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Sheila Faichney - illustratorRead MoreApril 18, 2010

I have just received a link to my friend, Sheila's new website. Go and have a look if you like wonderful, quirky, exotic pictures, and musings. Sheila lives in Scotland but has a special place in her heart for the islands, and has lived, worked and visited Orkney and Shetland. The last thing that I...

The singing SWRIRead MoreApril 17, 2010

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Well, we were meant to be in Inverness at the Scottish Womens Rural Institute National Choirs Competition this weekend but got bested by THAT volcano. The SWRI choir, luckily, had sung at the quiz night on Wednesday in the Town Hall. We were really good! I think it is the best we had ever sung. The...

Textiles from the English Church, LerwickRead MoreApril 17, 2010

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Last night, because of the volcano in Iceland, all the flights were cancelled across the UK which meant that the SWRI choir (see separate post) could not get to the National Competition. I instead spent the night in town with my friend Cushla, a wonderful New Zealander, who showed me the fabrics an...

Workshops for the winterRead MoreApril 4, 2010

Community workshops We are looking for people who would like to run workshops, either at the Centre or in the North Isles. If you are interested, or know anyone who may be, please download the document above and send it onto us. It is in pdf format....

A new trialRead MoreApril 4, 2010

We are trialling our new email to blog service! Things on the blog as they happen!...

Cullivoe School weavingRead MoreMarch 21, 2010

In 2009, the Cullivoe School trialled a weave project, from concept to finished woven article. The initial stage was showing the children how to use digital cameras, and how to take a good picture. These pictures then formed the basis for design using yarn wraps, and, after a brief introduction to...

Basketmaking workshopRead MoreMarch 21, 2010

This weekend, I paid a visit to a basketmaking workshop in Sellafirth at the local hall. It was organised and run by Lois Walpole and Jeanette Nowak, and fourteen people came together to learn how to use traditional techniques to make articles out of recycled rope, string, dried plants, wool, textil...

A basket-making workshopRead MoreMarch 21, 2010

I have just been to Sellafirth where there is a basket-making workshop going on, organised by Lois Walpole and Jeanette Nowak. It is fantastic to see fourteen people working to make basket structures out of recycled rope, plastic bags, and dried reeds and plants. I have taken some pics and w...

Places to stay and things to doRead MoreMarch 9, 2010

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We have a new area on the website for visitors, showing you where you can stay in the islands, and things of interest. To get to the page, use the Visitors link above. We encourage enquiries about staying; please get in touch. Shetland is famed for its community spirit and creative approach to isla...

Lauren Crawford - weave visitor 2008Read MoreMarch 3, 2010

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Using luxury silks and woollen fibres, I design and produce 100% hand made fabrics to create unique appearances, textures and combinations of natural fibres. My unique fashion accessories are suitable for all occasions and include scarves, skinny scarves, collars, cuffs and wedding garters. My pro...