Shawl Repair Service

AnNead Hand Knitwear has often been asked about repairs to shawls and since repairing one, I got some photographic records to show what is possible. Please see below.

The process can be very time consuming and because the shawls were knitted many years ago, matching the yarn can be difficult.

Another thing to note is that the repairs can be costly because of the time involved, if the damage is caused by moths, the shawl will almost definitely develop more holes. However, sometimes the sentimental value of a shawl makes it worth it.

To get a quote on a required repair, please contact me with photos of as much of the damage as possible including one of the whole shawl.

If you would like to discuss the problem, contact me to arrange a Zoom meeting where you can show me exactly what the damage is and I can advise as to a price. Don’t forget to let me know which country you live in if it’s not the UK so we can arrange an appropriate time.


This shows the damage to a precious baby shawl



The following photos show damage to a beautiful mohair shawl followed by the repairs.



  1. Cairine MacGillivray says:

    My Grandson’s christening shawl had come to grief with many snags and quite a number of substantial tears. Fortunately I came across Jenny Robertson and sent it off to her. In a very short time, and for a reasonable amount for payment, the shawl has come back. I can honestly say it is as good as new. It has been a quite magical experience. Jenny was lovely and the communication swift and clear. I could not be happier and highly recommend an extremely skilled craftsperson.

  2. Catherine Johnston says:

    Unfortunately, the family Christening Shetland Wool Shawl was accidently damaged in the centre section, resulting in a gaping hole!
    Indeed it was “my lucky day” when I chanced upon Jenny Robertson, having “googled” for help.
    The Shawl was returned to me in perfect condition with no visible evidence of the damage. It was really wonderful, and the cost was very reasonable.
    I can say in all honesty that the entire experience of dealing with Jenny Robertson was a pleasure. Her expertise, skill, and professionalism was Top Quality.
    I highly recommend Jenny Robertson who is an expert in this specialized type of work.
    I am a very happy customer.
    Catherine Johnston.

  3. Jean says:

    I have a very fine Shetland lace shawl that has a quite few wee holes in . Could you give me an estimate on repairing it , many thanks

  4. Tracy Gallagher says:

    My godmother knitted a beautiful shawl for my first baby back in 1990. That baby is now expecting her first child and I wanted her to have the shawl. Sadly it had quite a few holes and I was delighted to come across Jenny’s website. I have just received the shawl back and am thrilled with the result. Jenny was so friendly and responsive and I would thoroughly recommend her for restoring any precious family items. I’m also thrilled that the shawl has been on a little trip to Eigg and back – I am very envious! Thank you Jenny!

  5. Eloise Price says:

    My great-aunt Connie hand-knitted a christening shawl – my mother and I worked out it would have been in about 1940. It served at many christening over the years including my own. My mother gave it to me some time ago as my children grew up and I stupidly put it somewhere safe and dark where the moths ran riot and chomped their way through it – some large holes, including one on the lacy border, and many many small holes. Jenny is a truly gifted craftswoman; she has restored it completely and we couldn’t be happier. She communicated beautifully along the way and treated it with such care, and when I opened the parcel I breathed in a gulp of the fresh Eigg air and felt the wholesomeness! Many thanks Jenny.

  6. Lisa Docherty says:

    Hi I have a shawl with a few wee holes, and one large one. I was wondering what your costs of repair are?

  7. Kuldip says:

    I have a very fine wool shawl which has holes from moths.
    Can you help?

  8. Isabelle Gunn says:

    As a baby and as a little girl my daughter Naomi just loved being wrapped in the shawl my Mum knitted for her before her birth. She loved and used it so much that Mum had to knit her a replacement in a denser and more intensively detailed pattern but still in very fine wool. When Naomi finally stopped wrapping herself in it at night I wrapped it carefully in tissue paper and stowed it away safely in the guest room. Thirty years later Naomi gave birth to her beautiful baby daughter Muireann. Very sadly Mum died just a few weeks before Muireann’s birth. I took out the shawl thinking how wonderful for Mum to be able to give such a beautiful gift to this little bundle of joy. Sadly when I shook out the shawl the moth damage was devastating; one very large hole and several little little nibbles here and there and to the picot edging. I was heartbroken fearing the intricacy of the pattern could never be mended. I thought of adding a bit of fabric but the shawl was too fine to have something sewn on top. A friend suggested there might be someone online who could help. I had little hope of finding someone with the skills my Mum had but I found Jenny and I couldn’t believe what she achieved: the shawl looks perfect. I defy anyone to even identify where the holes were the matching of the wool and of the pattern is astonishing. I am so delighted and cannot wait for my daughter to see it and for Muireann to be wrapped in it. Thank you so much Jenny you have been wonderful both in mending in a way I truly thought impossible and in the way you kept me informed of progress. I hope someday Muireann’s babies will be wrapped in her great Grandma’s shawl. The lesson is… be more careful when storing precious heirlooms. Thank you Jenny you are a genius.

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