Shetland Textiles

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Shetland Textiles is my newest book, I found this at the Greencastle Fiber Event.  My library already contains many how-to books and knitting pattern books, in fact I purged several earlier this year and gave them to a friend who is a new knitter.  So, now I am delighting in finding books that relate to the history of fiber arts.  Two years ago I purchased Designs and Patterns from Muhu Islands, books like these do not stay in print long, and are great inspiration.

When I saw this book, I knew that it was for me.  If you love history, a good coffee table book, or understanding fully the heritage that was given to us in the form of knitting and textiles, then this book is a must own.  For a more in-depth review check out Kate Davies synopsis of the book.

The Shetland Textiles book is chock full of information about the history and current trends in the Shetland fiber industry.  It starts by showing us all the colors and patterns of Shetland sheep:

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And some amazing inspiration photos, I would really love to visit this island one day.

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Fair Isle knitting became popular when Prince Edward was spotted wearing this sweater.

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Some historic tags from yarn and knitwear.  I remember purchasing my first machine-made Shetland Fair Isle sweater in the 1980’s, it was not as soft as the ones that I knit now!

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The book is bursting with profiles of both contemporary and historic figures and the role that they played in the Shetland sheep and/or fiber industry, and poignant stories of sweaters and fiber arts.  Also covered are the tools of spinning, dying and the production and distribution.

 

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And the traditions continue with new designers, exploring history and pushing boundaries.  I have yet to read all of this book, but it makes a great evening perusal in the rocking chair when a break from knitting or spinning is needed.