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Processing wool fibres 

Let’s Learn:

  • 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
  • Download this #ThinkDo card (click on the image to see them in more detail).                                                                                                                  Teachers: Why not use this as a lesson starter?                                                     Students: After you have done the activities on the card print it out as a revision card and use it to make revision notes on.

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?

Creating a wool tennis ball

Let’s Learn:

  • This video is a great way to learn about wool fibre without just focusing on its traditional use for garments. 
  • Keywords and concepts include: sheep shearing, scouring, baling, blending with nylon, carding, combing, spinning, winding, weaving, felting, napping, dyeing, testing, die cutting, and attaching the fabric to the ball. 


  • Cut a tennis ball in half and look at the layers of different materials that make up the ball. What are they?
  • Examine the wool fibres under a microscope - what do you notice?
  • Analyse other types of balls. How do they compare to a tennis ball e.g. materials, construction, techniques. 

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