It was a regular summer day – sunny-rainy-sunny again -, with one exception: I spent it on a trip to the heart of Estonian lace hearts 🙂 Haapsalu that is.
If you aren’t familiar with Estonian lace yet, Haapsalu is a small charming resort town on the Baltic Sea famous for its exquisite delicate lace shawls often adorned with nupps – tiny bobbles. A Haapsalu shawl is made using very fine merino wool, around 1,400m per 100gr, and 3-3.5mm wooden or bamboo knitting pins or circular needles (and 4-4.5mm – for cast-on).
I’ve noticed that Italian- and Bulgarian- made merino wool is very much loved and birch laminated needles are very popular.
A traditional Haapsalu shawl consists of (a) the center part, square or rectangular, framed with a garter border and (b) the edging knitted separately and then sewn onto the center piece using a special long and fine “ball-point” needle.
A traditional Haapsalu scarf has a more complex composition than a shawl. It includes a lace border placed between the center piece and the separately knitted edging.
I am haapsalutely in love with both the shawl and the scarf. Needless to say, I was super excited to visit the Haapsalu Lace Center!!!
I’ll give you a quick tour via the pictures I took with my phone:
If you’re happy and you own any of these – clap your hands:
– Clap! Clap!
Apparently, lace knitted wedding dresses are a big thing now.
Amazingly, every woman I saw that day strolling along the street, where the lace center is located, was wearing or carrying an item made of knitted lace, from a gorgeous lavender lace scarf, to a mother of pearl lace top, to a cream-white lace purse, to a sky-blue lace cardigan…I did not take any pics of those 🙂 but here is a photo of a lace pattern, Royal Lily, that won an August 2017 lace pattern contest in Haapsalu: