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Sandra’s visit to Wool House

Sandra has arrived back to J&S safe and sound after her busy little trip to Wool House over the past weekend. Not only did she get to look around the fantastic woolly exhibition but she was also a star attraction herself, giving Masterclasses on Fair Isle and Shetland Lace knitting which proved to be extremely popular with even more participants than we were expecting!


One of Sandra's Masterclasses in the Events Room at Wool House

Sandra had made up a little exercise for each class that the participating knitters could try out, some attempting Fair Isle and Shetland Lace for the first time. She was really impressed by how quickly everyone got into it and really enjoyed both classes. Judging by the comments we have had back the participants very much enjoyed it as well. Some have sent photos of their finished articles which we love! It is great to hear that everyone enjoyed their day out.

Imke Himstedt's knitted pouch from the Fair Isle Masterclass

Imke Himstedt’s knitted pouch from the Fair Isle Masterclass

Joanne Clements' knitted pouch from the Fair Isle Masterclass

Joanne Clements’ knitted pouch from the Fair Isle Masterclass

Another little treat for those who attended the classes was a sneak preview of some new patterns designed by Sandra that we are working on. They seemed to go down really well, particularly a lovely yoke cardigan in sage green,  so we can’t wait to get them out to you soon. 

New Pattern Samples

Tom of Holland, who many of you may know, also popped along to the class to meet up with Sandra. Tom is a self-taught knitter who prefers to use wool – particularly from British breeds –  in his projects and specialises in the mending of garments and promoting this as a more sensible alternative for our throw-away society. We are excited that Tom will be working with us on a few things in the near future as we have shared opinions, many of which are integral to J&S and Shetland knitwear as a whole. You can read more about Tom on his blog here.

Tom and Sandra

Wool House is billed by the Campaign for Wool as ‘the world’s biggest ever celebration of Wool’ where ‘all aspects of our favourite natural fibre will be explored’ and judging by the following images Sandra took as she looked around the exhibition in Somerset House it is quite spectacular. There really is a huge range of applications for this beautiful fibre and we  at J&S are lucky to work with the softest and bounciest one of the lot: Real Shetland Wool!

Exhibition 1

Exhibition 2

Exhibition 3

Exhibition 4

Exhibition 5

Exhibition 6

Exhibition 7

Exhibition 8

Exhibition 9

Rooms 1

Rooms 2

Rooms 3

Rooms 4

Rooms 5

Rooms 6

Rooms 7

Rooms 8

The Campaign for Wool’s Wool House runs until 24th March so you still have a chance to pop along and experience it for yourself if you can. Read more about it here.

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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sandra will Always be the One and Only FairIsleQueen! ( makes a Bow Right Now 😉

    March 20, 2013
  2. Danielle #

    Yes, it was a brilliant exhibition, I sat learning to darn with Tom of Holland ( lovely bloke ) and
    also wishing I was learning lace knitting across the room !

    March 20, 2013
  3. Well done Sandra, I think everyone enjoyed the classes and also loved the yarn! It was a significant cost for Jamieson and Smith to send you to London but I am sure it was well worth it and thank you for spending your weekend helping the Campaign for Wool. None of us get paid but we think it well worth the investment.

    March 20, 2013
  4. I have been to Wool House, was fascinating. Would have loved to attend the Shetland Lace workshop, but was unable to come…..hope to see you at Shetland Wool Week later this year!

    March 20, 2013
  5. Désirée #

    Thanks for all the inspiring photos. They look great. Sad that I live abroad and can’t visit the Wool House…..maybe the next time.

    March 21, 2013
  6. Thanks so much for your talks – I came straight home from Sandra’s lace presentation and ordered some of your yarn in a bunch of different colours! So pretty!

    March 25, 2013
  7. nice little colourwork in the Fair Isle masterclass, and what a neat wrong side! to be admired

    April 20, 2013

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