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Shetland Tweed Research

The first part of the Tweed Research Project started in August 2016 and finished on 31st March 2017. It was funded by GlobalYell and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The second stage of the work will look in more depth at the tweed industry of Shetland.

Below is the information that the team, Alicja Tyburska, Kirsty Brabin, Hannah Eynon and Andy Ross found out, along audio files, photographs and text relating to the project. 

More information is always being sought. Please email if you know anything about the tweeds of the isles. 


Names of interviewees

Jim Nicolson

Jackie Edwardson

Ivor Smith

Brian Smith

Norman Goudie

Cecil Duncan

Names of weavers we heard stories about.

James ‘Rasmie’ Johnson - Unst 

Willie Sutherland – Unst

James Johnson - Angus Johnsons’s father and grandfather. 

Annie Mouatt

Tom Hughson - Unst 

Sam Poleson - Unst

Names to investigate. 

Andrew Stewart – Mary Kenney contact.

Laureen Johnson – expert on Aides O Voe

Malcolm Morrison – Levenwick

Ali Colvin – (new)

Walter Johnson – (speak to wife)

Drew Ratter

Davy Cooper’s father @ Amenity Trust 

Lorraine Halcrow’s Father – Tom

James Sandison - Channerwick

Pictures from the interviews

Kirsty, Brian and Alicja at Hay's Dock, Shetland MuseumBrian Smith

Brian's interview

Unkans 34 - Shetland Tweed article on back page. Published by Shetland Museum and Archives.

The Press and Journal 1950 - article about John Pearson, handweaver from Lerwick, in Piccadilly, London. 


Hoswick Tweeds

Box of tweeds Piece ticketAlicja holds a tweed sample

Tom Hughson blankets

Tom Hughson blanketLabelBlanket and label - brown and green colourway