The Campaign for Wool (CfW) is dedicated to promoting the awareness of wool around the world. It was convened by HRH The Prince of Wales who is also its Patron. This is the first time that all the major wool growing countries have joined forces to work together with the common aim of promoting wool. The CfW has grown significantly and there is no doubt that it has been extremely influential, Shetland Wool Week was inaugurated after Martin Curtis attended a meeting at Highgrove during which HRH outlined his hopes for the CfW. Shetland Wool Week and the North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference are featured on the main activities calendar of the CfW website (alongside events taking place in London, New York, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Tokyo, and several other major cities). It was therefore most appropriate that John Thorley, OBE, Chairman of the CfW, presented HRH with a hand lace knitted Christening Robe that was made from Real Shetland wool, grown in the Shetland Islands, during a recent trip to Scotland. The presentation was made on behalf of the CfW and the 800 sheep farmers and crofters who live and work in the Shetland Islands.
Sandra was invited to the Wool House Exhibition that took place in the fabulous Somerset House in London where she gave lessons in authentic Shetland Lace and Fair Isle knitting techniques. The classes were oversubscribed and it is amazing to see how the popularity of knitting is growing worldwide. Real Shetland wool, grown in the Shetland Islands is reclaiming its place amongst the world’s most highly regarded fibres and the sheep farmers and crofters of Shetland who produce it can be very proud of what is being made form their wool.