Real Shetland Wool

Shetland Heritage Yarns by Jamieson and Smith

Shetland Heritage yarnShetland Heritage yarn recreates the original characteristics of handspun ‘wursit’ used in old Fair Isle garments. The yarn is replicated from that found in knitted Fair Isle garments in the collection of Shetland Museum and Archives.

Technical info:

25g, 110m/120yds, 2.8nm worsted

Tension: 30 sts and 32 rows = 10cm/4in over Fair Isle pattern using 3mm needles.

Flugga White, Shetland Heritage Yarn

Shetland Yarn

Colour: Flugga White
Size: 25g

Indigo, Shetland Heritage Yarn

Shetland Yarn

Colour: Indigo
Size: 25g

Auld Gold, Shetland Heritage Yarn

Shetland Yarn

Colour: Auld Gold
Size: 25g

Madder, Shetland Heritage Yarn

Shetland Yarn

Colour: Madder
Size: 25g

Berry Wine, Shetland Heritage Yarn

Shetland Yarn

Colour: Berry Wine
Size: 25g

Peat, Shetland Heritage Yarn

Shetland Yarn

Colour: Peat
Size: 25g

 

Wool experts, specialist dyers, curators and knitters have worked together to develop and trial Shetland Heritage yarn, which is worsted spun from Jamieson & Smith’s combed tops to give a soft feel, and a smooth finish. The yarn is slightly finer than the four ply we use today to knit stranded colourwork and Fair Isle. Instead, it gives a definition and complexity of colour and pattern that goes right back to the nineteenth century.

Shetland Heritage Yarn is part of a collaborative project between Shetland Amenity Trust, Shetland Museum and Archives, Curtis Wool Direct and Jamieson & Smith (Shetland Wool Brokers) Ltd. Together, they were inspired to recreate the worsted spun yarns in Fair Isle artefacts in the Shetland Museum’s collection after the success of a project to revive Shetland Fine Lace in 2010.

Jamieson & Smith are working with Jen Arnall-Culliford on translating artefacts in the Shetland Museum’s collection to hand knit patterns. This collection of garments will be launched during Shetland Wool Week 2012.

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