LAUNCH OF NEW CLASSES!
We’ve been overwhelmed by your response to the 2016 Shetland Wool Week programme. Already, many of the 300 classes have sold out – and while this support is fantastic news for the event, we’re keen to satisfy demand!
We’ve teamed up with our brilliant tutors and have added more classes to the programme. As ever, classes are aimed at all abilities and interests, so take a look and come along and brush up on old skills or have a go at something new.
Classes will go on sale on Monday 18th July at 1pm BST on The Little Box Office.
FAIR ISLE YOKE TIPS
Fair Isle yokes are enjoying a surge in popularity. Tutors, Jeannie Tulloch and Janette Budge will show you how to blend colours and shape yokes in traditional fair isle knitting.
Your morning coffee will never look the same again, once you’ve learnt how to knit a Fair Isle or sheep mug cosy! The talented Donna Smith has devised this ingenious workshop. We can’t wait to see the results and think it may just send instagram into overdrive!
YOGA FOR WOOL WEEK
A first for Shetland Wool Week is the introduction of some yoga classes. You don’t need to be an expert, the classes are aimed at all ages and abilities and are there to help you keep your fingers flexible and posture upright. Classes are in the morning and last for 45 minutes – the perfect way to start a day of knitting.
Stretch and Breathe:
- Monday 26th September at 9.00am
- Wednesday 28th September at 9.00am
- Friday 30th September at 9.00am
Yoga for Knitters:
- Tuesday 27th September at 9.00am
- Thursday 29th September at 9.00am
COCKLESHELL LACE SCARF FOR BEGINNERS
There are now spaces available on this popular class, which introduces beginner knitters to the Shetland lace tradition. You’ll gain a detailed understanding of the patterns and colours that go into this beautiful technique, giving you the skills to be able to knit your own scarf at home.
TOUR TO WHALSAY
Extra spaces are available on this full-day tour of Whalsay, long known in Shetland as ‘Da Bonnie Isle’. You’ll pack lots in, with a visit to the Whalsay Heritage and Community Centre as well as the renowned charity shop ‘Shoard’, where you’ll get a chance to browse and purchase local knitwear. The day will culminate with a visit to the local hall’s ‘tak your sock’ night where you’ll get the chance to chat with Whalsay knitters.
TRADITIONAL SHETLAND HAPS WITH DONNA SMITH
Ex SWW patron, Donna Smith’s popular class has been extended for one more session. Here, under Donna’s expert tutelage, intermediate knitters can learn about the traditional method of lace construction where the hap (or wrap) is knitted from the outside towards the centre.
SHADES OF SHETLAND
Shetland’s ever changing landscape is a constant source of inspiration. Let your imagination be guided by Donna Smith, who will help you create a colour palette from a photograph, which will be transformed into your own Fair Isle swatch.
FAIR ISLE MAKES ITS MARK
Put paid to the mystery of Fair Isle knitting and join Fair Isle resident and curator, Anne Sinclair at the Shetland Textile Museum. Here she will answer your questions and uncover over 150 years of colourful history.
MINI TAATIT RUGS
Try your hand at these unique traditional Shetland bedcoverings and create your own rug out of Fair Isle Home-Grown wool and Uradale Shetland Organics Yarn. You’ll be involved with the whole process from sorting wool through to construction and finishing.
SPINNING WHEEL BASKET WORKSHOP
This beginner’s course is the perfect introduction to spinning – and you’ll get to create something useful in the process! Expert spinner Kathy Coull will show you how to make your own reed basket – which will be the perfect accompaniment to any spinners’ wheel.
MOOD BOARDS & COLOUR WITH JOANNA HUNTER
Unearth designs you never knew were inside you and join local designer Joanna Hunter at her studio Ninian, for a workshop in developing mood boards and playing with colour. Be inspired by the array of yarns and dig into Joanna’s samples to make new and exciting colour palettes.
TWOENDKNITTING, TWINED KNITTING
There are now more spaces available on this popular class. Learn the traditional and unique way of knitting from Sweden. You’ll learn the technique of using two threads and twisting them alternately to make beautiful and strong knitting.
Remember there are still a few spaces available on classes listed in the programme, so take a look and book your spot.