British Clothing 1066 to Present Day

Block B - Spinning and Weaving

Study the history of clothing in Britain from 1066 through to the present day. Learn about the key changes in fashion, materials and manufacturing processes and gain an understanding of this aspect of social history in Britain. Finish your topic by meeting a design challenge brief and putting on a catwalk show!

Explain how spinning and weaving have developed over time. Practice using a drop spindle, learn the basics of weaving and produce a piece of cloth using a cardboard loom. Discover the key developments of weaving from its beginnings as a medieval cottage industry and how the developments in the textile industry affected Britain in the 18th and 19th Century.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: Spinning

Explore the craft of spinning and how it has developed over time. Practice spinning using the drop spindle technique and use poetry to show the process that spinning goes through.

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02: Hand weaving

Explore the craft of weaving and its development in medieval times. Learn the basis of weaving and practice weaving using a simple cardboard loom.

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03: Continuing hand weaving and finishing

Discover how weaving developed over time, particularly during the industrial revolution and how this affected people’s lives. Continue learning about the basics of weaving and complete a simple weave on a cardboard loom.