Beaded Wrist Warmers from Lithuania: 63 Knitting Patterns in the Baltic Tradition

Beaded Wrist Warmers from Lithuania: 63 Knitting Patterns in the Baltic Tradition

by Irena Felomena Juskiene


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570769047
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Publication date: 11/16/2018
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,253,108
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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

Introduction 6
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
Sources 184
References 185
Abbreviations 186
Details about Featured Wrist Warmers 186
Summary 194


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.

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