Shetland Wool Week 2019: what's on at Nielanell

Friday May 31, 2019

Big news for wool week 2019!

This year, as well as hosting several events in Hoswick, Niela Kalra of Nielanell will also be going up to town, and giving a talk in Lerwick (4 oct at 1.15pm). Niela will talk about her career, and running a business in Shetland. Find details of all Nielanell talks, classes, tours and workshops below.

There are are a host of further workshops happening, including many in Hoswick: visit the Shetland Wool Week website for details or keep an eye on the Nielanell Facebook page.

In the studio shop at Nielanell, Hoswick, Shetland. Contemporary Shetland knitwear in many colours - abstract patterns knitted in fine merino wool.

The Nielanell knitwear studio, Hoswick, Shetland

Free events at Nielanell

Open studio at nielanell

  • Nielanell, Hoswick
  • Every day during Shetland Wool Week
  • 9am-5.30pm (sun 6 Oct 9.30AM-4pm)
  • ​Free​, no booking required

The Alternative Shetland Knitwear. Visit the studio/shop and enjoy a glass of wine with us. Discover an unexpected range of contemporary knitwear in flattering styles to suit all shapes and sizes. Inventive collections in striking colours and distinctive textures using luxurious wool combinations.

Distinctly Nielanell – Designed for Comment.

You won’t want to leave!

Bound by the land, freed by the sea

  • Nielanell, Hoswick
  • Every day during Shetland Wool Week
  • 9am-5.30pm (Sun 6 Oct 9.30am-4pm)
  • Free, no booking required

An evolving exhibition located within an original crofthouse. Artist Niela Kalra interprets the landmark court case arising out of the Hoswick Whale Caa, 1888.

Niela explores themes of equity; and the tenacity, resilience and bravery of Shetland Crofters through glass processes including casting and printing. Her new knitted work reflects concepts and imagery inspired by the landscape past and present.

Meet the designer: behind the scenes at Nielanell

30 Sept, 1-3 Oct
  • Nielanell, Hoswick
  • Mon 30 Sept: 2pm, Tue 1 Oct: 11am, Wed 2 Oct: 2pm, Thu 3 Oct: 2pm
  • Talk & Tour, 45 mins approx
  • Free​, no booking required

An informal chat and tour of Niela’s studio and workshops. We chat about the challenges and benefits of designing and making in a small rural Shetland community. We see and discuss the design process and development, and have a peek at the machinations that go on behind the scenes by touring textile, glass and print studios.

This is a relaxed event, please feel free to join at any time.

Ticketed events with Niela Kalra of Nielanell

Heavenly handpainting on sock blanks

Sun 29 Sept
  • Hoswick Visitor Centre
  • Morning and afternoon class available
  • Materials included
  • £60
  • Buy Tickets

Let your imagination go wild - design and paint your own blank, which has been pre-knitted locally using beautiful Shetland yarn, with Nielanell, textile designer. Once dyed, re-ball your masterpiece and knit into matching socks, mittens or that special lace shawl. Become a yarn designer for (half) a day!

Email Niela at with any questions.

The wayward path of a lawyer turned knit designer 

Tues Oct 1
  • Shetland Museum and Archives, Lerwick
  • Lunchtime talk
  • 1.15pm-1.45pm
  • £3
  • Buy tickets

Currently Queen Bee of her micro design business, Nielanell, Niela Kalra has enjoyed a colourful journey both geographically and career-wise. In an inspiring talk, she describes what motivated her to set up her design business in Shetland, and how working from this remote location has been the key to her success.

NB This talk is in Lerwick, not Hoswick

Design—the difficult part, with Niela Kalra

Fri 4 Oct
  • Hoswick Visitor Centre
  • Full day workshop
  • 9.45am-4.30pm
  • £125 (lunch included)
  • Buy Tickets

Good design is crucial to the success of any project. Often our struggle is finding the pathway which translates the ideas/concepts in our head – to a visible conclusion. Using playful and conceptual design studies, we will discover a way to make our ideas concrete and achievable. We each will create an original path and design our own garment/ textile.

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