From Fleece to Fabric
This project took young people of Teesdale on a journey exploring the region and roots of where they belong by investigating the landscape through the animals farmed. The focus was on Teesdale sheep: the farming, sheering and industry it produces through its wool and felt.
The groups of young people learnt and developed through research, teaching, site visits and practical production throughout the series of ten week courses.
• Investigate the origins of wool and felt
• Characteristics and properties of wool
• How fleece becomes fabric or yarn (carding, spinning)
• Dyeing: use of natural products as colourings
• Science and textiles: chemical reactions that occur whilst dyeing and transforming from fibre to fabric
• Felting: practical sessions to turn wool tops or fleece fibres into felted products
• Adding other materials to felting, needle felting and use of machine embellisher
• Trip to Woolfest to see varieties of sheep, see and experience spinning yarns, carding fibres, talk to people who make a living from fleece production
The series of courses were delivered within the YMCA youth centres at Barnard Castle and Gainford. The courses were delivered by a Fabric Specialist, with visits to local suppliers, industrial units and the opportunity to attend ‘Woolfest’ where the young people had the opportunity to engage with specialist traders, artists, farmers. The project culminated in an exhibition of the works at the NeST gallery, Barnard Castle.
This project is now complete