Shetland Wool Week 2020 went virtual

We are so pleased that we were able to bring a taste of Shetland Wool Week to you this year – thank you to everyone who joined our online event and made it so special. We have received so many lovely messages from all over the world and have been blown away by your generous donations.

We have left our online programme live for you to scroll through and replay your favourite videos. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel and check out the SWW Playlist to keep up-to-date with any new releases.  

If you enjoyed our free online event then please consider making a donation to help support us and the future of Shetland Wool Week.

Thank you The Shetland Wool Week Team, Shetland Amenity Trust, a Registered Charity

Saturday 26 September

Sunday 27 September

  • 7am – ‘Fair Isle through a lens’ with Rachel Challoner of Barkland Croft, featuring the Fair Isle Knitwear Collection in the island’s George Waterston Museum – Watch again
  • 10am – Jamieson & Smith’s ‘A Woolbroker Portrait’ short film – Watch again
  • 11am – Daily Tour with Island Vista: Lerwick – on their Instagram and Facebook
  • 2pm – Premiere: ‘Mastering 2 colour Rib’ – a free video tutorial with Elizabeth Johnston – Watch again
  • 4pm – Wilma Malcolmson and Terri Malcolmson will host a ‘Live Q&A’ – Watch again
  • Patchwork blanket work in progress – adding squares to knitted patchwork blanket without sewing with Uradale Yarn. – Watch again 

Monday 28 September

Tuesday 29 September

  • 7am – ‘Shetland with Laurie’ Podcast – LISTEN AGAIN – New episode out now featuring Terri Laura. On the show, they chat about Terri’s work, her classes, her inspiration and the amazing benefits of wool.
  • 9am – Chris Dyer of Garths Croft Bressay will host a ‘Live Q&A’ – WATCH AGAIN ON IGTV
  • 10am ‘Yarn at Jamieson and Smith’ – WATCH AGAIN. Join Ella Gordon as she takes you through all the yarn ranges produced by J&S in this short video.
  • 11am – Daily Tour with Island Vista: Scalloway – on their Instagram and Facebook
  • 1pm – Jamieson’s Of Shetland – A Virtual Tour  (no longer available to view) – Garry Jamieson will take you through each step of the mill, explaining the processes along the way!
  • 4pm – Elizabeth Johnston and Niela Kalra will ‘Go Live on Carding’ on Instagram together WATCH AGAIN – it’s bound to be a lively session!
  • 7pm – 8.30pm –  ‘Design A Crown’ workshop with Terri Laura (SOLD OUT)
  • 8pm – ‘Of a Hoswick Sea’ – Launch of Handspun Yarns Dyed in a Natural Indigo Vat by Niela Nell Kalra, of nielanell. Find out more on the Niela Nell website.
  • The name Uradale – WACTH AGAIN. Join us for a walk up one of the burns to the Uradale smithy pool, while pondering Shetland place names.

Wednesday 30 September

Thursday 1 October

  • 10am ‘How to Knit Fair Isle Cuffs with Alison Rendall’: a free video tutorial from Jamieson and Smith – WATCH AGAIN
    Join Alison Rendall, Shetlander and Fair Isle knitting enthusiast on this class which takes you through the technique of knitting a Fair Isle cuff for gloves or mittens. It can be added to any pattern and gives another layer of wool around the wrists but still includes the stretchability of ribbing around the cuff.
  • 11am – Daily Tour with Island Vista: North Mainland – on their Instagram and Facebook
  • 1.30pm – Online Drop Spindle Spinning for beginners with Deborah Gray and Jamieson and Smith: workshop – FULLY BOOKED
  • ‘All About Mitts’ with Terri LauraSOLD OUT
  • 2pm: Live tour of West Lynne Croft and Gallery – WATCH AGAIN
    Come on a virtual tour of a traditional Shetland croft overlooking the stunning St Ninian’s Isle. Peek inside the Paparwark Gallery too.
  • 3pm – Ronnie Eunson will ‘Go Live’ on Uradale Yarn Instagram answering all your crofting, sheep and wool-related questions – WATCH AGAIN
  • 5pm – Premiere: ‘How to knit perfect fingers’ a video tutorial with Elizabeth Johnston WATCH AGAIN 
  • 7pm – Hazel Tindall and Janette Budge discuss Fair Isle Knitting  WATCH AGAIN
    Hazel started knitting Fair Isle about 12 years before Janette was born. Here they speak about how they started, what other people were knitting at that time, and how practices have changed over the years.
  • Haar rolling in over Uradale – WATCH AGAIN. Watch the haar rolling in over the Uradale hills, while pondering language endangerment and diversity.

Friday 2 October

It is Shetland Wool Week Fair Isle Friday.  Remember to wear your finest Fair Isle and share your photos on social media using #SWWFairIsleFriday

Saturday 3 October

Sunday 4 October

Later in the month

Monday 5 October
Design a Crown with Terri Malcolmson
An online design workshop on designing a traditional crown for a skull kep.
We will be discussing the motif, placement, charting, placing colours and much more. This class has been taught in person at yarn festivals and was enjoyed by participants, I have had a few requests to cover this with my online classes as well. Cost: £35.00

Tuesday 6 October
All About Mitts with Terri Malcolmson

Terri covers every single detail of glove knitting, complete with video tutorials for you to look back on anytime after class. Cost £35.00

Thursday 8 October
Let’s Swatch with Terri Malcolmson

A fun online design workshop all about how to work with the colours you already have at home and how to try them out without wasting yarn! Cost £35.00


KNITSONIK SYSTEM with Felicity Ford

7 October – 13 November
(Course enrolment is open until 30 September)

The KNITSONIK System is a rich, immersive course which brings the concepts from KNITSONIK books and classes to life in the ideal context of online learning. Creative swatching lies at the heart of The KNITSONIK System. This course will lead you through a tried and tested method of beginning with an inspiration source taken from daily life, and using it as a basis for exploring palettes, patterns and shading schemes. You will use these ideas to produce a beautiful and instructive swatch containing stranded colourwork ideas of your own design. Your swatch will document your creative journey in Shetland wool. At the end, you will be given a choice of templates and accessory patterns to which you may apply the palettes, patterns and shading schemes discovered through swatching, to make an accessory as a joyous and wearable record of this course.

The course cost of £115 covers:

We really hope you have enjoyed our online event  – now more than ever we need your support.   Please consider making a donation to help support us and the future of Shetland Wool Week.

Thank you The Shetland Wool Week Team, Shetland Amenity Trust, a Registered Charity