And the winner is…

And the winner is…

In January 2017 we held a competition for a Real Shetland Company cushion and throw set (worth £150).  The response was excellent with thousands of entries from all over the world.

One lucky winner was selected at random.

And the winner is… Helen Billings, USA.

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Helen chose our Real Shetland Kingland cushions and throw to make up her set, all of which are currently available to buy from our website.

Adam Curtis Online would like to thank everyone who entered the competition and for signing up to our mailing list.  If you haven’t already signed up for our newsletters, you can do so via our website to receive a 10% discount voucher (redeemable against any website purchase).

More competitions are coming so do keep an eye out for newsletters and announcements on social media.

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Haroldswick, Norwick and Tangwick…

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.

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A stunning bay at Haroldswick, Shetland
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Another pretty bay found at Norwick, Shetland

 

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.

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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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Remember, if you don’t see the Real Shetland 3 Sheep logo then it probably isn’t Real Shetland Wool!

 

You can find more information on Real Shetland products at the official Real Shetland Company website (here) and all products are available to buy from Adam Curtis Online.

If you would like to contact us directly, please either use the contact form (here) or using the information from the contact pages on one of the aforementioned websites.

‘Lerwick’ Heritage Throw

Our new Real Shetland Wool throw range, The Heritage Collection (available here) consists of 17 traditional designs using Jamieson & Smith’s lovely Heritage Real Shetland Wool yarn.

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We make our Heritage throws in Yorkshire, combining the textile traditions of Shetland and Yorkshire.

Each of our throws has been named after a location in Shetland and we thought we would tell you a little about the some of the throws and their namesakes.  In this instance, the throw pictured is called ‘Lerwick’, Shetland’s Capital.  The name ‘Lerwick’ stems from Old Norse, which means ‘bay of clay’ with ‘wick’ referring to the shape of the bay.

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Each throw is approximately 56 x 59″ and comes with a limited edition ‘Crofter’s Card’, a Crofter being a person who farms sheep.  Our Crofter’s Cards are hand-signed by a Shetland Crofter.

Lerwick is Britain’s most northern town and Shetland’s only, with half of the population living within 10miles.

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It is also home to Jamieson and Smith, Shetland Wool Brokers, who take in the vast majority of all wool grown in Shetland each year, also known as the ‘wool clip.’  The wool clip that comes into the Wool Brokers’ is bought by Curtis Wool, Jamieson & Smith’s parent company, and then sent down to the mainland for wool processing.  This is the same wool that goes into our Real Shetland Wool products.

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If you ever travel to Shetland from the mainland by sea, then you’re more than likely to call into Lerwick, Shetland’s main port.  While you’re there be sure to pay a visit to Jamieson and Smith, if you’re lucky you may get chance to join a tour of their wool shed and learn more about our lovely Real Shetland Wool.

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Remember, if you don’t see the Real Shetland 3 Sheep logo then it probably isn’t Real Shetland Wool!

If you would like to know more about our throws, please use our contact form or visit our new retail website www.adamcurtisonline.co.uk

Real Shetland Wool Heritage Throws

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Early Spring 2016 Adam Curtis Online, The Real Shetland Company and Jamieson & Smith proudly launched a range of stunning dyed throws made using the lovely Heritage Collection of Real Shetland Wool yarns.

If you would like to see the full collection or even buy one of them, please click here to see them.

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To explain in more detail about what went into making this special throw range, our very own Martin Curtis explains…

It all starts with the wool,  grown exclusively in the Shetland Islands by crofters and sheep farmers. Every individual fleece is graded and sorted for quality by Jamieson and Smith a.k.a ‘The Woolbrokers’. They buy the vast majority of wool that is grown in the Shetland Islands and pay the growers a proper price for it in record time. Fast pay makes friends fast in our world!

The sorted wool goes to our scouring plant in Bradford, Haworth Scouring Ltd, which washes the wool and removes dirt, grease and other unmentionables from the fleeces. Haworth is the most environmentally friendly scour of its type in the world and has more certificates and badges than the Chief Scout!

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The scour baths at Haworth Scouring.

Once scoured the wool goes to our combing department where it is carded and combed into a continuous sliver, called a top, which then goes to the spinner. This is called the worsted route – if you miss out the combing it is the woollen route – the difference is that by combing the wool all the fibres are made parallel and are smoother to the touch. The easiest example is if one compares a Harris Tweed cloth to a fine smooth suiting cloth, the Harris Tweed is woollen and the smooth suiting cloth is worsted. Both processes have their merits and much depends on what sort of a product you want to make as to which one is best. Up to now, our Real Shetland wool throws have been woollen spun but for this brand new bespoke designer range we decided to go the more expensive worsted route.

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Martin Curtis inspecting some lovely wool top at Haworth Scouring

The spinner will take the combed top and rework it so it is suitable for their plant. The yarn for this range is a 2 ply which means two finer yarns are spun individually and then are twisted together to make a single thicker but strong yarn. The yarn then goes to the dyer and for this range it is dyed to 12 different shades. The thickness of the yarn and the shades it is being dyed to are subject to much discussion and thought and designers have a great deal of input here. We chose to work with the same shades as were developed for the Jamieson and Smith Heritage collection of hand knitting yarns – for 3 primary reasons – they coordinate, the shades look wonderful and it makes it more economical. We love them!

So, at this stage we have yarn on cone in a dozen different shades and we need to get it woven into cloth. However, before we can start weaving we have to know what cloth designs we want and then get those designs translated into a form the weaver can work with. This is where we asked a team of highly talented designers for their help. They had the shades to work with and a blank canvas to create something rather special and befitting of the Heritage of Real Shetland wool! They work for some of the top designer labels in the world (I don’t think I can mention their names here but think of the highest high end names and they have probably worked with them!) and we couldn’t wait to see their designs. They drew the designs and coloured them in the chosen shades and showed us what they had come up with. I am going to frame the hand painted designs and hang them in my office.

We were not disappointed and the collection is unique and rather fantastic…but I would say that wouldn`t I? I have a couple of favourites but Adam has different ones and the team at Jamieson and Smith have theirs also. I believe we have a wonderful range of throws that will look good in the back of your car, draped over your bed or settee or favourite comfy chair, for taking to the ball game, the 5 star hotel or the log cabin. Our aim was to make a product that we could all be proud of and is also excellent value for money. I believe we have done that and  I  will let you know how the launch goes in due course. The cost of developing this range runs into many thousands of pounds and is a risk – but what better way to start 2016 than with something fresh and new and rather exciting for the Spring…

PS: Please remember, if something calls itself Shetland wool it probably isn’t genuine unless it has the registered trade mark, the 3 Sheep logo on it.

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The Real Shetland Wool ‘3 Sheep’ logo.

If you would like to follow Martin Curtis’ blogs, you can find him over on the NFU Countryside website or go direct to his blog page, here.

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