Celebrating Wool – from the sheep’s back to yours

Its Wool Week and I was in Sydney yesterday and just couldn’t walk past this window without feeling proud to be part of the team that helps bring this product from the sheep’s back to you MJ Bale Sydney CBD And of course I had to do more than just admire the window so I popped in and made a little purchase for myself. Believe me I could have made quite a few more

IMG_2204a couple of gorgeous merino wool scarves have now joined my winter wardrobe 

  Today 99% of the Australian wool clip is sold at retail overseas and indeed..

Australian wool has come a long way since it first touched our shores. In 200 years it has been transformed from a short fibre into one as smooth as silk and as soft as cashmere. Its true strength lies in its versatility. Merino wool is as superb on the catwalk as it is on the sports field. It has warped, worsted and woven itself into the halls of high fashion and is used by designers right across the world.

This year Craig and Wendy Taylor of Redblue architecture and design had the chance to work on this innovative and noble fibre as part of AWI’s Wool Week display at the Macquarie Centre

Macquarie Centre has been chosen to celebrate ideas, new creations and the infinite possibilities of Wool througout the Centre in May. In collaboration with The Campaign for Wool they will showcase Woolmark’s 2015 Campaign – “I wool if you wool”.

Check out some of Craig and Wendy’s clever designs

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Wendy and Craig had six weeks to bring this wonderful showcase of Australian wool together, using the many different textures and different techniques that are available to use with wool. You will see Macrame, weaving, plaiting, knitting, stringart to name just a few. Wendy said it was totally exhilarating to be able to work with the diversity of wool fabrics and yarns that are available today.

We used wool yarn from 1 ply to 120 ply. The 1 ply was so fine it was like a spider web. We used a range of wool fabrics including Wool top, felt and prefelt

Wool is breathable, renewable and wearable and so beautiful to work with

As part of their brief Wendy and Craig were asked to also showcase the work of designer Felicity Gleeson who has an AWI Fashion Scholarship. Wendy was very moved by Felicity’s beautiful designs that Wendy described as part fabric and part sculpture

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and the piece de resistance Wendy and Craig we able to create their own flock of 36 sheep to be the ‘flock to frock’ stars of the fashion floor

Also kicking goals for the wool industry is the Fibre of Football campaign 

I just love the videos that showcase the farmer faces of the product as well as our footballing heroes from rich agricultural roots

and how good is this? To me the quote of the year

behind every successful man is an astonished woman

and how mind blowing  is this

Join us on a trans-formative journey as together we  follow a single piece of fleece in pursuit of its family. From the shearing sheds of the Australian outback, to the ancient weaving mills of Yorkshire, discover how modern technologies and age-old techniques combine to transform fleece into fashion. Read more at http://www.merino.com/wool/lost-and-f…

and remember when you get the chance Choose Natural 

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