This Autumn/Winter, British wool mill Laxtons is partnering with final year students at Nottingham Trent University from the BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design & Knitted Textiles course to showcase their first stock-supported machine knitting yarn Sheepsoft.
Sheepsoft is a fully-traceable 100% British wool yarn that has been awarded the prestigious Platinum crook mark from the British Wool Marketing Board. It is a certified non-mulesed blend of Bluefaced Leicester and Masham breed fleeces, suitable for mid-gauge knitwear. In November 2017, Laxtons will launch its first Sheepsoft dyed colour range for A/W 2018.
Laxtons, a Yorkshire-based spinning mill founded in 1907, specialises in spinning premium British wool and wool blend yarns for woven and knitted apparel or applications.
The students from Nottingham Trent University, will be responding to the brief set by Charlotte Cameron, a knitwear consultant and NTU alumnus, who has worked with Laxtons to develop its A/W 2018 Sheepsoft colour range.
The students will be reflecting on Laxtons’ rich heritage and progression within the changeable British textiles industry, whilst celebrating the natural qualities of British wool, creating their own individual response in the form of a design and swatching project.
The students will submit their projects for judging mid-December 2017 before the winning projects are announced before the end of the year. The two winning students will be awarded sponsorship from Laxtons in the form of yarn for their final collection projects and a fully-funded trip to Laxtons new state-of-the-art mill in West Yorkshire.