Sheep visit gets Cardiff Met students in a ‘spin’ 

19/10/2012 12:00 


Second year Textiles students at Cardiff Metropolitan University got themselves in a spin over the recent British Wool Week as they were joined by some special guests on campus.

The students who are just embarking on the live module element of their BA (hons) Textiles degree course – a 12-week project aimed at teaching them more about the ways in which textiles translate to the ‘real world’ – were joined by shepherd and spinner, Jane Bissett and the Kennixton Sheep, some of whom carry the genetics from six different breeds of British sheep and have been bred for fleeces ideal for hand-spinning.

The visit was organised by senior lecturer, Sally Grant who has engaged the expertise of innovative Welsh woollen company, Melin Tregwynt to oversee the project, which this year has a particular emphasis on Welsh textiles.

Speaking about the purpose of the special visit, Sally said:

Student Danielle Vaughan with Nichola the sheep!
“The live module is something we do every year at this time, and we use it to really teach the students about the impact their studies will have out there in the real world.

“We have worked with various high profile companies on this in the past and this year I was delighted that Melin Tregwynt decided to come on board as the project has a particularly Welsh focus.

 “Having Jane and her flock actually here on campus was the real icing on the cake.  Wool is the inspiration behind this year’s module and for students to be visited by some of the very animals producing the totally sustainable material with which they are working was just fantastic!”

Shepherd, Jane brought a variety of ‘wool on the hoof’ from her 20-strong flock, who all live in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Speaking about her involvement, Jane said:

The flock of sheep at Cardiff Met’s Llandaff campus.
“I was delighted to be asked to visit Cardiff Met with some of my sheep and provide this wonderful opportunity for the students to go back to grassroots and really look at where wool comes from – literally off the back of a living animal.

“Wool is such a diverse product - all fleeces will be different and this provides such exciting opportunities when we think about its use in everything from fashion to furnishings, and artwork - in fact, the wool jacket modelled by student Danielle Vaughan in our photographs was actually knitted by me with wool from one of the visiting sheep!

“I’m a great supporter of British Wool Week and I’m hoping that some of the work the students produce as part of this project will be exhibited as part of next year’s event – it’s just a great opportunity to educate people about the wool and textile industry and the students involved in this project may well be some of the names to look out for in the future.”


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