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Published: 30 January 2016

By Andy Ross

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Textile Journeys 2016

The name "Shetland" is synonymous with textiles and each year we run tours across the islands to showcase the scenery that inspires these fabrics and the way we make them nowadays. 

Interestingly most of the visitors on our tours come from outside the UK - Swedes, Germans, Americans, Canadians, New Zealanders, South Africans... And our visitors are not always textile makers. Some of them come along because they want to see something about manufacturing, or they want to learn more about the history of the islands, and we get to meet some fascinating people including one who has started a business selling handmade ties (yes, I do own one) and a few who own shops which stock yarn. In a small way we are doing our bit to support the growth of Shetland's textile industry because some of those shopowners now stock Shetland yarns, and because people who cannot make the tour dates get in touch to ask about personalised tours so they can make connections. It is fantastic that we can do this and even more exciting that this August we running not our usual one, but two tours! The dates for the second tour are not on the brochure; the tour runs 11th to 15th August

A huge thank you to everyone who has been on our tours already and who pass on the messa.ge to others. If you do not know the islands, here is a link to the brochure online which you can download. One day we hope to see you in Shetland!