Shetland Lace vs. Estonian

Well, I'm falling into the world of lace more and more (I still blame MMario) and I'm trying to tease apart the different styles of lace. Currently, I'm looking at Shetland and Estonian lace. My current thinking is that the differences appear to be in regional styles rather than stitch patterns. However, I'm not sure. I can't find a resource that specifically states this; so, my next thought is that there is a lot of cross over between the two, possibly from trading, etc., and that there might be some stitches that are unique to each area. I'd like to find some definitive resource that would help me understand the differences between the styles. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


Bill's picture

Have you looked at Schoolhouse Press...or the Estonian lace book?

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Wish I could help. The best I can come up with is that I read somewhere that the trade between the Baltic Sea countries and the British Isles resulted in lots of similarities in color work and lace. Only problem is that I read so much - whether knitting related or not - that I can't remember where I found it. Sorry.

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scottly's picture

You may have run accross these sites already but I find them very interesting.
What Is Shetland Lace?


Knitting Beyond the Hebrides

MMario's picture

There is a document on the Knitting Beyond the Hebrides site from an oline lace3 symposioum they had a few years back

I believe it is called "The same but different" that discusses in some depth the difference between several "schools" of "Northern Lace Knitting" - icelandic, shetland, estonian and Orenberg I believe are contrasted.


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chipsir's picture

I believe the "nupp" stitch is unique to Estonian lace,it was created to add weight to the shawl as they were soldby weight

MMario's picture

I'll take the blame.

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knittingboom's picture

Estonian Lace (Haapsalu)
I am staying at a friend in Cape Town. We were talking lace, I remembered suddenly your query. Here I am sitting with two books spelling out the origin and history of Estonian Lace knitting especially Haapsalu. Tradition has it that the skill of estonian lace knitting came with a family from the Noarootsi a swedish peninsula across the bay north of Haapsalu. The books are by Nancy Bush, "knitted lace of Estonia" ISDN 978-1-59668-053-1 or last digit 0 includes DVD. The other book is by Siiri Reimann and Aime Edasi from the Estonian area. Title "the Haapsalu Shawl" ISDN 978-9985-9925-9-3 Let me know how you get on and if you need more info. I disocvered that I am knitting something which seems to go back to this tradition,a pattern that came out of a general pattern book. The above mentioned books have all the stitch, pattern and design information. There is talk about the influence of the wealthy visitors who came to the area with their fancy lace shawls. This might have influenced the patterns and the technique.Good luck

Buck Strong's picture

Thanks for all of the information guys! I'm starting to tease it apart.

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