What’s on for Wool Week 2018
Campaign for Wool’s (campaignforwool.org) Wool Week is back for the ninth year running, and 2018 promises to be the biggest and woolliest yet. Taking place from the 8th-21st October across the country, Wool Week aims to promote wool; from industry usage, down to the yarn on the end of your needle. A multitude of events will be taking place in Covent Garden, London, including artistic fairground games, interactive demonstrations, and a “Meet the Wool Gurus” series including talks from Brora’s Victoria Stapleton, Finisterre, and Hackett.
11th-12th October, Covent Garden
Wool Week 2018 seeks to promote careability and environmental sustainability by using wool, which is naturally biodegradable, rather than non-biodegradable microfibrous textiles that pollute the earth’s oceans. A colossal immersive installation formed from AEG washing machines will pop-up in Covent Garden, providing the public with a fun and informative education on the environmental impact of different textiles and the eco-friendly benefit of wearing wool.
Campaign for Wool will be collaborating with an assortment of fashion brands, including the iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, preppy British clothing shop Jack Wills, elite menswear tailors Hackett, Royally appointed knitwear manufacturers John Smedley, Scottish tweed specialists Walker Slater, established womenswear retailer Hobbs, environmentally conscious surfwear producers Finisterre, woolly children’s and babywear sellers Smalls, and luxury Scottish cashmere label Brora. Brora’s founder and creative director, Victoria Stapleton, has designed a wool jumper available only in a limited edition to celebrate the ninth year of the campaign, so make sure to get your hands on one before they’re all sold out!
The British Wool Spinning Marathon
11-14th October (http://www.britspin.org.uk)
Not a marathon of the usual kind; the British Wool Spinning Marathon challenges groups of up to 10 teammates to spin to for charity. The event takes place nationwide over four days, beginning at midnight on Thursday and ending at midnight on Sunday. Just like a real sporting event there is an official rulebook: any hand-spinning technique may be used to spin, ply, and wind the yarn from whichever fibre or fleece the spinner chooses. Spin record-breaking amounts of yarn to raise money for the Association of Air Ambulances charity – the only question remaining is what to knit with all of the yarn afterwards?