Continuing from our Lerwick blog post, looking at the namesake of some of our attractive Real Shetland Wool Heritage Throws, we have three more throw designs which we thought you may like to learn about; Haroldswick, Norwick and Tangwick.
The Heritage Collection of throws is made using Jamieson & Smith’s exclusive Heritage yarn collection; a soft yet strong Worsted spun yarn, developed to recreate traditional Worsted yarns found in the Shetland Museum’s archives. Keeping in touch with the Heritage theme, the throw range boasts the best of Shetland and Yorkshire textile tradition with both yarn and throws being developed and produced between the two locations; a truly British product.
We have already discussed the origins of ‘wick’ in Old Norse (referring to the shape of the bay), with all our throws being named after a stunning Shetland bay. Here’s some more information about these three Shetland locations, should you ever wish to visit.
Norwick and Haroldswick are located on the Island of Unst, towards the North-East of Shetland, whereas Tangwick is to the North-West, still classed as part of the mainland, in Northmavine.
Haroldswick was given its name from the Viking King Harald, and is supposedly the first landing point of the Vikings on Shetland, also home to the most northerly church in Britain. Norwick is a very pretty little bay, partly pebble and partly sandy, frequently visited by wildlife photographers and artists.
Northmavine, home to Tangwick, is almost an Island in its own right, joined to Mainland Shetland by Maivis Grind, ‘The Gate on the Narrow Isthmus.’ Home to Tangwick Haa Museum, originally built as a private residence by the Cheyne family in the late 1600’s, Tangwick (Northmavine) is the most northerly parish of mainland Shetland. With rugged coastline and rolling hills (some of the highest in Shetland), Northmavine is one of the more picturesque corners of Shetland.
All products made by The Real Shetland Company use only Real Shetland Wool; wool sourced exclusively from the Shetland Islands. We design, develop and manufacture our products in the UK and are firm supporters of British Textiles.
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