October 26, 2013
The Shetland Isles is an archipelago 120 miles north of the Scottish mainland and divides the Atlantic Ocean to the west from the North Sea to the east.
Jamieson’s of Shetland is a family owned business, which has specialised in wool from the native Shetland sheep for 5 generations. The family are dedicated to the survival of this unique fibre and as each new generation joins the business, this promotion becomes their life’s ambition.
The business was started in the early 1890’s. Set up by Robert Jamieson in Sandness, on the far west coast of the Shetland Isles. The mill completes all the stages of yarn production under one roof. This includes grading, scouring and dyeing fleece before colour blending, carding, spinning, twisting and balling to produce their 100% pure Shetland yarn.
Manufacturing is rarely glamorous and rarely fully understood by those who enjoy the end product. Here is an insight into the people and what is necessary to create Jamieson's yarn.