Last month was a very exciting month for me, because my work made the final of the Heritage Craft Awards in the Made in Britain Category. I made the trip down to the Royal Society of Medicine in London where we were treated to a full day of lectures and talks on crafts and a key note speech by one of my knitting heroes, Kaffe Fassett (below in the brilliant shirt!).
I was one of only three finalists in my category and though I didn’t win, I received Highly Commended for my work on framework knitting machines. I was absolutely thrilled and delighted that my work was recognised on a national level in such prestigious awards.
The judges commented; “Detta’s studio, based in Kegworth Village, has a deep rooted history in framework knitting, with many families in the village up to the 1960’s involved in a thriving cottage industry, knitting stockings and socks in their homes on framework machines for the larger factory. With the development of technology, this industry died out and so Detta Textiles is to be congratulated to be now knitting again on framework machines in the heart of the village.”