Designing for Breed

Designing for Breed with Zoe Fletcher

Sunday 24th February 9.30-12.30pm

An opportunity to learn more about the 72 purebred British sheep breeds and their different wool qualities.

An introduction to a practical and digital toolkit that enables designers to navigate their breed selection process, looking at desirable characteristics such as handle, colour, and fineness (micron count), through to the cultural geographical heritage of sheep breeds. There will be time to look at samples of all the 72 British purebreds in yarn and knitted swatch form. As well as time to experiment, take notes and swatch with 6 different yarn samples – enabling you to begin to build your own breed resource.

Level/Ability: Basic knitting skills.

Notes, any additional info, what do people need to bring? Needles and pens/pencils.

Tutor biography: Zoe Fletcher

Zoe gained her PhD from Manchester School of Art in 2018, specialising in British sheep and fibre qualities for knitwear design. Zoe is the founder of The Woolist, an online (and pop-up event) space, which showcases research into British sheep and wool, connects producers, manufacturers and makers, as well as selling products made from breed specific fibres. Zoe guest lectures in knit at Manchester School of Art, as well as tutoring postgraduates and undergraduates.

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