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Stretching boards

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Stretching boards
Stretching boards
Jumper board, sock and glove boards (brods). Jumper board 170 x 70cm Sock brod 75 x 29cm Glove brods 29 x 9cm.

The jumper board is a typical example, and was used by two sisters renowned for their fine lace knitting skills. The sock 'brod' (board) is for sea boot socks and is from the home of a Sinclair family from Walls, Shetland. The date 1869 is carved in to the leg. The glove brods are also from Walls, and are dated from the 1940s.

These examples of stretching boards were all used in the home. The garments stretched would either have been made for the family's own use or as part of a small-scale cottage industry.
  • Shetland Museum