Bradford Textile Society

The Charitable Trust supports the Bradford Textile Society’s annual design competition. It is open to independent designers, designers working in the UK textile industry and students studying at all UK Universities. All entrants must be either resident or studying in the UK.

The Trust currently offers an annual prize of £1,000 for the best design use of wool in the competition.

For more details please go to the BTS web site at:

The closing date for this prize is normally the second Friday in March.


2019 Winners

The design competition of the Society was held on Friday 10th May 2019. Over 900 applications were received by the Society across about 20 categories.

We sponsored the best design in the show using a minimum of 60% wool, and the designs were judged by your chairman and Peter Ambler on 4th April 2019.

Maddie Seller, 2019 BTS Winner

The best design using wool prize was won by:

Maddie Seller:  University of Brighton

With commendations for:

Xing Chen Lu:  Royal College of Art
Rosalyn Gregg:  Independent Designer
John Sanders:  Hereford College of Art and Design
Danielle Titmas:  Leeds Art University

Last Year's Winner

Flora Johnston, winner of the Staple of England’s award for the best knitwear design in the Bradford Textile Society annual design competition held in May 2017. She is being presented with her certificate together with a cheque for £300 by Robert Hall, Chairman of the Company’s Charitable Trust. Flora is a Student at Herriot Watt University