Shetland Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers

Tel: 01595 860 281


The group was founded in 1988 and has attracted 60 members who come from as far as Australia, America and Japan. The aim of the Guild is to preserve and extend the knowledge of the traditional skills of Shetland spinning, knitting, weaving and dyeing, incorporating all fleece and fibre crafts. These aims are achievable at monthly meetings and workshops, held at different locations throughout Shetland. Workshops and meetings are arranged especially for visiting groups from abroad.

Each year, an exhibition/competition is held. This is open to the public with teas and home bakes provided to complete the Heritage experience. In 1996 the Guild created and managed the Textile Working Museum and each year exhibitions have been mounted displaying items of traditional Shetland knitting, weaving, rug making and children’s work from local primary schools. It is hoped this will continue in a new venue soon. At present, some of the collection on display at the Shetland Museum.


See the events calendar for information on upcoming events in the area.