I have very happy memories of my friend Deborah Gray turning up with a willow-pattern china bowl that belonged to her mother, and many fragments of willow patterned china found on the beach at Bressay, as her inspiration sources. A further addition to this year's Wool Week, is the North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference, which will be held over four days at the end of the festival. It is a quick knit and it makes an ideal introduction to Fair Isle / colour work knitting. The official 2020 Shetland Wool Week knitting pattern ‘Katie’s Kep’ has been exclusively designed by Wool Week Patron Wilma Malcolmson. The varied and extensive line up for the 2013 Wool Week festival has been announced this week, and includes master classes and events with well-known local and international knitters and designers. Organised by a committee of local public, private and voluntary organisations, this community led event has a world-wide following, and attracts ever increasing numbers of wool and knitting enthusiasts to the isles every year. Tom is perhaps best known for his Visible Mending Programme (VMP), where he uses darning, patching and weaving techniques to give a new lease of life to damaged or over-loved garments. The Hoswick Visitor Centre has an astonishing array of events planned through the week with Niela Nell Kalra and Elizabeth Johnston; Jamieson and Smith (Shetland Wool Brokers) Ltd will open their shop daily for lessons with Hazel Tindall, Mary Henderson and Mary Kay, to name a few; with additional events taking place throughout Shetland, including: Unst Heritage Centre, ASF Shetland, Whalsay Heritage Centre, Shetland Museum and Archives, Shetland Textile Museum and Shetland College. A full programme of events is available at www.shetlandwoolweek.com and a printed programme will be available from mid-May from local outlets, or to download from the website. for yourself or as a festive gift, now is the time! A family owned business; we produce the purest 100% Shetland yarn and have done for decades. Shetland Wool Week 2013 Line-up Announced, Culswick Circular Walk, West Mainland of Shetland, Jarlshof to Sumburgh Head & Grutness Circular, Hillswick - Heylor, North Roe and Isbister, Mid Yell - North Yell (Gutcher, Cullivoe and Gloup), Walls - Culswick, Westerwick and Easter Skeld. The Conference is an international project held annually in venues in the North Atlantic region. Our online shop is currently under construction and will relaunch shortly. It features intricate details of the motifs and stitches from the six official SWW hat designs that have proved so popular over the years. Shetland Wool Week 2013 Line-up Announced, Culswick Circular Walk, West Mainland of Shetland, Jarlshof to Sumburgh Head & Grutness Circular, Hillswick - Heylor, North Roe and Isbister, Mid Yell - North Yell (Gutcher, Cullivoe and Gloup), Walls - Culswick, Westerwick and Easter Skeld. Baa-ble Hat - Shetland Wool Week 2015 - Donna Smith. Guest patron of this year's event is Felicity Ford, who, in addition to her work with "Wovember" is also an accomplished sound artist and textile designer. Now in its fourth year, Shetland Wool Week is a celebration of Britain's most northerly native sheep, Shetland's textile industries and rural farming communities. Di's work brings hand knitting to the fashion world, and her 30 years of teaching experience brings something special to her workshops. The varied and extensive line up for the 2013 Wool Week festival has been announced this week, and includes master classes and events with well-known local and international knitters and designers. Holding the conference in different venues throughout the North Atlantic each year allows the host area to highlight initiatives and challenges in their own area. Local speakers include Dr Carol Christiansen, Ronnie Eunson, Jim Nicolson, Lyall Halcrow and Lord Lieutenant Bobby Hunter.

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