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 […]
Shetland dialect is a unique blend of its ancestor languages Scots and the now extinct Scandinavian Norn, which was once spoken by the Viking settlers, as well as centuries of intense trade contacts and multilingualism on the islands. This lunchtime talk will focus specifically on the Shetland dialect knitting terms and expressions, many of which […]
Shetland lace is one of the most exquisite, complex forms of knit in the world. Shetland Museum holds a large collection of about 400 pieces of this amazing craft. Curator Carol Christiansen has been researching Shetland’s knitted lace since 2009 and is currently working on three projects with a focus on lace. She will present […]
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 […]
Join a free tour to see our fantastic knitting, weaving, and silk screen printmaking workshops; meet students and staff and find out more about our courses and the work produced at UHI. Discover the T.F.U., where technicians work with electronic knitting machines to produce commercial products for the worldwide knitted textile industry. Group booking for […]
Explore the Bigton area with local tour guide & crofter James Tait in a small group tour. See colourful Shetland sheep close up on the Tait family croft with the opportunity to see and touch fleeces from the 2019 clip. Meet native Shetland ponies at Bigton Farm. The tour will visit St. Ninian’s Isle (connected […]
This tour accompanied by a local guide will include a short visit to Bonhoga Gallery – a converted grain mill dating from 1855. Now operated by Shetland Arts, it hosts a programme of exhibitions featuring local, national and international contemporary visual arts and crafts. There is a small shop with an opportunity to purchase unusual […]
You will be making three silver buttons using silver with etched Fair Isle patterns on it. The silver will be pre-etched using traditional patterns from Shetland knitters. The buttons will be 22mm in diameter. You’ll learn some basic silversmithing skills. You’ll need good dexterity to be able to use small hand tools, including files and […]
Join Shetland Handspun’s Elizabeth Johnston and delve into the details and possibilities of Shetland Lace knitting 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.
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 […]
Linda Richardson is a printmaker working and living in Shetland. She works from her small studio overlooking Olnafirth Voe. An experienced working artist with a passion for sharing her knowledge and encouraging others to be creative. Linda will take you through the process of lino printing. Showing you how to draw out and cut your […]
Join local designer Joanna Hunter in her 20th Year of designing and producing knitwear. She’ll teach small intimate workshops for four participants, developing mood boards and playing with colour, at her studio in Ninian. Joanna leads you through the processes used to design her collections, from sketches and mood boards onto her final garments. You’ll […]
Tutor, Cecil Tait of Paparwark shows you how to hand-make a beautiful, simple, timber shawl pin and brooch using knives and chisels. Unlock your inner whittler! Participants will design and make a wooden shawl pin in decorative timber to take away with them. These classes have run for years – they remain extremely popular and […]
Linda Newington is a visual artist, and founder of “In the Loop”, a series of conferences held from 2008-2018, focused on knitting. Linda has used her artist’s eye to curate an exhibition which takes a closer look at colour, through the Textile Collection held by the Shetland Textile Museum, on show at the Böd of […]
Get your creative juices flowing! Have a project in mind or just want to have fun; join tutor and local textile designer Jennifer Tait, for a morning where you can either focus your mind on an existing project or simply try something new and have fun playing around with colours, ideas and materials. Unlock your […]
Learn with reference to Carol Christiansen’s book ‘Taatit Rugs, the Pile Bedcovers of Shetland’, and try out the processes involved to create your own mini-rug out of Shetland yarns. Materials provided. Please note the premises are opposite Bain’s Beach and have a high step and narrow entrance so unsuitable for wheelchair access.
This short course is designed to explore the possibilities of the structure of plain weave by using various colour combinations and weights of yarn to stretch the boundaries of imagination and design. Looms, shuttles and yarn are all provided, just bring enthusiasm and a love of working with beautiful woollen fibre! Skills required: Participants should […]
Use the templates provided to design your own pair of gloves. We will be discussing the functionality of each section to create a practical design. We will cover the points to consider for colour and motifs on both sides of the glove, as well as finger styles. Homework required: Cast on 56 stitches on 2.25mm […]
We will begin the class by talking about native plants of Shetland, and other plants growing in the dye garden, that can be used for dyeing wool. Bunchy will talk about the dye process and samples of naturally dyed wool will be shown along with various dried dye plants. Handouts will be provided with the […]
You will learn the art of knitting the cockleshell lace pattern, this is a well known traditional Shetland lace pattern. You will learn the way that Sandra’s granny taught her. You will learn how to knit using beads also using colours and shading your colours, also hand finishing of your headband, and how to dress […]
Let’s make a ‘Furoshiki Bag’ with Shetland yarn. In this class Chihiro will teach the way to fold the knitted rectangle to a bag using the ‘origami’ technique. There will be an opportunity to buy knitting kits in Chihiro’s different colourways at the end of the class to make another one. Homework: Please knit a […]
A rare opportunity to join Shetland Wool Week Patron Oliver Henry for a workshop and learn from his 50 years’ experience in the Shetland wool industry. He will explain how he judges Shetland fleeces, what he looks for in grading fleeces, and his approach to sorting wool and its preparation for end use. Scouring wool […]
Design and cast on a celebratory bunting triangle. This class is based on Liz Ashdowne’s pattern from the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Playbook. Materials: Yarn will be supplied but please bring your preferred needles for working small-circumference stranded colourwork in the round with fingering weight yarn; 2.5-3.25mm depending on your tension. Please also bring plenty of squared […]
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 […]
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.
Bring your knitting, spinning or wheel problems, let’s work them out together – or just come 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 Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, other tutors may […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
Come along and view the display of local knitwear and fleeces for sale. Soup, sandwiches, homebakes, teas and coffees available. A welcome awaits you at Walls Regatta Club. We will be blyde to see you. Walls is located on the west side of Shetland, about 7 miles from Sandness. For bus timetable – www.zettrans.org.uk/bus/BusTimetables.asp
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 […]
Drop in to the Bigton Hall near St Ninian’s Isle for a light lunch of soup, sandwiches and bannocks, tea or cakes. (GF and vegan available) Run by the Bigton Community Hall and will include a local knitwear display, past and present, fair isle and lace. Late opening on Thursday, only tea/coffee and cakes available […]
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, […]
Learn the stories and inspiration behind the work of two of Shetland’s most innovative designers. Andrea Williamson designs quirky home and fashion accessories which have been stocked in Anthropologie. Her more recent designs include funky childrenswear. Helen Robertson’s modern and moving tributes to previous generations of knitters and Shetland history are expressed in knitted sculpture, […]
We leave from Victoria Pier in the heart of Lerwick, opposite the Market Cross. A leisurely stroll takes in the award winning, recently restored Tolbooth, now headquarters of Lerwick’s lifeboat station. Walk past our unique Lodberries once used by the town merchants for the landing & storage of goods. Climbing uphill, view a traditional method […]
The Textile Department at Shetland College: UHI are hosting a full day workshop of machine knitting skills, where you will be taught basic techniques, allowing you to make a customised toorie (hat) by the end of the day. The class is taught by knitwear designer and textile technician for the Textile Facilitation Unit (TFU), Roisin […]
Add an extra bit of sparkle to your hand knits with beaded Dorset Buttons made from Shetland wool. Join Tania of TJFrog to learn about the techniques and history of the heritage craft, Dorset Button making. Experiment with wool weights, stitches, designs and ways of adding beads to create your own beaded buttons or shawl […]
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 see and discuss the design processes and development, and have a peek at the machinations behind the scenes by touring textile, glass and […]
With Vottelauget (The Mitten Guild) Tori Seierstad and Wenche Roald have published the Norwegian mitten book “Eventyrvotter” (Fairy Tale Mittens). In this class they teach the participants to design their own, colourwork mittens. They will help the students calculate stitch and row count from different gauges. During the class the students will make their own […]
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 […]
The top of Fair Isle hats can be decreased in several ways, which can create very effective decorative patterns on the crown. During class we shall look at some of the different decreases often used in hat shaping and you will have a chance to design part of a crown and knit a small swatch. […]
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.
Swedish knitter Brita Hővenmark will teach you the old Swedish technique of twined knitting. This is an old traditional way of knitting from Sweden, where you knit with two alternating strands of yarn, thus producing a warm, durable and very beautiful item. Tea and biscuits will be provided during the class. Materials: Yarn will be supplied but please bring sock […]
Investigate the elements of shawl construction with Anne Eunson and Kathleen Anderson, sisters from a family of experienced shawl knitters. In this class you will start to knit your own one foot square Shetland Lace hap (shawl). The class will look at lace edges, picking up, knitting on, finishing and grafting. Choose a pattern to […]
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 […]
A rare opportunity to learn the skill of knitting intricate Estonian borders. Hadewych studied under the renowned Estonian designer, Riina Tonberg and will pass on this knowledge with Riina’s blessing. Knit these traditional and exciting edgings which you can use in fresh and innovative projects. Estonian borders are beautifully intricate, a wonderful finishing touch on […]
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 […]
A chance to try nalbinding, also known as ‘Viking knitting’, a technique used to make a sock found in Viking York and textiles from elsewhere in Viking Scandinavia. Evidence from ancient Egypt shows that it predates knitting and crochet by some 2000 years. You will also have the chance for a guided site tour and […]