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Fiber Art

Thrum Mittens: North American Knitting Traditions

Course Overview

Picture a traditional Norwegian mitten…an intricate design with snowflakes & figures probably comes to mind. Picture a thrum mitten…a what? Many people are familiar with the look of northern European knitting traditions, but few have heard of the thrum mitten. One of the few knitted items that was developed in North America, the thrum mitten comes from a very cold place: eastern Canada. Thrum mittens are of a basic construction, but by adding unspun wool (roving), the knitter creates a very warm, lined mitten with an interesting design. This workshop will spend the day learning the basics of the thrum and creating the distinctive look. Needles, yarn and roving are provided.

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