Niche Knits

Open September 9th!

Niche Knits: The Interlooped History of Hosiery Textiles and Fashion will open on Saturday, September 9, 2023.
Public opening reception on Saturday, September 9 from 1pm-3pm.

The smallest things can have an enormous impact on the world around us. Take a simple loop of yarn, for example. If you continue to loop the thread over and over, you’ll eventually make fabric for clothes, industry, and more. In Niche Knits: The Interlooped History of Hosiery Textiles and Fashion, visitors will explore the two niche subjects of hosiery mills and stockings.

Niche Knits: The Interlooped History of Hosiery Textiles and Fashion features hosiery mills from Gaston County, exploration of different natural and synthetic fibers, fashion trends of stockings through time, and much more. The Gaston County Museum exhibit will include multiple interactive components including a circular knitting station, touch station, and a life-size paper doll closet. “You aren’t going to want to miss this,” Alicyn Wiedrich, Gaston County Museum’s curator said. “The exhibit delves into the history of textiles, while at the same time explores fashion and creativity.”

One artist will be featured for the duration of the exhibit. Dr. Portia York is a crochet artist, professor, and motivational speaker. Her work ties directly to our themes throughout and pushes the artistry and textiles to a whole new level! “Her work inspired me when I first saw it,” Wiedrich explained. “It’s innovative, different, and expressive.”

Niche Knits opens to the public on Saturday, September 9, 2023. A public opening will be held on Saturday, September 9 from from 1pm-3pm. Announcements will begin at 1:30pm.

Visit the Gaston County Museum of Art & History from 10am-5pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 10am-3pm on Saturdays. You can call (704) 922-7681 for more details. For questions about Niche Knits or other exhibit questions, please contact Alicyn Wiedrich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..