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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £48.00
Time | 14.00 - 16.00 (Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd)
Location | Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Sumburgh
Materials | Included
Tutor | Ana Arnett, Amy Colvin & Clair Aldington
Transport | Not included

This is a two-part workshop over Saturday and Sunday morning. The first session will be designing and creating a 3D vessel using wet felting technique. The vessel will then be washed and dried ready for needle felting and embellishment during the second part of the workshop the following day. The workshop will led by local […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.00 (Daily)
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport |

View the results of phase 2 of a collaborative project by Drs Carol Christiansen and Roslyn Chapman to investigate design differences between Shetland hand-made lace and ‘Shetland’ lace patterns published in 19th century knitting pattern books.

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | Bring needles
Tutor | Donna Smith
Transport | Not included

Let your knitting be inspired by the colours and shades of the Shetland landscape! Using a photograph of Shetland and a corresponding colour palette of yarn, Donna will guide you through knitting a traditional Fair Isle swatch with the colours taken from the inspiration source. During the workshop we will look at several examples of […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 11.00 - 15.00
Location | GlobalYell, 4 Sellafirth Business Park, Yell
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Andy Ross
Transport | N/A

Open studios at GlobalYell, weaving centre. Try your hand at a loom or look through the reference collection and library. Transport information: Head northwards on the main road from Ulsta through the island of Yell. As you leave the settlement of Sellafirth in the North of the island, turn into the small business park on […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £45.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Lodberrie Traders, 43 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Kathy Coull
Transport | Not included

Use a variety of drop spindles using Shetland wool to create yarn. Try out the Muckle, Great or Walking Wheel. No previous experience in spinning is required. Materials: Cost includes materials and refreshments.

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 -19.00 (daily)
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | N/A

Simone visited Shetland in 2016 to study Fair Isle patterns. The exhibition is the result of her reflections on the origin of these knitting patterns. She previously exhibited this work in Glasgow at the House for an Art Lover.

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.00 (daily)
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives
Materials |
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An exhibition to celebrate The Year of Young People 2018, embracing the talent of the up and coming young designers of Shetland. It will be on daily throughout SWW at the Hub. An exhibition of all things textile with a general theme of Shetland pattern. Come and see what the designers of tomorrow have in […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | Free (No booking required)
Time | 09.00 - 17.30
Location | Ninian, 80 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not available

Drop in to Ninian to meet Joanna and her team, where they will allow you a sneaky peek behind the scenes at their studio. You can see where and how they design and make their knitwear as well as finished garments and sketchbooks. Pop along and let your mind wander and your creative juices flow! […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £40.00
Time | 11.00 - 13.15 or 13.30 - 16.00
Location | Bressay Ferry Terminal, Bressay
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Chris Dyer/STM
Transport | Included

A truly unique opportunity to join local crofter Chris Dyer (featured in Kate Davies blogs) on an exclusive walk through the agricultural year in Shetland, looking at the sheep – ewes, rams and lambs. White/coloured/flecki and even katmogget! Sift through fleeces from Chris’s flock and see the principal day to day tools and equipment that […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £6.00
Time | 14.00 - 20.00
Location | Ollaberry Hall, Ollaberry
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Display of old and new knitwear, mainly haps and shawls. Meet the knitters and spinners, aged 8 years and up. Demonstrations of spinning and shawl finishing. Entrance fee includes tea and homebakes. Tell us about your own wool projects, while you enjoy our relaxing event. Sales table of knitwear and knitting accessories. Transport: Bus 21 from […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Linda Shearer
Transport | N/A

In this class we will look at the two traditional lace designs ‘Auld Shell’ and ‘New Shell’ and begin either a scarf or cowl using Shetland lace yarn. There will be a choice of yarn shades, giving you the opportunity to play with different colours in your project. Materials: please bring two knitting needles size […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £60.00
Time | 10.00 -13.00
Location | Ninian
Materials | Included
Tutor | Joanna Hunter
Transport | N/A

Join local designer Joanna Hunter at her studio, Ninian, for a workshop in developing mood boards and playing with colour. She’ll lead you through the processes used to design her collections from mood boards and onto her final garments. You’ll be inspired by the array of yarns around you and you can dig into her […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 16.00 daily
Location | Meadows Road, Houss, East Burra
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Wendy Inkster
Transport | Not included

Head towards the East side of Burra Isle and discover where the original Shetland Teddy Bear is created.  Meet Wendy in her workshop and hear how the first Burra Bear was made over 20 years ago using a recycled Fair Isle jumper.

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | FREE
Time | 10.00 - 19.00 (Daily)
Location | Upper Foyer, Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | N/A

Gilly Bridle trained as a textile designer specialising in knitwear, but latterly she has been designing through the mediums of paper cut and colourful collage. The designs are then printed onto fabric which are made into objects such as lampshades. Gilly is inspired by people and creatures that live around her in Shetland.

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Enjoy teas, coffees, home bakes, and light lunches – all through Wool Week. A great stop during a visit to the South Mainland. Sit in the café and watch the sea in Hoswick Bay after a walk on the beach. Watch the bustle of the wool week classes in the centre whilst catching up on […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 09.00 - 14.00
Location | Whalsay Heritage and Community Centre, Hillhead, Whalsay
Materials | Included (not lunch)
Tutor | Amanda Pottinger and Janet Irvine
Transport | Not included (transport in Whalsay included)

Learn how to knit in the round, using three double pointed needles and a knitting belt. Choose from a range of pure Shetland wool colours and patterns and begin to create a hand knitted cushion of your own design. Materials: All materials provided. Transport: Requires 30 minute bus/car journey from Lerwick and 30 minute ferry […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 11.00- 17.00
Location | Vaila Fine Art, Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

ShetlandOrganics Community Interest Company, a cooperative of Organic producers and processors, present and offer for sale finest organic yarns and garments made from these yarns. See separate listings for workshops, demonstrations and visit to an organic farm throughout the week: Tapestry weaving workshop with Barbara Dinnage; demonstration and workshop of carding, combing and hand spinning […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Linda Shearer
Transport | Not included

Introduction to traditional Fair Isle tams/berets. In this class you will learn the basics of knitting a traditional Shetland tam. The rib part will have already been made, so you can begin immediately on the Fair Isle. Samples will be available for guidance, but there will be a selection of different colours and motifs for […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 09.00 - 17.30
Location | Nielanell Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

A place of pilgrimage for those in the know. The small and unassuming shop only hints at the tactile sweetshop within. Visit the studio/shop to find an unexpected range of knitwear, glorious handspun and scrumptious batts (and buried under all that – you might even find Niela!!) Renowned for her inventive knit collections Niela concentrates […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Alyssa Malcolmson and Emma Eunson
Transport | Not included

You will learn how to ‘turn a heel’ of a basic plain sock. We will explore different heel turns used in Shetland in the past, and how Shetlanders made socks more robust so they would last longer, despite constant wear. Skills required: Must be able to knit in the round and perform basic increase and […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £35.00
Time | 14.00 - 16.00
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | Bring needles
Tutor | Janette Budge
Transport | N/A

Tickets for this class will gone on sale on Thursday 12 July at 14.00 BST. This is a two-hour class for those new to Fair Isle or stranded knitting. We will cover ways to attach new colours, how to carry your yarn at the back (floats), achieve an even tension and tips on colour choice […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 09.00 - 17.30
Location | Nielanell Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Niela Kalra
Transport | Not included

In this exhibition in knit and glass, artist Niela Kalra interprets the landmark court case arising out of the the Hoswick Whale Caa, 1888. Shetland crofters successfully defended an action by their powerful landlords in a remarkable tale reminiscent of David vs Goliath. In this installation which is located within an old crofthouse in Hoswick, […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Barbara Cheyne
Transport | Not included

In this class you will knit in the round a small piece of work in two colours – part pattern and part steek. The steek will be cut and neatened in traditional Shetland method. Other types of finishing will be shown. Materials: Please being size 3mm and/or 3.25mm needles, scissors, crochet hook (medium to small) […]

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Date | 22 September, 2018
Cost | £100.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Bring needles
Tutor | Beth Brown-Reinsel
Transport | N/A

Tickets for this class will go on sale on Thursday 12 July. Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the 19th century and early part of the 20th century among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including the […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £72.00
Time | 08.45 - 15.15
Location | Pick up from Shetland Museum & Archives car park
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Included

Meander through Lerwick, the only town in Shetland, dating from the 1600s, as you travel to the most Southerly tip of the Shetland Mainland. View the fertile limestone community of Fladdabister, and the world’s best preserved 2,000 year old Iron Age Broch, on the Island of Mousa. Then cross the 60 degree North line of […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Marjolein Reichert
Transport | N/A

Steeking is about cutting your circular piece of knitting to make cardigans, armholes and a neckline. It is done with circular knitting, which is much quicker than knitting and purling back and much easier when knitting with two colours. Another big advantage is that there is less sewing of edges. There are different ways of […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £55.00
Time | 10.00 - 12.30 OR 13.30 - 16.00
Location | Hoswick Visitors Centre, Hoswick Sandwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Nielanell
Transport | Not included

Let your imagination go wild – design and paint your own blank which has been pre-knitted locally using beautiful Shetland yarn with Nielanell, textile designer (www.nielanell.com). It’s great fun working out just how the positioning of the painting on your canvass will affect the final yarn. You can even incorporate special secret messages! Once the […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £95.00
Time | 09.00 - 17.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Austin Taylor
Transport | Not included

Take a ‘Safari’ with Austin to some of his favourite locations to learn how to use the landscape as inspiration for showing off and contextualising your work, both with and without being worn. The colours of Shetland’s landscape naturally complement woolly creations and her beaches and buildings can be an ideal backdrop for close-up detail […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 09.00 - 17.30
Location | Nielanell Design Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Niela Kalra
Transport | Not included

In this exhibition in knit and glass, artist Niela Kalra interprets the landmark court case arising out of the the Hoswick Whale Caa, 1888. Shetland crofters successfully defended an action by their powerful landlords in a remarkable tale reminiscent of David vs Goliath. In this installation which is located within an old crofthouse in Hoswick, […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Janette Budge
Transport | N/A

Tickets for this class will gone on sale on Thursday 12 July at 14.00. Join crofter and knitter Jeannie Tulloch and her daughter Janette Budge in using traditional Fair Isle yoke techniques to begin making a small pouch bag. This class gives you an opportunity to practice blending colours, try a knitting belt and knit […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £5.00
Time | 19.00 - 20.30
Location | Anderson High School, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Cast on your Shetland Wool Week at this informal opening gathering at the new Anderson High School. This will be a relaxed welcome where you will have the chance to find out about the week ahead, meet with SWW patron Elizabeth Johnston, visiting instructors and fellow wool weekers, whilst enjoying a glass of wine. Please […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | Bring needles
Tutor | Amy Detjen
Transport | Not included

Learn the basics of 2-color Brioche in the round by beginning a lovely, reversible cowl. You’ll learn the basic Brioche stitch and how to avoid the confusion at the end of the row. This class gives you a foundation to many more advanced Brioche projects! Materials: Two colors of Jamieson’s Shetland will be provided, but […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre
Materials | See description
Tutor | Rachel Hunter
Transport | Not included

This class will introduce you to the Cockleshell lace pattern — a well-known and very recognizable pattern in the Shetland lace tradition. You will be introduced to two different versions of the Cockleshell pattern – a garter stitch version and a more “fancy” version using knit and purl stitches. You will be provided with 2 […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £40.00
Time | 11.00 - 13.15 or 13.30 - 16.00
Location | Bressay Ferry Terminal, Bressay
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Chris Dyer/STM
Transport | Included

Tickets to this tour will go on sale on Thursday 12 July at 14.00 BST. A truly unique opportunity to join local crofter Chris Dyer (featured in Kate Davies blogs) on an exclusive walk through the agricultural year in Shetland, looking at the sheep – ewes, rams and lambs. White/coloured/flecki and even katmogget! Sift through […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £110.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Anne Eunson & Kathleen Anderson
Transport | Not included

In this class you will get the opportuity to design and knit your own lace sampler or scarf. There will be a variety of intricate Shetland lace patterns for you to choose from. You will be shown examples of knitted shawls etc. to enable you to see how different patterns can be combined to create […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £12.00
Time | 10.00 - 11.30
Location | Shetland Textile Museum, Bod of Gremista, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Carol Christiansen
Transport | Not included

Join Shetland Museum’s Textile Curator Dr Carol Christiansen for an informal talk about taatit rugs – their design and colour, construction, and importance in the Shetland household. Taatit rugs from Shetland Textile Museum and Shetland Museum will be available for close-up viewing. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions and take photos, and there […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £110.00
Time | 10.00 - 16.00
Location | Hoswick Visitors Centre, Hoswick Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Elizabeth Johnston
Transport | N/A

A unique opportunity to weave on a loom which was in common use in Shetland for thousands of years. Learn the process of how to set up and weave on this ancient, but simple and versatile form of loom. Students will make a warp, tie it on the loom and weave a piece of cloth […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £6.00
Time | 14.00 - 22.00
Location | Ollaberry Hall, Ollaberry
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Display of old and new knitwear, mainly haps and shawls. Meet the knitters and spinners, aged 8 years and up. Demonstrations of spinning and shawl finishing. Entrance fee includes tea and homebakes. Tell us about your own wool projects, while you enjoy our relaxing event. Sales table of knitwear and knitting accessories. Transport: Bus 21 from […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 11.00 - 15.00
Location | Global Yell, Yell
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Andy Ross
Transport | N/A

Open studios at GlobalYell, weaving centre. Try your hand at a loom or look through the reference collection and library. Transport information: Head northwards on the main road from Ulsta through the island of Yell. As you leave the settlement of Sellafirth in the North of the island, turn into the small business park on […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Dee description
Tutor | Alyssa Malcolmson and Emma Eunson
Transport | N/A

You will learn how to knit an “after thought” heel with colourwork, while learning about the heel turns commonly used in Shetland in the past and how Shetlanders constructed heels to keep the fair isle pattern complete throughout the whole sock. Materials needed: Two contrasting shades of 4ply wool yarn will be supplied. Please bring […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 11.00- 17.00
Location | Vaila Fine Art, Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

ShetlandOrganics Community Interest Company, a cooperative of Organic producers and processors, present and offer for sale finest organic yarns and garments made from these yarns. See separate listings for workshops, demonstrations and visit to an organic farm throughout the week: Tapestry weaving workshop with Barbara Dinnage; demonstration and workshop of carding, combing and hand spinning […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Beth Brown-Reinsel
Transport | N/A

Learn eight of the most beautiful and practical cast-ons in our knitting history. From the UK we will cover the Channel Islands Cast-on, the Knotted Cast-on, and the Multi-Strand Cast –on. Includes are two basic go-to cast-ons, the LongTail and Old Norwegian cast-ons, that are the basis for two decorative cast-ons from the Twined Knitting […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £55.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Helene Driesen
Transport | N/A

Learn how to make these wonderfully warm and fun mittens that have tufts (thrums) of wool knitted into the fabric and which originated in Newfoundland. I like to call them Uggs for your hands and they make fabulous gifts. Skills required: must be able to knit in the round on either DPNs or circular needles […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £65.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00 or 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Easthouse Croft, Papil, Burra
Materials | Included
Tutor | Emma Geddes
Transport | N/A

In this workshop, learn to make a festive inspired felt flower crown. You will learn at least three flower variations and work with floral wire to create a crown to wear home. Materials and refreshments included. Directions: Head towards Papil, Burra or Banna Minn Beach and as you approach the end of the road Easthouse is […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Enjoy teas, coffees, home bakes, and light lunches – all through Wool Week. A great stop during a visit to the South Mainland. Sit in the café and watch the sea in Hoswick Bay after a walk on the beach. Watch the bustle of the wool week classes in the centre whilst catching up on […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £90.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Mary Fraser
Transport | N/A

Bind two books and learn to make: your very own graph workbook to map, record your knitting patterns; your own blank sketchbook or journal. Both books will be bound in a ready prepared knitted Fair Isle cover. Learn a new skill whilst making books to use and treasure. Materials: All materials and tools will be […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £45.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Lodberrie Traders, 43 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Kathy Coull
Transport | Not included

Use a variety of drop spindles using Shetland wool to create yarn. Try out the Muckle, Great or Walking Wheel. All materials provided.

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 09.30 - 17.30
Location | Nielanell Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

A place of pilgrimage for those in the know. The small and unassuming shop only hints at the tactile sweetshop within. Visit the studio/shop to find an unexpected range of knitwear, glorious handspun and scrumptious batts (and buried under all that – you might even find Niela!!) Renowned for her inventive knit collections Niela concentrates […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £15.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Vaila Fine Art, Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | ShetlandOrganics CIC
Transport | N/A

During this workshop participants will be introduced to raw Shetland organic fleeces and the characteristics that determine their suitability for combing or carding. The course will also provide instruction on how to comb or card the raw fleece to make tops/rolags/slivers for spinning into yarns suitable for knitting and weaving. Materials: Fleece/combs/carders/spindles/spinning wheel will be […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | £38.00
Time | 10.30 - 13.00
Location | Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Sumburgh
Materials | Included
Tutor | Clair Aldington, Ana Arnett, Amy Colvin
Transport | See description

Come along and hand felt your own mythical creature inspired by traditional folklore tales of Shetland ‘Trows’, using a mixture of wet and needle felting techniques, stitching and embellishing. Let your imagination run wild whilst learning about the secretive life of Trows and their interest in textiles! A trow (also trowe or drow or dtrow) […]

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Date | 23 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 16.00 daily
Location | Meadows Road, Houss, East Burra
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Wendy Inkster
Transport | N/A

Head towards the East side of Burra Isle and discover where the original Shetland Teddy Bear is created.  Meet Wendy in her workshop and hear how the first Burra Bear was made over 20 years ago using a recycled Fair Isle jumper.

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 09.00 - 17.30
Location | Nielanell Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

A place of pilgrimage for those in the know. The small and unassuming shop only hints at the tactile sweetshop within. Visit the studio/shop to find an unexpected range of knitwear, glorious handspun and scrumptious batts (and buried under all that – you might even find Niela!!) Renowned for her inventive knit collections Niela concentrates […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £6.00
Time | 19.30 - 21.00
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Elizabeth Johnston
Transport | N/A

Did you know that originally Shetland and Fair Isle knitted different patterns? We cannot be sure where or when any stranded knitting originates. However we can look at the patterns and see similarities, differences and connections, between the patterns used in Fair Isle, Shetland, in other textiles and other countries. Take a journey with Wool […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Sally Melville
Transport | N/A

Sally was once asked what was the most common mistake knitters make, and the words that flew out of her mouth surprised her. So she started asking knitters the same question. Their answers were never “dropped stitches, wrong colour, bad seams”—all the things we address in technique classes. Their answers addressed more serious issues: not […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 16.00 daily
Location | Meadows Road, Houss, East Burra
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Wendy Inskter
Transport | Not included

Head towards the East side of Burra Isle and discover where the original Shetland Teddy Bear is created.  Meet Wendy in her workshop and hear how the first Burra Bear was made over 20 years ago using a recycled Fair Isle jumper.

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £95.00
Time | 09.30 - 16.00
Location | Shetland College, Gremista, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Roisin McAtamney
Transport | N/A

Come along to the Textile Department at Shetland College: UHI, where you will be taught the basic techniques of machine knitting, allowing you to make a customised toorie (hat) in one day. The class is taught by knitwear designer and textile technician for the Textile Facilitation Unit (TFU), Roisin McAtamney. When you are feeling comfortable […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 09.00 - 17.30
Location | Nielanell Design Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Niela Kalra
Transport | Not included

In this exhibition in knit and glass, artist Niela Kalra interprets the landmark court case arising out of the the Hoswick Whale Caa, 1888. Shetland crofters successfully defended an action by their powerful landlords in a remarkable tale reminiscent of David vs Goliath. In this installation which is located within an old crofthouse in Hoswick, […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £65.00
Time | 08.45 - 17.30
Location | Pick up from Shetland Museum & Archives car park
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Included

Meander through Lerwick the only town in Shetland, dating from the 1600s, as you travel to the North West corner of the Shetland Mainland. Head North through peat and heather covered landscape to the picturesque community of Voe, with its Scandinavian influence. Onwards through Brae and crossing Mavis Grind where the North Sea almost meets […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £110.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Beth Brown-Reinsel
Transport | N/A

On Vancouver Island in British Columbia , the Coast Salish people developed this V-necked, shawl-collared garment after learning of two-colour knitting through a woman from Shetland who moved to their area. The Salish preferred motifs that reflected the natural world (whales, birds, etc.) as well as geometric motifs. The sweaters, still handspun by some people, […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £70.00
Time | 10.00 - 16.00
Location | Sandra Johnson Work Studio, Bonnie Brae, Ulsta, Yell
Materials | Included
Tutor | Sandra Johnson
Transport | See description

This Learn to Link class will be set to a level that suits your skills where you can choose what you want to link from a range of Fair Isle related accessories, aiming to cover as many techniques of garment construction in one day by both demonstrations and you trying out the machines. All questions […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £115.00
Time | 09.30 - 16.30
Location | Andrea Williamson's Studio, Brough, Whalsay
Materials | Included
Tutor | Andrea Williamson
Transport | See description

Tickets to this class will go on sale on Thursday 14 July at 14.00 BST. Creative taster to machine knitting, focusing on fair isle. Guided by shetland textile designer Andrea Williamson in her cosy workshop you will learn the basics of a domestic machine. Enjoy a full day of playing with colour and pattern, experiment with […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Anna Vasko
Transport | N/A

This class will give you the basic knowledge of techniques and possibilities with natural dyes and about variation in the dye process with one colour. We will go through the mordanting process, try different mordants and look at the sustainable ways to use and choose them. After dyeing, colours will be modified to give you […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £90.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Marjolein Reichert
Transport | N/A

Many knitters see the finishing or sewing together of the knitted garment as the tedious part. After the joy of knitting comes the sewing. This course will teach you some simple techniques to use that can make sewing up fun. By the end of the class finishing techniques will hold no more secrets for you. […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00- 13.30
Location | Peerie Shop, Esplanade, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Lesley Thornton
Transport | N/A

Tickets for this class will go on sale on Thursday 12 July. Create a mini stitch sampler, designed specially for Wool Week 2018, using the finest Shetland yarn and simple embroidery stitches. Based on her involvement in the creation of the Great Tapestry of Scotland, Lesley Thornton will guide you through each step. Bring reading […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £42.00
Time | 09.30 - 12.30
Location | Market House, Market Street, Lerwick (Voluntary Action Shetland)
Materials | See description
Tutor | Deborah Gray
Transport | Not included

Don’t like knitting with dpns? Knit a phone cover while mastering the Magic Loop technique for knitting any diameter tube or circle on a long circular needle. A good technique to add to your repertoire for knitting socks, sleeves, hats, and circular shawls. Materials: Yarn provided, bring a 3mm 100mm long circular needle. This workshop […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £70.00
Time | 11.00 - 16.00
Location | Unst Heritage Centre, Haroldswick, Unst
Materials | Included (not lunch)
Tutor | Mary Robertson
Transport | See description

In this class you will explore colour blending in Fair Isle knitting using inspiration from Unst’s natural landscape. Participants will blend chosen colours to produce a pattern, first on graph paper and then as a knitted sample. You will take home a portfolio of colourway boards of ideas and a Fair Isle sample designed and […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £45.00
Time | 18.30 - 21.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Wilma Malcolmson
Transport | Not included

Learn the skills of subtle colour blending under the expert guidance of Wilma Malcolmson, Shetland Designer. Draw on Wilma’s knowledge and experience to create your own timeless colour palette from the vast choice of colours which will be provided in this class. You will then use these colours to knit your own phone cover or […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 13.00 - 13.30
Location | Nielanell Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Niela Kalra
Transport | Not included

An informal tour of Niela’s studio and workshops. We chat about the challenges and benefits of designing and making, and of having an art practice in a small rural Shetland community. We discuss the design and manufacturing processes, and have a peak at the machinations behind the scenes. In her own design practice Niela endeavours […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £120.00
Time | 09.30 - 16.30
Location | Methodist Church Schoolroom, Prince Alfred St, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Helen Robertson
Transport | Not included

Spend a day exploring colours and techniques of enamelling while creating collections of buttons in varying sizes for your knitted projects. We will explore at least 3 different ways of decorating your buttons. Bring your completed projects, swatches or yarn along to colour match them to my wide range of enamel samples. Refreshments: A light […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £45.00
Time | 11.00 - 15.00
Location | Bressay Ferry Terminal, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Douglas Coutts
Transport | Included

This tour will take you throughout Bressay with guide Douglas Coutts. Douglas, an original Shetlander, is famed for his role in discovering the St. Ninian’s Isle Treasure, which now resides at the National Museum of Scotland. The Isle of Bressay is one of the most unique places in Shetland. Just a short ten minute ferry […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £45.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Market House, 14 Market Street, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Deborah Gray
Transport | N/A

Design and knit your own stranded colourwork baubles or bunting flags in two or more colours. Chart your design on the template provided, using traditional or personalised motifs for holidays or special occasions, then knit a seamless bauble or two steeked bunting flags. Learn how to choose or design motifs to fit your project, and […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | Free (No booking required)
Time | 14.00 - 15.00
Location | Jamieson & Smith, 90 North Road, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

See behind the green doors of J&S and take a tour of the Wool Store with Oliver Henry of Jamieson & Smith: a wool man of over 50 years. This tour offers an interesting insight for all wool lovers and producers alike. Please note it can be cold so make sure you bring a jacket.

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £45.00
Time | 18.30 - 21.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Anne Eunson
Transport | Not included

Shetland Lace is world renowned, not just because of the beautiful knitting but also because of the perfect finishing which enhances the exquisite form and edges of the piece. Anne comes from a family of experienced lace knitters – where there was as much emphasis on the quality of the dressing as there was on […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £6.00
Time | 14.00 - 22.00
Location | Ollaberry Hall, Ollaberry
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Display of old and new knitwear, mainly haps and shawls. Meet the knitters and spinners, aged 8 years and up. Demonstrations of spinning and shawl finishing. Entrance fee includes tea and homebakes. Tell us about your own wool projects, while you enjoy our relaxing event. Sales table of knitwear and knitting accessories. Transport: Bus 21 from […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £25.00
Time | 11.00 - 13.00 or 14.00 - 16.00
Location | Uradale Farm, East Voe, Scalloway
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Join Ronnie Eunson on his Organic Native Shetland Sheep on the farm; look through fleeces in a wide range of gorgeous natural colours, and chat about what farming/crofting in Shetland is really like. Soup and bannock lunch provided for the morning session, and tea and bannocks in the afternoon. Transport is not included. Visits have […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £40.00
Time | 09.30 - 12.30
Location | Jamieson & Smith, 90 North Road, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Hazel Tindall
Transport | Not included

Join Shetland’s Hazel Tindall on the techniques of Fair Isle knitting. In this class you will experience two-colour knitting and steeking as well as gaining tips from one of Shetland’s most well known knitters. Homework: Before the class knit up 39 stitches using 2ply jumper weight and 3mm needles into 5 rows of moss stitch. […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | FREE
Time | 11.00 - 15.00
Location | Global Yell, 4 Sellafirth Business Park, Yell
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Andy Ross
Transport | Not included

Open studios at GlobalYell, weaving centre. Try your hand at a loom or look through the reference collection and library. Transport information: Head northwards on the main road from Ulsta through the island of Yell. As you leave the settlement of Sellafirth in the North of the island, turn into the small business park on […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | Free (No booking required)
Time | 09.00 - 17.30
Location | Ninian, 80 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not available

Drop in to Ninian to meet Joanna and her team, where they will allow you a sneaky peek behind the scenes at their studio. You can see where and how they design and make their knitwear as well as finished garments and sketchbooks. Pop along and let your mind wander and your creative juices flow!

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 18.00 - 21.00
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Donna Smith
Transport | Not included

Learn about the traditional technique of Shetland lace hap construction where the hap is knitted from the outside, starting with the lace edging, picking up stitches for the borders and finishing with the centre. You will be given instructions and guided through starting to knit your own mini hap using this technique. Homework: You will […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Terri Malcolmson
Transport | N/A

Tickets for this class will go on sale on Thursday 12 July 14.00 BST. We will discuss in detail how the combination of colour and motifs can be used to create the desired effect in your Fair Isle knitting. We will look at the difference a closed and open pattern can make, as well as […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £90.00
Time | 09.30 - 12.00 or 14.00 - 16.30
Location | Red Houss, East Burra
Materials | Included
Tutor | Mike Finnie
Transport | Not included

Learn the basics of silversmithing by making a Fair Isle patterned jumper pendant or brooch in sterling silver. You’ll use silver pre-etched with a traditional Fair Isle Pattern, taken from work made by local designers. Sterling silver is included and the use of all tools. Chains to go with the pendants can be purchased at […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £15.00
Time | 14.00 - 18.00
Location | Pick up from Esplanade, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Included

Take our tour out to Sandness on the west side of Shetland and be guided around our factory by Garry Jamieson. You will see all processes from the raw wool through to balling, weaving and knitting! Bus leaves from ‘Welcome to Shetland’ sign at Lerwick’s Esplanade.  

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 11.00 - 17.00
Location | Vaila Fine Art, Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

ShetlandOrganics Community Interest Company, a cooperative of Organic producers and processors, present and offer for sale finest organic yarns and garments made from these yarns. See separate listings for workshops, demonstrations and visit to an organic farm throughout the week: Tapestry weaving workshop with Barbara Dinnage; demonstration and workshop of carding, combing and hand spinning […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £45.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Lodberrie Traders, 43 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Kathy Coull
Transport | Not included

Use a variety of drop spindles using Shetland wool to create yarn. Try out the Muckle, Great or Walking Wheel. All materials provided.

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £45.00
Time | 10.00 - 12.30 or 13.30 - 16.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Dj Stefek
Transport | Not included

Do you love the look of lacework but have long term commitment issues? In this class, we will first discuss stitch patterns, yarns and knitting needles as well as how to creatively combine these elements to make your lace knitting projects faster. We will then apply these elements to knit an attractive and quick cowl […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 13.45 - 14.30
Location | Shetland College, UHI, Gremista, Lerwick
Materials |
Tutor |
Transport | Not included

A guided tour of Shetland College (University of the Highlands and Islands) Textile Department and Textile Facilitation Unit. Join a tour to see fantastic knitting, weaving and silk screen printmaking workshops/ studios; meet students and staff and find out more about our courses. Discover the T.F.U., where technicians work with electronic knitting machines to produce […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £90.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Frankie Owens
Transport | N/A

We will learn the traditional knitting of the Andean Indians, the Quechuan and Aymara, as we make a small bag or ch’uspa. Yarn is tensioned around the neck and moved with the thumbs. They still use this ancient technique, which came to South America with the Spanish and Portuguese, to make hats, bags, and arm […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Janette Budge and Jeannie Tulloch
Transport | Not included

Join crofter and knitter Jeannie Tulloch and her daughter Janette Budge in using traditional Fair Isle yoke techniques to begin making a small pouch bag. This class gives you an opportunity to practice blending colours, try a knitting belt and knit with two colours. You will learn the techniques of the traditional “star and tree” […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £60.00
Time | 09.30 - 12.30 or 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Ninian, 80 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Joanna Hunter
Transport | Not included

Join local designer Joanna Hunter at her studio, Ninian, for a workshop in developing mood boards and playing with colour. She’ll lead you through the processes used to design her collections from mood boards and onto her final garments. You’ll be inspired by the array of yarns around you and you can dig into her […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £110.00
Time | 10.00 - 16.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Ruth Gough
Transport | Not included

Spinning the single is only half the job – it’s plying that can make or break your yarn! Often taken for granted, good plying methods take that yarn to another level. Under Ruth’s very experienced eye, learn good practice and discover why plying is so important in making a balanced yarn. Plying also forms a […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Enjoy teas, coffees, home bakes, and light lunches – all through Wool Week. A great stop during a visit to the South Mainland. Sit in the café and watch the sea in Hoswick Bay after a walk on the beach. Watch the bustle of the wool week classes in the centre whilst catching up on […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | Free (No booking required)
Time | 10.00 - 12.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Sandwick
Materials | n/a
Tutor | n/a
Transport | Not included

Bring your knitting, spinning or wheel problems, let’s work them out together – or just come and hang out in good company. The designated drop-in area will be available all week with a library, wheels and fleece to play with. Elizabeth will be in the drop-in area on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, other tutors […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 13.45 - 14.30
Location | Shetland College UHI, Gremista, Lerwick
Materials |
Tutor |
Transport | Not included

Join a tour to see fantastic knitting, weaving and printmaking workshops; meet students and staff and find out more about our courses. Discover the T.F.U., where technicians work with electronic knitting machines to produce commercial products for the worldwide knitted textile industry. Customers and students work with our excellent technicians daily. Group booking for 10+ […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £40.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Vaila Fine Art, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Sheila Fowlie
Transport | Not included

This introductory course will show you how easy it is to knit lace and how you can create beautiful knitwear for all occasions. You will learn how to knit in 1-ply lace weight on large needles to produce an ethereal effect and how traditional lace patterns can be applied to different Shetland wools using different […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Vaila Fine Art, Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Hazel Tindall
Transport | Not included

This introductory course will show you how to knit a Fair Isle circular Table Mat, using Shetland organic jumper weight yarn. Participants should be able to knit in the round with two colours. You will practise knitting in the round, knitting with two colours, reading a chart, choosing colours, shaping to give a circular mat, […]

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Date | 24 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Sally Melville
Transport | N/A

A knitter who spends the time and energy to make her own clothes should be rewarded with a result that makes her happy and proud. It should fit, it should flatter, and there should be no mystery as to how this happened. But sadly, and too often, this is not the result. Why? Because the […]

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Date | 25 September, 2018
Cost | £40.00
Time | 09.30 - 12.30
Location | Jamieson & Smith, 90 North Road, Lerwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Elizabeth Johnston
Transport | Not included

Join this year’s patron Elizabeth Johnston to delve into the details and possibilities of Shetland Lace using Jamieson & Smith wool. You will leave with the skills to plan your Shetland inspired lace designs. Materials: Sample yarn provided, bring 3.00mm needles.  

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Date | 25 September, 2018
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Terri Malcolmson
Transport | N/A

We will discuss in detail how the combination of colour and motifs can be used to create the desired effect in your Fair Isle knitting. We will look at the difference a closed and open pattern can make, as well as how to place your colours to make your Fair Isle glow, stand out, fade, […]

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Date | 25 September, 2018
Cost | £45.00
Time | 18.30 - 21.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Elizabeth Johnston
Transport | Not included

Shetland Wool Week patron, Elizabeth of Shetland Handspun, will take you through preparation and spinning fleece and top to achieve both woolen and worsted yarns. The class will prepare fleece by combing, hand and drum carding, and explore methods of manipulating tops to achieve different yarns. We will then spin each preparation into both woolen […]

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Date | 25 September, 2018
Cost | Free
Time | 09.00 - 17.30
Location | Nielanell Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

A place of pilgrimage for those in the know. The small and unassuming shop only hints at the tactile sweetshop within. Visit the studio/shop to find an unexpected range of knitwear, glorious handspun and scrumptious batts (and buried under all that – you might even find Niela!!) Renowned for her inventive knit collections Niela concentrates […]

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