Shetland Text and Texture

13 – 18 September 2020

Lerwick, Shetland

Produce a set of seven stitched bindings in their own slip case. Inspired by abundantly textured surroundings and imaginative exercises, respond to what you see, who you meet and the many conversations we’ll share. The complete set of books all lined up together makes a pattern like Fair Isle knitting, linking them to the vibrant craft tradition in Shetland. A bookish island adventure full of stories.


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Day 1

Meeting in Lerwick

Meet at Shetland’s only French café, for an afternoon cuppa. Make yourself acquainted with your fellow journalers, get oriented with the town, ask questions and find out where we’ll assemble tomorrow.

Day 2

Our Shetland studio

Settle in to your Shetland studio space for a day of folding and stitching paper. Make a journal to fill with your notes, sketches and recommendations. Overlooking Bain’s Beach, Seawinds is beautifully furnished, warm and comfortable. Guided tour around Rachel’s favourite charity shops to acquire materials.

Day 3

Gathering text and texture

Prepare papers in the morning ready for an  inspiration trip to Shetland Museum after lunch. Record and document, collect and research.

Day 4

Day out!

Excursion North! Dramatic cliffs, a lighthouse, museum and café-with-a-view. Lots of stories, history and geography from our entertaining and knowledgeable local guide.

Day 5

Focus and flow

A day of creating, concentrating on the narrative of your mini series, in words, image or stitch. Dine on local Shetland produce this evening.

Day 6

All bound

Create a bespoke slip case for your collection, gathering the week’s work together for a celebratory show and tell. Finish at four o’clock, with your little library carefully packaged ready for the journey ahead.

The price is for the five day course including welcome drink, all tuition, materials, goody bag, soup lunches, hot drinks and biscuits, day trip excursion, museum visit, an evening dinner and celebratory cake finale.

Find full information about planning your trip, including travel and accommodation options here.

Itineraries are prospective and could be subject to change.

This course can be purchased as a gift. Please let us know the recipient’s details in the ‘additional information’ box at check out.

Please read the Terms and Conditions before booking and e-mail with any queries.