Shetland Wool Week prepares for crowds

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Autumn sees a host of craft events and wool fairs taking place around the UK, meaning if you're a textiles fan then you won't be stuck for activities.

Between October 7th and 13th visitors to Scotland can enjoy a trip to Shetland Wool Week and celebrate the islands' knitting and textiles heritage.

Wool has played a pivotal role in the development of the islands' economy, with sheep farming taking place for centuries and talented craftspeople turning the woollen fibres into excellent textiles by processing, spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting.

The wealth of expertise is virtually unrivalled with famous wool experts ranging from Oliver Henry to Hazel Tindall, and Shetland Wool Week certainly doesn't fall short of master classes and events featuring well known local and international knitters.

In its fourth year it aims to celebrates Britain's most northerly native sheep, thriving traditional textile industry and rural farming communities - and plans to do so via a week - long schedule of workshops, lectures, exhibitions, stalls and activities.

A great place to learn some new skills - visitors can get to grips with Fair Isle and lace knitting, as well as spinning, weaving and dyeing, allowing you to turn sheep's fleece into a fully-formed garment.

Darning, patching and reworking old clothes and designs will also be one of the highlights of the week, with Tom Van Deijnen - otherwise known as 'Tom of Holland' - showcasing how to give damaged or over-loved garments a new lease of life.

To make sure you don't miss out it's vital that you snap up tickets while you can and book yourself onto courses and workshops sooner rather than later. Places are limited and with such an array of craft legends sharing their expertise it'd be a real shame to miss out.

Many of the events take place at the Hoswick Visitor Centre, but there are also additional activities taking place throughout Shetland, in locations such as Shetland Textile Museum, Unst Heritage Centre and Shetland Museum and Archives.

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