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Pair of stockings

  • Place of origin:

    Shetland Islands (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1969 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Leslie, Ena (Miss) (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-knitted wool

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pair of hand-knitted stockings of Shetland wools in shades of white, rust, blue, yellow and brown. They were knitted in stocking stitch in the round with a square-turned heel and shaped toes. The top 3 inches are ribbed. With a design of horizontal bands decorated with small zig zag, diamond and geometric patterns in a traditional 'Fair Isle' design. The colours are stranded across the back.

Place of Origin

Shetland Islands (made)


ca. 1969 (made)


Leslie, Ena (Miss) (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-knitted wool


Length: 9 in foot, Length: 22.9 cm foot, Width: 4 in foot, Width: 10.2 cm foot, Length: 15.5 in leg, Length: 39.3 cm leg, Width: 4.5 in leg, Width: 11.5 cm leg

Descriptive line

Pair of hand-knitted stockings of Shetland wool, knitted by Miss Ena Leslie, Shetland, ca. 1969

Labels and date

Hand-knitted two-ply wool
Scottish, Shetland, 1969

Since the late 1960s there has been a revival of the older 'Fair Isle' patterns and colours. These had been in danger of disappearing in a welter of machine-made variations and colours dictated by fashion. Although made of synthetically dyed machine-spun yarn these socks compare favourably with the earlier gloves. They were knitted especially for the Museum by Miss Ena Leslie of Lerwick.

T.250-1969 [1985]


Textiles; Footwear; Accessories; Clothing; Scotland; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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