Knitwear study days 2nd & 3rd April 2014 organised by In the Loop. Book your place now!

The first day will take place at the Highfield campus, providing an opportunity to visit the exhibition, Knitting: 1914-2014 that we blogged about last Friday: The second day will be held at Winchester School of Art with an opportunity to visit the Knitting Reference Library.

Talks from a variety of Knitwear specialist: Jonathan Faiers, Linda Newington, Anna Mcnally, Gill Clarke, Victoria Walters, Deryn Relph, Martin Polley, Tom Van Deijnen, Alex Pengelly and Dawn Cole.

Bookings are solely through the University online store. Delegate fee for a two day ticket is £60. Refreshments and a buffet lunch are included in the fee on both days.

Building upon the foundation of In the loop, it is now time to establish a Knitting Research Group at WSA as we move towards further developing the research potential in this area, so please contact Linda Newington and Jonathan Faiers – if you are interested in joining.


Featuring the recent exhibition in collaboration with WSA knitwear students – Knitting: 1914-2014

The exhibition Knitting: 1914-2014 is located in the Special Collections Gallery on Level 4 of the Hartley Library at the University of Southampton’s Highfield Campus, and will be on display from February 10th to 4th April 2014.

The exhibition is curated by Linda Newington, Head of Library and Archive Collections for Art and Design, with exhibition design and preparation by Special Collections.

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News feature in the Daily Echo Newspaper

For further information on Winchester School of Art’s Knitting Reference Library see:


Level One Knitwear Students “Future Fair Isle”

WSA level one knitwear students have just completes a project called “Future Fair Isle”. The students used our amazing Japanese Shima Seiki Knitting machines. All the patterns were digitally inputed by them of their own designs. They looked at our Knitting Reference Library and researched into historical Shetland Fairisle patterns, they then pimped them up to create a modern day fairisle patterned menswear sweater. They look FAB don’t you think?

L1_Knitwear Student_Jennifer Lewis

L1_Knitwear Student_Millie Butler-Hiorns

L1_Knitwear Student_Grace Fincham