Stories In Stitches 6: Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose

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During the Civil War era, knitters were frugal and used what was on hand. Tobacco twine was used to make bedspreads, tents were unraveled and the string knit into socks, rugs were knit from cut-up shirts and dresses, and old fisherman’s sweater from Europe became.

In SIS6, We explore the history of recycling. From materials to ideas, everything old can be new again.

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During the Civil War era, knitters were frugal and used what was on hand. Tobacco twine was used to make bedspreads, tents were unraveled and the string knit into socks, rugs were knit from cut-up shirts and dresses, and old fisherman’s sweater from Europe became arm winter wear for Americans on both side of the Mason-Dixon line.

SIS6-Spread1In this book, you’ll find projects and stories about sweaters, socks, bedspreads, and rugs that were made from recycled materials and recycled design ideas. America is a land of immigrants, and immigrants brought our knitting traditions to this continent. Until the nineteenth century, the vast majority of immigrants were from England, Scotland, and Wales. (In addition, millions of Africans, usually ignored when discussing immigration, were kidnapped and forcibly transported to the United States to be sold as slaves until the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in 1808.) In the nineteenth century, the ethnic mix of new immigrants began to change as people from Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Asia started flocking to our shores.

– Donna

Additional information

Additional information

Weight 0.875 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 1 in
Editors Letter

Editors Letter

In this book, you’ll find projects and stories about sweaters, socks, bedspreads, and rugs that were made from recycled materials and recycled design ideas. America is a land of immigrants, and immigrants brought our knitting traditions to this continent. Until the nineteenth century, the vast majority of immigrants were from England, Scotland, and Wales. (In addition, millions of Africans, usually ignored when discussing immigration, were kidnapped and forcibly transported to the United States to be sold as slaves until the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in 1808.) In the nineteenth century, the ethnic mix of new immigrants began to change as people from Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Asia started flocking to our shores.

– Donna

Index

Index

« INTRODUCTION »
Immigrants In America
Donna Druchunas

« 1 : FISHERMAN’S SWEATERS »
The Lady in the Fisherman’s Sweater
Knitting a Military Tune
The Fourth Artillery Regimental Brass Band
Dressed for Death Row
Traditional Gansey Pattern Construction

« 2 : MEN’S GANSEYS »
Hagar’s Gansey Kevin’s Gansey

« 3 : WOMEN’S GANSEYS »
Ruth’s Gansey Dottie’s Gansey

« 4 : STOCKINGS AND SOCKS »
Slaveholding As It Was
Liberty Sontag
Civil War Socks for Modern Knitters
Victorian Ladies’ Stockings
Union Army Men’s Socks

« 5 : RECYCLED HOME »
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Tobacco Twine Crochet
Tear Up Your Old Scraps and Knit a Rug
Old Clothes Underfoot: The Round Knitted Rug

« APPENDICES »
What’s Next
Abbreviations and Techniques
Bibliography and Credits
Acknowledgments

Project Photos

Project Photos