Wool Appreciation Courses

The Woolmark Company’s Wool Appreciation Courses are free workshops offering insight into the production pipeline of Merino wool apparel – from fibre to garment – and details the unique benefits, performance and fabric attributes of wool and wool products. It answers the questions of what is wool, outlines the benefits and properties of wool and details the uses of wool.

Learn about wool 

Close up of quality wool on sheepDelivered by The Woolmark Company’s technical experts, the Wool Appreciation Courses can be tailor-made for individual companies and educational institutions, using a mixture of cross-media to provide simple and practical explanations of the various processing stages.

The course will help your company to communicate requirements to suppliers, improve the quality of product lines without adding cost, and provide customers with value and understanding of the advantages of wool.

Topics one to three below provide a clear understanding of the unique qualities and properties of Merino wool fibre, product types and basic steps of manufacturing.

Topics four to eight below are intended for an intermediate to advanced audience and cover processing steps required to deliver high quality Merino wool products with the desired visual, tactile and performance attributes.

Contact your local Woolmark office to register today.

Wool appreciation course topics

1. Introduction to Merino wool

  • What it is, how and where it is grown
  • The structure of the industry and its main players
  • Comparison to other natural and man-made fibres

2. Properties of Merino wool

  • The properties that make Merino wool so appropriate for apparel
  • Merino wool’s unique performance properties

3. Manufacturing Merino wool products

  • Worsted and woollen processing
  • Weaving: yarn selection, weaving process, fabric quality and key product types
  • Knitting: yarn selection, gauges and key product types

4. Colouration of Merino wool products

  • Understand current processes and opportunities within the manufacturing process to dye Merino wool products

5. Finishing Merino wool products

  • Learn how Merino wool products are finished, to create the look and feel that makes Merino wool garments so special

6. Common production challenges - causes and solutions

  • Background to the causes of product faults such as shrinkage and pilling
  • Processes to minimise and avoid faults

7. Woolmark quality control

  • The Woolmark quality assurance system explained
  • How Woolmark can be used to communicate with the consumer

8. Product innovation

  • Current Woolmark knit and woven innovations