Knitwear student, Hannah Brabon awarded prize from The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters

Final year knitwear student, Hannah Brabon was recently awarded the HATRA Bursary of £2500 by The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. 
After being interviewed by a panel of judges; presenting work and answering technical questions, she was selected as one of 14 winners in the country. As well as the bursary Hannah is being mentored by Peter White who visited recently to see how her work is progressing and give business and interview/portfolio advice.
Hannah’s graduate collection focusses on the detrimental impacts that the textiles industry has on the environment looking specifically at images of water polluted by dye and ink waste, as well as how this effects the surrounding communities. Her colour palette has developed from own photographs of landscapes ranging from acid washed denim to dark indigo tones of blue, as well as hints of pinks, lavender purple and mint green. The textural qualities of natural forms such as water and mountains inspired the sense of pattern, line and shape throughout the fabrics.

Hannah Brabon Portfolio page

Hannah aim to create a luxury sportswear inspired women’s knitwear collection of outfits that are innovative and forward thinking, using denim fabrics and yarns in combination with other sustainable and high quality materials in order to create a highly technical, luxury fabrics. She hopes to promote the concept of slow fashion and aims to have a low impact on the environment.

To continue the idea of clothing with a long life, Hannah initially focused on using pre-loved denim and transforming it into something new and innovative. “I am interested in the history of denim and am inspired by how denim has been a part of the lives of so many people; from a vast array of sub-cultures and classes in societies throughout the centuries. From ancient Japanese Boro textiles to present day casual wear, I am fascinated by the stories behind the clothing that people wear.”

Hannah Brabon swatches

Hannah has used many knitting techniques on a wide range of machinery; these include domestic, Dubied and Shima Seiki knitting machines across a variety of gauges, exploring intarsia, e-wrapping, weaving in, pleating and ribbing. She has also embraced hand dyeing and machine embroidery, in order to add a further depth and dimension to the fabrics. Developing on from the idea of water and preserving the landscape, she uses heat pressing techniques with plastics, resulting in a waterproofed effect.The use of heat pressing techniques with plastics, resulting in a waterproofed effect, encapsulate the idea of water and preserving the landscape.

Hannah Brobon


WSA Knitwear for Fashion Student Prize Winners at the Campaign for Wool Competition

Two Knitwear students, Zoe Lyne and Jessye Boulton won prize’s at the Campaign for Wool Student Hand Knit Competiton held at Artworkers Guild Hall in London during Wool Week.

The students responded to a competition brief created by Marie Wallin. Students were asked to design a series of fashion garments hand-knitted in 100% wool, or wool-rich, [more than 51% real wool] that displayed sculptural form using cabling and 3D knitting techniques in a palette which celebrated the colours of a British Autumn. Students were encouraged to incorporate other handcraft techniques such as crochet, macramé, tatting and felting. The brief asked for an exploration of scale as a means to create drama and complexity.

Sixteen final entries were judged during Wool Week by Marie Wallin, Bridgette Kelly of The Campaign for Wool Ltd, Wendy Barker ofKingston University and Polly Leonard, Founder and Editor of Selvedge Magazine who awarded a special prize to her overall preferred entry.

The second prize of £300 was awarded to Jessye Boulton from Winchester School of Art, another first-year undergraduate student. “Jessye’s design was a wonderful blend of multi-coloured yarns knitted into a collection bullion knots, creating a dramatic and eye-catching, almost carpet-like in its structure and very impressive as a garment.”


Using the colours of Autumn as her starting point Jessye created a highly textured garment using Spring stitch to mimic the natural complexity of the forest floor and to celebrate the quality of the pure wool yarns she used.  Jessye secured yarn sponsorship from Cornish Organic Wool and which enabled her to create a dense and luscious final piece.

A special award of a 3-year subscription to Selvedge Magazine was given to Zoe Lyne of Winchester School of Art. Polly Leonard, the editor of Selvedge Magazine was instantly drawn to this “dramatic design of a mass of crochet tubes worked into a very imaginative wearable neckpiece or collar.”


Zoe was inspired by the notion of an organic shape engulfing the wearer for her design.  Imagining knitwear as an extension of the body Zoe constructed the garment to obscure the face with a series of sculptural tube-like forms that form the collar.

The garment was hand-knitted in natural undyed British and Merino wool specifically to subtly draw attention to the natural irregularities in the yarn. Constructing the sculptural collar in Dartmoor lambswool, supplied by Lily Warne Wool, was a nod to Zoe’s Devon heritage.

Congratulations to Jessye and Zoe!

Design Admin Assistant Roles at Boden – Womenswear Wovens and Knitwear and Jersey

Boden is a London-based clothing company, founded in 1991 by Johnnie Boden. The company’s headquarters are in NW London.

We are looking for a brilliant Admin Assistant to provide strong administrative support to our designers in our womenswear wovens team and in our womenswear knit and jersey team.

If you have an understanding of how the fashion industry works and would enjoy working in a creative environment then this is the ideal opportunity to gain experience in a fun and dynamic team.

As well as being really well organised you’ll be confident, have strong attention to detail, be unfazed by sample management, supplier correspondence and lots of meetings….oh, and you’ll probably eat spreadsheets for breakfast!

You will ideally have a fashion degree and possibly a relevant internship under your belt.

If this sounds like you we’d love to hear from you so please apply with a CV and a few examples of your work.

Salary £19,000 per annum plus excellent benefits

Location of vacancy North West London

Position type Full Time

Closing date July 20, 2016

For Wovens more details here

For Knitwear more details here

A Selection from the Work-in-Progress Fashion Show

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WSA London Fashion Show – This Thursday!

Join us for our London Fashion Show this Thursday 28th May, showcasing 20 selected Womenswear, Menswear and Knitwear graduates catwalk collection’s and portfolio’s.

WSA London Show Invite

Please note the amended address – The Yard, 89 & 1/2 Worship Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 2BF.

WSA Graduate Fashion Show Next Week!

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Showcasing 49 Womenswear, Menswear and Knitwear students across the two shows.

Paid Design Assistant Position at Stuart Peters

Stuart Peters Limited is a supplier of fashion knitwear, jerseywear and outerwear to the UK High Street.

The knitwear design department is a team of 20+ designers. The role will assist the design department to liaise with factories and customers in relation to development product, specifically:

Preparing design product for presentation meetings

Managing original reference samples

Ensuring sample submissions are correct/ referenced and delivered into the UK on time for customer meetings.

Ensuring that internal systems are up to date with the latest product information

Problem solving directly with the design team and factories

All our interns have thoroughly enjoyed their time doing their placements, and we currently have interns who have returned as Graduate Trainees.

The position would suit – A strong personality, bright, intelligent, willing to work hard/strong work ethic, quick to learn, attention to detail, thinks clearly through problems. Someone who has an interest in design and that wants a permanent job at the end of their course!!


37.5 hours per week

Internship Length
12 months

Closing date
February 23, 2015

To read more and apply go here

WSA Staff and Students at Indigo, Premiere Vision, Paris

Senior Teaching Fellow in Printed Textiles, Sarah Cheyne, was at Indigo earlier this month where her studio Johnson Cheyne was exhibiting. The design show is part of Premiere Vision, Paris and attracts thousands of visitors over 3 days in September and February.

Johnson Cheyne Texprint Stand

Sarah has been running Johnson Cheyne for 5 years. The studio produces and sells printed and embroidered designs for the fashion and interiors market. During a busy week Sarah showed designs for Autumn Winter 15/16 to clients from Europe, America and Asia who flocked to Paris for the biggest fashion fabric event of the season.



This year, two of our recent graduates were fortunate to have a stand after being selected as finalists for Texprint 2014. Both Frieda Peppercorn (Printed Textiles) and Jonny Wadland (Knitwear for Fashion) enjoyed attention at the show with the opportunity to sell swatches and make industry contacts.

Frieda Peppercorn Texprint Stand Jonny Wadland Texprint Stand

Knitwear Internship available in London

A knitwear supplier to high street companies such as Urban Outfitters, River Island and Topshop is looking for interns.

We are looking for an intern to join us at our office in Kentish Town London. Daily tasks would include knitting swatches, mood boards, checking in all new samples and general office jobs. We are a small team so the candidate would get to see everything from initial designs to first samples and production. 

The ideal candidate would apply to the following:
• Team player
• Able to spec/measure garments
• Daily admin
• Booking in samples
• Photographing samples
• Good technical knowledge of domestic & industrial knitting machine
• Eye for colour and layout
• Able to use photoshop & illustrator

We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible for a 6 week period. Travel with in London can be paid for. Please send CV and a couple of images of work (under 5mb) via the link here.