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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1979 (designed)
    1985 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Muir, Sally Muir & Osborne, born 1954 (designer)
    Osborne, Joanna Muir & Osborne, born 1955 (designer)
    Warm & Wonderful (designed for)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Embroidered and machine-knitted wool

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Red machine-knitted wool jumper knitted with rows of mainly white sheep, with one individual black sheep on the front. Accented with embroidery.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


1979 (designed)
1985 (made)


Muir, Sally Muir & Osborne, born 1954 (designer)
Osborne, Joanna Muir & Osborne, born 1955 (designer)
Warm & Wonderful (designed for)

Materials and Techniques

Embroidered and machine-knitted wool

Object history note

Registered File number 1985/891.

Descriptive line

Warm and Wonderful 'Sheep' jumper of embroidered wool and machine-knitted, designed by Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir, United Kingdom, 1985

Labels and date

Warm and Wonderful became headline news when Diana, Princess of Wales wore an identical 'black sheep' sweater- it was one of her favorites. David Bowie and Penelope Keith had the same humorous design in different colourways. [1997]
Machine-knitted wool
British: Warm & Wonderful (Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir), 1985

This traditional shaped sweater is knitted in stocking stitch with the pattern colours stranded across the back of the work. The sheep's eyes were completed after the knitting was completed. The lower edge, neck and cuffs are ribbed.
This design, which included just one black sheep, had been made especially popular by Warm and Wonderful's most famous customer, the Princess of Wales. The witty idea of patterning a woollen jumper with sheep has been widely exploited but this particular version has been in constant demand since it was first produced in 1985

Given by Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir.
T.205-1985 []


Wool yarn


Machine knitted; Embroidery

Subjects depicted



Clothing; Fashion; Women's clothes


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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