2020-21

As a result of the restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Installation Court scheduled to take place on 17th April 2020 was postponed and Ian Grundy will continue to serve as Master until such time as his successor is installed.

At a meeting on 5th June (held via Zoom) the Court approved changes to the Company's Ordinances to allow greater flexibility in the arrangements for meetings.

At a further meeting of the Court on 26th June (held via Zoom) Julian Ellis was installed as Upper Warden and Liz Fox was installed as Under Warden. Anthony Jarvis continues as Master-Elect for the time being.

The Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants send their best wishes to all members of the Company, hoping that you stay safe and well during these unprecedented times.

KNIT FOR THE COMMUNITY

In this time of lockdown we would like to encourage all our members, especially those knitters amongst you, to support an initiative to knit woollen squares, which can then be put together to make blankets for charities. Past Master Liz Green was recently interviewed about the campaign on the BBC East Midlands Today programme and her interview can be seen here.

Liz has also drawn up this flyer:

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Please take a look and get in touch with her if you are interested in taking part. Please also pass this on to any family, friends and neighbours who you think might be ‘willing to knit'.

If any further encouragement is needed, below is a blanket of squares knitted by Liveryman Beth Parry and made up into a blanket by Past Master Sheila Turner.

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We have now had over 300 offers of help and so far 37 blankets have either been made, or are in progress. Our knitting volunteers include members or friends of 28 Livery companies, readers of Let’s Knit magazine, Knitting magazine, and of the Leicester Mercury, viewers of East Midlands Today, volunteers for Loving Hands charity and the League of Remembrance charity, and visitors to the Company's Facebook page. You can see a selection of the completed blankets on our Facebook page follow me on facebook - and lest you claim to have forgotten how to knit, Sheila Turner has also posted an instructional video!

WHO ARE THE FRAMEWORK KNITTERS?

The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters traces its origins to 1589 when William Lee of Calverton in Nottinghamshire invented a method of knitting mechanically.

AN INTERESTING HISTORY

WHY SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER?

Membership is open to anyone over the age of twenty-one who will respect the Company's heritage, take pride in its activities, and strive to maintain its standards.

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER

OUR CHARITY WORK AND STUDENT BURSARIES

The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters has helped students of design, management, marketing, science and technology relevant to the knitting/knitwear industries with bursaries for many years.

GETTING INVOLVED