19 Victoria Street
A keen crafter from childhood, Sam Bullen produces handcrafted knitwear using wool from island communities, all of which are bespoke. ISLAND to ISLAND is this customized knitwear business that is within the historic J B ROSEY shop. Since 2017, Sam has been using wool from North Ronaldsay. These seaweed eating sheep produce a uniquely textured wool and natural colours that turn her knitwear into works of art.
The first shop one comes to when turning left onto Victoria Street in Stromness, is the well established, J B ROSEY. For over 150 years it was a drapers dream. It still is a shopper's dream for all the unique items within. Not only will one find the ISLAND to ISLAND knitwer of Sam's, but also local crafter's work. From Orkney seaglass crafts, Swartland Slate, May's cards and work from Sam's team of talented knitters with hats, scarfs, socks, and tea cosies one will be spoilt for choice.
Moving with the times and honouring other local artists, Sam's inventory includes artwork by Jeanne Bouza Rose, from ArtWorks of the Earth. Jeanne's work is on cards, mugs, totes and more. The collaborative work of Jeanne and the highly popular fired and fused standing stone glassworks from Gramble Glass is also available.
One will also find shining examples of Orkney's silversmiths. Local award winning jeweller, Zoe Davidson fills one area and Finstown's Francis Garrioch's Ness of Brodgar inspired pieces, fills another.
Sam also stocks items that crafters need and want from DMC cotton Gutermann threads, to dress patterns from Vogue, McCall and Butterick to various crafting kits. There is also a selection of 100% cotton patchwork fabrics, haberdasher equipment and accessories.
And there is still an array of soft homewear items including a untique range of souvenir tea towels. If you want to do your own knitting, hand-dyed North Ronaldsay wool from Prim Peacock is also stocked.
Sam is diligently working on putting her ISLAND TO ISLAND knitting online along with ArtWorks of the Earth, Orkney Sea Glass, Swartland Slate, and all her other crafters work. So watch for this via the website!