Knitting bags **
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. She worked as textile designer in Kuressaare 1981-1989 and as textile designer in Helmi Vuorelma OY, Finland 1990-1992.
Since 1992, she has her own textile studio and knitting workshop Ruut & Triip OÜ in Kuressaare. Since 2000 , Riina is a lecturer in UT Viljandi Culture Academy Estonian Native Crafts Department.
The women on Estonian islands are known for being hard-working - knitting bag was a woman's companion basically everywhere until the beginning of 20th century. Knitting could be done anywhere, specially while travelling. An old saying from Vormsi island consideres a woman without a knitting piece to be sitting like a man. On Kihnu island, the skills of making cotton knitting bags and carrying them around has been preserved until nowadays.
In the workshop, a knitting bag based on traditional Estonian knitting bags is made. Scraps of cotton fabric were traditionally used. The bag will be made from either square pieces or strips of cotton fabric, much like the style of fabrics that were used to make the knitting bags on the Estonian islands. The main focus will be on the bags collected from Kihnu and Saaremaa islands. On Saaremaa, knitting bags with round bottom were also made. Participants can choose to make a rectangular or a round-bottomed knitting bag. The finished size of the bag will be approx. 24x30 cm.
Participants can bring their own materials and also “trade” them with others at the workshop to create their own bag. The participationfee includes the useage of sewing machines and a choice of fabrics needed to make one knitting bag.
This workshop is not suitable for beginners. Basic sewing skills are required.