Royal Seal of Approval for Dumfries House Knitting History Exhibition

PRINCE Charles attended the unveiling of a new nature-based art exhibition at Dumfries House which showcases the history of knitting.

The Prince’s Foundation and the Joseph Ettedgui Foundation have partnered to transform the gardens of the historic property into an immersive art exhibit celebrating the history of knitting.

The Library of Knit exhibit featured 100 colorful hand-knit pieces based on innovative hand-knitting techniques developed over 40 years to show just how wonderful this medium can be.

Intricate techniques such as Shetland, Gansey lace and Sanquhar, Fair Isle and Aran patterns were featured in the free exhibition, which ended on Sunday.

The exhibit was part of a larger collaboration between the two foundations that aims to recreate communities of hand knitters in the region with an interest in turning their hobby into a viable business proposition.

Knitwise, which launched in October 2019 and is run fortnightly by the Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House and Trinity Buoy Wharf in London, helps people improve their knitting skills while socializing in a friendly, fun and sociable.

Isabel Ettedgui said: “The project is an extraordinary achievement both from an educational perspective and as a source of fashion retail potential – skills and models would be lost without such an initiative.

“My late husband, Joseph Ettedgui, understood the power of knitting. His hand knits were iconic and he built a global fashion empire around knitting.

“With the support of the Prince’s Foundation, we are extremely proud to bring back these skills and traditions in a meaningful and lasting way.”

Ashleigh Douglas, future Director of Textiles for the Prince’s Foundation, said: “The Prince’s Foundation and the Joseph Ettedgui Foundation are delighted to showcase our shared commitment to knitting through The Library of Knit.

“The Prince’s Foundation has long championed the importance of heritage craft skills, and we hope visitors to The Library of Knit will leave with a greater appreciation for knitting skills and heritage.”

The Knitwise initiative made headlines around the world last year when the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay unveiled a patchwork mosaic comprising over 9,000 hand-knitted squares contributed by individuals and knitting groups of the whole world.

The installation, which weighed over 300 pounds and was draped over the estate’s historic Adam Bridge, aimed to celebrate knitting as a form of traditional craft and highlight the mental and physical health benefits that the practice of this skill can bring.