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The history of wool

Processing wool fibres 

  • The processing of wool fibres. Keywords include worsted, woollen, scouring, lanolin, carding, roving, sliver, combing, drawing, spinning, knitting, weaving


  • Use notes and diagrams to explain the processing of wool fibres from scouring to spinning
  • Compare the properties of worsted and woollen fibres and fabrics
  • Research products made out of woollen and worsted fabrics to identify the most common uses for each type of fibre
  • Use this activity to test your learning. Click on the image to download the handout.

Other Links

Textile artist who creates felted pieces www.bloomfelt.com

Performance wool used by the army 

Hainsworth, a UK wool manufacturer

Johnstone, a Scottish wool manufacturer

Is it as cruel as fur to use wool fibres?

How environmentally friendly is cashmere?

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