Emma loves to circular weave, it’s a great way to start weaving without having to buy a traditional loom, making it open to everyone. In this class you will learn how to make you circular loom from an embroidery hoop, how to warp up as well as a number of unusual and traditional weaving/tapestry techniques […]
Using a variety of felting techniques create a 2D or 3D brooch inspired by Shetland sheep and wool. You will have the opportunity to get up close to study and sketch native Shetland sheep breeds. Shetland sheep sales will be taking place in the venue during the day and there is a cafe on site. […]
Many plying techniques are possible on a drop spindle but what does that mean for your knitting? We will learn how plyed yarns can be built up (cording) and what these yarns are best used for. We will get to know three different types of plying techniques, which also have their own uses. You will […]
The Gunnister Man was the name given to remains found in a peat bog in Northmavine. Dating from around 1700, his clothes and other items were perfectly preserved by the peat and are now on display in the National Museum of Scotland with replicas in the Shetland Museum. Visit the site of the Gunnister Man’s […]
Netherlands based artist Diana Warmels-Edes is exhibiting lace knitting made from beach found plastic rope including items based on old Unst lace patterns and a dress made from printed fabric.
Vivian Ross-Smith’s exhibition will explore wool and craft in a fine art context and consider how her links to crofting have influenced her art practice. This will be shown through a series of wall-based textile pieces and painting. This series of works will be linked to a text she has in this year’s Shetland Wool […]
Deborah Gray’s exhibition is based on her time as Artist-In-Residence at the Icelandic Textile Centre (Textilsetur) in Blonduos, Iceland in 2018. Icelandic sheep have developed over centuries of isolation from other sheep breeds and adapted to their environment.
As part of Shetland Wool Week’s commitment to emerging talent there is a student exhibition of prize winners chosen for excellence in portraying Shetland wool and/or textiles in a contemporary manner. The Shetland Wool Week competition was open to all students studying Fine Art and Contemporary Textiles degrees at University of the Highlands and Islands.
Exhibition of Bressay knitwear, art and crafts with local knitwear and crafts for sale. Demonstrations and advice from local kniters, spinners and weavers on Sunday 6th. Located at the Speldiburn Cafe so the ideal lunch or coffee stop. 20 minutes walk from the ferry. For further information and contact details see www.bressay.org Transport: Regular […]
Hop on over to R.A.M. Knitwear design studio in the old Bressay School, travel on Shetland’s shortest inter-island ferry. In 7 minutes you will be transported from the hustle and bustle of Lerwick to the relaxed countryside of Bressay. Machines a plenty to view and numerous woolly wonders for sale. Transport: Ferry to Bressay and […]
This is a three-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 and patterns. Knitting with two colours in the round is optional. The class is open […]
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, […]
Join us for a workshop to learn how to weave on pre-warped looms, using some of the traditional patterns from Shetland’s tweed history. There is no need to bring anything to the workshop but if you would like to use an image to choose colours, you are welcome to do so. Materials: Lunch will be provided. […]
Deborah Gray travels the world teaching spinning and working with fleece. Join her as she teaches you how to use a drop spindle so you can spin your own yarn anywhere using Jamieson & Smith combed tops. Materials: Spindles provided with the option to buy from Deborah.
Open studios at GlobalYell, weaving centre. Try your hand at a loom or look through the reference collection and library. Dates: Saturday 28 September – Sunday 5 October, 11.00 – 17.00 (Sundays 14.00 – 17.00pm) Transport information: Head northwards on the main road from Ulsta through the island of Yell. As you leave the settlement […]
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.
Create your own miniature Shetland Sheep. Starting with a wire frame, you will build up your sheep with yarn wrapping and needle felting using Shetland wool. Using the unique venue of the Shetland Rural Centre (Livestock market) you will have the opportunity to get up close to study and sketch native Shetland sheep breeds. Shetland […]
This class will introduce you to the Cockleshell lace pattern: a very well-known and recognisable pattern in the Shetland lace tradition. You will complete a sampler where you will knit a simple Cockleshell motif and a more complex motif. At the end of the class you will be given pattern notes so that you can […]
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 22 years ago using a recycled Fair Isle jumper.
During this class participants will learn how to knit in the round, using 3 double pointed needles and a knitting belt. Choose from a range of pure Shetland wool colours and patterns, and create a hand knitted cushion, headband or iPad cover of your own design. Materials: All materials, tea, coffee and home bakes will […]
This class has been split in two three-hour sessions. In the first session we will get going on the body of the tam; for the second session we will concentrate on knitting and shaping the crown. The rib part of the hat will have already been made, so you can begin immediately on the Fair […]
Use a variety of drop spindles using Shetland wool to create yarn. Try out the Muckle, Great or Walking Wheel. Please note the premises are opposite Bains Beach and have a high step and narrow entrance so unsuitable for wheelchair access. Materials: Materials and use of equipment provided.
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 […]
An exhibition of old and new knitwear, mainly haps and shawls, made locally. Fair Isle garments will also be displayed to add wider interest to visitors. Knitters and spinners, aged 10 and up, will be on hand for a chat and demonstrations. Enjoy a cup of tea and homebakes which are included in the entry […]
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/fleckit and even katmogget! Sift through fleeces from Chris’s flock and see the principal day to day tools and equipment that […]
Join Joanna Hunter in her studio at Ninian, where she’ll allow you a sneaky peek behind the scenes and chat about her 20 years designing knitwear. You can see where and how she designs and makes her collections as well as meeting her team. Visit Ninian to find out about her special offers and competitions […]
This is the only accredited sale of native Shetland rams and ram lambs on the island, at which it is anticipated that entries may total over 200 from over 40 breeders. The sale will take place from 09.00 – 14.00. Fine Fleece judging will have taken place the night before and the wool competition fleeces […]
Learn to knit Fair Isle in the traditional way using two colours at one time by knitting a small sample in the round. We will discuss ways to improve your colour work skills (such as how to hold the yarn) and how to choose colour. Materials: Yarn will be provided but please bring a set […]