ShetlandPeerieMakkers

by knit starter in Lerwick, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 11th November 2019 we successfully raised £12,454 with 402 supporters in 44 days

We're raising funds to continue running the ShetlandPeerieMakkers knitting groups, which support and encourage young knitters in Shetland

by knit starter in Lerwick, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

We would do even more to continue encouraging knitting skills in Shetland by: 

  • buying more materials and equipment
  • improving the quality of the materials
  • giving the children further opportunities related to their newly honed skills
  • improving the confidence and well-being of all those involved in the project.  


Helping to sustain Shetland's knitting culture

Shetland's wonderful culture of hand knitting needs nurturing if it is to remain vibrant for future generations. The Brough Lodge Trust has decided to contribute by taking action and this page explains what you can do to help.

The story so far...

ShetlandPeerieMakkers  is a successful ongoing project to bestow the skills and knowledge of Shetland hand knitting through supported guidance in a familiar, and intergeneration setting within Shetland.  Begun in 2015 by the Brough Lodge Trust, it is delivered by expert volunteer tutors, who provide free hand knitting tuition to children who join ShetlandPeerieMakkers’ knitting groups in local communities.  To support the development of skills the tutors use the ShetlandPeerieMakkers “Sockbox”: a complete resource of equipment and support documents including  an unique tuition method (the Sockbox Recipe), researched and designed in Shetland by the project working group.  

The ShetlandPeerieMakkers groups have thus far been hosted in local primary schools, therefore involving the school as well as the wider community.

A way forward...

By 2020, we intend that all communities in Shetland, where there is a demand and qualified tutors available, will have a ShetlandPeerieMakkers knitting group.  To date, we have an estimated average uptake of 25% of the targeted age group participating, and we wish to see this increase.  The ShetlandPeerieMakkers method of passing on Shetland hand knitting skills and knowledge has seen an average of 72% of those children involved in a group becoming accomplished Shetland knitters.         

The project is currently financed through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas Shetland LEADER Programme 2014-2020 and the London fashion house Alexander McQueen. However, our current funding stream ends in mid-2020 and we are therefore raising funds to keep our ShetlandPeerieMakkers groups going from strength to strength after August 2020.

How you can help...

Because Shetland knitting means so much to people in Shetland and around the world, we believe that we should launch an appeal to support the project.  We will be extremely grateful for any contribution you can make and, accordingly, we want to thank you with a gift.,

Whatever you pledge will allow us to buy materials for the ShetlandPeerieMakkers groups and support our expert volunteers, who give up their time each week to share their skills with the next generation of Shetlanders.  By next summer, there will be up to 100 volunteer tutors involved in the project.

The rewards we offer to thank you for your generosity

Our rewards are a thank you for your donation.  Naturally the value of the reward may be less than the value of your donation and that is because, although some rewards have been donated, we need to pay for others at cost (and to cover crowdfunding and credit card expenses) before we benefit from your generosity. Rewards include beautiful Fair Isle headbands kindly donated  by volunteers and members of Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers as well as Shetland-made child sized knitting belts, the same as are used by our 'peeriemakkers'.

Below, you will find the list of all rewards, with weblinks.

We will dispatch all awards in November. If we experience a delay for the headbands and knitting belts due to demand, we let you know when to expect the reward.  Please also note that we have limited quantities of some awards. 

If you do not wish to receive a reward please tell us by sending an email to info@shetlandpeeriemakkers.com 

 

Pledges and Rewards

Pledge amount 15 GBP:

Hazel Tindall's Mittens Pattern

A knitting pattern of mittens from the world's fastest knitter since 2004, Shetlander Hazel Tindall, knitting specialist and instructor, based in Shetland. http://www.hazeltindall.com/ 

Pledge amount 20 GBP:

Janette Budge ShetlandPeerieMakkers hat pattern

A knitting pattern of the  “ShetlandPeerieMakkers’ hat from Janette Budge, one of our expert volunteers and Shetland Knitwear Designer, and Tutor. https://www.janettebudge.com/about/

Pledge amount 30 GBP:

Hand knitting Project Bag

A “ShetlandPeerieMakkers” hand knitting project bag, which includes a glossary  of Shetland dialect knitting words translated into English

Project Bag sample

Pledge amount 45 GBP:

Fair Isle Headband

A Fair Isle Headband handknitted with Shetland Wool by members of Shetland Guild of  Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers as well as volunteers. One size fits all. https://en-gb.facebook.com/SGSWD/

Headband sample click here

Pledge amount 75 GBP:

Hand knitting belt for children

A colourful Shetland made  hand knitting belt as used by children for the project Makkin belt sample

Pledge amount 120 GBP:

Accommodation in a Camping Böd  (limited number)

Three nights for four people in a Shetland Böd in 2020.  This is basic accommodation for those who want a simple holiday.  Anyone familiar with English "camping barns" will have a good idea of what to expect. Choose between eight different locations in Shetland.  Dates are subject to agreement by Shetland Amenity Trust and the reward recipient.  The offer includes free accommodation only, not utilities, travel or any other related costs. http://www.camping-bods.com/

Limited number of reward(s) = 1

Pledge amount 240 GBP:

Accommodation at Bressay Lighthouse (limited number)

Three nights in one of the Bressay Lighthouse keeper's cottages in 2020.  Located on the island of Bressay, the cottages provide a tranquil and peaceful retreat that is perfect for a family holiday or enjoying a getaway with friends.  The cottages sleep up to six people, with two double bedrooms and one twin room (bed linen and towels are provided).  Dates subject to agreement by Shetland Amenity Trust and the reward recipient.  The offer includes free accommodation only, not utilities, travel or any other related costs. http://www.shetlandlighthouse.com/bressay-lighthouse  

Limited number of reward(s) = 1

Pledge amount 300 GBP:

Luxury Accommodation weekend in Lerwick, Shetland  (limited number)

A weekend (2 nights) for two persons with breakfast at Brentham House, Lerwick, Shetland, during 2020.  Travel to and from Shetland not included. http://www.brenthamhouse.co.uk   

Limited number of reward(s) = 2 

ShetlandPeerieMakkers would like to thank you for your support.  

Your pledge will help to make it possible to preserve the craft of Shetland Knitting for future generations.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

Hazel Tindall's Mittens Pattern

A knitting pattern of mittens from the world's fastest knitter since 2004, Shetlander Hazel Tindall, knitting specialist and instructor, based in Shetland https://www.hazeltindall.com

£20 or more

Janette Budge's ShetlandPeerieMakkers hat pattern

A knitting pattern of the "ShetlandPeerieMakkers" hat from Janette Budge, Volunteer and Shetland Knitwear Designer and Tutor https://www.janettebudge.com/about/

£30 or more

Hand Knitting Project Bag

A "ShetlandPeerieMakkers" hand knitting project bag, which includes glossary of typical knitting words in Shetland dialect words translated into English

£45 or more

26 of 120 claimed

Fair Isle Headband

A Fair Isle Headband hand knitted with Shetland wool by members of the Shetland Guild of Spinners , Knitters, Weavers and Dyers as well as volunteers https://en-gb.facebook.com/SGSWD/

£75 or more

1 of 75 claimed

Hand Knitting Belt for children

A colourful Shetland made hand knitting belt as used by children for the project. Length: 210 mm

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Accommodation in a Shetland Böd

3 nights for 4 people in a Böd in 2020. This is basic accommodation for those who want a simple holiday. Anyone familiar with English "camping barns" will have a good idea of what to expect. Choice between 8 different locations in Shetland. dates subject to agreement by Shetland Amenity Trust and the reward recipient. The offer includes free accommodation only, not utilities, travel or any other related costs. http://www.camping-bods.com/

£240 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Accommodation at Bressay Lighthouse, Shetland

3 nights in one of the Bressay Lighthouse keeper's cottages in 2020. Located on the island of Bressay. Bressay cottages sleep up to six people, with two double bedrooms and one twin room. Bed linen and towels are provided. Dates subject to agreement by Shetland Amenity Trust and the reward recipient. The offer includes free accommodation only, not utilities, travel or any other related costs. http://www.shetlandlighthouse.com/bressay-lighthouse

£300 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Luxury Weekend Accommodation, Lerwick, Shetland

A weekend (2 nights) for 2 persons with breakfast at Brentham House, Lerwick, Shetland during 2020. Travel to and from Shetland not included http://www.brenthamhouse.co.uk


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