Shetland Museum and Archives are proud to offer a range of events for adults, children and famlies, covering a variety of themes throughout the year.Our own events are detailed below, or see the 'What's On' Calendar for all public events and exhibition listings for the building.
Please note that all children under 16 must have a current consent form on file before attending any event at Shetland Museum and Archives. These forms can be submitted at the time of attending an event, or beforehand. One form applies for all events in the full calendar year.
Shetland Wool Week is a world renowned celebration of Britain's most northerly native sheep, the Shetland textile industry and the rural farming community on these islands. Since its conception nine years ago, Shetland Wool Week has grown into an internationally acclaimed event. This year there will be an extensive range of exhibitions, classes and events, which will cover many different subjects. These will include; weaving, spinning, dyeing, Fair Isle and lace knitting as well as many other fascinating subject areas.View
This is a two-hour class for those new to Fair Isle or stranded knitting. We will cover ways to attach new colours, how to carry your yarn at the back (floats), achieve an even tension and tips on colour choice and patterns. Knitting with two colours in the round is optional. The class is open to all ages. See website for materials.View
10:00am - 1:00pm
Begin your own Fair Isle style pouch bag. An opportunity to practise blending colours, try a knitting belt and knit with two colours. You will learn the techniques of the traditional "star and tree" yoke pattern in circular knitting style, giving you the skills to knit a yoke jumper or cardigan.View
10:00am - 1:00pm
Hear Anna Vasko, Finnish textile designer and dyer, speak about her approach to ethical and ecological methods of dyeing fabrics, yarns and textiles. She is one of a growing number of makers who are working to create an entirely sustainable textile culture, where the focus is on using safe, non-toxic substances in production methods which are transparent and traceable.View
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Have you lost a knit stitch? Made a mistake? Used the wrong yarn? No problem. Everything can be made on purpose. Let yourself be inspired by a small felted piece of wool and become a wool witch to design your own enchanting wool wonder.View
7:30pm - 9:00pm
In the collection of the Museum of Friesland in the Netherlands is just one pair of gloves in stranded knitting, made from wool in the natural colors. Remarkable are the initials A.I. and the rather early date 1783. Could there be a link to Scotland or Scandinavia? Quite different are the long white cotton mitts from the second half of the 18th century, worn by well-to-do women. This talk will be about the search for the origins of these gloves and mitts.View