The Amazing Benefits of Wool

An informative project in collaboration with local illustrator Julie Dennison Hi, I’m Terri, a knitwear designer under the name Terri Laura, but I’m also a Shetlander who grew up on a family croft. Then I got married and moved 30 minutes further north on a croft with a family of my own. Wool in its […]

Tablet Weaving

I am not sure when or where I first learned about tablet weaving, but when I realized that it was a technique that could allow me to solve one of my most “concerning” knitting-related problems and allow me to create very beautiful bands with relatively simple tools, I immediately ordered some wooden tablets and tried my […]

Learning from History

As a lifelong lover of natural fibres and hand crafts, it’s hardly surprising that I should find myself living in Wales and becoming fascinated with its textile history. Wales is a land of mountains, hills and rivers. In many places it is populated more densely with sheep than with humans, for over a thousand years […]

Why are wool products so expensive?

Business Insider creates YouTube videos spotlighting different companies, manufacturers, and makers that allow the rest of the world a peek behind the curtain. Many of these videos relate to wool and wool crafts. They may focus on a heritage craft, spell out why certain wool items cost what they do, or just give us a […]

Crossbreeding Sheep

‘Cross-breeding sheep gives you hairy fleeces.’ So someone told me long ago, but my response is ‘only if you use hairy sheep.’ Many modern breeds are a result of crossbreeding in the past. For example, the Bluefaced Leicester in England, the Corriedales bred in New Zealand to be a hardier version of a Merino, and […]

Wovember Returns November 1

Wovember is a month-long celebration of wool. While we have nothing against other natural fibers, Wovember is specifically intended to celebrate the fibers grown by sheep. Wool used to be one of the most commonly worn fibers in the world. It keeps you warm when you’re cold. When it’s processed into a thin cloth, it […]