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  • Shetland Islands


  • Arts and crafts
  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Employment, industry and industrial relations
  • Agriculture
  • Animals


  • Amateur


  • 1940s

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Reference number: 3561

Date: 1945c

Director: filmed by W. Kirkness

Sound: silent

Colour: bwcol

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 15.00 mins

Description: The shearing of sheep, and the spinning, carding and knitting of wool in the Shetland Isles, and spinning with other fibres abroad.

Shotlist: c/u men shearing sheep, fleeces being rolled up (0.34) [title] [COLOUR] shots of shepherd with sheepdog rounding up sheep, shepherd plucking wool from sheep and rolling up wool (3.03) shots of boy herding sheep away (3.41) shots of Shetland women sitting outside croft carding oiled wool and spinning; winding wool onto a niddy noddy (5.56) c/u of young woman sitting knitting [wearing a knitting belt to hold knitting needles in place] (6.33) c/u fine knitted shawl and knitted jumpers being brought outside on racks (7.22) c/u elderly woman sitting outside croft spinning fine thread (8.51) [Kodachrome stock] c/u's woman spinning and another using a wool winder in cobbled courtyard (11.12) [BW] gv's cotton field; seated man splits and twists long fibres into twine on his thigh; c/u's woman spinning cotton using a spindle and bowl; large group of women and children spinning in similar fashion [unid. African country] (12.47) shots of flowering flax field and butterfly (13.23) gv's woman in European (possibly German) traditional dress carding and spinning flax; brief shots black kittens playing with yarn; woman spins, young man seated by her feet (15.22)