Jamieson's is located on the west coast of Shetland in Sandness. Jamieson & Smith has a cool project going on where Oliver worked with curators and experts at the Shetland Museum and Archives to re-create historical Shetland yarns which are being sold as Shetland Heritage Naturals. It is known all over the world for it's fineness and warmth, and the numerous colors it comes in. It is a multi-generational family-owned business. Shetland wool & yarn available online from Jamieson’s of Shetland. Product Description: 2-Ply Jumper Weight yarns from Jamieson & Smith are 100% Shetland wool, and are traditionally used in the knitting of Fair Isle garments. Oliver receives bales and bales (a bale of wool is about 300 lbs) of wool from the farmers around Shetland. Like Jamieson's, Jamieson & Smith also produces Shetland wool yarn for hand knitting as well as finished sweaters. Price: $6.95 per ball. The Shetland Isles consist of around 100 islands of which up to 30 are inhabited by people. First things first. The weaving department produces fabric yardage as well as heavier weight blankets. Jamieson & Smith is a well-known and loved brand of Shetland Wool. Once again I was able to visit and tour both the Jamieson's and Jamieson & Smith factories. J&S has been in business since the 1930's when it was founded by the Smith family of Berry Farm in Scalloway. He looks at each fleece (there could be 80 fleeces in each bale) and checks for staple length, quality, color, and determines if it is pure Shetland. We were able to tour Jamieson's mill and factory which is also connected to a shop that sells their products and is open to the public. 59 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 | 303.733.3855, Shetland 2017: Part 2 Jamieson's and Jamieson & Smith, Heirloom Romney: Meet the Farmers and Sheep of Tawanda Farms, Heirloom Romney: Meet the Farmers and Sheep of Silver Cloud Farm, Meet the Maker: Rosa Pomar and Wool Traditions of Portugal, Portugal Travels pt 4: São João's Day Sheep Blessing. They are able to knit many differnt shapes including sweater fronts, backs, and sleeves. Their diet consists of salt-misted grass, heather and sometimes seaweed. Camilla Valley Farm stocks all 225 shades of Jamieson Spindrift Shetland Wool as shown below. He is then in charge of sorting and grading the wool. In 2004 they partnered with Curtis Wool Direct in Yorkshire, however Jamieson & Smith remains a stand alone company, in that the profits received from the sale of Real Shetland Wool and Real Shetland Wool products come back into the Shetland economy and are passed along to their number one priority, the wool producers.The Woolly Thistle is honored and proud to stock Jamieson & Smith.Many thanks to Dave Wheeler Photography for allowing us to use his images. I'm not sure what I'll sew with it yet, but I'm in love with this special cloth. Subscribe to be the first to hear about our exclusive offers and latest arrivals! Jamieson & Smith 2ply Jumper Weight Baker's Dozen Yarn Grab Bag! To celebrate both our heritage and our future, we’ve commissioned ten handknit designs. We had a tour from Oliver Henry who is their main wool buyer and sorter. Shetland textiles have for centuries been loved and admired across the globe. These are the two yarn producers on Shetland and they are both incredible businesses! Jamieson & Smith is located in the main town of Lerwick. Located in Lerwick, the capital town of Shetland, Jamieson & Smith, are long established as the islands primary purchaser of the Shetland Wool clip. She asked if there was any significant difference between Jamieson's and Jamieson & Smith. Inside this book, you’ll find out about the people who founded, built and sustained the Shetland Woolbrokers, and discover the history of this world-famous textile brand. It is fascinating to see the Shetland wool going into so many uses for the end consumer and it supports a lot of people on the island from farmers to workers. We had met Oliver Henry on our first tour and it is always a treat to hear him talk about the story of Jamieson & Smith and Shetland wool. A family owned business; we produce the purest 100% Shetland yarn and have done for decades. Their wool comes in several colors and fleece patterns which result in beautiful naturally colored yarn. It is a warehouse attached to a shop that sells their products. Their wool also takes dyes very well and so J&S offers a huge selection of colors. They scour, dye, card and spin yarn. The yarn can be ordered as individual balls or in one of the many yarn kits we stock. They process Shetland fiber from fleece to finished goods right there in Sandness. Dave is a crofter, meteorologist, photographer and registrar on Fair Isle, one of the most remote Shetland Isles. They use Japanese knitting machines that they have figured out how to program to use up to 16 colors in one garment - it was incredible! I was lucky enough to be able to purchase a few meters of woven Shetland wool fabric from Jamieson's. Shetland textiles have for centuries been loved and admired across the globe. Jamieson's make yarn from Shetland wool. And if the two companies compete against each other. Jamieson's 2-ply Spindrift from the Shetland Isles. Approx. Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper Weight Yarn, Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper Weight Yarn, Cones, Jamieson & Smith Shetland Supreme Jumper Weight Yarn, Peerie Flooers Yarn Kit with Spring Flowers Stitch Markers & Tote, Silver Forest by Jennifer Steingass in Jamieson & Smith Supreme Yarn Kit, Underwing Mittens Yarn Set - Designer: Erica Heusser, Katie's Kep Yarn Set Colorway #1 Jamieson & Smith. The short answer is: yes. The longer version is that yes, there's a difference or several. At the heart of this industry is Jamieson & Smith, Shetland Woolbrokers, who have been buying and selling Real Shetland Wool since the 1930s. There are other uses for wool that is too coarse or not high enough quality to be made into knitting yarn such as carpets and bedding so none of the farmers wool will go to waste. The Islands came under Scottish rule in the 15th century, but before that Norwegian influences were strong. Jamieson & Smith: A Shetland Story - Jamieson and Smith, Real Shetland Wool, Fair Isle Knitting, Shetland Wool, Knitting Patterns, Yarn. The wool that is sorted and graded is then shipped to Yorkshire England where is it spun into yarn and made into other wool products to sell. Jamieson & Smith makes every effort to enhance the profile of Shetland wool in order to better pay the crofters that grow the wool. Traditionally used for Fair Isle sweaters, tams, vests and shawls. Shetland wool comes from Shetland sheep, a small primitive sheep that is particularly suited to living on these islands. In the 1960's the business moved to Lerwick where it remains today. It was fascinating and fulfilling to see the journey that wool goes through from sheep to finished product on Shetland. We annually purchase the raw fleece from over 700 local crofters and farmers. The islands today continue to blend Norse and Scottish cultures. The knitting department produces fair isle sweaters and other goods such as hats and mittens. We are excited and proud to start carrying these yarns this fall in addition to all the colors of Jamieson & Smith jumper weight we currently carry. Jamieson & Smith makes every effort to enhance the profile of Shetland wool in order to better pay the crofters that grow the wool. Jamieson & Smith is located in the main town of Lerwick. This is then either sold as hand knitting yarn (known as Shetland Spindrift) or it will go into production. Like Jamieson's, Jamieson & Smith also produces Shetland wool yarn for hand knitting as well as finished sweaters. Most of the wool grown on the Shetland Islands (by over 700 crofters throughout the islands) is purchased by Jamieson & Smith who then turn this raw wool into high-quality wool products such as yarn, knitwear, carpets and textiles. Material: 100% Shetland Wool, Jumperweight Weight: 25 gram ball Yardage: 115 yds. A list of potential substitutes, if you can't get hold of (or can't afford) Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift, with detailed advice and warnings about any differences.