Weaving Workshop in Shetland Isle Trip

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Weaving Workshop in Shetland Isle Trip


September 3rd to September 7th, 2018

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.


Days 1 September 3

Once you’ve checked in at our hotel and settled in and explore Brae.

Day 2 September 4

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.

Days 3 September 5

Discover the special, tangible nature of color in fibers and fabric. Connect color to texture, pattern, and meaning through your surrounding environment.

Days 4-5 September 6 and 7th

We will start warping and weaving the colors and texture of Yell.

Day 6 September 8th

Farwell to Shetland


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How do I get to the Isle?

I would suggest booking a flight on Logan Air for September 3rd, you will be picked up at the airport when you arrive.

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 weaving, workshops and getting out to see the local sights. The day starts with coffee 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 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 five miles.

Accommodation & other activities

Participants will enjoy well-appointed hotel room in the small town of Brae.

Outside of workshop hours, you’ll have the chance to live like a local. We'll help you get your bearings and suggest great local places shop and wander. 

Who will enjoy this tour?

Fibre & craft lovers, beginner and intermediate weavers, textile designers.


·       Accommodation – 5 nights in hotel in Brae

·       Meals – All meals

·       Transportation – All inclusive

·       Workshop –hand weaving on traditional looms

·       Teachers – 1 Shetland master weavers from Yell.


·       Flights to/from beginning and final destinations

·       Travel insurance



TO REGISTER: To register, contact us (406-756-8746).  $500 per person non-refundable deposit due upon registration.  Payment in full due by May 1, 2018

TRAVEL: You make your own flight arrangements; fly to Aberdeen Scotland, as well as arrangements for flight, to Shetland. We’ll arrange pickup at the Airport on the Isle. 

Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement

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.


Cancellation Policy:

  • 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.