New Shetland Heritage Shades

From one launch on Friday to now another on Monday, its been an exciting weekend at J&S. The long-anticipated new Shetland Heritage shades have finally arrived and we are delighted to now be able to release them for you to begin creating beautiful knits with.

New Shades

These new shades have been created using feedback from our customers with the most requested colours being developed to blend with the original 6 shades. Coll Black and Snaa White provide the classic black and white combination, perfect for Sanquhar Gloves, and are much needed shades for colourwork or for creating simple, yet beautiful, white or black garments. Shetland Heritage also knits up well in lace if you want to experiment with thicker lace garments. Mussel Blue provides the much-requested dark-blue, and Moss Green gives a lovely, warm green that blends in beautfully with the other shades. Finally Silver Grey adds a nice neutral shade, similar to Shade 203 in our Jumper Weight yarns, that can be used as a background colour to tie together all the other shades in colour work. These new shades compliment the original 6 and open up a whole range of new options for working with this beautiful yarn, highly regarded for its softness and stitch definition. You can find all 11 shades here.

New Shades

The original 6 Shetland Heritage shades were inspired by traditional, hand spun and dyed yarns found in garments in the Shetland Museum and Archives textile collection. These were the first dyed yarns used in Fair Isle knitwear in Shetland and would have been made from whatever dyes were available to the people of the time, including madder root and indigo. You can find out more about the development of the Shetland Heritage range in the original 6 shades here.

All Shades

All in all a great start to the week! 

7 thoughts on “New Shetland Heritage Shades

  1. curtthesheep May 20, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    Of course I am delighted to see the new shades in the Real Shetland wool Heritage Collection….but the work that goes into launching new products may surprise a lot of knitters. First we have the wool, grown on the backs of sheep that have been tended by the 800 or so crofters / sheep farmers who send their wool into Jamieson and Smith for grading and sorting. The farmers are among the fastest paid for their wool in the world! I learned a long time ago that fast pay makes fast friends!
    The wool then goes to our scouring plant in Bradford, Haworth Scouring Company, who wash the wool to the most exacting environmental credentials in the world. The sorted and scoured wool is combed at Haworth Combing Company – yes on the same site as the scouring so the yarn`s green credentials are multiplied and results in a very good life cycle analysis/carbon footprint.
    Once the wool is combed into tops (ours is the only commercial combing plant in the UK) they go to a local mill for spinning into yarn. The yarn then goes to a local mill for dyeing. It is then wound onto cones and some of it is balled.
    The shades were selected by the knitters and other interested groups who replied to our questions about what shades are missing from the original 6 that we produced?
    The yarn is now available on 1kg cones or in balls. It has taken weeks to get the new yarns ready but we truly believe it will give Jamieson and Smith`s customers an exciting new opportunity to create some wonderful designs with it.
    Do keep in touch and if you are happy to show us your ideas we would love to see them. Everyone at Jamieson and Smith is excited by the new shades and have worked tirelessly to get them developed and ready to send out. Good luck to all.
    Martin Curtis

  2. Sue Smith May 21, 2013 / 12:05 am

    Brilliant colours in the Heritage rangeI you have my favourite madder! Well done- look forward to ordering some!

  3. Em May 22, 2013 / 12:27 pm

    I love the new colors. Traditional dyes can be so rich and I’m very happy J&S made a modern yarn with traditional values.

    Will you be doing more soon? I know the reason for the Heritage range is to reproduce period yarn in traditional colours but I would love to see a much bigger selection. You could make a selection in Herietage just as big as your Jumper 2 ply selection while still staying true to the traditional colors. Like way more greens and browns, a less green gold and a buttermilk yellow, lighter blues and pinks. I love knitting with Heritage yarn. But if you did way more colours, l’d do way more knitting with it 🙂

  4. Jamieson&Smith May 29, 2013 / 4:52 pm

    Hi Em,
    We are so happy with the colours as well, they definetly hark back to traditional Shetland knitwear yet still look fresh an beautiful. We would love to do more shades but as mentioned by Curtthesheep above a lot of work and investment has to be put into new yarns so unfortunately we can’t rush into it. We’re also very short on space in our little, old premises for storing all these lovely new yarns! We would obviously love to expand the Shetland Heritage range but you will have to bear with us as we work on them.
    Thanks for the message,
    The J&S team.

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