I had read about the Shetland Textile Museum before we visited Shetland so it was one of the places on my list that I had to visit. The bod is a restored fishing station and is the birthplace of Arthur Anderson who gifted Queen Victoria some stockings in fine Shetland lace.
Out front of the bod is this wonderful example of Shetland lace adapted for another purpose.
Outside were a couple of beautiful Fair Isle jumpers on display.
The lace work was magnificent and this is just a small sample.
So many examples of beautiful fair isle work.
The guernsey in this picture is similar to one I knitted for my grandson when he was younger.
The pattern I used was Debbie Bliss Denim Herringbone Sweater from the book Debbie Bliss Family Collection.
The bod had a wonderful display of all sorts of knitting and weaving and there were working displays too. We also saw some taatit rugs which are a type of bedcovering. You can read about them here.
Looking at these berets now I feel happy with the Sheeps Heid I made when I got back to Australia.
Little did we know that after visiting the textile museum we would be able to see even more examples of Shetland textiles when we visited the Shetland Museum and Archives.
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Great place. I’m so envious – don’t think I’m likely to make it there now (just Parkinson’s), but it’s my kind of place and handwork too. Thanks for posting.
It is such an inspiring place to visit. Maybe even possible to visit with Parkinson’s?
Yes I’m sure it’s accessible! Just that levels/symptoms of Parkinson’s vary from person to person – I don’t drive anymore either and travel fills me with dread. I use up all my ‘effort’ visiting our family in Norway and Oz! We have been to Shetland about 15 years ago before I retired in a kind of rushed, business way, no time to relax, shame.
So sorry to hear that.