About the Association
Inspired by Shetland's dramatic scenery, heritage and culture, Shetland Arts and Crafts Association promotes locally made craft in Shetland.
Producers offer a unique range of woodcraft, knitwear and textiles, fancy goods, fashion and home accessories, gifts, and fine art, The diverse collection ranges from the islands' traditional designs of knitwear and woodcrafts, which have been handed down through generations, to the more contemporary and original designs.
Christmas Craft Fair
Our main event of the year is the annual Christmas Craft Fair. Held at the Clickimin Leisure Complex in Lerwick, we take over the main hall and bowls hall for the weekend with around 100 exhibitors! Several thousand visitors come through the doors over the weekend as shoppers seek out unique and high quality gifts.
The event takes place in November and craft makers need to be members of the association, and based in Shetland in order to take part.
We have taken the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Christmas Craft Fair due to the ongoing Covid situation.
The Craft Trail is a network of our members who are open to visit. Every year we produce a high quality booklet for locals and visitors to make the most of the creative talent in the islands.
The trail can lead you on a journey throughout Shetland, to craft workshops and open studios throughout the isles. Plan your journey well, to discover and to purchase the diverse ranges of work produced by some
of Shetland’s many craftmakers,
Shetland Arts and Crafts aim to encourage the highest standards of design, workmanship, packaging and production.
Full members of the Association must demonstrate an original approach to the styling of their craft, a thorough understanding and mastery of the materials they are using, consideration to the presentation of the product to enhance and protect it, and must maintain consistency of quality throughout.