The Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts

 

Felting

 

The making of a textile by matting, condensing and pressing fibres, usually wool and other animal fibres, together.

 

Status Currently viable
Craft category  Textiles
Historic area of significance  UK
Area currently practised  UK
Origin in the UK
Minimum no. of craftspeople required  1000+
Current no. of trainees  1000+
Current no. of skilled craftspeople  101-200
Current total no. of craftspeople  1000+

 

History

 

Techniques

 

Local forms

 

Sub-crafts

 

Issues affecting the viability of the craft

  • Training quality
  • Public lack of awareness of what felt is
  • The most common raw material used in teaching is Merino, British breeds are becoming more available, but it is very slow building up

 

Support organisations

 

Craftspeople currently known

 

Other information

 

References