by pecambillard in Shetland Islands

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On 11th December 2015 we successfully raised £7,194 with 203 supporters in 60 days

Launch of 5 pilot projects in which experienced volunteers will teach hand-knitting to Shetland youngsters.

by pecambillard in Shetland Islands

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Blandine Berlemont 1st December 2015

I have been interested in fair isle knitting ever since I bought "The complete book of traditional fair isle knitting" by Sheila McGregor. I have knitted many things using this book, including a jumper for my husband. We both wish you good luck with the project and hope to go and visit you one day.

James Brown 26th November 2015

I can trace my Shetland ancestry to Erasmus Smith on Unst in the 18th century. I will make my first-ever visit in Summer next year. A magnificent project but where are the boys in this?

Judith Brodnicki 30th October 2015

Wishing you the very best on this project! Hand crafts have great value in preserving traditions and in bringing joy to those who make them and those who receive them.

DeborahRobson 30th October 2015

What a wonderful project. I know that knitting has been taken out of the schools, and I applaud the determination and creativity of the adults who are putting this together to keep the spirit and the skills and the heritage going. Bravo!

DavieG 30th October 2015

Good luck with this totally worthwhile and hugely important project folks. Great to see this happening in the 'private sector'. That's how it will sustain and develop best.

Marcia Koenig 29th October 2015

I want to visit the Shetlands in 2016. So glad to see young people being taught these skills. I learned from my mother and grandmother.

CarolMackie 26th October 2015

My mother is originally from Shetland and she is a fabulous fair isle & lace knitter but sadly I did not see the importance of learning when I was young. Hopefully my pledge will see a young person learn to carry on the great knitting traditions of Shetland.

JeannePetrick 20th October 2015

I am honored to contribute to this worthwhile project! I have been twice to Shetland in the past two years, this year coming to Shetland Wool Week 2015! Very magical place - it has a part of my heart. I wish all the success to this endeavor and happy knitting to these peeriemakkers of the future!

mel 20th October 2015

Fantastic project. The volunteers are so dedicated and the enthusiasm of the children is amazing. Here's to the future of Shetland's heritage! Well done!

Mistlegigg 16th October 2015

As a lifelong knitter, taught by my mum, who was taught by her mum, and so it goes on, I can think of nothing more important than passing on this skill. It has commercial value but also brings joy and peace of mind. I wish everyone the very best of luck, I'm pleased to be a tiny part of this essential project.

belliswinter 16th October 2015

I'm french (my grand mother says that I have an scot ancestor, I hope so...) but I think it's so important so share customs and history... I'm knitter too, but I don't know how to create this marvelous things, perhaps one day I will come to learn... Good Luck

N-Graved 16th October 2015

This project is brilliant!!! I'm 100% sure this will go from strength to strength with the sheer amount of support you will receive, our children and grandchildren will thank you all for this in the future.

Sheila Mackay 15th October 2015

I had the pleasure of visiting Shetland in August. We'll done for keeping this beautiful art alive. Hi to Jim Dickson if you know him

ichstricke 15th October 2015

I'm so pleased to help. I admire the Shetland knitting techniques and hope to create something using them in the future. Traditions need the support of many, young, old and those in the middle as well :) Thank you for creating this project.

fionacope 15th October 2015

Shetland has such a rich tradition of Fair Isle knitting that it would be tragic if it was lost. I was happy to be able to promote and support Shetland knitters and other Shetland arts and crafts makers when I ran my craft shop, Oily Muggie, and its online shop. Glad to support the cause.

Felicity Ford 15th October 2015

Shetland has a rich and inspiring knitting tradition - hurrah for this project and for all ventures which seek to keep it alive for future generations!

Melinda 14th October 2015

Such a worthy cause! Knitting has brought such joy into my life -- so happy I can help support it bringing joy into the lives of others!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A knitting pattern from the world's fastest knitter since 2004, Shetlander Hazel Tindall, knitting specialist and instructor, based in Shetland.

£20 or more

59 of 75 claimed

£20 Reward

A CD by Shetland Fiddler Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, signed by Aly

£30 or more

32 of 40 claimed

£30 Reward

A hand knitted Shetland Wool Fair Isle headband. One size fits all.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

A package of 2 signed DVDs by Hazel Tindall, The Fine Art of Fair Isle Knitting with Shetland's Hazel Tindall, based in Shetland

£100 or more

£100 Reward

A book signed by World-renowed textile designer and project Patron Kaffe Fassett: " knitting with the color guys " by Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably

£150 or more

3 of 5 claimed

£150 Reward

A hand woven / felted Shetland pony, size 30cm long, 16 cm high, by Joanne Bell, of Fetlar, Shetland

£200 or more

2 of 4 claimed

£200 Reward

A weekend (2 nights) for 2 persons with breakfast at Brentham House, Lerwick, Shetland, during 2016. Travel to and from Shetland not included in Lerwick in 2016

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£75 Reward

A book "Vintage Shetland project " signed by textile artist Susan Crawford and described

£100 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£100 Reward

A handknitted Tirrick/Artic tern, from fine artist Deirdre Nelson, from “Birdyarns" her climate change project. They are knitted in communities in UK, in wool from Mull, with beaks and feet in recycled materials. One bird travelled to the arctic and back.

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