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Estonian Lace Explained

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Knit amazing Estonian lace! Learn to create the nupps, openwork patterns and edgings that make this storied style so special.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Nancy Bush
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Take your lace knitting to the next level as you join the world expert on Estonian knitting, Nancy Bush. Nancy will show you how to create all the features that set Estonian lace apart, from the trademark nupps to a tidy edge, guiding you step by step through the skills you need to knit the full-size version of her exclusive Estonian lace scarf design. Start off with a little bit of historical knowledge before you knit a small, sampler version of the scarf, familiarizing yourself with Estonian style and stitches. Then, use what you've learned in class to knit the larger version, applying important techniques to create beautiful borders, a clean finish, smooth seams and more!

Lesson Breakdown

1. A History of Haapsalu Lace
Meet Estonian lace expert Nancy Bush and learn about the history of lace from Haapsalu, a port city famed for its gorgeous, intricate shawls and scarves in a variety of shapes. In this class you'll make a smaller sampler shawl that will familiarize you with Estonian knitting techniques. The pattern for a full-sized shawl is also included.
2. Casting On & Working the Lace Edge
3. Working the Center
4. A Close-Up Look at Nupps
5. Finishing the Center
6. The Outer Edge
7. Finishing

Taught by

Nancy  Bush
Nancy Bush
Nancy Bush's passion for and robust knowledge of traditional and regional knitting techniques have led many to call her the world expert on Estonian knitting. She is the owner and operator of the Wooly West, a mail-order yarn service based out of Utah. Nancy has been published in a variety of magazines, such as PieceWork, and is the proud author of a bounty of knitting books, including Folk Knitting in Estonia and Knitted Lace of Estonia. When she’s not writing or knitting, she can be found teaching workshops all over the world.

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