BLH: We're Loving Wool!

In support of Wool Week 2014 and the Campaign for Wool we have collected some of our favourite wool resources. For more info about the campaign check out their website http://www.campaignforwool.co.nz/
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ANIMATION: This interactive shows the cellular structure of wool fibre and how this relates to its properties.

ANIMATION: This interactive shows the cellular structure of wool fibre and how this relates to its properties.

INTERACTIVE: This interactive demonstrates each stage in the processing of wool from fleece to fabric

INTERACTIVE: This interactive demonstrates each stage in the processing of wool from fleece to fabric

An evening dress designed by New Zealand fashion designer Sera Lilly using NEC wool fabric.

An evening dress designed by New Zealand fashion designer Sera Lilly using NEC wool fabric.

WOOL INNOVATION....New stab and flame-resistant fabric made using wool.

WOOL INNOVATION....New stab and flame-resistant fabric made using wool.

INFO SHEET: Wool fibre properties

INFO SHEET: Wool fibre properties

EVER WONDERED CLIP: Here, Dr John Watt investigates a new environmentally- friendly process making wool fabrics shrink-proof and how 2 Kiwi designers develop custom -designed sporting attire for niche markets.

EVER WONDERED CLIP: Here, Dr John Watt investigates a new environmentally- friendly process making wool fabrics shrink-proof and how 2 Kiwi designers develop custom -designed sporting attire for niche markets.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: In this activity, students explore the microstructure of wool fibre and how it relates to the properties and uses of wool.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: In this activity, students explore the microstructure of wool fibre and how it relates to the properties and uses of wool.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: In this activity, students create felt from wool fibres to illustrate how the surface structure of wool fibres affects its washability.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: In this activity, students create felt from wool fibres to illustrate how the surface structure of wool fibres affects its washability.

FOCUS STORY FROM THE BIOTECH LEARNING HUB: Innovative wool textiles developed at AgResearch in Christchurch are meeting consumer demand for more functional fabrics and creating new opportunities for textile products.

FOCUS STORY FROM THE BIOTECH LEARNING HUB: Innovative wool textiles developed at AgResearch in Christchurch are meeting consumer demand for more functional fabrics and creating new opportunities for textile products.

Wool Week 2014 starts on May 26th. Check out the site and get involved!

Wool Week 2014 starts on May 26th. Check out the site and get involved!


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FOCUS STORY FROM THE BIOTECH LEARNING HUB: Innovative wool textiles developed at AgResearch in Christchurch are meeting consumer demand for more functional fabrics and creating new opportunities for textile products.

FOCUS STORY FROM THE BIOTECH LEARNING HUB: Innovative wool textiles developed at AgResearch in Christchurch are meeting consumer demand for more functional fabrics and creating new opportunities for textile products.

An evening dress designed by New Zealand fashion designer Sera Lilly using NEC wool fabric, modelled at New Zealand Fashion Week 2008.

An evening dress designed by New Zealand fashion designer Sera Lilly using NEC wool fabric, modelled at New Zealand Fashion Week 2008.

Wool Week 2014 starts on May 26th. Check out the site and get involved!

Wool Week 2014 starts on May 26th. Check out the site and get involved!

The wonders of wool....

The wonders of wool....

Wool differences between breeds - VIDEO: The key difference between wool from different sheep breeds is the diameter and the amount of crimp. Merino sheep produce very fine wool with a tight crimp – this makes it suitable for making into high-quality apparel. Coarser diameter wool such as crossbred has a long crimp and is used mainly for heavy apparel and carpets.

Wool differences between breeds - VIDEO: The key difference between wool from different sheep breeds is the diameter and the amount of crimp. Merino sheep produce very fine wool with a tight crimp – this makes it suitable for making into high-quality apparel. Coarser diameter wool such as crossbred has a long crimp and is used mainly for heavy apparel and carpets.

Healthy homes, healthy futures - TEACHING RESOURCE:  Citizen science and the local community  Rongomai Primary School is leading a Healthy Homes, Healthy Futures project. The project is part of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP) programme.  Science teacher Nick Pattison and his students have teamed up with high school teacher Nicole Stevens and the Manurewa High School Health Sciences Academy to investigate types of mould growing in local homes.

Healthy homes, healthy futures - TEACHING RESOURCE: Citizen science and the local community Rongomai Primary School is leading a Healthy Homes, Healthy Futures project. The project is part of the Participatory Science Platform (PSP) programme. Science teacher Nick Pattison and his students have teamed up with high school teacher Nicole Stevens and the Manurewa High School Health Sciences Academy to investigate types of mould growing in local homes.

Exploring wool fibre properties - STUDENT ACTIVITY:   In this activity, students explore the microstructure of wool fibre and how it relates to the properties and uses of wool. Purpose  This activity will help students understand how the microstructure of wool creates its properties and determines its suitability for particular products.

Exploring wool fibre properties - STUDENT ACTIVITY: In this activity, students explore the microstructure of wool fibre and how it relates to the properties and uses of wool. Purpose This activity will help students understand how the microstructure of wool creates its properties and determines its suitability for particular products.

Everything But the Baaa...a Fact Sheet about the many products made from sheep with a corresponding worksheet and answer key!

Everything But the Baaa...a Fact Sheet about the many products made from sheep with a corresponding worksheet and answer key!

Damp homes and health risks - TEACHING RESOURCE: Our homes are supposed to be our safe places, but for nearly a third of New Zealanders, damp homes can have a serious effect on our health.

Damp homes and health risks - TEACHING RESOURCE: Our homes are supposed to be our safe places, but for nearly a third of New Zealanders, damp homes can have a serious effect on our health.

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