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Translating Pictish Key Patterns into Cable-Knitting with Lucy Hague

May 6, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST

Designer Lucy Hague will discuss the design challenges encountered when translating Pictish-style key patterns into cable-knitting. This talk will focus on the stranded colour-work key pattern jumper designed by George Bain and Lucy’s reconstruction of this design into cable-knitting. The event will include a practical demonstration of the unique knitting techniques Lucy has developed and pioneered.

Lucy Hague is a knitting designer, originally from Orkney and currently living in Edinburgh. She specialises in complex cable knitting patterns inspired by Celtic and Pictish art. She is the author of two books, Celtic Cable Shawls and Illuminated Knits. Her work featured in the 2019 Groam House Museum exhibition ‘Crafting the Celtic’.

This talk is part of ‘Celtic Stitches in Time’, online activities coinciding with the development of a new website dedicated to the work of George Bain (1881-1968). An artist and educator with a passion for sharing Celtic art, Bain continues to inspire countless artists and craftspeople to this day. His instruction manuals are still in print as Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction.

The George Bain Collection held by Groam House Museum includes sketches, hand-drawn plates for his books, designs for craftwork and craftwork itself – carpets, leatherwork, woodwork, embroideries, ceramics. It is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland.


May 6, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm BST
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Groam House Museum
Lucy Hague
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