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Knitting in a new lightRead MoreFebruary 24, 2011

Now, knitting is not my strong point, although I can do a row of plain and can even cast on now thanks to Margaret Peterson. However, in Shetland, we have very talented people who can knit the most intricate patterns and colours. I came across Donna Smith's Maakin Belt page, tweeted by Text-Isles, t...

Woolsack 2012Read MoreFebruary 23, 2011

How is this for a great idea! Make a British Wool cushion as a gift for an athlete at the Games in 2012. Fantastic! See Facebook http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_192343110795237&ap=1...

Singing SaturdaysRead MoreFebruary 21, 2011

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Our next concert is on March 19th and we are raising funds for the group through this event. We have put our tickets on sale through the Shetland Box Office, and you should be able to get these in the next few days. The concert is a variety of guests singing a variety of pieces. Come along and enjoy...

Something lightsomeRead MoreFebruary 21, 2011

This week, we received news of a giant rooftop loom. It sounds like a great idea! See this link for the details. http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/10105...

First make your warp...Read MoreFebruary 21, 2011

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Every journey starts with a single step and the first step to making your own cloth is winding your warp. We are running a class to teach the basics of warping and dressing a loom, the fundamentals of weaving. We will work in pairs, with four in the class, to allow you to take time to discover this ...

A "stained glass" rose classRead MoreFebruary 21, 2011

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This weekend, we are going to be running a class in Lerwick at Nimble Fingers, making a stained glass fabric rose with no sewing involved, using fusible webbing. The results are amazing, as you can see from this picture. Join Jan Hardin at ten at the shop for the first of our workshops in town. Pric...

Sarah BeadsmooreRead MoreFebruary 19, 2011

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Sarah is with us on a Buy Some Time programme, and is weaving up a proverbial storm, having just learned how to use the computers! We met Sarah in 2010 at Stroud, and are very pleased to welcome her to ASF Shetland. Sarah's work is influenced by colour and texture using simple weaves. Her silk sca...

A US Stay and MakerRead MoreFebruary 19, 2011

We have a visitor coming to visit us from the USA in July. Jeane, who runs elemental affects, is coming across the pond to stay and work at ASF Shetland, and is going to travel up from London to Shetland. We are looking out for interesting textiles things for Jeane to stop at and see on the way. Sug...

The Wool BrokersRead MoreFebruary 16, 2011

I have just been into the Shetland Wool Brokers (North Road, Lerwick) to see a new range of natural coloured yarns. The yarns are beautiful, soft shades of grey and brown (for the Shetland names, you can look at the wall chart showing the evocative names of the Shetland sheep - moorit, mooskit, shae...

Creative peopleRead MoreFebruary 14, 2011

We want to blog about the interesting things that are going on in the isles and make a page of links for people to contact our creative makers and artists. If you would like to be included, please email us with some details like your name, address and something about your work. If you have a photo o...