Wool Week Classes 2021

We will be putting on some “real life” classes during what would have been Wool Week – see below for details, then fill in the contact form to let us know what you’d like to book, and we’ll get back to you.

    Class 1 details

    TWINED KNITTING with Brita Hövenmark.

    Sunday 26th September 2021, 10.00 – 13.00. Price £45.00, yarn provided.

    Twined knitting is an old traditional way of knitting in Sweden. Knitting is done in the round, using two strands of wool. The two strands are knitted one by one but twisted as you knit. This gives a very sturdy, durable and warm item.

    Wool will be provided, as traditionally a z-plied yarn is used. Bring a set of 3 mm sock-needles or the needle/needles you are used to for knitting in the round.

    Class 2 details

    TWINED KNITTING with Brita Hövenmark.

    Monday 27th September 2021, 10.00 – 13.00. Price £45.00, yarn provided.

    Twined knitting is an old traditional way of knitting in Sweden. Knitting is done in the round, using two strands of wool. The two strands are knitted one by one but twisted as you knit. This gives a very sturdy, durable and warm item.

    Wool will be provided, as traditionally a z-plied yarn is used. Bring a set of 3 mm sock-needles or the needle/needles you are used to for knitting in the round.

    Class 3 details

    STEEKING with Barbara Cheyne

    Sunday 26th September 2021, 09.45 – 12.45. Price £45.00, yarn provided.

    In this class you will be taught the purpose of a steek when knitting 2 colours in the round, how to start the steek and how to cut and neaten it when finished. You should bring the knitting needles you normally use for fingering weight yarn, a tapestry needle and a crochet hook of similar size to your needles.

    Class 4 details

    SPINDLE SPINNING with Maureen Bell

    Sunday 26th September 2021, 13.00 – 17.00. Price £40.00, + £15.00 for set of materials and equipment.

    Learn how to spindle spin 2-ply knitting yarn from Shetland fleece. The class assumes no previous knowledge and will be a practical exploration of Shetland wool fibre, and the principles and practice of spindle spinning. The materials pack contains everything you need to produce 2-ply spindle-spun knitting yarn, including a top whorl spindle and washed, combed Shetland fleece. Just bring your enthusiasm and learn a productive and relaxing craft. 

    Class 5 details

    LACE KNITTING with Sheila Fowlie

    Monday 27th September 2021, 10.00 – 13.00. Price £45, yarn provided.

    Ever wanted to knit lace, but been too scared to try? Well now’s your chance to overcome your fears, as this class will show you how easy and addictive lace knitting can be. Using myriad weights of wool and different-sized needles, but with the same lace patterns, you’ll see all the various effects that can be achieved from chunky wool to the more ethereal cobweb lace. Hopefully you’ll feel confident enough to try your own lace project when you get home.

    Class 6 details

    DRUM CARDING, CARDING AND COMBING with Ingirid, Brita and James.

    Sunday 26th September 2021, 14.00 – 15.30. Price £10, payable at the Museum on the day.

    This class will be held outside if the weather is good enough. Will start with demonstrations, then you can give it a go !

    Class 7 – Cancelled

    Class 8 details

    TAATIT RUGS with Carol Christiansen

    Tuesday 28th September 2021, 09.30 – 11.00. Price £10.00

    Join Shetland Museum’s Textile Curator Dr Carol Christiansen for an informal talk about taatit rugs – their design and colour, construction, and importance in the Shetland household. Taatit rugs from Shetland Textile Museum and Shetland Museum will be available for close-up viewing. There will also be an opportunity to purchase a copy of her book “Taatit Rugs – the pile bedcovers of Shetland”.

    Class 9 details

    SPINNIN’ AN’ MAKKIN’ NIGHT

    Wednesday 29th September 2021, 19.00 – 21.00. Price £3.00 at the door.

    Come and join like-minded others for an informal evening, with your spinning wheel, spindle or knitting (makkin‘).

    Cup of tea and a “fancy” included.