We have winners!

Grand Prize Winner: sponsored by Jamieson and Smith Deborah Barr, “Encounter on Gamle Strynesfjellsvegen, Norway” Congratulations, Deborah! You win a £100 voucher from Jamieson & Smith! Best sheep photos: sponsored by Blacker Designs Lucy Razzall, “Henry Moore’s Sheep” Helena Callum, “Goldilocks” Amy Karasz, “Neve and Wren” Congratulations Lucy, Helena, and Amy! Amy wins a £20… Continue Reading We have winners!

Wool Is . . . a guest post from Ooey Ollie

Today we feel incredibly honoured to feature Oliver Henry on the Wovember blog. Known to Shetland friends and locals as “Ooey Ollie” (ooey = woolly), Oliver has been sorting and grading wool at Jamieson and Smith for almost 45 years. In so many respects, Oliver really is the Shetland Woolbrokers, and what he doesn’t know… Continue Reading Wool Is . . . a guest post from Ooey Ollie

Introducing Diane, AKA The Spinning Shepherd

I hope you are all enjoying our Wovember guests posts, and that it is proving interesting for you to share our exploration of the many stages which lie between wool growing on the back of a sheep and ending up as wearable clothes. I feel strongly that the more transparent this process is, the harder… Continue Reading Introducing Diane, AKA The Spinning Shepherd

Excelana – from sheep to skein

For this evening’s post we shall get an insight into what happens when you mix an understanding of the specific properties of different sheep breeds’ wool with a creative vision for knitwear and garment design. Because that sentence is a bit of a mouthful, I have condensed it into a handy Wovember equation: Sheep Fleece… Continue Reading Excelana – from sheep to skein

Woolly roundup

It’s time for the WEEKLY, WOOLLY ROUNDUP! Thanks again everyone for all the Wovember work you’re doing to raise the profile of WOOL FOR WHAT IT IS on your own blogs, in your knitting projects, in your felt-making and – yes – in your Christmas plans. I learned this week about Christmas Tree Skirts from… Continue Reading Woolly roundup

A smuggling story featuring sacks, cloves and fells.

One of the themes running through these WOVEMBER posts concerns how the word ‘WOOL’ conjures certain imaginative associations. Our imaginative associations are gold dust to advertisers and brand experts, and Kate has written about – amongst other things – the specific lure of the word ‘wool’ and its evocation of ‘cosiness’ when it is addressed… Continue Reading A smuggling story featuring sacks, cloves and fells.

January 2010 “snowcase” revisited

You are amazing. Thank you for your interest in Wovember, for your thoughtful comments on product descriptions and fibre content, and for publishing your own thoughts on the Wovember issues elsewhere on the Internet. It is really encouraging to see the response to Wovember and a real pleasure to upload your photos whenever we can… Continue Reading January 2010 “snowcase” revisited

Prick Your Finger

In a world where widespread knowledge of where and how clothes are made exists, it would be unthinkable to describe a pair of viscose shorts as “woollen” because everybody would know at once that this was nonsense. Yet as long as there are enormous gaps between producers and consumers of clothes on the High Street,… Continue Reading Prick Your Finger

On ‘Artificial Wool’

From your wonderful comments on the Wovember petition it is obvious that incorrect and confusing descriptions of textiles are abundant. But how has the confusion surrounding the word “WOOL” arisen? Throughout the month we will explore that question in different ways. This evening we shall hear from Ethel Mairet’s wonderful book published in 1939 and… Continue Reading On ‘Artificial Wool’

sheep as propaganda

We all probably know that knitting socks for “our boys” became a part of the war effort during World War II, but perhaps less familiar is this piece of sheepy propaganda from the First World War. In October 1918 – a few weeks before the conclusion of the war – the US board of agriculture… Continue Reading sheep as propaganda