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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 09.00 - 14.00
Location | Whalsay Heritage and Community Centre, Hillhead, Whalsay
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Amanda Pottinger and Janet Irvine
Transport | Not included (transport in Whalsay included)

Join Janet Irvine and Amanda Pottinger and learn how to knit Fair Isle 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 (wool and needles), tea, coffee, home […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.30
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/a
Transport | Not included

Theodora Coutts was a knitwear designer and shop owner, operating in Lerwick between the 1940s and 1970s. She developed the Sumburgh Bonnet and Pillbox Hat, and was careful with the quality of knitwear sold through her shop. Examples of knitwear not seen before will be on display. This small exhibition was curated by Carol Christiansen, […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
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 | 23 September, 2017
Cost | Free (but book your space)
Time | 14.00 - 16.00
Location | Vaila Fine Art, Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Alicja Tyburska
Transport | Not included

This demonstration will show you how to weave boundweave, a traditional Scandinavian technique, using ShetlandOrganics Natural coloured yarns. Participants will see how the pattern is created and what we can do with a textile piece when it’s off the loom. Everyone is welcome to try weaving a pick or two! Boundweave is a relatively simple […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | £15.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Terri Malcolmson
Transport | Not included

Use basic knit and purl stitches to make a bow! Participants will be able to choose yarn colour, knit a bow, and attach it to an Alice band to be worn as a hair accessory. Alice bands and yarn will be provided. Bring 3.5mm needles or similar. Knit and purl experience would be useful but […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.30
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Icelandic artist Maja Siska’s installation of works are handmade directly from the sheep’s fleece using methods of spinning, felting, weaving and tanning. By using old craftsmanship the artist experiences a connection with the past, sheep husbandry and last but not least discovers the roots of Iceland´s national identity. The exhibition Ode to the Sheep projects […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Linda Shearer
Transport | Not included

In this class you will learn the basics of knitting a traditional Shetland hat or tam.  The rib part of the hat will have already been made, so you can begin straight away on the Fair Isle design.  There will be some samples for guidance, but you will have a choice of colours and Fair […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | £45.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Lodberrie Traders, 43 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Kathy Coull
Transport | Not included

Explore techniques used with drop spindles and the Muckle, Great or Walking wheel. Use a variety of drop spindles, from stone whorl replicas like those found at the Iron Age site of Scatness in South Mainland Shetland, to contemporary ones made from recycled components. Create samples suitable for knitting and weaving. Try out the Muckle […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.30
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

A new series of photographs highlighting the diveristy of the wool industry in Shetland by local photographer, Alex Boak. Enjoy this exhibition while you soak up the atmosphere of the Shetland Week Wool Hub.

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Date | 23 September, 2017
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 – Niela’s Mom!) Renowned for her inventive knit collections Niela concentrates on designing […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | £5.00
Time | 15.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | SMAA
Transport | N/A

This is an additional tour from the one listed in the programme. Tickets will go on sale from 12 July. Join Shetland Museum and Archives Visitor Services Assistants for a tour of the Textile displays. The Textile Collection is Recognised as a collection of national significance.

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Date | 23 September, 2017
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. See separate listings for workshops, demonstrations and visit to an organic farm throughout the week: Weaving demonstrations and workshop with Alicja Tyburska; Shetland lace knitting workshops with Sheila Fowlie; knitting a Fair Isle Table […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | £48.00
Time | 10.30 - 12.30 (Sat 23rd & Sun 24th)
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 | 23 September, 2017
Cost | £90.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Mary Fraser
Transport | Not included

Join local bookbinder Mary Fraser to make your own hand-bound books covered in traditional Fair Isle fabric. Participants will make a graph pattern book for your projects, and a blank journal/sketchbook by combining the traditional skills of bookbinding and Fair Isle knitting. Choose from a variety of ready-made Shetland Fair Isle pattern covers to create […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Linda Shearer
Transport | Not included

This class has now been replaced with Linda Shearer’s Introduction to Fair Isle Hats and Tams. It will take place on Saturday 23 September from 2.00 – 5.00pm.      

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 11.00 - 13.00
Location | Scalloway Museum
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport |

Demonstrations of Fair Isle and Lace Knitting will be held at the Scalloway Museum on Saturday morning, all day on Monday, Tuesday morning, Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning.  The Makkin n Yakkin session on the Thursday evening from 7 pm is very popular and well worth a visit.  Please see our poster for details. Everyone […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.30
Location | Lodberrie Traders, 43 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Kathy Coull
Transport | Not included

This class will explore different hand-spun yarn structures for different purposes, using colour and texture to reflect sources of inspiration and themes. You will produce reference samples to keep so that larger quantities can be reproduced for your knitting, weaving or crochet projects. Materials and use of equipment are included in the price, but you […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Linda Shearer
Transport | Not included

In this class you will learn the basics of knitting a traditional Shetland hat or tam.  The rib part of the hat will have already been made, so you can begin straight away on the Fair Isle design.  There will be some samples for guidance, but you will have a choice of colours and Fair […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
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 | 23 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 13.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Cecil Duncan
Transport | N/A

Enjoy a short tour with Cecil Duncan, a former weaver at the Hoswick Woollen Mill. He will show you around the looms and textile machinery whilst chatting about the local textile industry and cultural heritage of the area. See sample swatches and examples of historically significant Shetland weaving. Transport: The course is in Hoswick, near Sandwick […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 13.00 - 18.00
Location | Ollaberry Hall, Ollaberry
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

A celebration of Northmavine Parish haps, old and new.  Come along and see a wondrous display of fancy and plain haps and shawls made by the women of Northmavine from modern times to the distant past.  This event will showcase the knitting skills of local women; some of them attended a hap-making class this winter, […]

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 09.30 - 16.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Enjoy coffees, teas, homebakes, light lunches – all through Wool Week. Take your coffee to the Wool Week Drop-in area to enjoy the company of crafters and other wool weekers, or peruse the textile library. A great stop during a visit to the South Mainland. Free Wi-Fi. www.nielanell.com www.shetlandhandspun.com

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Date | 23 September, 2017
Cost | £95.00
Time | 09.30 - 17.00
Location | Methodist Church Schoolroom, Prince Alfred St, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Helen Robertson
Transport | Not included

By learning and combining the skills of silk dyeing, nuno felting and vitreous enamelling you will create your own unique bag. You will be guided through each step of the process and will leave the class with a stylish bag complete with leather handle and enamel button and the skills and knowledge to create many […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £45.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Lodberrie Traders, 43 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Kathy Coull
Transport | Not included

Explore techniques used with drop spindles and the Muckle, Great or Walking wheel. Use a variety of drop spindles, from stone whorl replicas like those found at the Iron Age site of Scatness in South Mainland Shetland, to contemporary ones made from recycled components. Create samples suitable for knitting and weaving. Try out the Muckle […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 09.30 - 16.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Enjoy coffees, teas, homebakes, light lunches – all through Wool Week. Take your coffee to the Wool Week Drop-in area to enjoy the company of crafters and other wool weekers, or peruse the textile library. A great stop during a visit to the South Mainland. Free Wi-Fi. www.nielanell.com www.shetlandhandspun.com

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £60.00
Time | 10.00 - 16.00
Location | Easthouse Croft, Papil, Burra
Materials | Included
Tutor | Aamos Designs
Transport | Not included

You will learn how to make a circular loom from an embroidery hoop and how to warp it.  You will be introduced to a number of unusual and traditional weaving/tapestry techniques to create unique circular woven designs, which can be displayed in your home on a wall or as coasters or tablemats. All materials will […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
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. See separate listings for workshops, demonstrations and visit to an organic farm throughout the week: Weaving demonstrations and workshop with Alicja Tyburska; Shetland lace knitting workshops with Sheila Fowlie; knitting a Fair Isle Table […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Theodora Coutts was a knitwear designer and shop owner, operating in Lerwick between the 1940s and 1970s. She developed the Sumburgh Bonnet and Pillbox Hat, and was careful with the quality of knitwear sold through her shop. Examples of knitwear not seen before will be on display. This small exhibition was curated by Carol Christiansen, […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £95.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Karin Kahnlund
Transport | Not included

This class will cover local knitting traditions in Sweden – patterns, techniques, materials and history. We will ‘travel’ from the south of Sweden to the north and explore the history of Spedetröjor, knitting from Halland, Hälsingland, and Norrbotten. You can knit samples of some of the details and pattern. Yarn supplied but please bring double-pointed […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | Free (but book your space)
Time | 14.00 - 16.00
Location | Vaila Fine Art, Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Alicja Tyburska
Transport | Not included

This demonstration will show you how to weave boundweave, a traditional Scandinavian technique, using ShetlandOrganics Natural coloured yarns. Participants will see how the pattern is created and what we can do with a textile piece when it’s off the loom. Everyone is welcome to try weaving a pick or two! Boundweave is a relatively simple […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £67.00
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 | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £90.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Julia Billings
Transport | Not included

Learn how to coax 25 different shades of colour from one natural dyebath. In this full-day class, you will learn the steps involved in preparing and working with a natural dyebath and how to use mordants and modifiers before and after dyeing to achieve a wide range of colours from the same pot. Working with […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.30
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Icelandic artist Maja Siska’s installation of works are handmade directly from the sheep’s fleece using methods of spinning, felting, weaving and tanning. By using old craftsmanship the artist experiences a connection with the past, sheep husbandry and last but not least discovers the roots of Iceland´s national identity. The exhibition Ode to the Sheep projects […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £15.00*
Time | 19.00 - 21.00
Location | Clickimin Leisure Complex, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Join us as we open Shetland Wool Week 2017! Meet the makers, visiting instructors and fellow wool enthusiasts. There will be a fashion show featuring designers from Shetland as well as visiting designers. Garments and other textiles made from Shetland wool will also be on hand. We ask participants to wear their Shetland Wool Week […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 13.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Cecil Duncan
Transport | Not included

Enjoy a short tour with Cecil Duncan, a former weaver at the Hoswick Woollen Mill. He will show you around the looms and textile machinery whilst chatting about the local textile industry and cultural heritage of the area. See sample swatches and examples of historically significant Shetland weaving. Transport: The course is in Hoswick, near Sandwick […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £35.00
Time | 11.00 - 13.00
Location | Shetland Textile Museum, Bod of Gremista, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Victoria Gibson
Transport | Not included

Victoria Gibson has lived in Shetland for nearly 50 years, and from the early 1970s exerted a huge influence on the development of Shetland knitwear, moving away from the traditional colour combinations of Fair Isle to put her own distinctive slant on new designs, which she continues today. Victoria will talk you through her process […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | Free (No booking required)
Time | 12.00 - 16.00
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, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.30
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

A new series of photographs highlighting the diveristy of the wool industry in Shetland by local photographer, Alex Boak. Enjoy this exhibition while you soak up the atmosphere of the Shetland Week Wool Hub.

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £60.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Felicity Ford
Transport | Not included

Discover the KNITSONIK system and use it to create your own colourwork patterns and shading schemes based on the Shetland landscape. We’ll explore how to turn the vast landscape into manageable knitting, using a pre-selected Shetland inspiration and a carefully curated palette of Jamieson and Smith yarn. Bring your favourite double-pointed or circular needles for […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 09.30 - 16.00
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 – Niela’s Mom!) Renowned for her inventive knit collections Niela concentrates on designing […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £5.00
Time | 15.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | SMAA
Transport | N/A

This is an additional tour from the one listed in the programme. Tickets will be available from 12 July. Join Shetland Museum and Archives Visitor Services Assistants for a tour of the Textile displays. The Textile Collection is Recognised as a collection of national significance.

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre
Materials | See description
Tutor | Amy Detjen
Transport | Not included

Launch into two-color knitting (Fair Isle, Norwegian, and Armenian) with an arsenal of tips for knitting with two colors (traditionally one color in each hand). It truly is much easier than it looks. We’ll do stranded knitting and avoid puckers and tangles and purls. For homework: Using a darkish color of J&S Jumper weight wool […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.30
Location | Lodberrie Traders, 43 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Kathy Coull
Transport | Not included

This class will explore different hand-spun yarn structures for different purposes, using colour and texture to reflect sources of inspiration and themes. You will produce reference samples to keep so that larger quantities can be reproduced for your knitting, weaving or crochet projects. Materials and use of equipment are included in the price, but you […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
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, 2017
Cost | £38.00
Time | 16.00 - 18.00
Location | Peerie Shop Cafe, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Amy Colvin, Clair Aldington & Ana Arnett
Transport | Not included

Come along and hand felt a postcard using your favourite Shetland scene as inspiration. We will use needle felting techniques with natural Shetland wool and vibrant Merino wool. You can even write “wish you were here” in yarn on the back of the felt postcard. The workshop will be led by local artists Ana, Amy […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £60.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Felicity Ford
Transport | Not included

Learn how to creatively translate things you love into stranded colourwork using the KNITSONIK system. Bring a treasured object or image from which to develop a yarn palette, charts and shading schemes. You’ll also need your favourite double-pointed or circular needles for working small-diameter stranded colourwork in the round with fingering weight yarn: 2.5-3.25mm depending […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.30
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Jeannie Tulloch & Janette Budge
Transport | Not included

This is an additional class to the one published in the programme. Tickets will be available from 12 July. Make your own Fair Isle-style pouch bag. An opportunity to practise blending colours, try a knitting belt and knit with two colours. You will learn the techniques of the traditional ‘start and tree’ yoke pattern in […]

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | £15.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Terri Malcolmson
Transport | Not included

Learn to read and make fair isle knitting charts. We’ll use symbols and patterns to create your own headband design, then write some basic instruction. This class will give you the skills and confidence to chart your own garment ideas. No yarn or needles needed for this class. This class is for under 16s.

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Date | 24 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 13.00 - 18.00
Location | Ollaberry Hall, Ollaberry
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

A celebration of Northmavine Parish haps, old and new.  Come along and see a wondrous display of fancy and plain haps and shawls made by the women of Northmavine from modern times to the distant past.  This event will showcase the knitting skills of local women; some of them attended a hap-making class this winter, […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £40.00
Time | 13.30 - 16.30
Location | Jamieson & Smith, 90 North Road, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Ella Gordon
Transport | Not included

Join Ella Gordon as she shows you items from her vintage knitwear collection and talks through history, colour choices and inspirations which inform her design work. In this informal and discussion based talk you will see items of all kinds of Shetland knitwear from Fair Isle to Lace and everything in-between.

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.30
Location | Lodberrie Traders, 43 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Kathy Coull
Transport | Not included

Learn with reference to Carol Christiansen’s book ‘Taatit Rugs, the Pile Bedcovers of Shetland’, and try out the processes involved in making taatit rugs, unique traditional Shetland bedcoverings. Create your own mini rug out of Fair Isle Home-Grown Wool and Shetland Yarns. Look at the processes of sorting suitable raw wool, through to carding, combing, […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Barbara Cheyne
Transport | Not included

This is an additional class to the one listed in the programme. Tickets will be available from 12 July. 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 […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
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 world famous techniques of Fair Isle knitting.  This class will give you an introduction to traditional Shetland skills and knowledge for your colourwork knitting, like steeking and using a knitting belt! Sample yarn will be provided with the opportunity to purchase more in the shop if you wish.  Knitting […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £120.00
Time | 10.00 - 16.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Niela Nell Kalra
Transport | Not included

Discover the addiction that is dyeing. Tap into Nielanell’s secret weapon – colour. She will ensure that any fears you may have will disappear. Yarn, tops, fleece, silk and other exotics – nothing will be safe from our kettles, cauldrons, ovens, steamers, microwaves and handpaints. Work magic whilst designing and painting fibre, yarn and a […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 13.00 - 18.00
Location | Ollaberry Hall, Ollaberry
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

A celebration of Northmavine Parish haps, old and new.  Come along and see a wondrous display of fancy and plain haps and shawls made by the women of Northmavine from modern times to the distant past.  This event will showcase the knitting skills of local women; some of them attended a hap-making class this winter, […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £40.00
Time | 12.00 - 14.00
Location | Bressay Lighthouse, Bressay
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. Ninians Isle Treasure, which now resides at the National Museum for 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 | 25 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 09.30 - 16.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Enjoy coffees, teas, homebakes, light lunches – all through Wool Week. Take your coffee to the Wool Week Drop-in area to enjoy the company of crafters and other wool weekers, or peruse the textile library. A great stop during a visit to the South Mainland. Free Wi-Fi. www.nielanell.com www.shetlandhandspun.com

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Date | 25 September, 2017
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

Make yourself a Fair Isle patterned jumper pendant or brooch in sterling silver. Red Houss makes silver jewellery inspired by Shetland and often using local materials. Traditional Fair Isle patterns are taken from knitwear made by some of the islands renowned knitters and these patterns are etched into the silver. At the class you will […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £90.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Julia Billings
Transport | Not included

Explore the history and how-to of British fisherman’s knits in this full-day class. We’ll begin by delving into the history, regional styles and construction methods of that knitter’s hallowed ground, the fisherman’s jumper, and explore the elements that make it immensely practical and very beautiful. We’ll take a look at both traditional and contemporary materials […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
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 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 […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
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. See separate listings for workshops, demonstrations and visit to an organic farm throughout the week: Weaving demonstrations and workshop with Alicja Tyburska; Shetland lace knitting workshops with Sheila Fowlie; knitting a Fair Isle Table […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Cunningsburgh History Hut, Cunningsburgh
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Why not drop in and learn more about the history of wool and knitwear in Cunningsburgh through displays of old photographs, artefacts and knitwear, stories and documents, and demonstrations. We’re at the History Hut next to the Cunningsburgh Hall.

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £60.00
Time | 09.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Artisans of Þingborg
Transport | Not included

“Lopi” is the Icelandic word for washed and carded wool yarn ready to be spun.  The Þingborg Lopi is produced exclusively for our wool centre from specially selected premium lamb’s wool. The Icelandic tradition of knitting directly from the lopi instead of spinning it first is around 100 years old.  Lopi garments are exceptionally light, […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
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 | 25 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.30
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Theodora Coutts was a knitwear designer and shop owner, operating in Lerwick between the 1940s and 1970s. She developed the Sumburgh Bonnet and Pillbox Hat, and was careful with the quality of knitwear sold through her shop. Examples of knitwear not seen before will be on display. This small exhibition was curated by Carol Christiansen, […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £10.00
Time | 14.00 - 18.00
Location | Pick up from Esplanade, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Included

Come for a guided tour of our factory on the westside of Shetland in Sandness. You will see all stages of wool processing from grading the fleece to Balling, Knitting and Weaving. Bus pickup at the “Welcome to Shetland” sign on the Esplanade.

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Freya and Rachel Hunter
Transport | Not included

This class will introduce you to the traditional and not so traditional methods of blocking or ‘dressing’ Shetland knitwear accessories. You will learn and actively take part in dressing a Shetland hap shawl using a traditional hap board.  You will also learn how to dress scarves, gloves, hats, socks and berets. This is a very […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | Free (but book your space)
Time | 14.00 - 16.00
Location | Vaila Fine Art, Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Alicja Tyburska
Transport | Not included

This demonstration will show you how to weave boundweave, a traditional Scandinavian technique, using ShetlandOrganics Natural coloured yarns. Participants will see how the pattern is created and what we can do with a textile piece when it’s off the loom. Everyone is welcome to try weaving a pick or two! Boundweave is a relatively simple […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Nancy Marchant
Transport | Not included

Does the brioche stitch still confuse you? In this class you will learn to ‘bark’ (brioche knit) and ‘burp’ (brioche purl) this lucious stitch into a world of unending stitch possibilities from the ‘queen of brioche’, Nancy Marchant. She will cover the brioche method of making increases and decreases and explore stitch variations by making […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £60.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Felicity Ford
Transport | Not included

Learn how to creatively translate things you love into stranded colourwork using the KNITSONIK system. Bring a treasured object or image from which to develop a yarn palette, charts and shading schemes. You’ll also need your favourite double-pointed or circular needles for working small-diameter stranded colourwork in the round with fingering weight yarn: 2.5-3.25mm depending […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.30
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Icelandic artist Maja Siska’s installation of works are handmade directly from the sheep’s fleece using methods of spinning, felting, weaving and tanning. By using old craftsmanship the artist experiences a connection with the past, sheep husbandry and last but not least discovers the roots of Iceland´s national identity. The exhibition Ode to the Sheep projects […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
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

In what’s become a must-see event for Shetland Wool Week see behind the green Wool Store doors and take a peep inside the hub of Shetland’s Wool industry. Watch Oliver Henry of J&S sorting and grading Real Shetland Wool and hear the story of Jamieson & Smith, an interesting insight for all wool lovers and […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £15.00
Time | 15.30 - 17.00 (Mon 25th & Tues 26th)
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Shetland Museum & Archives
Transport | Not included

This is a two-part workshop over two afternoons (Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 September) and looks at some of the common motifs found in Fair Isle knitwear and enables children who may have no knitting skills to enjoy the design process. Using the world famous textile collections of Shetland Museum and Archives as inspiration, students […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £200.00
Time | 08.30 - 17.00
Location | Fair Isle (pick up and drop off at Viking Bus Station, Lerwick)
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Included

A unique experience to immerse yourself into Fair Isle’s history and culture. Learn about Fair Isle patterns and colours directly from the knitters, discover Fair Isle’s amazing history on a guided tour of its museum, hear stories about the South Lighthouse from one of the keepers while admiring the view from the top of its […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 13.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Cecil Duncan
Transport | Not included

Enjoy a short tour with Cecil Duncan, a former weaver at the Hoswick Woollen Mill. He will show you around the looms and textile machinery whilst chatting about the local textile industry and cultural heritage of the area. See sample swatches and examples of historically significant Shetland weaving. Transport: The course is in Hoswick, near Sandwick […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £8.00
Time | 19.30 - 21.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Gudrun Johnson & Karin Kahnlund
Transport | Not included

Join us for a delightful evening of talks by two of the best! Shetland Wool Week 2017 patron Gudrun Johnston will discuss her Shetland roots and her journey to becoming a knitwear designer. Gudrun will relate the story of her mother, Patricia Johnston, who created The Shetland Trader in the 1970s, and how she came […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | Free (No booking required)
Time | 13.00 - 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 | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £55.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Ninian, 80 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Joanna Hunter
Transport | Not included

Join local designer Joanna Hunter, at her studio ‘Ninian’, to develop mood boards and play with colour. She’ll lead you through the processes she uses to design her own collections, from mood boards and onto final garments. You’ll be inspired by the array of yarns around you, using them to make new and exciting colour […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £45.00
Time | 18.30 - 21.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Cecil Tait
Transport | Not included

Tutor Cecil Tait of Paparwark shows you how to hand-make a beautiful simple wooden shawl pin using knives and chisels.  Unlock your inner whittler! Participants will design and make a wooden shawl pin to take away with them.  Cost includes use of tools and materials. Email cecil.tait@gmail.com for further information.  Cecil has a BA (Hons) […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £59.00
Time | 08.45 - 17.15
Location | Pick up from Shetland Museum & Archives car park
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Included

Meander through Lerwick, the ‘capital’ of Shetland since 1708, 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 cross Mavis Grind where the North Sea almost meets the Atlantic Ocean. […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.30
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

A new series of photographs highlighting the diveristy of the wool industry in Shetland by local photographer, Alex Boak. Enjoy this exhibition while you soak up the atmosphere of the Shetland Week Wool Hub.

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Date | 25 September, 2017
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 – Niela’s Mom!) Renowned for her inventive knit collections Niela concentrates on designing […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £40.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Vaila Fine Art, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Sheila Fowlie
Transport | Not included

Learn the art of lace knitting using differing weights of ShetlandOrganics wool.  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 […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £45.00
Time | 18.30 - 21.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Elizabeth Johnston
Transport | Not included

Do you want to advance your spinning skills and techniques? Do you have queries that need to be resolved, or just don’t know what to do next…. Elizabeth Johnston leads this class tailored for any level of student who wishes to improve their spinning knowledge and ability. The class will deal with each spinning process […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £20.00
Time | 11.00 - 13.30
Location | Mackenzie's Farm Shop and Cafe, Cunningsburgh
Materials | Lunch
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

On our small croft, we welcome you to visit us and our natural, native, lively, Shetland Sheep! Meet ‘Toots’, our friendly ewe and ‘Buddy’ , our resident Shetland Pony and ask the first hand how life on our croft is for them! Handle our trophy and prize winning fleeces – described as ‘super fine’ by […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 10.30 - 17.00
Location | Old Bressay School, Bressay
Materials |
Tutor |
Transport | Not included

Featuring garments from Shetland Wool Week’s Opening Reception Fashion Show, it’s a must see exhibition for Shetland Wool Week enthusiasts interested in fashion, design and beautifully made pieces. With descriptions written by the designers you can learn a little more about the backstory of their products. Situated in the newly developed Old Bressay School, you […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, 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.  Yam and a photograph will be provided. Materials required: please […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £40.00
Time | 19.00 - 21.00
Location | Market House, Market Street, Lerwick (Voluntary Action Shetland)
Materials | Included
Tutor | Deborah Gray
Transport | Not included

Have a short break from knitting! Upcycle an unwanted hardback book to create a quirky decorative item with a word – wool related of course! – folded into the page edges. Folded books make unusual personalized gifts or souvenirs. Materials provided – but bring your own special book if you wish (must have at least […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
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 | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £75.00
Time | 10.00 - 16.00
Location | Levenwick Community Hall, Levenwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Barbara Dinnage
Transport | Not included

We will first make our own personal foot lasts using socks and gaffer tape, then cover them with coloured carded wool or natural Shetland fleece. The wool will be felted using our hands with hot water and soap to make a pair of cosy warm slippers. Tea, coffee, biscuits, rubber gloves and all materials included. […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £10.00
Time | 11.00 - 16.00
Location | Bressay Lighthouse, Bressay
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Included

Spend time in a dramatic scenic venue, the historic (1857) Stevenson Lighthouse Buildings on the isle of Bressay. Our exhibition hosted by the Shetland Textile Museum includes: seeing an antique loom in operation, displays of old tweed garments, lace display and Fair Isle as well as some iconic Taatit Rugs. Feature exhibitions will also be […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £40.00
Time | 19.00 - 22.00
Location | Methodist Church Schoolroom, Prince Alfred St, Lerwick
Materials | Bring your own needles
Tutor | Helen Robertson
Transport | Not included

Fair Isle, Slip Stitch or just plain old knitting – use Shetland wool and these techniques to create your own bangle. Choose from two sizes of wooden bangle to cover. Full instructions provided but also freedom to try out your own designs. This is an excellent way of trying out colours and patterns. Includes coffee […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
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 Carol Christiansen for an informal discussion about taatit rugs – their design and colour, construction, and importance in the Shetland household.   Taatit rugs from Shetland Museum and Shetland Textile Museum will be available for close-up viewing.  Kathy Coull, tutor of the  Mini Taatit Rug Workshops, will also be in […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £40.00
Time | 09.30 - 13.00
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 | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £105.00
Time | 10.00 - 16.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Bring your own needles
Tutor | Elizabeth Johnston
Transport | Not included

Let’s perfect knitted gloves. Gloves are a relatively easy knit, but it’s those fingers and thumbs that are tricky. We will work an afterthought thumb, a shaped thumb, pick up stitches for fingers to make that space between look good and learn how to form well-shaped finger tips. Understand how to knit fingers for any […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | Free
Time | 11.00 - 13.30 or 13.30 - 16.00
Location | Scalloway Museum, Scalloway
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport |

Demonstrations of Fair Isle and Lace Knitting will be held at the Scalloway Museum on Saturday morning, all day on Monday, Tuesday morning, Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning.  The Makkin n Yakkin session on the Thursday evening from 7 pm is very popular and well worth a visit.  Please see our poster for details. Everyone […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £6.00
Time | 11.00 - 12.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Dr. Ian Tait
Transport | Not included

The reign of King Edward VII was the golden age of the picture postcard. Postcards were a cheap and fast way to send messages, and people were able to stay in touch as never before. Some folk sent cards to pass on information, but most messages were simply for fun; “having a lovely holiday, please […]

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £50.00
Time | 09.30 - 12.30 or 1330 - 1630
Location | Methodist Church Schoolroom, Prince Alfred St, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Helen Robertson
Transport | Not included

Using a range of vitreous opaque enamel colours and a variety of techniques you can create your own enamelled shawl pin and matching or contrasting buttons. Price includes all materials, coffee and cake. Feel free to bring a knitted item along for colour matching to the wide range of enamel colours available.

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Date | 25 September, 2017
Cost | £105.00
Time | 10.00 - 16.00
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Bring you own needles
Tutor | Hadewych
Transport | Not included

An opportunity to investigate stranded knitting (‘Fair Isle’) the Norwegian way with Hadewych, an experienced tutor. Using two colours (and occasionally three…) we will hold both threads in the left hand and control the carry threads on the back. This is a different approach to traditional Fair Isle knitting. Hadewych will discuss set-in sleeves, measuring, […]

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Date | 26 September, 2017
Cost | £60.00
Time | 09.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Artisans of Þingborg
Transport | Not included

“Lopi” is the Icelandic word for washed and carded wool yarn ready to be spun.  The Þingborg Lopi is produced exclusively for our wool centre from specially selected premium lamb’s wool. The Icelandic tradition of knitting directly from the lopi instead of spinning it first is around 100 years old.  Lopi garments are exceptionally light, […]

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