Wooly Warmth

By Jo Phillips

For those based in GB there is definitely a chill in the air so with  UK Wool Week happening as of the 10 – 16 October you can at least ‘think warm’.   The Campaign for Wool organisation seeks to raise awareness on the natural benefits of wool as opposed to other materials. With an ever-increasing concern for where and how our products are sourced, Wool Week strives to educate and inform on the way wool is used in different industries.

Acclaimed knitwear designer Katie Jones will host a selection of workshops in the Wool BnB, an installation located in De Beauvoir Town, London. The BnB, an actual hosting house, is a  vibrant space featuring blends of wool and interiors to create stunning results. Katie’s workshop, will show people how to  be able to create woolly, handcrafted crochets trims for perfect personalised patches for jeans and jackets.https-cdn-evbuc-com-images-24814170-189449904818-1-original

In a another workshop, textile designer Amy Ilic will offer guests a chance to weave their own designs. Ilic is known to embrace environmental concerns as well as tackling the ethics in raising animals for wool. She is bound to be a fountain of knowledge for those who share such concerns. Visitors of Wool Week can also join innocent as they knit hats for their smoothie bottles. For every one of these bottles sold, the company will make donations to Age UK in an effort to keep older people warm, comfortable and happy during the tough winter season.

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Anther event in celebration of the Wool Week is the launch of the first-ever British Wool Collective at the designer shopping centre Bicester Village. This project aims to showcase the very best of British and merino wool and it is in collaboration with the Campaign for Wool and the British Fashion Council. The British Wool Collective features knitwear from brands such as Pringle of Scotland, Chinti & Parker, John Smedley, Johnstons of Elgin, Brora, Crumpet and Markus Lupfer. In addition, the high quality wool carpet brand Brintons produced a specially designed carpet to greet the guests as they arrive at the Bicester Village station. The brand also created guerrilla-knitted wool pieces to embrace the Village in a variety of wool textures and colours. All of Bicester Village’s guerrilla knitting has been created by the knitwear designer Claire Nixon who took inspiration from architecture and negative space.

British Wool Collective, Bicester Village

For more information on Campaign for Wool, visit their website here