Kate Davies leads Shetland Wool Week

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Shetland Wool Week has begun, with a series of live demonstrations and exciting events.

The third annual occasion features Kate Davies, who has agreed to be the patron of the event celebrating the islands' wool and textiles.

Internationally renowned designer Kate Davies will be running a workshop on how to make knitting a career by selling designs and publishing patterns, which could prove invaluable to many intermediate and advanced craftspeople.

This follows a highly anticipated session by technical editor Jen Arnall-Culliford, who will teach visitors how best to write and edit patterns to ensure they are easy to follow and recreate at home.

Writer Susan Crawford, who is currently hard at work creating the textiles book Vintage Shetland, will also be making an appearance to educate event-goers on her research and the process involved in putting together a knitting title.

Other demonstrations this week include spinning, weaving and knitting, with displays from the Shetland Museum and Archives, Bonhoga Gallery, North Rock Gallery, Vaila Fine Art and Shetland College.

The week seeks to celebrate the wool of Shetland sheep, as well as the textile industries and rural farming communities, through knitting master classes.

Fair Isle and Shetland Fine Lace workshops are being run, as well as hand-spinning, hand-knitting, weaving and felting courses for people keen to learn new skills from the islands and further afield.

As well as demonstrations, this year's Shetland Wool Week will be introducing a makers market, where local knitters can demonstrate their skills and sell their handmade items to visitors.

Shetland has a long history of woolcraft and woollenwear, beginning with the crafting industry which was founded on the native breeds of sheep.

It has since gone on to become a viable income for many islanders, with contemporary Shetland now famous internationally for its knitting and textiles industries.

If you're keen to visit this exciting event, then Shetland Wool Week will be taking place from October 8th to 14th.

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