The Ashford Award Winner for 2024

École de la Laine, Vasles, France

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2024 Richard and Elizabeth Ashford Textile Award is École de la Laine (School of Wool).

Since its establishment in 2006, the school has taught the textile fibre crafts to1500 students from throughout France. Now wanting to make the fibre arts accessible to all, the school would like to have available an Ashford E-Spinner, an E- Ball Winder and an E-Carder.

Educational Director at the school, Lauren Back, says the electronic tools will enable those with physical and mental disabilities to gain full access to the courses and enjoy the same experience and results as the other students.

Congratulations to all the applicants and especially to the other finalist The Wool Revolution, Henderson, NZ

To find out more about the Textile Award go to