Clickimin is set to host a Christmas shopping extravaganza this weekend as 59 stalls selling locally-produced arts and crafts cram into the main hall.
Meanwhile, the peckish will be able to sample a range of the finest Shetland produce in the multi-purpose room.
This year will be the busiest in the craft fair’s 16-year history. Wendy Inkster of Burra Bears, who is co-ordinating this year’s festival, said she had been inundated by craft makers wishing to exhibit their work.
She said: “It’s wonderful that so many people want to have stalls at the craft fair, but unfortunately we have had to turn thirteen craft makers away due to lack of space. We are thinking about extending the venue next year to include the bowls hall.”
Visitors to this year’s craft fair will encounter some exciting work from newcomers on the craft scene.
Three textile students from Shetland College are exhibiting their wares: look out for Robyn Inkster’s (RHI designs) quirky knitted dog jackets, Connie Flynn’s pods made from Shetland fleece for birds and Anne Eunson’s lace fingerless gloves.
David Sjoberg’s “ill trickit trows” are a new take on the Shetland trow while Carric Candles from Yell are inspired by memories of a Shetland childhood. The Shetland Tannery is also new to the craft fair, and will be showing goatskin, cowskin and sheepskin rugs.
There will also be the opportunity to buy work from established artists and craft makers such as Aamos Designs fashion garments, Barbara Isbister’s traditional and modern Fair Isle jumpers and a selection of cartoons and caricatures by Smirk.
In the multi-purpose room 20 stallholders will tempt visitors’ taste buds with home-grown vegetables, native beef and lamb, an array of fine cheeses, artisan bread, cakes, pies, confectionery, beers and seaweed products. A central dining area will serve a range of meals and snacks from the produce on display.
The cost of admission is £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.