An Overview of Orenburg-Style Knitted Lace

Elegant borders, sensational pattern motifs, intriguing knitting techniques, and the fascinating women who make it all happen. Join Galina A. Khmeleva for an in-depth look at Orenburg knitted lace from technical and historical prospectives. This will present a rare opportunity to see her stunning private collection of original handspun/handknit lace and engage in a lively discussion of the evolution of knitted lace.

Our speaker: Galina A. Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs: The Design Collection, has earned the reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgeable lace-knitting instructors in the country. As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with the aristocracy of the St. Petersburg music and theater society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the new Russia that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status in private companies. As the principal student to the Orenburg lace-knitting elite, Galina brings the classic style and revered traditional knitting techniques of Russian lace to her classes. Her unique, inspiring, fun-loving teaching style has made her the guru of knitted-lace enthusiasts across the U.S. And as an extra bonus, her classes are an unforgettable cultural experience. Location:
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois