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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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Wool House: The World’s Biggest Ever Celebration of Wool!

J&S are coming to London! Or rather our Sandra is. She will be down for the the Campaign for Wool’s Wool House event taking place in Somerset House from the 13th – 24th March. She will be in the Events Room giving two very special masterclasses: one on  Shetland Lace from 2pm till 3.30pm on Saturday 16th; and another on Fair Isle knitting from 10.30am till 12pm on Sunday 17th.

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Similar to most extremely talented, yet humble, Shetland knitters Sandra would never class herself as an expert, but having knitted all her life with a great passion for it, she knows more than most. She can whip up a beautifully intricate Shetland Lace shawl in a few days and can create new patterns out of her head almost without thinking so that completely new jumpers, mittens and cushions flow from her needles perfectly formed. She will be giving a sneak-peek of some of these new designs over her weekend at Wool house, so get along for a look if you get the chance. These will be released by us over the coming months so keep an eye out for them. 

Sandra's Designs

Wool House is billed by the Campaign for Wool as ‘the world’s biggest ever celebration of Wool’. It is curated by renowned designer Arabella McNie and will be a 12 day showcase of wool, the greatest of all natural fibers, and its abundant range of uses, including crafts, fashion and home-ware.  Leading designers will be there to showcase the use of wool in their work and explain how you could make use of this beautiful material yourself. There will also be specially commissioned artworks in place to display its striking beauty. In all, it is sure to be an unmissable event, so make sure to get along to it if you are lucky enough to be around London from 13th – 24th March.

You can find more information about Wool House, including an events calendar, here.