in my work, even in modern design."
In Kihnu island the knitting tradition is well survived and still living, being one of the most popular chapters in Estonian traditional knitting. Kihnu mittens and men's sweaters, trois are the most popular and vivid items of traditional Estonian knitwear.
In the workshop we ́ll study the techniques of Kihnu mittens cuffs and their patterns as well as the traditional Kihnu men ́s sweater “troi” patterns for hem, cuffs and collar and it ́s overall pattern in traditional colours.
Participants will create their individual wrist warmer based on these traditional rules and techniques. The needles used are size 2 and the yarn is 8/2 worsted wool, both included in the participation fee. This workshops requires prior experience in knitting.