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Hip-hop and...wool?Read MoreAugust 26, 2017

Jamieson and Smith, aka the Wool Brokers, has made it onto the hip-hop stage.

Late summer visitorsRead MoreAugust 26, 2017

This week we have two visitors who are working on projects.

Mapping textile techniquesRead MoreAugust 26, 2017

Pakistan and India have a rich and varied tradition of creating textiles, beautifully illustrated in two maps.

Mimulus guttatusRead MoreAugust 19, 2017


This week the papers across the UK have been set a little aflutter by the news that there is a "new flower" in Shetland.

GlassRead MoreAugust 12, 2017

For some reason, glass is the topic du jour.

New scarvesRead MoreAugust 12, 2017


Last week on the blog there was an article about the scarves that we were weaving. I say "were" because they are all done!

Music degreeRead MoreAugust 12, 2017

This week I have had some Exciting News!

A beautiful bookRead MoreAugust 12, 2017


As you know, we love books in the studio and we have a collection of many kinds, including some illustrated by autolithographs.

Revitalising the kimonoRead MoreAugust 12, 2017


A few years ago we started to collect kimonos for the research and reference library. Their interesting fabrics, colours and shapes caught our eye...

Songs and spells of Orkney and ShetlandRead MoreAugust 5, 2017


Jeanette Nowak is a local artist and her new exhibition has just opened in Yell at the Old Haa.