Feltmaking National 5

National 5 UNIT – Felt Making

National 5 unit course can build on knowledge and skills at National 4 and 5 level and can be for the young person who has not done any Art and Design since S2. The course would also suit the young person who would like to enhance their artistic experience in S5 with a view of moving towards Higher Art and Design in S6. There are benefits for the Advanced Higher-Grade candidates who can broaden their artistic experience by learning a craft, which can be used to enhance their studies.

Background Information – Felt Making History and Process

Felt making is a method of making designs and items using a felt making process. Using wool fibre and other materials objects and designs can be made. Felt making is the oldest form of making fabric and origins can be dated back to early civilisations and nomadic communities.

The Course Content

The candidates have an opportunity to study Art and Design while developing craft skills. The majority of the course is practical work. During the course the candidates learn a little of the history and origins of Felt Making, different methods of making felt and finally they design and make their own bag, phone or pencil case


The unit is continually assessed and pupils are expected to complete and achieve all the unit’s learning outcomes. At the end of the course the candidate should have a folio of drawing, design and felt work.


Homework for the unit is limited but candidates are sometimes asked to continue research at home, develop design work and occasional do fabric work at home.

Other Information

Candidates can continue their studies by moving into Higher and other Art and Design Units. The unit can be combined with Advanced Higher studies. The National 5 unit is also a way in which candidates with heavier academic commitments might want to use the unit as a way to relax and balance their timetable.


The unit may be used as a way to develop work for folio building for an Art and Design course which could lead to careers in graphic design, jewellery, illustration, fashion, textile design, artist, animator, interior design, architecture, etc. It is also a way in which candidates who want to make a career in art teaching or primary teaching can gain experience of using a craft process which could be used with children.