Jamieson & Smith: A Shetland Story


Whalsay Fair Isle Knitting Through the Decades


Shetland Oo


Wool Week Annual 2016 Vol. 2


A Shetlanders Fair Isle Graph Book by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers


The Book of Haps


The Gladys Amedro Vintage Lace Collection - Volume 1


Yokes by Kate Davies


Traditional Shetland Scarves and Shawls


Unst Heritage Lace


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Jamieson & Smith: A Shetland Story

Shetland textiles have for centuries been loved and admired across the globe. With our characterful sheep and instantly recognisable styles of Fair Isle and Shetland Lace knitting, the Shetland islands have long been associated with a thriving local wool industry. At the heart of this industry is Jamieson & Smith, Shetland Woolbrokers, who have been buying and selling Real Shetland Wool since the 1930s. Today, Jamieson & Smith is run by a skilled and passionate team who continue to build on the company’s proud legacy. Inside this book, you’ll find out about the people who founded, built and sustained the Shetland Woolbrokers, and discover the history of this world-famous textile brand. To celebrate both our heritage and our future, we’ve commissioned ten handknit designs. Drawing on the distinctive legacies of Shetland Lace and Fair Isle knitting, worked in our yarns, and photographed right here in Shetland, these signature handknits unite the story of Shetland wool together with the rich textile heritage of the islands.

Designs from:

Sandra Manson

Kharis Leggate

Ella Gordon

Mary Henderson

Gudrun Johnston

Mary Jane Mucklestone

Lesley Smith

 

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Whalsay Fair Isle Knitting Through the Decades

This is a small book to commemorate the exhibition at the Whalsay Heritage Centre of Whalsay Fair Isle Knitting through the decades, it contains pictures and descriptions of items featured in the exhibtion. 56 pages, A5 size.

Please Note: this book does not contain patterns for any of the garments shown in the book.

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Shetland Oo

Shetland Oo: Wool, Textiles, Work.

Photography by Tom Barr & words by Kate Davies

Wool—or in Shetlandic, Oo—has for centuries figured centrally in island life. Hardy, colourful, characterful sheep have adapted over millennia to a challenging climate, and Shetlanders have always put their fine fleeces to good use, in beautiful, distinctive textiles ranging from woven tweeds to Fairisle handknits. From croft to creative enterprise, wool remains at the heart of many island industries today, and this collaborative documentary project reveals the many different kinds of work that oo supports. In these pages you’ll meet the fascinating graders, breeders, tanners, artists, designers, knitters, weavers, hand spinners, knitwear manufacturers and retailers, who, in so many different ways, have made their lives in oo. Photographed by Tom Barr, and with accompanying essays and profiles written by Kate Davies, this book is produced in celebration of the vital contemporary work of Shetland wool.

Please note: this book is a documentary project exploring Shetland wool in words and images. It does not contain knitting patterns. 

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Wool Week Annual 2016 Vol. 2

LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE!

Among the full patterns provided, along with profiles of the designers, are Shetland Wool Week Patron Ella Gordon’s spectacular Crofthoose Hat and Crofthoose Mitts; Donna Smith’s beautiful Shetland lace Sanik Shawl; Outi Kater’s Fair Isle Snaefrid Legwarmers; Wilma and Terri Malcolmson’s Da Hölmin hat and a classic Brogash cardigan from Hazel Tindall.

Also provided are patterns for Kristi Jöeste’s Muhu Fly Gloves, Carol Christiansen’s Küttikins slipper socks, Marian B Leslie’s Sleeveless Spencer and a design for Helen Robertson’s Light Up Your Lace Jar Lantern.

Essays include Donna Smith on the phenomenon of the makkin belt, Tom Kidd’s fabulous photographs of 1970s Fair Isle gansies, Roslyn Chapman on the infamous Truck and Barter system of paying knitters, and the amazing story of how Shetland knitwear conquered Everest.

Extraordinary illustrations, a selection of book reviews and some personal insights into the lives of the isles’ top knitters: The Shetland Wool Week Annual 2016 is available at £14, but get your copy quickly: it’s bound to be in short supply.

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A Shetlanders Fair Isle Graph Book by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers

In the mid-20th century, Shetland' professional knitters designed and knitted hundreds of Fair Isle garments each year. The knitting charts produced here are from two original design books, which include both Fair Isle and Norwegian-inspired motifs. The charts are aimed at the adventurous knitter, who wishes to be inspired by classic, authentic Shetland Fair Isle patterns and colourways.

Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers was formed in 1988. Members meet most months to provide/enjoy workshops, share knowledge and explore textile related crafts. Guild members also demonstrate their skills when requested. A newsletter is produced regularly, and the Guild has a dedicated group on Ravelry and a Facebook page. Income from the sale of this book will be used by the Guild to promote all aspects of traditional Shetland textile skills.

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The Book of Haps

The Book of Haps

Join Kate Davies, Jen Arnall-Culliford, and a host of renowned designers as they introduce you to the wonderful world of haps.

A hap is a Scottish dialect word for a simple shawl or wrap. Haps have a particular association with the Shetland islands where, for more than a century, they were knitted for everyday wear as well as for sale. Combining textile history with contemporary design, this book explores the story of the hap through five beautifully illustrated essays, and thirteen stunning patterns. While the first part of the book looks to the past for inspiration, exploring the many different contexts in which haps were made and worn, the book’s second half acts as a springboard to the future, as designers from around the world present their own interpretations of the hap.  From Nevada and Finland to Reykjavik, and Burra Isle, the patterns in these pages are as distinctive and varied as their designers’ locales. Haps may well surprise you: they can be square, triangular, or hexagonal, incorporating lace, cables, or colour. Though haps are, by definition, functional, wearable textiles, you’ll find they can also be elegant and fascinating, graphic and abstract. Whatever your knitterly interests, you’ll find the Book of Haps an endless source of inspiration and a canvas for your creativity. 

Contributors:

Jen Arnall-Culliford, Martina Behm, Roslyn Chapman, Kate Davies, Carol Feller, Lucy Hague, Romi Hill, Bristol Ivy,  Gudrun Johnston, Hélène Magnússon, Donna Smith, Hazel Tindall, Tom van Deijnen, Veera Välimäki.

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The Gladys Amedro Vintage Lace Collection - Volume 1

 

 

This collection brings together 4 of Gladys Amedros best selling patterns, reproduced from original patterns this booklet contains the pattern for The Gibbie Shawl, Lace Christening Robe, Fine Lace Stole and Scarf and My Weekly Baby Knits Shawl. Compiled by us at Jamieson & Smith, we also give some background and information about the history of Gladys' patterns and work with J&S.

Each pattern is written out line by line and not charted, the patterns are written for 1ply Cobweb and 2ply Lace but would work equally well with 1ply and 2ply Shetland Supreme and information for substituting is given.

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Yokes by Kate Davies

In this exciting new book, writer and designer Kate Davies unravels the tale of one of the Twentieth Century’s most distinctive sweater styles - the circular yoke. From Shetland and Iceland to Canada and Sweden, Kate’s essays and conversations take you on a journey around the North Atlantic, exploring the yoke’s intriguing and often surprising regional narratives.

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Further Reading / resources; notes on size fit and modification; a special techniques section
and
eleven signature yoke designs in a wide range of yarn weights and knitting styles.

The majority of designs are graded in ten sizes from 30-50 inches

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Traditional Shetland Scarves and Shawls

A great little A5 booklet with a wide range of classic vintage Shetland patterns photocopied from 1950s original, it also includes information about Shetland knitting in the 1950s. All the patterns are written out and not charted. Patterns include:

The Feather and Fan Scarf

The Four Ounce Shawl

The Scalloped Shawl

Pineapple Pattern Scarf

Diamond and Shell Scarf

Spiderweb Lace Scarf

Please note: this is a black and white photocopy of the original booklet, the writing is quite small.

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Unst Heritage Lace

This small 26 page book is produced by Unst Heritage Trust.
Experienced knitters will enjoy some motifs gleaned from the 1880s lace knit collection at Unst Heritage Centre.

This book gives some history into Shetland Lace in Unst and patterns for Motifs to be used in Lace knitting.

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