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Date | 03 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 12.30 - 15.00 & 18.00 - 20.30
Location | Bigton Hall, Bigton
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 04 September, 2019
Cost | £20.00
Time | 18.00 - 19.00
Location | Mareel, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Shetland Arts
Transport | N/A

Evocative of a night round the peat fire, experience a true Shetland welcome with a medley of music, dialect and food. Let us introduce you to a traditional celebration, as seen in homes and village halls all over the isles, with a combination of homemade soup, bannocks and foot tapping traditional music. Like Shetland’s knitwear, […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | FREE
Time | 12.00 - 14.00
Location | Speldiburn Cafe
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | See description

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 09.00 - 13.00; 13.00 -1615
Location | Bressay Ferry Terminal, Bressay
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Chris Dyer
Transport | Included

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £65.00
Time | 11.00 - 14.00
Location | The String, 88 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Emma Geddes, AAMOS Designs
Transport | N/A

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | Free (No booking required)
Time | 09.00 (All day)
Location | Shetland Rural Centre, Staney Hill, Lerwick
Materials | n/a
Tutor | Flock Book/SLMG
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 16.30 - 19.00
Location | Bressay Ferry Terminal, Bressay
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Chris Dyer
Transport | Included

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 09.30 - 12.30
Location | Jamieson and Smith, 90 North Road, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Deborah Gray
Transport | N/A

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.

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 10.30 - 13.00
Location | Shetland Rural Centre, Staney Hill, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Clair Aldington and Amy Colvin
Transport | N/A

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | Free (No booking required)
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Ninian, 80 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not available

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £120.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Muckle Roe Hall, ZE2 9QW
Materials | Included
Tutor | Helen Robertson
Transport | N/A

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | Sat 28th Sept - Sun 6 October, 10.00 - 19.00
Location | Da Gadderie, Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 14.00 - 16.30
Location | Shetland Rural Centre, Staneyhill, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Clair Aldington and Amy Colvin
Transport | Not included

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. […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | Saturday 28th September - Sunday 6th October
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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.

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 16.00 daily
Location | Meadows Road, Houss, East Burra
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Wendy Inkster
Transport | Not included

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.

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 09.00 - 17.30
Location | Nielanell Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Niela Kalra
Transport | Not included

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, […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | Saturday 28th September - Sunday 6th October
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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.

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £6.00 at the door
Time | 13.00 - 18.00
Location | Ollaberry Hall, Ollaberry
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Ollaberry SWI
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Not Included
Tutor | Asita Krebs
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £55.00
Time | 09.00 - 14.00
Location | Whalsay Heritage and Community Centre, Hillhead, Whalsay
Materials | Included (not lunch)
Tutor | Amanda Pottinger and Janet Irvine
Transport | Not included (transport in Whalsay included)

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre
Materials | See description
Tutor | Rachel Hunter
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | FREE
Time | 12.00 - 16.00
Location | Bressay School, Bressay
Materials | N/A
Tutor |
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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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 09.00 - 17.30
Location | Nielanell Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.00 (Daily)
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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.

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £110.00
Time | Sat 28th & Sun 29th Sept: 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Linda Shearer
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £45.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Lodberrie Traders, 43 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Kathy Coull
Transport | Not included

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.

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | Bring needles
Tutor | Janette Budge
Transport | N/A

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 […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | £65.00
Time | 09.45 - 16.00
Location | GlobalYell, 4 Sellafirth Business Park, Yell
Materials | Included
Tutor | Andy Ross
Transport | See description

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. […]

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Date | 28 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.00 (Daily)
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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.

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £55.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Helene Driesen
Transport | N/A

Learn how to make these wonderfully warm and fun mittens that have tufts (thrums) of wool knitted into the fabric and which originated in Newfoundland. Helene likes to call them Uggs for your hands and they make fabulous gifts. Skills required: must be able to knit in the round on either DPNs or circular needles […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Terri Malcolmson
Transport | Not included

Practice colourwork by drawing inspiration from something you already own. Inspiration can be taken from anything from photographs to pottery so in this class we will be working on a few of the techniques I use to do this. Whether you want to make a cushion to match your curtains or a hat to match […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | Saturday 28th September - Sunday 6th October
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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.

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Anne Eunson
Transport | Not included

In this class you will take inspiration from the beautiful Shetland landscape to create your individual colourways. You can have some fun creating colour wraps with Shetland wool. From your chosen colours you will go on to knit Shetland lace samples or be adventurous and begin your own unique mobius cowl. Materials: Yarn will be […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £85.00
Time | 09.30 - 12.30 or 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Da Auld Methodist Kirk, Bridge End, Burra Isle, ZE2 9LD
Materials | Included
Tutor | Amy Gear and Daniel Clark
Transport | See description

A dynamic textiles printing workshop, where you will design and hand print your very own contemporary Fair Isle repeating pattern. The workshop is led by Royal College of Art master printmakers Amy Gear and Daniel Clark. Learn how to screen print your design in beautiful ombre fades on textiles using their range of specially-mixed ‘Shetland’ […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £90.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Mary Fraser
Transport | Not included

Make two hardcase notebooks, using card, graph and plain papers, linen thread, headbands and adhesive. An introduction to the traditional skill of bookbinding incorporating a textile element in a ready made Fair Isle knitted cover. Mary will take you through each stage step by step. You will leave the class with two completed books and […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 12.00 - 14.00
Location | Speldiburn Cafe
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | See description

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 […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £60.00
Time | 09.45 - 12.45 or 13.30 - 16.30
Location | Hoswick Visitors Centre, Hoswick Sandwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Nielanell
Transport | Not included

Let your imagination go wild – design and paint your own blank which has been pre-knitted locally using beautiful Shetland yarn with Nielanell, textile designer (www.nielanell.com). It’s great fun working out just how the positioning of the painting on your canvass will affect the final yarn. You can even incorporate special secret messages! Once the […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £115.00
Time | 09.45 - 16.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Elizabeth Johnston
Transport | N/A

A unique opportunity to weave on a loom which was in common use in Shetland for thousands of years. Learn the process of how to set up and weave on this ancient, but simple and versatile form of loom. Students will make a warp, tie it on the loom and weave a piece of cloth […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 16.30 - 19.00
Location | Bressay Ferry Terminal, Bressay
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Chris Dyer
Transport | Included

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 […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | Free (No booking required)
Time | 14.00 - 16.00
Location | Ninian, 80 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not available

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 […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 09.00 - 12.30; 12.30 -16.15
Location | Bressay Ferry Terminal, Bressay
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Chris Dyer
Transport | Included

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 […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | Sat 28th Sept - Sun 6 October, 10.00 - 19.00
Location | Da Gadderie, Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £65.00
Time | 11.00 - 14.00
Location | The String, 88 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Emma Geddes
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £15.00
Time | 19.00 - 21.00
Location | Main Hall, Clickimin Leisure Complex, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Cast on your Shetland Wool Week at this informal welcome where we will celebrate our tenth festival. This will be a relaxed gathering with speeches, music and some special guests too. Enjoy a Shetland cocktail and a chance to look at SWW Sponsors’ displays. Wear your Roadside Beanie for the official photograph. Please note guests […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 14.00 - 16.30
Location | Staney Hill Hall, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Clair Aldington and Amy Colvin
Transport | Not included

Come along and hand felt a unique piece of jewellery. You can choose from a necklace, earrings or brooch. We will be using needle felting techniques with natural Shetland wool and vibrant merinos as well as beads and sparkle. Materials: Included. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Skills required: Beginners and all abilities welcome. No prior […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 16.00 daily
Location | Meadows Road, Houss, East Burra
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Wendy Inkster
Transport | N/A

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.

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £6.00 at the door
Time | 13.00 - 18.00
Location | Ollaberry Hall, Ollaberry
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Ollaberry SWI and friends
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £20.00
Time | 14.00 - 16.30
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Suze Walker
Transport | Not included

It’s no secret that knitting is good for your general wellbeing and overall health. There have been many studies conducted which show that knitting can reduce anxiety and depression, slow down dementia and lower blood pressure. However, as every serious knitter knows, knitting can also lead to health problems such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Meret Buetzberger
Transport | Not included

Do you like to knit with colour but struggle with stranded work?  In this class you will learn a colour technique that results in a  reversible fabric. Double Knitting is the technique where you knit two right sides at once with two different colours to  get a reversible piece. It’s great for shawls, cowls and […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Uradale Farm, East Voe, Scalloway
Materials | Included
Tutor | Trollenwol and Uradale
Transport | See description

In this class we will start a project (wrist warmer or leg warmers) in the Bohus style. The project will be knitted in the round and we will be practising working with 2 or 3 colours in one row (and for the very skilled, 4) and in the meantime knit stitches on the wrong side […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Barbara Cheyne
Transport | N/A

In this class you will knit in the round a small piece of work in two colours – part pattern and part steek. The steek will be cut and neatened in the traditional Shetland method. Other types of finishing will be shown. Materials: Yarn will be supplied, but please being 3 x size 3mm and […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £34.00
Time | 08.15 - 13.00
Location | Pick up from Islesburgh Community Centre Car Park at 08.15
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Flock Book Society
Transport | Included

Join a member of the Flock Book Society on this half day croft tour. Begin with a short visit to Gremista Farm, Lerwick and hear from crofter Eric Graham and see his top quality white flock sheep being gathered by border collie dogs. From here, head north east to the stunning location of Lunna in […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 09.00 - 17.30
Location | Nielanell Design Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Niela Kalra
Transport | Not included

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, […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Not Included, See description
Tutor | Ruth Robinson
Transport | Not included

In this class we will go through the process of skeining correctly, measuring, working out meterage using different methods and how to wash the skein. We will be talking about the different fibre preparation, spinning and plying methods and how it defines the knitted outcome. Working out knitting needle sizes for your handspun will be […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £25.00
Time | 11.00 - 13.30
Location | Uradale Farm, East Voe, Scalloway
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Ronnie and Jakob Eunson
Transport | N/A

See native Shetland sheep up close with sheepdogs. Listen indoors to a talk on the breed, the history and the fleeces. Ask questions and feel the wool direct off the sheep. Retire to the farm house for lunch of soup, bannocks, tabnabs, tea and coffee. Vegetarian option available. There will be the opportunity to buy […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | Saturday 28th September - Sunday 6th October
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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.

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £65.00
Time | 11.00 - 14.00
Location | Ninian, 80 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Joanna Hunter
Transport | N/A

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 […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 10.30 - 13.00 (Sunday 29th & Sunday 6th)
Location | Staney Hill Hall, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Clair Aldington and Amy Colvin
Transport | Not included

Come along and create your own 3D object with wet and dry felting techniques. This is a two day workshop. On the first day you will make your object using wet felting techniques. This will then be washed and dried ready for embellishing and dry needle felting to decorate it during the second workshop on […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Asita Krebs
Transport | Not included

There is so much you can do with shaping. In this class we will learn six different shaping techniques for shawls and how to combine them. We will knit at least one mini sample in whichever style you choose. We will also learn different ways to increase and decrease. You will learn: Shaping techniques: triangle, […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 09.30 - 17.30
Location | Nielanell Studio, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.00 (Daily)
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | See description

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.

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | FREE
Time | 12.00 - 16.00
Location | Old Bressay School, Bressay
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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 […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Jeannie Tulloch & Janette Budge
Transport | Not included

Join crofter and knitter Jeannie Tulloch and her daughter Janette Budge in using traditional Fair Isle yoke techniques to begin making a small pouch bag. This class gives you an opportunity to practice blending colours, try a knitting belt and knit with two colours. You will learn the techniques of the traditional “star and tree” […]

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Date | 29 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.00 (Daily)
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | N/A

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.

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £65.00
Time | 13.30 - 16.30
Location | Voluntary Action Shetland, Market House, Market St, Lerwick ZE1 0JP
Materials | See description
Tutor | Felicity Ford
Transport | Not included

Create your own stranded colourwork based on Shetland. We’ll explore how to edit the landscape doe knitting, using inspiring photos of Shetland and a carefully curated yarn palette. Materials: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. Knitters must know how to knit […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £85.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Lerwick Boating Club, 12 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Cheryl Jamieson
Transport | Not included

Fancy trying something different? Join local glass artist Cheryl Jamieson for a chance to make fair isle patterns in glass. You will make either one large hanger or two small ones, using sample patterns, or bring your own. If you would like to see some examples of previous students’ work please visit the Glansin Glass […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 19.00 (Daily)
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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.

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £45.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Lodberrie Traders, 43 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Kathy Coull
Transport | Not included

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 Bain’s Beach and have a high step and narrow entrance so unsuitable for wheelchair access. Materials: Materials and use of equipment provided.

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 09.30 - 12.30
Location | Jamieson & Smith, 90 North Road, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Hazel Tindall
Transport | Not included

Join Shetland’s Hazel Tindall on the techniques of Fair Isle knitting. In this class you will learn the techniques of two colour knitting and steeking as well as gaining tips from one of Shetland’s most well known knitters. Homework:  Before the class knit up 41 stitches using jumper weight (4ply) and 3mm needles into 5 […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | Saturday 28th September - Sunday 6th October
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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.

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £90.00
Time | 10.00 - 12.30; or 14.00 - 16.30
Location | Red Houss, East Burra
Materials | Included
Tutor | Mike Finnie
Transport | See description

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 […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £55.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Donna Smith
Transport | N/A

Delve into the exciting world of colour in Fair Isle knitting. During class we will look at how to choose and use colour for a swatch and how you can plan colour in your future projects. You will be able to choose from a large selection of Shetland yarns provided for your swatch. Materials: Please […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £90.00
Time | 10.00 - 17.00
Location | Shetland Museum and Archives, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Julia Billings
Transport | Not included

Learn the essentials of preparing and working with a natural dyebath and how to use mordants and modifiers before and after dyeing to achieve a range of shades from the same dyebath. Working with an old and exotic dyestuff we’ll cover the key aspects of dyeing yarn with plants; fibre preparation and mordanting, sourcing dyestuffs, […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £115.00
Time | 09.45 - 16.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Included but bring an apron
Tutor | Elizabeth Johnston
Transport | N/A

Discover the beauty of natural dyes where each colour compliments the next. A class to investigate and demystify the natural dye process. Find out why the fibre must be clean. See how mordants change the colours. With just a few dye stuffs, fleece and/or natural coloured yarns, white, as well as greys and fawns – […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £120.00
Time | 09.30 - 16.30
Location | Methodist Church Schoolroom, Prince Alfred Street, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Helen Robertson
Transport | Not included

Do you struggle to find the perfect button to finish your garments? Spend a day enamelling buttons to compliment your handmade items. Choose from my large range of enamel colours to create your own unique, perfect buttons. We will explore stencilling, sgraffito, stamping and cloisonne enamel techniques. “Really friendly, came away with 13 finished buttons, […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 12.00 - 14.00
Location | Speldiburn Cafe
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
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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 […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £65.00
Time | 11.00 - 14.00
Location | The String, 88 Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Emma Geddes
Transport | N/A

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 […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Uradale Farm, East Voe, Scalloway
Materials | Included
Tutor | Trollenwol
Transport | See description

In this class we will start a project (wrist warmer or leg warmers) in the Bohus style. The project will be knitted in the round and we will be practising working with 2 or 3 colours in one row (and for the very skilled, 4) and in the meantime knit stitches on the wrong side […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 09.45 - 12.45 or 13.30 - 16.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Dj Stefek
Transport | Not included

A class designed for those who want to knit lace but are intimidated by the possibility of a stressful knitting project or having yet another project relegated to the “when I have more time” pile. This year’s Lacework for Lazy Knitters class features a shawl with a fun construction that is fully customisable for whatever […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 16.30 - 19.00
Location | Bressay Ferry Terminal, Bressay
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Chris Dyer
Transport | Included

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 […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £25.00
Time | 11.00 - 13.30
Location | Uradale Farm, East Voe, Scalloway
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Ronnie and Jakob Eunson
Transport | Not included

See native Shetland sheep up close with sheepdogs. Listen indoors to a talk on the breed, the history and the fleeces. Ask questions and feel the wool direct off the sheep. Retire to the farm house for lunch of soup, bannocks, tabnabs, tea and coffee. Vegetarian option available. There will be the opportunity to buy […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £6.00 on the door
Time | 13.00 - 18.00
Location | Ollaberry Hall, Ollaberry
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Ollaberry SWI and friends
Transport | Not included

An exhibition of old and new knitwear, mainly haps and shawls, made locally. Fair Isle garment 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 […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Barbara Cheyne
Transport | Not included

In this class you will knit in the round a small piece of work in two colours – part pattern and part steek. The steek will be cut and neatened in the traditional Shetland method. Other types of finishing will be shown. Materials: Yarn will be supplied, but please being 3 x size 3mm and […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | Sat 28th Sept - Sun 6 October, 10.00 - 19.00
Location | Da Gadderie, Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

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 […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 12.00 - 16.00
Location | Old Haa, Burravoe, Yell
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

The Old Haa in Burravoe will host a three-week exhibition called ‘Yell Oo’ from 16 September to 6 October. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm, closed Fridays, Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sundays 2pm to 5pm. This exhibition will feature a display of taatit rugs in the Old Haa’s collection and an eclectic […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £115.00
Time | 09.15 - 16.30
Location | Andrea Williamson's Workshop Brough, Whalsay
Materials | Included
Tutor | Andrea Williamson
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Shetland textile designer Andrea Williamson shares her machine knitting enthusiasm and experience in this introductory class. Learn how to create interesting knitted fabrics on a single bed domestic machine. Using hand tools to transfer stitches for shaping and techniques to make hems, cables and hand tool lace. Play with manipulating stitches into innovative fabric structures. […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £55.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Tori Seierstad
Transport | Not included

With Vottelauget (The Mitten Guild) Tori Seierstad and Judith Nilsen have published the Norwegian mitten book “Eventyrvotter” (Fairy Tale Mittens). In this class they teach the participants to work the cuff of Tori’s mitten design “A taste of Muhu”. These colourful mittens are inspired by the knitting patterns and colours of Muhu, Estonia. The mittens […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 09.00 - 13.00; 13.00 -16.30
Location | Bressay Ferry Terminal, Bressay
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Chris Dyer
Transport | Included

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 […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Bring needles
Tutor | Amy Detjen
Transport | Not included

Learn the basics of 2-color Brioche in the round by beginning a lovely, reversible cowl. You’ll learn the basic Brioche stitch and how to avoid the confusion at the end of the row. This class gives you a foundation to many more advanced Brioche projects! Materials: Two colors of Jamieson’s Shetland will be provided, but […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 18.30 - 21.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Elizabeth Johnston
Transport | Not included

Ribbing enhances a design and can add a real finishing touch to a garment. There is an endless variety of rib. Elizabeth from Shetland Handspun, leads this class on ribs that are typically used by Shetland knitters; a coloured K2, P2 rib; a FI patterned rib; and a double fabric rib. Use these ribs for […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £220.00
Time | 08.15 - 17.30
Location | Fair Isle (pick up and drop off at Viking Bus Station, Lerwick)
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Mati Ventrillon
Transport | Included

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 […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £45.00
Time | 09.30 - 12.30
Location | Shetland Textile Museum, Bod of Gremista, Lerwick
Materials | Not Included, See description
Tutor | Brita Hövenmark
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Swedish knitter Brita Hövenmark will teach you the old Swedish technique of twined knitting. This is an old traditional way of knitting, where you knit with two alternating strands of yarn, thus producing a warm, durable and very beautiful item. Materials: Bring sock-needles or similar for knitting in the round, size 3.00mm Yarn will be […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 10.00 - 16.00 daily
Location | Meadows Road, Houss, East Burra
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Wendy Inskter
Transport | Not included

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.

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | Free
Time | 14.00 - 15.00
Location | Jamieson & Smith, 90 North Road, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | N/A
Transport | Not included

Join this year’s SWW patron Oliver Henry as he shows you behind the green Woolstore doors of Jamieson & Smith. A wool man for over 50 years this tour offers an interesting insight for all wool lovers and producers alike and has become a Wool Week must do! Please note it can be cold so […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | See description
Tutor | Ruth Robinson
Transport | Not included

In this class we will go through the process of skeining correctly, measuring, working out meterage using different methods and how to wash the skein. We will be talking about the different fibre preparation, spinning and plying methods and how it defines the knitted outcome. Working out knitting needle sizes for your handspun will be […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 18.30 - 21.30
Location | Hoswick Visitor Centre, Hoswick, Sandwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Hadewych van der Werf
Transport | Not included

Around 1900 Ebba Astrup was the director of an orphanage in Rostad, a peninsula North of Trondheim in Norway. She developed a knitting technique which she used to knit scarves for the children in the orphanage. The scarves had different colours and motifs so that the children could recognise their own scarf. Simply called ‘Mother […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 19.00 - 22.00
Location | Methodist Church Schoolroom, Prince Alfred St, Lerwick
Materials | Bring your own needles
Tutor | Helen Robertson
Transport | Not included

Knit your own bangle using Shetland yarn. Bangles are available in two sizes. Patterns and instructions are given for fair isle, slip stitch and lace designs. This is a relaxing class with lovely results! Tea and coffee are provided. The bangles need to be felted by washing in the washing machine when completed. Materials: Yarn and […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £47.00
Time | 10.45 - 15.00
Location | Bressay Ferry Terminal, Lerwick
Materials | N/A
Tutor | Douglas Coutts
Transport | Included

This tour will take you throughout Bressay with guide Douglas Coutts. Douglas, a native Shetlander, is famed for his role in discovering the St. Ninian’s Isle Treasure, which now resides at the National Museum of Scotland. The Isle of Bressay is one of the most unique places in Shetland. Just a short ten minute ferry […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £40.00
Time | 10.00 - 13.00
Location | Vaila Fine Art, Commercial Street, Lerwick
Materials | Included
Tutor | Sheila Fowlie
Transport | Not included

This introductory course will show you how easy it is to knit lace and how you can create beautiful knitwear for all occasions. You will learn how to knit in 1-ply lace weight on large needles to produce an ethereal effect and how traditional lace patterns can be applied to different Shetland wools using different […]

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Date | 30 September, 2019
Cost | £50.00
Time | 14.00 - 17.00
Location | Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick
Materials | Bring own needles
Tutor | Meret Buetzberger
Transport | Not included

Do you like to knit with colour but struggle with stranded work? In this class you will learn a colour technique that results in a reversible fabric. Double Knitting is the technique where you knit two right sides at once with two different colours to get a reversible piece. It’s great for shawls, cowls and […]

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