Finnish TAITO Handicraft Magazine Featured Nordic Knitters in their December Issue

The journalist Sonja Karlsson visited us in October and investigated how Nordic Knitters are doing and how the founder Külli Jacobson started her company. The author gives us a quick glance into the past and some in depth thoughts about the symbols on mittens and meaning behind them. Beautiful pictures accompany the article and it fits right into the arriving holiday season. Thank you and Merry Chistmas to all!

More info about the publication – https://taitolehti.fi/

By |2018-12-17T11:26:06+00:00December 17th, 2018|Nordic Knitters|0 Comments

TIMELESSNESS Exhibition is Now In Estonian National Museum in Tartu, ESTONIA

The grand exhibition, consisting of 32 huge balls covered with different handicraft techniques, has traveled to Tartu, to the Estonian National Museum. The museum building itself is a magnificent statue of modern art. It has already collected awards internationally.

Nordic Knitters has also decorated one ball. We have used color-work technique, the exact same method how we knit our mittens and gloves. Knitted with thin needles and thin yarn, we have created 100 little castles. The motifs and symbols are so strong and protective that they can be use as a “weapon” or shield against the evil and harm we are surrounded in nowadays world.

They are also soft and warm like our family and friends giving us the extra power and embracing us in the goodness of everyday life.

The intro by curators Mae Kiviloo and Kaarel Kuusk at the hall says:

“Wait. Stop. Take a moment. You, who you rush through the reality anonymously among thousands of others; the reality where the environment is built in a moment, quickly, effectively and cheaply. Swoosh-woosh ready, bang-bang ready, click-clack ready …

Leave it all behind. You have reached TIMELESSNESS. You are surrounded by the planetarium of handicraft techniques, where each millimeter has been wor ked over. Yarn flowing through fingers, wood bending in hands – these thinking hands belong to 32 masters who have gathered from places all over Estonia. In their works they use hundreds of years old knowledge and skills. This is how the works of this exhibition were made. These works continue the trail of our ancestors’ thoughts using materials that have grown with us. From day to day, from time to time, preserving our personality and identity, ready to meet the ones who come after us.”

Open until January 19, 2019 at ENM (www.erm.ee)

By |2018-12-17T11:28:56+00:00December 13th, 2018|Nordic Knitters|0 Comments

WELT Newspaper from Germany Featured Nordic Knitters’ Beautiful Gloves

“Estonia is one of the big knitting centers in the world. Especially the mittens are a cultural-historical heritage. Their patterns have meanings. While it makes no sense to warm hands in the summer months, now is the time to dig into the drawers for some pairs of gloves. Probably people, who have spent their summer vacation in the Baltic States are stocked with mittens and gloves very typical to this region.

Today, knitting is much closer to the people. In Tallinn , you will encounter masses of knitwear, most of them made by machine. On the wool bazaar in the Müürivahe street you can get such gloves made of synthetic yarn from just ten euros. You can find the largest selection of authentic handicrafts at Eesti Käsitöö (Estonian Handicrafts) on 22 Pikk Street, Tallinn, Estonia.

Fll text here – https://www.welt.de/reise/nah/article184909228/Estland-Wollhandschuhe-schuetzen-gegen-den-Teufel.html

By |2018-12-05T12:24:51+00:00December 5th, 2018|Nordic Knitters|0 Comments

Nordic Knitters Are Part of an Amazing Estonian Handicraft Exhibition Project TIMELESSNESS

Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union is every year deciding upon a theme, which they are emphasizing more in their different activities throughout the year (see more at www.folkart.ee). Some of the themes have earlier been about wool, fire, ornaments etc. During the year that theme is also more obvious in local handicrafters’ production and is also the main topic in Mardilaat (St. Martin Day Fair) of that year.

This year’s theme is timelessness. The focus is on timeless handicraft techniques and timeless patterns. Handicraft masters are welcomed in several events to show their art in public. One of these occasions is a grand exhibition called TIMELESSNESS. It is an exhibition of inherited patterns and rhythms. There were 32 handicraft masters chosen, who were given a huge ball to be decorated in their familiar technique. Nordic Knitters beautiful mittens and gloves have been noticed and we also have the honor to put our skills and art on a show.

The venue is St. Catherine’s church in Vene Street in Tallinn ESTONIA. Exhibition is open September 8- October 7 Wed- Sat 12-18, Sun 12-16.

Welcome!

By |2018-09-06T11:06:10+00:00September 6th, 2018|Nordic Knitters|0 Comments

Knitting is Honoured in Estonia

Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union is promoting local handicrafts all over Estonia. Nordic Knitters is one of the representatives in South-East corner. The complete list of wonderful shops with wide selection of hand made items and different services, including folk costumes and courses on  handicraft techniques are available at http://folkart.ee/poed/

This spring, the Craft Union is putting together a leaflet for tourists and locals, so the shops could be easily found and visited. we are very happy to announce that the cover photo is depicting knitting, and more specifically one of our Nordic Knitters.

By |2018-05-04T06:51:14+00:00May 4th, 2018|Nordic Knitters|0 Comments

Nordic Knitters Were Part of Seto Handicraft Exhibition in Pskov

Seto Handicraft Association organized a grand exhibition in Pskov, RUSSIA. There are handicraft items from 17 different masters at the display in their National Heritage Center. Besides mittens and gloves, there are belts and embroidery, silverware and woven works presented in this glamorous and extensive show of Seto Culture.

Nordic Knitters brought 30 pairs of mittens and gloves. Also a beautiful slide show is running next to the actual knitwear. Most of the mittens are knitted using Siberian seto floral patterns. The rest are ancient patterns from  Setoland and Estonia.

The exhibition will stay open until March 23rd.

More pictures at http://kagukudujad.blogspot.com.ee/2018/02/setude-rahvuslik-aare-pihkvas.html

By |2018-02-28T14:48:14+00:00February 28th, 2018|Nordic Knitters|0 Comments

CRAFT CORNER IN HELSINKI WELCOMED ESTONIAN MITTENS DURING ESTONIAN-FINNISH TEXTILE ARTISTS’ JOINT EXHIBITION October 2017

Nordic Knitters were chosen as one of the four partners in “Knitted Friendship” – an Estonian-Finnish textile artists first show. The show will be repeated in Tallinn, Estonia next spring.

Beautiful ancient mitten patterns were accompanied with Siberian Seto floral motifs. There were mittens, gloves and extra long cuff mittens displayed.

The exhibition stayed open for four weeks. On one of the weekends, there were also workshops and pop-up shop. It drew a lot of crowd and the whole event was warmely welcomed.

Thank you, Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union and Finnish TAITO organization for this pleasant opportunity!

Some of the memories are available for public at http://kagukudujad.blogspot.com.ee/2017/10/kumb-on-kergem-kas-kilo-longa-voi-rauda.html

By |2018-02-20T10:54:55+00:00February 20th, 2018|Nordic Knitters|0 Comments

“AN ELABORATE ENTRANCE” – THE EXHIBITION WON ESTONIAN CULTURAL ENDOWMENT AWARD 2016 January 2017

The Estonian Handicraft Gallery, located at 22 Pikk Street in Tallinn, ESTONIA, hosted Nordic Knitters mitten exhibition last fall.Siberian Flower pattern mittens were hanging on the walls and long

wrist mittens with more archaic patterns were hanging from the ceiling. Marked path on the floor guided the visitor through the journey. On the way, you could even rest on the bench and investigate the inticate patterns closer using magnifying glass.
Due to the very fresh and innovative appraoch to present textile art, Estonian Handicraft association nominated the exhibition to the BEST EXHIBITION award.

The extra long cuff mittens were also nomiated as a winner of MARDILAAT New Product Award in 2016 and they were defenitely public’s favorites.

Some of the visitors coments are visible here: http://kagukudujad.blogspot.com.ee/2016/10/aitjumakest-naitusekulastajaile.html

 

By |2018-02-20T10:55:07+00:00June 12th, 2017|Nordic Knitters|0 Comments

 “AN ELABORATE ENTRANCE” – AN EXHIBITION OF MITTENS AND GLOVES IN TALLINN HANDICRAFT GALERY Sept 20 – Oct 10, 2016

The Estonian Handicraft Gallery, located at 22 Pikk Street in Tallinn, ESTONIA, hosted an unusual mitten exhibition this fall.
Addition to a wonderful selection of Siberian flower patterns a new approach of an extra long wrist mittens were exposed for admiration. The guests were guided through the gallery along the trail marked with yellow tape. There were nice benches on the way to rest and take some time to really investigate the elaborate texture and the wonderful pattern of each and every pair. For the even closer look magnifying glasses were provided as well, conveniently falling from the ceiling.

The exhibition got a warm welcome and was greatly liked by the visitors.

More info and pictures about the opening and setting up is here:

http://kagukudujad.blogspot.com.ee/2016/09/kirikinnaste-uhke-marss-vabariigi.html

By |2018-02-20T10:54:59+00:00June 11th, 2017|Nordic Knitters|0 Comments

“SIBERIAN FLOWERS” EXHIBITION OF MITTENS AND GLOVES IN ESTONIAN AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM July 19 – Sept 12, 2016

The Estonian Agricultural Museum in Ülenurme, located near Tartu, ESTONIA is situated in a beautiful old manor house park. The fancy interior is very suitable to show fine knitted items. The combination was quite perfect, as textile-work and wool-work generally was and is an honorable pass-time among Estonians.

A wonderful selection of Siberian flower patterns were exposed for admiration and purchase.

By |2018-02-20T10:55:13+00:00September 20th, 2016|Nordic Knitters|0 Comments