World knitting champ gives Wrexham students a masterclass

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STUDENTS have been doing some knitting - on a gigantic scale.

The art and design students at Yale College, Wrexham, were given a run through when the “big knitting” champion called into the college.

World record holder Ingrid Wagner talked to more than 100 students about her work, career and creative business.

She also taught them the basic techniques of “big” knitting so they could make some giant scarves in a wonderful array of colours and designs which will be sold at the Memorial Gallery’s Christmas Market in early December.

Gallery officer Jim Creed said: “This was been an amazing few days of creative activity. Many students have had the chance to make something they would never normally do on a giant scale.”

The workshops are just one of a series of innovative learning opportunities focusing on Welsh trades, specifically for students following the Welsh Baccalaureate.

Students have enjoyed workshops by the Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT), Anti-Slavery International and Flintshire Fair Trade Coalition.

Important Welsh artists have also given talks including photographer Paul Cabuts and painter Alun Evans.

The Welsh-themed curriculum culminated in an exciting exhibition called the Trade Show at the college’s Memorial Gallery.

“The aim of the exhibition is to offer an insight into the visual culture and heritage of Wales and provide a visual learning resource for our learners. We also organise a varied activity programme that enhances Yale students’ curriculum,” Mr Creed added.

The exhibition, which includes some exiting pieces from Welsh museums and artists, is open for the public to view by appointment.

Art and design students have continued to use their knitting skills within their project work and in preparation for the market which will run for three days starting on Monday, December 6, and is open to the public from 10am-3pm.

A percentage of all profits will be donated to Jen Jones’ Ethiopian Welsh Quilts Project, in which an Ethiopian women's group make traditional Welsh quilts which are sold all over the world.

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