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Wool Week 2020: Student Design Competition

Wool Week 2020: Student Design Competition

Award-winning designs to celebrate this fantastic fibre!

There’s year’s Wool Week runs from the 5th-18th October so there is still time to enjoy the yearly celebration of this versatile fibre. Long loved by knitters, wool is a sustainable, renewable and biodegradable fibre choice and each year, the Campaign for Wool showcases its fantastic qualities with a series of events. Part of the celebration is the Student Design Competition, which this year was a global event.

Students from universities across the UK as well as in New Zealand, Canada and South Africa took up the challenge to come up with an innovative and exciting product made from wool. Top name brands from the clothing and interiors industries set special categories, including capsule tailoring (Marks and Spencer), socks using recycled fibres (Finisterre), and a British heritage-inspired jumper (Brora). Celtic & Co asked students to create a relaxed-comfort jumper while jacquard was requested by knitwear fashion house John Smedley.

Georgia Alligan won John Smedley’s category with this great design

There were twelve winning products, some of which are now available to buy as part of limited edition collections. You can see the winning entries and even take a virtual tour of the exhibition on the Campaign for Wool website.

Ashira Mellor was victorious with these fab socks for Finisterre’s challenge

Sandra Junele’s winning entry for Brora’s heritage knit

To learn more about this brilliant campaign, supported by HRH The Prince of Wales, visit


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