The Lerwick Lace Shawl eBook ~ Shetland Lace ~ Heirloom Knitting ~ Sharon Miller

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THE LERWICK LACE SHAWL ebook is one I’m very pleased to offer knitters, it is a direct interpretation of a Shetland shawl of about 1890 – 1910. Made of a fine hand-spun 2 ply wool, this came to me in rather a sorry state, with holes and weak areas. However, it was easy to see the high quality of its beautiful design. This sought after small book is now out of print and only available as a .pdf

The more I studied this lovely shawl the more there was to learn from it and to absorb for future lace projects; so I intend it here to be the basis for a series of related designs that knitters can either work from directly; or, by referring to these examples, gain a clearer understanding of some of the calculations and considerations involved (such as yarn choice, construction method and shaping), so as to be more confident in their own design work.

Finally, any serious contemplation of antique Shetland Lace must include considering the woollen thread* from which it was made, and any research into this leads one only to better appreciate the lives and methods involved in sheep-keeping and wool processing in those distant days of over a hundred years ago. Many interesting things of relevance can yet be gleaned from direct reference to 19th & early 20th century sources so to this end, I have added Appendices concerning 'Running and Rooing' Shetland sheep, an ancient, early farming practice that was widespread there until at least the 1950s; and some moving portrayals of Shetland knitters from the 1850s and late 1880s, which are both informative and poignant.

Information is given on the pages above as images regarding yarns.

IMPORTANT CONDITION OF SALE Once purchased I will send to your email address an ebook as a secure pdf attachment as it is so big*, deliberately so large as it's the only way I know of so far to get the fantastic detail for the professionally taken images (you can see the antique yarn close up) - so load this onto your tablet devices
*I have found Dropbox ideal to do this for my customers.

PLEASE this is for your use only unless otherwise agreed. PDF sales of ebooks are final and non transferrable unless previously agreed.
No shipping costs to anywhere - I can't seem to alter that option yet :-)

Average review
Sharon Miller does incredible work and is a nice person to boot. Thank you!
May 2, 2018 by ingridcase
stunning, challenging, and well written pattern...I am a huge fan!
Feb 9, 2018 by Cynthia Williams
Very detailed recreation of a vintage pattern but with suggestions on how to customize the pattern to fit your skill level.
Jun 22, 2017 by Carol Baskett
Feb 25, 2017 by Stetson Weddle
I have not received this item yet!
Dec 20, 2016 by secross56

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Pattern pdfs will be personally emailed directly to the buyer from my email address to theirs.

This is NOT an automated Download Service for Digital Items - I do it this way to ensure costs to my customers are kept as low as feasible, so VAT does not need to be applied - this, in broad terms as I understand it (after logged advice from HMRC Customs and Revenue, 29th February 2016) is currently an extra 20-25% in Europe depending on the home country of the customer.

IMPORTANT Information for pdf sales :
Email transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secure, or error free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, destroyed, late in arriving or incomplete as a result of the transmission process. Sharon Miller therefore does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the contents of messages which arise as a result of email transmission.

Finally, you should check emails and any attachments for viruses. Sharon Miller (trading as Heirloom Knitting) can accept no liability for any damage caused by any virus, etc., transmitted by email. It is recommended that you actively protect all your confidential and personal information, including that sent by email, and suggest that you consider the advice on the getsafeonline website (

Order as you wish - ignore any scary postage totals doing this,- I will combine the orders placed in the same hour by the same buyer and address, and refund the extra postage :-) - see details from Royal Mail Guide below. I've hunted high and low how to do this better on Etsy, but this is a good workaround.

Note : I am HAPPY to combine mixed yarn orders to take best advantage of rates shown below - please order in the usual way and I will refund the difference, providing the orders are as above, placed in the same hour by the same customer, going to the same address. I buy a lot online too, and appreciate how expensive this can be, especially if the seller won't allow combined shipping.

Large Value (£60+) orders : I will do discounts for Signed For Shipping. Otherwise I always get proof of postage. If you particularly want Signed for Shipping please state this in the Order Notes Box and I will get back to you with the best rate I can arrange - I will need to charge you for this.

Guide to UK Shipping Rates : I need to add up to £1 (yarns) - £2 (books) to cover packaging and other posting costs, I do not inflate my prices and intend this will cover the end of March 2016 increases, when for example, UK 1st Class post will be 2p increase from 63p to 65p - they've not yet said about parcels and I'm hoping it will be the on the same scale.

The following are for Royal Mail First Class Rates for Small Parcels in 2015/16 ~ To these, I will add a minimal cost of packing materials, handling and processing - I need paid help with this, from 55p (small yarn bag) to maximum £2 (£1 for card sleeve, other fees, etc)

UK = £3.40 up to 1 kg ~ you can go mad :-) eg, yarns = £4 with p&p (AKA shipping).
£5.50 up to 2 kg

The following are the bare Royal Mail Rates I pay :

Europe : 100g = £3.80; 250g = £4.10; 500g = £5.80; 750g = £7.20 1kg = £8.60

US &
Canada : 100g = £4.45; 250g = £5.15; 500g = £8.05; 750g = £10.70 1kg = £13.30

Rest of World :
100g = £ 4.80; 250g = £5.60; 500g = £8.70; 750g = £1.40 1kg = £14.05

Returns & exchanges

I am happy to REFUND physical sales* if you are unhappy - please contact me for further details, For my sanity's sake, this must be done within 35 days (5 weeks) from date of order.

All pdf sales are treated as final.

*Less shipping costs each way, if the return is due to a change of mind. Always get proof of postage and insure to full value of returned item.

If an item sent is DAMAGED or LOST (allow for 28 days from date of shipping) please contact me.

DO NOT ACCEPT any damaged parcel wthout raising it with the courier at time of delivery, Take pictures of the damaged unopened parcel to prove its condition on arrival. This is a very rare occurance, but mentioned for the sake of completeness :-)

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