Nicci is designer and artist from Liverpool. She has a Masters in Fashion Knitwear at the Royal College of Art she has been working specifically with the properties of wool, exploring how to harness knit structure and resist processes to create shape changing fabrics.
Nicci explored gradient structures using wool yarns to create a range of knit stitches that would shrink in a controllable way during felting . Nicci observed that some knit stitches created more dense and stiff textiles and others resulted in more flexible fabrics.
In addition, Nicci explored how yarns with different amounts of twist (helical structure) affected the the levels of felting. Yarns with a high twist were better at resisting the felting process.
To showcase what she has learnt Nicci created a jacket prototype (which she went on to finalise during her masters degree). This jacket was knitted using a combination of knit stitches, which after washing ensured there were dense area (such as jacket body) and flexible areas (such as, the fold of the collar).
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