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Sandras Royal Christening Robe

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.

Real Shetland Christening Robe and HRH
The sheer beauty and elegance of the Robe was very much appreciated by HRH and he asked that the designer and knitter along with the crofters were thanked for the beautiful gift. It is out of our hands whether the Christening Robe is actually used when HRH Prince George is Christened but the whole Shetland community will be keeping their fingers crossed!
Real Shetland Christening Robe photograph as presented to HRHThe Real Shetland wool Christening Robe itself was designed by Sandra Manson. It took 6 weeks to develop the pattern, which features a unique mix of traditional lace and modern influences. Sandra worked flat out and managed to finish the beautiful garment in another 2 weeks. The lower part of the garment features classic Shetland Lace pattern cockleshells and as it rises up the body of the Robe Sandra chose motifs she felt worked well with the design, such as the Tree of Life. The yoke and sleeves feature a finer lace pattern.
Sandra showing some of her knitting at the recent Campaign for Wool Event at Somerset House in London. photo by:

Sandra showing some of her knitting at the recent Campaign for Wool Event at Somerset House in London. photo by:

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.

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  1. A fabulous design and superbly knitted. A great idea all round……just one thought….in the presentation photo, how come there are no women? Men in the foreground taking credit for the work done behind the scenes by the fairer sex?

    July 27, 2013
  2. What a beautiful gown. It would be a shame if the world does not see it but of course us knitters have no control over the choices made for such an occasion. I did see on the USA news a different gown that the queen had commissioned. Also beautiful lace but not as delicate.

    July 27, 2013
  3. Wow. Excellent knitting and a perfect gift. I’m glad Prince Charles was the reciever, you know he can appreciate these gifts.

    July 27, 2013
  4. Caroline #

    How simply beautiful. I suppose traditional christening robes are usually used for royal christenings, but let us hope that this lovely garment can somehow be included in the cérémonies, or in photographs at least?

    July 27, 2013
  5. WOOOOOOOWOOOOOWOOOOOOW Sandra THAT IS AMAZING..You should be really PROUD of yourself!!!!

    July 27, 2013
  6. tasha #

    what a beautiful and thoughtful gift. Are you producing these for the public? And if so can I ask price? I am sure you will be inundated

    July 29, 2013
  7. Reblogged this on Gippsland Granny and commented:
    Lovely to see this work using Shetland wool.

    July 31, 2013
  8. Yeah Sandra! How absolutely lovely, what a special gift! I hope to see it on the Prince.

    August 1, 2013
  9. The Christening robe will someday become a wonderful museum piece after it has been enjoyed by so many this century!!
    Those wonderful sheep are here in North America, California. to be sure.. Mine NASSA FLOCK # 257 were from NASSA FLOCK 39 & FLOCK #42, AND Canadian “Dailey” FLOCK #1. My 51 sheep were transferred to Napa 2010when an accident (shattered leg) caused me to give them up. My “Jameson” and “Trinket” looked just like the heading on your letterhead. “Eclipse” Born in Sonoma County purchased for my flock was just as the picture of the “Beaver” style ewe who’s picture graced the wall of the Tingwall Recreation Center on the Shetland Isle when I visited there in 2000.

    August 4, 2013

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