Time: 2:00 to 4:45 pm

Cost: £12
Location: Trowbridge Guide Hut, at the end of Park Road (by the entrance to Trowbridge Park)
Tutor: Dr Jane Malcolm-Davies

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The fabric woven in Trowbridge mills was renowned for its high standard finish, achieved via processes known as fulling, teasing and cropping shearing of the nap of the fabric. In this workshop, we will be experimenting with similar techniques, used in Tudor times, to achieve the faux velvet finish which made the ubiquitous knitted cap so desirable back then. The techniques create a fabric soft to the touch, effectively turning the coarse wool into a silk-like fabric.

The workshop is open to all; whether you are interested in the history of textiles or would like to compare and contrast different approaches to recreating sixteenth-century knitted garments. We will look at evidence from original items, including magnified and microscopic views of the knitted stitches and yarn, to learn about the centuries of sheep that contributed to the cap’s iconic status.

If you knit, crochet or weave your own fabric you may also be able to transfer the techniques to your textiles. All materials will be supplied. Please note that fulling involves hammering.  You may like to bring ear plugs if you dislike prolonged loud sounds.

Dr Jane Malcolm-Davies is associate professor at the Centre for Textile Research at the University of Copenhagen and is the co-director of The Tudor Tailor, a team of researchers who publish resources to promote the accurate reconstruction of historic dress.

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Please note that the workshops are subject to change. In the event of a cancelled workshop, we aim to inform you 2 days before the starts date of a workshop and you will receive a full refund. If you need to cancel a workshop, refunds will only be given if you give us at least one week’s notice before the start of the workshop. If you give us less than one week’s notice, no refund will be given.

Participants need to be able to work unaided. If you would like to attend but require more assistance you are welcome to bring another adult to support you at no extra charge. If you require more information on the workshop please call us on 01225 751339 and we will happily advise.