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October 23, 2013 By Andy Ross

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Touring Shetland

Our final tour for the year has just ended. What a lot of things we have seen!

The textile tour is a four day explore of Shetland, always interesting because we see different things on different tours and always great fun to run. This time around we had a small group and so we were able to rejig the tour to suit ourselves. It seems a long time ago but we managed to cram in knitting, spinning, weaving, buying, history, geology, rain and wind, sun and calm, lots of driving, soup and sweet in a local hall, more than one museum, and many many chats to people who knitted, made teddy bears, wove, sewed, did patchwork and a myriad of other things. It just goes to show what a textile-y place Shetland really is. Even in the off-season for visitors, there is plenty to see and do in the islands. Hurrah!

Dates for 2014 will be announced in December. In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here are a few pictures of what we saw.

Thank you to everyone who opened their studios, factories and museums for us. It is very much appreciated.

Bone spindle Bone spindle steaming a jumper steaming a jumper


A bone spindle in a wooden shuttle (l); steaming a jumper (r)




The cliffs at Eshaness - an extinct volcano The cliffs at Eshaness - an extinct volcano Notions Notions The cliffs at Eshaness (l); information and a photo of the handiwork of Johnnie Notions, a weaver who conquered smallpox in Northmavine (r)