Three wool hats for Wool Week 2014

Celebrating Wool Week 2014 with wool hats in our new Oak Trees Studio Shop

Did you know this week is Wool Week 2014?
Wool Week is organised by The Campaign for Wool and this year runs from 6th – 12th October.

**NEW** Oak Trees Studio Shop

To celebrate Wool Week 2014, I am delighted to announce the opening of our new Oak Trees Studio online shop where you can find my collection of crochet wool hats along with other hats and accessories too, all designed and lovingly hand-crafted by yours truly, that’s me, J Peggy Taylor 🙂

Oak Trees Studio Shop
Oak Trees Studio Shop

In my first collection of crochet hats you will find luxurious natural undyed hand-spun wool yarns, along with beautifully soft finest quality alpaca and even an upcycled wool mix yarn.

The pure and natural wool yarns are produced from small flocks of specialist sheep breeds. The sheep flocks are all kept by small-scale farmers and the wool fibre is processed and spun by hand in North Yorkshire. As they have not been through any dyeing process, all of these natural wool yarns retain their natural variations in colour. Being undyed also means these yarns hold their natural spring and texture which carries through into the crochet wool fabric of the hats. I adore all of these natural undyed wool yarns and I have enjoyed crocheting them into my hat designs.

Warm multi-toned greys of Jacob wool yarn
Warm multi-toned greys of Jacob wool yarn

I’ll be regularly adding new items to our shop too. Please do take a look … you might spot that unique hat for your Winter wardrobe in our new Oak Trees Studio shop!

What is The Campaign for Wool?

“The Campaign for Wool is a global endeavour initiated by its patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, in order to raise awareness amongst consumers about the unique, natural and sustainable benefits offered by wool.” The Campaign for Wool

The Campaign for Wool is celebrating its 5th anniversary during this Wool Week, with all kinds of wool-focused events and activities planned, particularly in London. You can join in a knitathon at Brora’s Sloane Square store, creating a giant scarf for a charity auction. Perhaps you’d like to catch a masterclass with knit and crochet designer, Erika Knight, at John Lewis in Oxford Street. There’s also a chance to see John Smedley’s Brook Street store transformed into a raw wool sculpture.

If, like me, you’re not in London, there will also be an online fashion exhibition to highlight favourite new wool items from the Autumn/Winter 2014 collections of The Campaign for Wool’s partners, from high-street names to bespoke fashion. There’ll be an exciting selection of the best wool clothing and accessories to inspire your Winter wardrobe. You’ll find the Wool Collection online on The Campaign for Wool’s website during Wool Week.

The wonders of wool showcased for Wool Week will not only encompass fashion but also the Wool Collection:Interiors which will be on display at Southwark Cathedral in London (entry is free!) to demonstrate the beauty and practicality of this versatile natural fibre. The Wool Collection:Interiors includes a selection of specially commissioned items. You can take a browse here on The Campaign for Wool website and you can learn more about the versatility of wool for interiors on the OneWool website where you’ll also find the OneWool Gallery – “… the very best items in the wool interiors industry today.”

10 reasons to choose wool

  1.  Wool is a 100% natural fibre.
  2.  Wool is a renewable fibre and therefore a sustainable resource.
  3.  Wool is longlasting and also biodegradable.
  4.  Wool is a natural insulator and can be used to insulate homes.
  5.  Wool is breathable – it can absorb and release humidity, reducing odour and allowing the wearer to remain at a comfortable temperature.
  6.  Wool can reduce allergy effects due to its dust-suppressing quality.
  7.  Wool has natural elasticity – it stretches then returns to its natural shape.
  8.  Wool is naturally stain-resistant.
  9.  Wool provides  high levels of UV protection (significantly higher than cotton or synthetic fibres).
  10.  Wool is naturally flame retardant with a higher threshold of ignition and produces less of the poisonous fumes that can prove fatal in fires.

… in short … wool is wonderful!

Don’t forget to take a peek at my collection of hand-crafted wool hats in our new Oak Trees Studio shop !  😀

J Peggy Taylor

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7 thoughts on “Celebrating Wool Week 2014 with wool hats in our new Oak Trees Studio Shop

  1. Congratulations Peggy! It’s a great beginning 🙂 And, you have given wonderful reasons to choose wool… I am tempted to buy one even though it is of no much use in South India, where I am living…

    And… Best wishes to you 🙂

    TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  2. What wonderful wool. There is nothing like it for clothing. You’ve made want to get out my knitting needles again. It’s also reminded me of a trip to Copenhagen’s National Museum. One of the exhibits was a model of a Bronze Age girl wearing a replica of the knitted tunic that had survived in a bog – 4,000 year-old knitting! It was rather stylish with a fringe of long loops if I remember rightly.

    1. Natural wool is so lovely to work with. I love the myriad of different colour tones and it has so much life and spring. Happy to have re-inspired you to knit 🙂 The Bronze Age replica knitting in the Copenhagen Museum sounds fascinating – I would have loved to have seen it. It is amazing how some textiles have survived from ancient times due to some accident of fate and ending up in ‘preservation conditions’.

  3. I had no idea there was a week for wool, nor a campaign – thanks for educating me:-) I love your hats, and especially the fact that the wool you use is undyed and spun locally. What beautiful material that must be to work your creative magic with. I’m going to tell my Mum about this post too – she’s nuts about wool! Congratulations on the new shop – may it be a big success for you! Blessings, Harula xxx

    1. Thank you for your good wishes Harula 🙂
      Yes, I learned about Wool Week from a newspaper article a couple of years ago. I think they are trying to ‘grow’ it into a bigger event each year. Wool is such a wonderful fibre to work with and I do love the natural wools – they have so much spring and life. Another wool fan! … your mum will be a most welcome visitor too 🙂 Best Wishes, Peggy 🙂

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