Shetland Wool Week 2019: what's on at Nielanell

31st May 2019
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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. 


We'll be adding more information about what else is happening in Hoswick (there are a host of workshops happnening - visit the Shetland Wool Week website for details), so check back here for futher news of opening times for the Visitor Centre & Cafe, and more.

free events at nielanell

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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!

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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.

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30 Sept, 1-3 Oct

Meet the designer: behind the scenes at Nielanell


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

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Sun 29 Sept

heavenly handpainting on sock blanks


Hoswick Visitor Centre

Morning and afternoon class available


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!

Materials included.

Email Niela at with any questions.

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Tues Oct 1

The wayward path of a lawyer turned knit designer


Shetland Museum and Archives, Lerwick

Lunchtime talk


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

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Fri 4 Oct

Design—the difficult part, with Niela Kalra


Hoswick Visitor Centre
Full day workshop
£125 (lunch included)

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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.