Halifax Spinning Mill samples...

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Thursday, March 20, 2014

I love going to visit Paul at his mill - Halifax Spinning Mill. This time was no different, and hearing the whir (or thunder depending on where you stand!) of the carding machines always makes me envious of the lucky people who are going to get a big batch of new beautifully spun yarn in a few weeks!

This time we were talking about the disengagement of designers from the materials they use - 100% wool is all good and well, but with over 60 different varieties of sheep fleece available within the UK today (BWMB 2010) there is such a wealth of variety not being utilised!

I was lucky enough to be able to go through his sample collection of yarns and was amazed at the variety of blends and versatility of the fibre! So above are a few pictures to wet your appetite!


Zoe Grace Fletcher Currently undertaking a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University within the MIRIAD post-graduate department, I am beginning a practice based academic journey into British wool fibres and new technologies within knitwear design. Graduating with Distinction from a Masters in Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion, specialising in hand-knitting and the British Wool Industry, I have worked on a number of knitwear collections (personal and external companies), whilst freelancing and researching for a number of exciting projects. My work revolves around the idea of sustainable fashion from a knitted perspective and the different ways to achieve this incorporating the ideas of slow fashion into mainstream society. I love knitting. And wool. And double sided sticky tape.
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