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The Book of Haps - Kate Davies Designs

ISBN 978-0-9574666-3-0


Join Kate Davies , Jen Arnall-Culliford and a host of renowned designers as they introduce you to the wonderful world of haps

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Size 210mm x 260mm
Pages 122
Material Paper back
Styles Knitting

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A hap is a Scottish dialect word for a simple shawl or wrap. Haps have a particular association with the Shetland islands where, for more than a century, they were knitted for everyday wear as well as for sale. Combining textile history with contempory designs, this book explores the story of the hap through five beautifully illustrated essays and thirteen stunning patterns. While the first part of the book looks to the past for inspitation, exploring the many different contexts in which haps acts as springboard to the future, as designers from around the world present their own interpretations of the hap.

From Nevada and Finland to Reykjavik and Burr Isle, the patterns in these pages are as distinctive and varied as their designers' locales. Haps may as well surprise you: they can be square, triangular or hexagonal, incorporating lace, cables or colour. Though haps are, by definition, functional, wearable textiles, you'll find they can also be elegant and fascinating, graphic and abstract. Wjatever your knitterly interests, you'll find the Book of Haps an endless source of inspiration and a canvas for your creativity.


Jen Arnall-Culliford, Martha Behn, Roslyn Chapman, Kate Davies, Carol Feller, Lucy Hague, Romi Hill, Bristol Ivy, Gudrun Johnson, Helene Magnusson, Donna Smith, Hazel Tindall, Tom Van Deijnen & Veera Valimaki

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