Casting on

It’s almost time for Shetland Wool Week. Towards the end of this month, Shetland will welcome hundreds of visitors from all over the world, instantly recognisable as festival goers by their colourful woollen attire and jaunty toories.

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In Niela Nell’s studio

I have often wondered about the extent to which our textile artists are inspired by the textures and colours of the Shetland landscape. Surely peaty hills, fields of wispy bog blanket and beach finds must feed their creativity? In this issue we speak to Niela Nell, Margaret Johnson and Izabela Delnicka about their sources of inspiration.

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One of Margaret Johnson’s works in progress

Our featured photographer, Emma Dawn Coote, takes us on a photographic tour of Jamieson’s of Shetland (Incidentally, Emma also persuaded our cover star into the jumper she is modelling on the front page: the work of a Shetland Life featured photographer is never dull).

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At Jamieson’s Spinning Mill

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