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Stroud International Textiles Festival - Day TwoRead MoreMay 2, 2010

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A lovely day during which we spent time looking at various things in the exhibitions, shows and talks. We met a lot of makers and saw some very interesting work. The farmers market is wonderful in Stroud and the town itself has some really lovely buildings. Our Flickr page has been updated with i...

Stroud International Textiles Festival - Day oneRead MoreMay 1, 2010

This morning we picked up our car, a Smart car and drive to Stroud. It was a great trip north. Smart cars rule! Caught in traffic at Stroud, we arrived just in the middle of the speeches and the opening by Sir Christopher Frayling. He was very enthusiastic and mentioned Wendy’s Burra Bears in his ...

Shetland ForWirds - dialect websiteRead MoreApril 21, 2010

Shetland has a unique dialect and accent; each island and area has its own characteristics and islanders can tell where someone is from purely by through speech. To visitors, the dialect may be completely incomprehensible but I love the dialect and the wonderful words and phrases that exist. Shetlan...

Pauline Walsh - feltmaker Read MoreApril 19, 2010

Pauline has been working with felted articles very quietly from home and has built up a successful small business. Her work is humorous and fun, and has echoes of Shetland in the colours and textures she uses. I am very lucky to have a pair of her wonderfully warm slippers; useful and lovely to wear...

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...