Beaded wrist warmers are a vital, beloved, and beautiful part of Lithuanian traditional costume. That’s how Irena Filomena Juškienė discovered them: As a member of a group of artists dedicated to classic Lithuanian dance and music, she wore them during performances. When she decided to explore the roots of these knitted accessories, Irena found they were a fascinating part of the regional history and culture of Lithuania. The results of her journey have now been brought together in a compilation of beaded knitting patterns that spans centuries, dialects, and multiple museum collections.
Irena shares over 60 designs organized according to their place of origin within the current and historical borders of Lithuania. Projects are presented with straightforward instructions and easy-to-follow charts, along with full-color photographs of sample wrist warmer pairs. In addition, readers will find thoroughly researched discussions of the origins of wrist warmers in each region, a catalog of further historical examples of the craft, and personal accounts shared by local contributors.
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About the Author
It is in no small part due to the passion and work of one woman, Irena Felomena Juškienė, the first person to knit riešinės after their 20 year absence from Lithuanian culture, that these bejeweled wrist warmers are so popular in Lithuania today.
Table of Contents
Wrist Warmers 9
What are Wrist Warmers? 9
History of Wrist Warmers in Europe and Lithuania 10
A Closer Look at Lithuanian Wrist Warmers 13
Techniques for Knitting Wrist Warmers 17
Patterns and Charts for Lithuanian Wrist Warmers 22
Other Types of wrist warmers in Museum Collections 150
Linen and Cotton Wrist Warmers 172
Lithuanian Wrist Warmer Knitters 176
Stories about Wrist Warmers 177
Details about Featured Wrist Warmers 186
Irena Filomena Juškienė single-handedly revived the tradition of knitting beaded wrist warmers in Lithuania.
In 1968 Irena joined the Vilnius University folk ensemble “Ratilio.” She has been performing traditional Lithuanian music ever since and today she performs with the ensemble “Ūla.” In both groups, singers and dancers perform wearing traditional Lithuanian clothing styles from the 19th century.
Wearing the styles of clothing that her grandmother might have worn led Irena to explore Lithuanian folk costumes and she became fascinated by the beaded wrist warmers worn by both women and men. She traveled around Lithuania visiting museum collections, where she examined the vintage examples and knit copies of them.
The book includes patterns and charts for wrist warmers that can be worn on special occasions and everyday, a brief history of wrist warmers in Europe, instructions for knitting with beads, charted motifs, and photos of wrist warmers in museums and knit by the author. The publication is intended for knitters, textile aficionados, and anyone interested in traditional clothing from around the world.