Hello everyone,

the day began early for me as my class was at 8:00.   For those who don't know, they stagger the times for classes to help with congestion.  It was with Galina, fundamentals for Orenburg lace.  She is wonderful, so funny and tells us lots of stories about the lace.  It felt so good to just sit and knit.  for me, I have knitted for a long time so a lot of the concepts were familiar to me.  we had a full class and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

I have not talked to anyone else about their classes.  Anyone reading here at IOLI is welcome to add your comments too.

I'm off to an afternoon with Galina about Orenburg lace designs.



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Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 5, 2014 at 4:53pm


I understand that the same issue exists about Halas lace, a Hungarian needle lace which developed just about 100 years ago. They try to restrict knowledge about the technique, and are fussy about use of the name. I do understand the desire to create "specialness" about a particular craft for commercial purposes and to attract tourism.

But I am also very glad for those who break the rules and teach us the methods. I want all these special laces to survive, and the more the knowledge is spread, the more likely they will survive. Also each of these special laces use techniques which they have invented, unusual ways of doing things. I also like the idea of mining these laces for clever solutions to problems, solutions which can be imported into contemporary designs.

Comment by Maureen Bromley on August 5, 2014 at 4:13am

You sound as if you are having lots of fun Linda.   I envy you

Comment by Linda Dumas on August 4, 2014 at 6:49pm

I was just chatting with Liz a couple of minutes ago about the very same thing.  Quite interesting.  It is a very particular way of knitting the lace.  there are a set of standards that define what the lace should look like so that all Orenburg lace looks the same.  It is a place in russia that has a cottage industry that make these shawls.  They will not teach how to make these shawls nor will they sell the yarn.  it is so that the knitted garment is very valuable and will sell at a good price.  It is run by the government.

the more Galina explained about it, the more I started to understand the information we know about Pag Lace in Croatia.  it seems like the same thing.  Tourism is big for croatia and the Pag lace is part of the appeal for going to the island of Pag.  they want to preserve that.  but like Pag, there were a few (not sure how many) woman that broke the rules to share the information with the world.

the one thing I can tell you about knitting an orenburg shawl, is that every row has the same amount of stitches.  you start at the bottom and you knit every row up.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 4, 2014 at 4:22pm

What actually distinguishes Orenburg knitting from the common knitting?

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