Weaving Workshop in Shetland Isles Sept 4th to 9th 2019
Weaving Workshop in Shetland Isles Sept 4th to 9th 2019
September 4rd to September 9th, 2019
Immerse yourself in the craft of textile design and weaving, within the beauty of the Shetland Isle.
Weaving in the Shetland Isle is even older than knitting. Excavations on the South Mainland, loom weights were found which indicate that woven cloth was made on an upright loom. Loom weights are generally made of baked clay or stone, in various shapes, with a hole drilled or bored through the weight so that a warp thread can be tied on. The warp threads would have hung from a bar with the weights keeping the warp tight.
Over the five-day workshop, you will explore the landscape of the Isle take photos to gather inspiration for your weaving project. Then it is off to Andy’s studio to learn about texture, design, and color. How can you take the colors in your photos and turn it into something beautiful. Then you will start warping and weaving in beautiful Shetland wool. Andy will share his extensive knowledge of weaving tweed. This is a rare experience to extend your knowledge of weaving in the stunning surrounding of the Shetland Isles.
Once you’ve checked in at our hotel and settled in and explore Brae.
In the morning, we’ll meet the Andy our master weaver who will be facilitating the workshop. We will gather inspiration from the stunning landscape of Yell. We will be exploring the topography of Yell, taking many photos for our next day’s workshop.
Discover the special, tangible nature of color in fibers and fabric. Connect color to texture, pattern, and meaning through your surrounding environment.
We will start warping and weaving the colors and texture of Yell.
Farwell to Shetland
I'm not a really experienced weaver so will I be able to do the project?
We plan projects that are accessible by weavers at various levels of experience, complexity in weaving, and interest. For those not as confident in their weaving, this can be a great time to move past some of your apprehension with experts to help you along. We also believe that it's your weaving and if you choose not to do the project, or to do it a different way, that's fine. We want you to make the most of your weaving in your way, and it's different for all of us. You still get the project yarn, whether you weave it or not!
What should I bring?
We recommend traveling light. We'll have a detailed discussion and send guidelines.
What is the schedule like?
A balanced mix of knitting, workshops and getting out to see the local sights. The day starts with coffee and knitting at our lodging, followed by a delicious breakfast. From there, we’ll either embark on an adventure Most dinners will be at local establishments, followed by relaxing in the lounge area. The schedule allows for time alone, with others, for walks or reading.
I have physical limitations and wonder if I'll be able to manage this trip? While we do relax often, we also walk to sites for meals and tours. Longer walks are optional though some short hikes will enhance your appreciation of the natural beauty of the area. We recommend being able to walk about one mile.
Traveling to the Shetland
We suggest booking a flight for arrival in Shetland on the first day. You will be picked up at the airport when you arrive. Flights are available on Logan Air from various UK airports.
We will be staying in a lovely hotel
Each weaver will have a cozy & comfortable rooms
Peaceful and beautiful surroundings
• September 4-September 9 2019
• Booking on a first come first service bases.
TO REGISTER: To register, contact us (406-756-8746). $500 per person non-refundable deposit due upon registration. Payment in full due by April 30, 2019
LOCATION: Shetland Isle
THE EXPERIENCE: Over the five-day workshop, you will explore the landscape of the Isle take photos to gather inspiration for your weaving project. Then it is off to Andy’s studio to learn about texture, design, and color. How can you take the colors in your photos and turn it into something beautiful? Then you will start warping and weaving in beautiful Shetland wool. Andy will share his extensive knowledge of weaving tweed.
LODGING: B&B lodging included in event price
PRICING: $2000.00— includes lodging, meals, knitting classes, local transportation and site admissions.
TRAVEL: You make your own flight arrangements; fly to Aberdeen Scotland, as well as arrangements for Logan Air, to Shetland. We’ll arrange pickup at the airport on the Isle.
Woolen Collectibles advises that all participants protect their trip investment by purchasing an accredited travel insurance protection plan that will cover trip interruption and trip cancellation.
Woolen Collectibles is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the trips arranged by Woolen Collectibles. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.
Woolen Collectibles encourages participants to ensure they have adequate medical insurance for the period of travel, and if outside the US, that participants purchase insurance to cover a medical incident in an international setting, including medical evacuation. Woolen Collectibles is not responsible for procuring or providing medical care and in no way responsible for the cost of such care and associated expenses such as medications or medical supplies.
- The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
- All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
- We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources such as Travelex.