Wovember 2016 prizes announced

Hello! As Louise said yesterday, we’ve been busy looking through all your amazing knitting projects for the Wovember WAL and for the Wovember instagram competition. We’ve been blown away by the quality, quantity and exuberance of your amazing woolly images and projects and are thrilled today to announce the winners! Photo competition There were many… Continue Reading Wovember 2016 prizes announced

Hebridean Seafaring Sheep in the UK

We’re on our last leg of the EU tour of sheep and wool and have landed back in the native land of team Wovember: the UK. We’ve featured loads of content about the UK on the Wovember blog in the past so rather than trying to summarise everything we know about wool from this country… Continue Reading Hebridean Seafaring Sheep in the UK

Svenska får och ull – Swedish sheep and wool

Today on our EU tour of sheep and wool we are in Sweden, where the word for sheep is får and the word for wool is ull. Wikipedia list the following breeds as being native to Sweden – Dala-fur; Gotland; Gute; Roslag and Rya. However, several additional Swedish breeds are mentioned in the fantastic The… Continue Reading Svenska får och ull – Swedish sheep and wool

Ovejas y lana en España – sheep and wool in Spain

Today on our EU tour of sheep and wool we are in Spain where the word for sheep is oveja and the word for wool is lana. Spain is where the infamous merino originates from and to give some historical context, we shall begin by quoting from the excellent tome The Wool Trade Past and… Continue Reading Ovejas y lana en España – sheep and wool in Spain

Slovenske ovce in volna – Slovenian sheep and wool

Today continuing our EU sheep and wool tour we are in Slovenia where the word for sheep is ovce, and the word for wool is volna. The two sheep breeds listed as being native to Slovenia are the Jezersko-Solčava breed and the Bovec sheep. The Jezersko-Solčava sheep originate in Jezersko. ETA:  we also learnt from one… Continue Reading Slovenske ovce in volna – Slovenian sheep and wool

Ovce a vlna na slovenskom – sheep and wool in Slovakia

Today we resume our tour of EU sheep and wool and find ourselves in Slovakia – The Slovak Republic – where the word for sheep is ovce and the word for wool is vlna. These words feel familiar; ovce is also the word for sheep in the Czech Republic and ovca is used in Bulgaria… Continue Reading Ovce a vlna na slovenskom – sheep and wool in Slovakia

In conversation with Sonya Philip

As promised earlier today, here is Sonya Philip in conversation with Felicity Ford of Wovember. Please tell us about you! F: First of all, would you mind introducing yourself to our Wovember readers? S: My name is Sonya Philip, I’m an artist and designer living in San Francisco. I work primarily with textiles: knitting, sewing,… Continue Reading In conversation with Sonya Philip

#woolbodypositive

We interrupt the flow of the EU sheep breeds series to invite you to join an open discussion: #woolbodypositive. This evening we have a special Q&A with Sonya Philip whom you may know from her iconic project “100 acts of sewing“. Wovember is about challenging the fashion industry’s misuse of the terms wool, woolly and… Continue Reading #woolbodypositive

From reading blogs to designing knitwear – an inspiring woolly journey

This week with our Be the Change focus, we really want to celebrate how each of us can be effective in ways both small and large when it comes to changing the future of wool. You can follow the hashtag #bethechangeforwool to see how folk are expressing that concept in different ways. This evening on the… Continue Reading From reading blogs to designing knitwear – an inspiring woolly journey