Preparations under way for 2016

Firstly we would like to say a big thank you to all who took part in Shetland Wool Week 2015.  It would not be the success it is today without the industry coming together and those who took part in the wide variety of events.

2015 was a huge success with over 320 participants enjoying the nine day event and over 1100 class spaces sold.  We estimate that £316,000 was brought into the local economy, a 59% increase from 2014 and our newsletter subscribers have increased from 3000 to over 14000 in a year. I think it is safe to say that Shetland Wool Week is now an established and well respected event and we hope it can continue to grow and develop  in the future.  Part of our promotional plans in 2016 include attending a Vogue Knitting event in New York in January, where we will announce the SWW ’16 Patron and then the Edinburgh Yarn Festival in March.

We are now in the planning stages for 2016 and hope to have as many involved as possible.  As in previous years, Shetland Wool Week will offer a number of ‘core’ events, which will include talks, demonstrations and workshops. The involvement of local craft makers, designers, industry suppliers, tutors and retailers is key to growing the event, and we are now offering the opportunity to get involved in the 2016 programme.

If you would like to be involved and feel you would be able to deliver an event, class, open studio, display or promotion please let us know by completing and returning the enclosed booking form. If you would like to discuss your ideas or have any questions, you can email: misa.hay@promoteshetland.com.

In addition, we are planning to hold a fashion show as part of the 2016 event and would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in having their garments showcased.

Shetland Wool Week Committee