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Why Knot?

Why Knot?

This exploration was created originally in conjunction with the Campbell Gallery exhibit "Why Knot?," a celebration of fiber-working, which was on display from March 27 to August 26, 2007. The Museum would like to thank curator Karen Thompson and the Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers Guild for their many contributions to the exhibit and its related events.

Princess Lace Pillow

Princess Lace Pillow

Read how our exhibit curator, Karen Thompson, investigated the background of this lacemaking machine and the company that sold it to women all over America.


Make it Big

Make it Big

Learn about three giant fiber-working projects:

List of three articles about fiber-working projects

On the Web

On the Web

Visit a sampling of websites on the fiber-working techniques discussed in the exhibit.


The Why Knot Quiz

The "Why Knot" Quiz

Hone your identification skills. Can you tell the difference between tatting and knitting or bobbin lace and needle lace?


Watch it Happen

Watch It Happen

See tatting and bobbin lace being made. Learn more about the tools that are used in each technique and see a variety of tatting and bobbin-lace examples.


Icon images courtesy of Alison Murray, Robin Lewis-Wild, JUPITERIMAGES, and the Spurlock Museum.