This month I am going to be telling you a bit about what I have been up to, what I have been speaking about in the new summer workshops and my itinerary (so far!) for Shetland Wool Week 2018! So let’s dive in...
The Cunningsburgh Show
August is a great month for the communities in Shetland. The agricultural shows mainly take place in august and it is a great time to see how a community can come together to host huge events all over Shetland. The shows also take place in Unst, Yell, Voe, and Walls, but the one I have the most involvement in is the Cunningsburgh Show.
It’s a great day especially for those of us from Cunningsurgh and the rest of the south mainland. The field in the middle of the village is filled with marquees, animals, craft, photography and baking entries, local produce, games, a bbq and so much more. It’s the place where you will definitely see that person you have not managed to catch up with all year, and definitely the highlight of the school holidays for local children.
Although I did not enter anything this year, I spent my morning among the knitwear, collecting the entries and organising them into the categories ready for judging. I even spotted some of my own designs among the entries! This billister lights curled cowl made from the Wool Brokers (J&S) colourbox colours was a great surprise!
So much of my summer has involved speaking to new retailers and fulfilling orders. It is so exciting to begin to work with new people and to build on those business relationships. As I am writing this I am thinking about 3 more jumpers I will be making as soon as possible. I just love when they get to this stage, off the machine and starting to take shape!
The classes and knitter focussed time this month has been really enjoyable for me. I have continued doing joint workshops with my grandmother Wilma Malcolmson of Shetland Designer, while also working on my own to try some new ways of teaching and explaining Fair Isle and my design process. This has included a few days spent with students from Denmark, Sweden, and the Faroe Islands.
One day in particular I had this huge group with their lovely
guide from Denmark, they were split into two classes and we discussed how to create the effect you want using colour in Fair Isle designs. They really did so well and they all completed the challenge I set for them! A very impressive group indeed!
I am also running this class during Wool Week, I am so excited to see what my “Creating the Effect with Fair Isle” students come up with.
This is where you'll find me during Shetland Wool Week 2018 (so far!)
Saturday 22nd September
Terri Laura’s Creative Crew Meet Up!
A meet up for members of my Facebook group. Join Terri Laura's Creative Crew on Facebook and look at the events section for all the details!
Sunday 23rd September
Monday 24th September
Teaching: Creating the Effect with Fair Isle (This was an additional class!)
Tuesday 25th September
Wednesday 26th September
Find me at Shetland Designer, Cunningsburgh
Thursday 27th September
Friday 28th September
Saturday 29th September
Find me and my stall here to find me with my kits, cowls, headbands and more!
This is the official hat design for this years Shetland Wool Week, designed by this years patron, Elizabeth Johnston.
This is the one I made after putting colours together live on Facebook with Katherine at Jamiesons of Shetland's shop in Lerwick!
The Colours I used were from Jamiesons of Shetland Spindrift Collection: Cosmos, Mantilla, Twilight, Jupiter and Moss