From Wool to Cloth
Teachers' notes, activities and linked resources
As new industrial towns grew up, people moved in their thousands from the countryside. Here they had worked as farm labourers or in cottage industries. Now they supplied the labour for the new textile factories. This Learning Journey looks at the process of turning raw wool into finished fabric, the process used in those factories. There are sections on
how cloth is made, and
how it is dyed with
worksheets on how to make felt or a cardboard loom for weaving.
This Learning Journey developed from a learning pack for teachers entitled 'Craft Woven From Graft' created by staff at Huddersfield Local Studies Library with funding from MLA Yorkshire. That pack deals with the industrialisation of the woollen industry at this time, factory conditions, and especially the use of child labour. The pack is available from the Local Studies Library in Huddersfield.
Several other resources have been created as a result, all linked to each other, including the cloth industry and weaving, factory reform, and Richard Oastler and his long campaign to improve the working conditions of children.
Links to these other resources have been provided below - see Related Links at bottom of page.
Unit 11: What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain?
Unit 12: How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?
Unit 11: Industrial Changes Action and Reaction
Unit 03: Human Rights
KS3 Design and Technology
Unit 07: Understanding Materials:Textiles
Unit 08: Exploring Materials:Textiles
- Knowledge and understanding of the lives of people during a period of immense change which revolutionised their way of life
- Thinking and communication skills and practical skills needed to execute the tasks
- Develops empathy with others
- Enjoyment, experimentation, making
See below for links to the other related resources.