It’s autumn and there’s a chill in the air, and usually at this time of the year we’d be entering the frantic last stages of preparing for Shetland Wool Week and welcoming many of you to the islands.

But 2020 has shaped up to be a year like no other, seeing our event, like many others, cancelled. We will miss seeing you in person and sharing our wonderful textile heritage, wool and events with you. It has been extremely heartening to have kept in touch with so many of you over the last few months.

However, we were keen to mark what would have been SWW in some way and bring a taste of it to you from the comfort of your home. We’ve been careful not to call it ‘virtual’ Wool Week, as it is by no means a replacement for the real event, but we hope it will reflect the ethos of the festival and give a taste of the week, the people involved, Shetland wool, the skills shared, the landscape … and sheep!

There will be podcasts, short videos, live videos, interviews, tours, an insight into some of the typical class content, crofting life and a look behind the scenes.

View the online EVENTS  here.

Keep an eye out as we’ll be updating the programme daily.

The majority of the content is free as we felt this reflected many aspects of the actual event, which is a combination of ticketed classes and talks as well as many free, drop in events.

If you enjoy what you see please consider leaving a donation, or buy our SWW 2020 Annual which is due to be with us by early October. Some content is live but all will be saved and available as a link from our Youtube channel or on SWW IGTV if you would like to revisit at a later stage.

Virtual SWW Makers’ Market
We’ll also be hosting a Virtual Shetland Wool Week Makers’ Market every day throughout the week, which will have links to individual makers’ online shops. It will be live from Saturday 26 Sept until Sunday 4 October.

SWW Fair Isle Friday
Friday 2 October
Last year we launched our first ‘Shetland Wool Week Fair Isle Friday. It proved so popular that we’re doing it again – as a way of raising the profile of this unique design and Shetland’s textile heritage.

Whether you’re in Shetland or elsewhere, wear some Fair Isle and upload it to instagram using the hashtag #swwfairislefriday so that we can share it throughout the day. We’d love to see all your Fair Isle knitwear from around the world – so mark it in your diary!