Wabi-Sabi’s new window display is on war time knitting. It ‘s a collection called ‘Service Comforts’ by Nancy Green who has done all the knitting and generously agreed to lend her pieces to be exhibited in our window. The display is a beautiful collection of reproductions of hand knit war time garments all made with natural wool. Interspersed are military objects from the collection of Kevin Secord.
The project was inspired by the book “Service Woolies by Beehive.” Nancy Green was intrigued by the history of these garments. After researching the topic she learned how difficult it must have been to to recreate these patterns since there are only a few remaining knitted artifacts from this period.
Service Comforts consists of three groupings: Field, Hospital, and Sea wear. Each piece is displayed with a collection of artifacts including the original pattern book, a wooden vintage war time First Aide kit filled with hand knit bandages, WW1 bandage roller, steel knitting needles and various accessories.
Overall the exhibit is beautiful, it is an unique view on the culture of Remembrance day. Each garment is carefully created, and the display is skillfully pieced together.