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Woollen win for NULC’s textile teacher

7th May 2015

Newcastle-under-Lyme College lecturer Sharon Porteous Parton has taken first place in a top national textile design competition

Woollen win for NULC’s textile teacher

Sharon took The Woolmark Company Award in the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition this week and as the prize she earned a one week placement in the Holly Fulton studio in London, with £600 to cover expenses. Holly Fulton is an award-winning womenswear and accessories designer.

Sharon has worked at Newcastle-under-Lyme College since 2001 and is subject leader of A Level Textiles. She is also completing a Master's Degree in Fashion and textiles at the University of Derby.

The award challenged competitors to make a woven or knitted fabric for fashion which had to contain at least 60% Merino wool. Sharon's entry was a treble cloth with a bold zigzag pattern softened by the subtle colours used. The fabric was woven on a jacquard loom combining soft white cotton warp ends and hand dyed merino weft
picks. Once off the loom the fashion fabric was hand finished to create soft felted and layered textures.

The award ceremony took place at the Victoria Hall in Saltaire for the competition which attracted over 900 entries for 17 categories and a total prize fund of £11,000.

Said Sharon: "I'm absolutely delighted to have won and am really looking forward to my work placement as it's important for teaching staff to be able to pass on real
industry experience to students. Bradford Textile Society is the oldest textile society in Britain and so the design competition is recognised as the most prestigious of its kind in the UK."

NULC offers a range of fashion and textile courses including A/AS Textiles, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Fashion Extended Diploma in Fashion and is planning a degree level course in fashion and textiles in the near future.

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