hello! it's another spectacular day in the shetland isles! today our field trip is taking us to hoswick, a small hamlet in sandwick, about twenty minutes from lerwick...
where we gathered to try our hand at wool dyeing
with the fantastically talented and charming niela nell!
while niela described the technique we'd be using, we also learned about where her inspiration comes from. here in shetland, (it is everywhere)
hard at work. we were each given a large undyed white double knit sock blank to design any way we wanted
and play ~ we may have enjoyed a bit of sherry, cheers! (photo by pat philbin) (look at all the beautiful colors!)
more wonderful designs
my attempt at a speckled effect (top left), meant to conjure images of a meadow of wildflowers found everywhere here
(photo by pat philbin)
the latest in dye wear :)
next we went to niela's studio!
lovely niela nell in her beautiful shop
just walking through hoswick with my hansel hap shawl...
(photo by kathy cadigan)
our finished sock blanks
looking very different after it was dry!
simmer dim, the shawl our group decided to make with our hand dyed blanks, a wonderful pattern by gudrun
ella gordon. i had hoped to find one of her cushions on this trip and was thrilled to discover one!
more favorite souvenirs!
ella and her cushions in the shetland textiles book
and a few more journal (iphone) photos to share, this is the cover i embroidered
and the back. so thrilled to find that we went to all these places i stitched. the area we stayed is not
on here, i think i might add it. burrastow was located on the west side, across from lerwick
it looks a bit different now, it's a little scruffier and a lot fuller.
thank you for coming along, your interest and kind comments are SO appreciated.