WE'RE OPEN AGAIN !!

On Tuesday 4th August, the doors to the Böd were once more opened, and visitors were welcomed in, after government strictures were finally relaxed enough to allow it. Of course, the usual rules apply - social distancing must be observed, face coverings worn, and hand-sanitiser rubbed in, but our Custodian Brita is still there, with her ever-welcoming smile, and new exhibitions are waiting to be admired.

This year, the theme of the displays is "CLAES" - Shetland dialect for clothes. We have Bairns Claes, Christening Claes, Everyday Claes, Best Claes, Bed Claes and Ootdoor Claes, with plenty of examples of Fair Isle, Lace and Tweed to keep everyone happy. Detail of Christening shawl.What is, unfortunately, missing are our demonstrators - the expert practitioners of knitting, spinning and weaving, who normally sit in the Museum showing visitors their skills, answering innumerable questions about Shetland, and removing the mystique from the art of using a knitting belt - social distancing precludes it.

Beautifully patterned Fair Isle glove in Ootdoor Claes

However, there's plenty to see, including the Loom Room, where you can admire examples of traditional and modern tweed, and a hand loom from the mid-C20th, which is still operational.

Then, of course, our shop - full of examples of the best that Shetland's "makkers" can produce, from traditional Fair Isle gloves to modern wraps, by way of yokes, jumpers, chickens, tea-cosies, buttons, jumper boards, wire-keeps and more. Fair Isle Yoke CardiganIf you can't visit, take a look at our Facebook Page of Photos, where you'll find an album called "Commissions" - plenty of ideas if you'd like to commission your own piece of Shetland textile history.

Our new opening hours are 12.00 - 4.00, Tuesday to Saturday. You can simply turn up, but we do have to limit numbers, so if you want to be sure of getting in at the time you want, give us a ring to pre-book a visit, on 01595 694386, email us at shetlandtextilemuseum@gmail.com, or message us on Facebook.

(Sorry, no public toilet facilities.)