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Tours in 2018Read MoreDecember 16, 2017

Next year's tours are filling up well and we have an additional two...

New book for the library - Wheels and LoomsRead MoreDecember 14, 2017

We have a new addition to the library; a book of plans for spinning wheels and looms.

The decline in woolRead MoreDecember 9, 2017

This week an article on BBC News has highlighted the decline in British wool. For those of us in the industry it is unwelcome news...

What's on Alvin?Read MoreDecember 9, 2017


Just before Storm Caroline hit and spread snow across Shetland Alvin the loom finished weaving some new cloth...

Handmade in MexicoRead MoreDecember 9, 2017

On BBC iPlayer there is a lovely short film about the making of a huipil, the Central American garment.

Zimbabwe - A personal noteRead MoreDecember 2, 2017

As most of you who read this blog know, I hail from Zimbabwe and the country is very dear to my heart, not least because most of my family still live there.

Fruity KnittingRead MoreDecember 2, 2017

A few months ago, during Shetland Wool Week, Andrea and Andrew from the Fruity Knitting podcast came up to Yell to see the studio and to conduct an interview.

Scythians at the British MuseumRead MoreDecember 2, 2017


There is a fascinating exhibition at the British Museum in London; ancient Siberians called the Scythians.

A trip to South AfricaRead MoreDecember 2, 2017


After a month's rest, we are back from a holiday in South Africa where we saw some amazing things.

Bark cloth from TanzaniaRead MoreOctober 21, 2017

A parcel arrived today; one with a lovely surprise in it.