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Caption: Winner - Alex Pengelly, textiles student
Caption: Second Place - Charlotte Harris, fashion student
Caption: Third Place - Emily Trendell

After months of careful planning and knitting, five student finalists from the Royal College of Art took their sketches from page to life and presented their final pieces to a panel of judges from the College and Todds Hand Knits. Following much deliberation, the panel chose three outstanding winners.

Textiles student Alex Pengelly took first place, winning the coveted trip to Zegna Baruffa’s factory in Northern Italy and £300 worth of Baruffa’s world famous yarn. Pengelly’s final piece (pictured) evoked Pascoli’s poetry with great dramatic flare. She combined intricate elements of seafaring (as described in the poem) with clever knitting techniques and contrasting colour ways, which resulted in a brave and impressive silhouette.

Fashion student Charlotte Harris claimed second place with a blast of colour and an impressive use of texturing. The most ‘fashion’ of all the pieces, Charlotte’s modern silhouette caught the judges eye immediately. She receives £200 worth of Baruffa yarn.

Emily Trendell’s impressively technical accessories received the third place prize, collecting £100 worth of Baruffa yarns to be used throughout the remainder of her course. Emily echoed the poems sense of light in the dark with contrasting lime piping that delicately edged the different layers of the concertinaed snood.

The competition celebrated the versatility and beauty of Merino with a hope to inspire future designers to choose wool. The winning pieces will be on display at Southwark Cathedral as part of Campaign for Wool’s launch event for Wool Week and we will also be flying the pieces to Italy to be shown at Pitti Filati in the summer of 2015.

Look out for features on all the five finalist coming soon!

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