Sunday, 27 April 2014

Shetland Wool Week 2014

 
Looking forward to Shetland Wool Week!
 
Shetland Wool Week, which will take place in October, is in now in its fifth year and is a series of events to celebrate Shetland Sheep, Shetland's crofting traditions and it's textile industry.  The programme for 2014 has been released and tickets for the workshops will go on sale on Monday 28th April (tomorrow) and it looks really exciting!.  There will be a large range of workshops in a variety of woolly subjects, Fair Isle knitting, steeking, spinning, dying, lace knitting are only some of the topics that will be covered.   Lots of other exciting things will be happening that week throughout Shetland, several businesses have opened up their doors for textile tours, and the Wool Week Hub in the Lerwick Museum will be an excellent place to meet other textile lovers and to see demonstrations. You can see the full program on the Shetland Wool Website.

I hope to be able to attend more this time, other commitments last year meant I only managed to do two workshops, both in Jamieson and Smith's shop.  The first was taken by Shetland's own Hazel Tindall (the Worlds's Fastest Knitter and this years wool week patron).  I forgot to take any photo- taking devices to this workshop.  The other was a Master Darning workshop by Tom de Deijnen (also known as Tom Of Holland and is author of the Visible Mending Programme).  You can see him in full flow teaching mode in the second photo.



I thoroughly enjoyed both workshops and learned a lot while meeting lots of lovely people and just enjoyed being in such an exciting place watching people coming and going and buying their wool.

I attended to the Makers Market in the Town Hall on the Saturday, where I had a table selling some of my felt things and again had the chance to talk to lots of lovely people and eye up the knitwear going past.

 

I certainly hope to attend more this year and if you are in Shetland and you have any interest in textiles at all I urge you to have a look through the programme.  The tickets for the workshops go on sale at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning, but be quick, they are usually very popular and sell out fast!

 

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