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    DescriptionKnitting has progressed from its fuzzy image of thick socks, long shawls and embarrassing reindeer motifs on Christmas sweaters. Now there are knitting groups that meet in bars, hundreds of clubs and contemporary artists that have reclaimed the craft. "In the Loop" looks at this progression from solitary hobby for old maids to mainstream craft. Originally developed as a way to make a living, the position of knitting slowly changed from being a distinct craft to an unfashionable and dreary skill. The twenty-first century led to a strong comeback for the craft, and the popularity of knitting is clearly seen now in the many knit-clubs, knits-shops, knit-conferences and other knit-activities that have popped up in contemporary culture. "In the Loop" is split into four sections: Rethinking Knitting; Narrative Knits; Site & Sight- Protest Knitting and Progress- Looking Back. Each section includes essays on these subjects by contemporary knitters, artists and academics. The essays cover the topics of knitting in art, international knitting traditions, knitting as social activism, the oral history of knitting, and knitting technology. These sections include case studies on knitting clubs, artists using knitting in their work, and other progressions in the role of knitting. The book includes many visual essays and images of contemporary knitting, making this a visually informative review of the subject. The illustrations provide a fresh look at this subject and ensure this is an essential book for anyone with an interest in contemporary knitting.


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    Title
    In the Loop
    Subtitle
    Knitting Now
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Jessica Hemmings
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 228 mm
    Height: 278 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 921 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781906155964
    ISBN 10: 1906155968
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24210
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CRA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T11.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: 746.432
    LC classification: TT
    B&T General Subject: 250
    Ingram Subject Code: CR
    Libri: I-CR
    Abridged Dewey: 746
    BIC subject category V2: WFBS
    B&T Approval Code: A97602742
    BISAC V2.8: CRA015000
    Thema V1.0: WFBS
    Illustrations note
    247 b&w and colour illustrations
    Publisher
    Black Dog Publishing Ltd
    Imprint name
    Black Dog Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    11 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jessica Hemmings studied Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and Comparative Literature at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. She has written many articles for publications such as Bloom, Crafts and Selvedge. Currently she is associate Director of the Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies at the Edinburgh College of Art. Sandy Black is the author of Eco-Chic (Black Dog Publishing, 2008) and Fashioning Fabrics (Black Dog Publishing, 2006) and is Professor of Fashion Design and Technology at the London College of Fashion.
    Review quote
    "A lavishly illustrated and intellectually rich book that is a must for everyone interested in the historical and cultural background to knitting as craft." "Yarn Forward""this book is a fascinating read for anyone who loves knitting and wants to learn more about its history and traditions around the world." "Knit Today""An essential book for anyone with an interest in contemporary crafts." "Funky Finds""This new release gives fiber enthusiasts the ability to think 'outside the box' when it comes to knitting as an art form, as literature, as an industrial piece or even as a simple garment." "Peacefully Knitting""Knitting has enjoyed a massive revival in the last few years, and boy, haven't we heard about it. But while the papers and glossies have been falling over themselves to report on the rise of yarn sales in John Lewis and how many twentysomethings have been seen knitting in pubs, contemporary textile designers have been busy doing some rather more brilliant things with their needles." "The Guardian"