is quite a technical workshop, with participants making their own
hat, ball or drawstring pouch.
To begin the workshop we look at what evidence
for clothing production remains - unfortunately not much. However, there
are finds of tools such as bronze and bone needles, and iron shears,
and equipment from which we can infer clothing production such as spindle-whorls
and loom-weights; and occassional remains of threads attached to
metalwork, where the chemical reaction during decay has preserved the
The participants can handle and try on a
variety of reproduction hats/hoods and pouches, before being able to sew
their own version, which they can take home with them.
Each participant is then given a kit, which includes
reproduction cloth, thread and
a bone or brass needle (which must be returned). Three lucky participants
also get the chance to use a pair of shears to cut their fabric. If the
participants are skilled enough, they may also be able to make their own
cord for the drawstring of the pouch.