From Goat to Garment, From Sheep to Sweater
Fast fashion, unfair working conditions, an environmentally unfriendly production chain,… There are so many reasons why it is time for the fashion industry to delve into making the production process more sustainable and transparent. For example, the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, that is more than all international flights & maritime shipping combined, 20% of industrial water pollution, the second largest consumer of water worldwide and 70 Million tons of oil are used every year to produce polyester.
The Knitwit Stable is the only initiative in the Netherlands that visualizes the entire production chain: from keeping the animals, processing Dutch wool in yarns to the production of a locally and honestly made end product.
In this way we enable transparency in every link.
We offer the masterclass for both professionals and individuals.
only now do I understand what I did in theory lessons at school last year
– Student Amsterdam Fashion Institute
Despite the great knowledge about knitting that is present within our organization, this day was very educational and enriching. In an inspiring environment by real professionals
– Marielle de Groot, production director Fully Fashion
Masterclass for companies
SUSTAINABILITY & TRANSPARENCY
It can and must be different!
From an international fashion company to a farm with sheep and a knitting workshop in Baambrugge. This masterclass is held by Reina Ovinge, founder of The Knitwit stable.
The Knitwit Stable provides her masterclasses at a farm & knitting studio in Baambrugge. The entire production process is brought together under one roof with fifty goats and sheep, two industrial knitting machines and four linking machines.
During the Masterclass 'Sustainability and Transparency' you will gain insight into the total wool chain in which all sustainability topics are discussed. During this one-day Masterclass you will become wiser mainly through doing and experience. You will gain a better understanding of the process, allowing you to communicate more efficiently and have more realistic expectations with regard to sustainability, design and production. Because you yourself are at the heart of the production, you come up with surprising new ideas about your own role in the making process. This leads to more time for creation and innovation! We also show you the documentary 'From Goat to Garment' to provide additional insight into the entire supply chain of mohair.
The masterclass starts with the merino sheep and the angora goats. Here are important issues such as:
- What are the important sustainability topics?
- Is shaving unfriendly to animals?
- Which pesticides are used?
- What is the footprint of wool?
- Which coats can you use?
- What does raw wool cost?
- How is wool spun?
- How does industrial knitting and linking work?
- What can you do with wool and – also important – what not?
In the afternoon you will also get to work yourself. You will receive explanations and instructions to knit a hat or a technical swatch on a Brother hand knitting machine.
For whom?: professionals in the fashion industry, such as: (CSR) management, product development, design, purchasing, quality control and students.
Time: This masterclass is from 10:00 to 16:00, with a walk-in at 9:30 with coffee/tea and lunch.
Cost: The costs of this masterclass are €225,- ex. VAT per person
Dates: 24 Februari or on demand (min 6 persons, max 10 persons). Please contact email@example.com.
Masterclass for individuals
A new sweater is often bought quickly. But what world is hidden behind your wool sweater?
On our farm with a knitting studio, we will introduce you to the making process of your wool sweater during the Masterclass 'The world behind a sweater'. This gives you insight into the wool chain, the craft and all facets involved in producing a sweater.
You will get to know our merino sheep, Texel sheep and Angora goats. You learn about animal welfare, shearing the fleece, the different qualities of wool and about the properties and applications of wool. In addition, we show how yarn is created and we demonstrate how to make a sweater. We also show our documentary “From goat to garment”.
After this masterclass you will know all the ins and outs about the state of affairs in the fashion industry, the wool industry and how a sweater is made. And especially what you can pay attention to when buying a sweater.
In addition you will also get to work yourself in the afternoon. You will receive explanations and instructions to knit a hat on a Brother hand knitting machine. This part lasts up to four hours. You go home with a hat made from Dutch yarn that you have knitted yourself.
For whom: Individuals (experience is not required)
Duration: This masterclass is from 10:00 to 16:00 with a walk-in at 9:30 with coffee/tea a snack and lunch is included.
Costs: The costs to follow this masterclass are €225,- incl. VAT per person, including lunch & a woolen hat made of dutch wool.
3 May - masterclass
10 June – masterclass
Would you like to learn how to join? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Experience is not necessary!
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Workshop: Knit your own mohair shawl
In addition to the master classes we organize, we now also give a workshop to knit your own shawl on the knitting machine!
This wonderfully warm and soft shawl is made from mohair wool from Dutch young goats. Mohair has as an extra character feature a beautiful shine and is super soft, light and durable due to its hairy texture. In our workshop we offer instructions for knitting this shawl in dark gray and dark blue! The cost of this workshop is €195,- and you will go home with your self-knitted mohair shawl.
This workshop will take place on:
- 21 April 13:00 tot 17:00
- 12 May 13:00 tot 17:00
- 2 June 13:00 tot 17:00
Would you like to learn how to knit this shawl? Send an email to email@example.com. Experience is not necessary!