Roy Brook's The Story of Huddersfield remarks that the changeover to worsted gave local firms "a diversification within wool textiles in the latter half of the 19th century which it never lost".
By 1891 almost a quarter of Huddersfield's textile workers were involved in the worsted branch of the industry.
Worsted has been used to make ladies jackets and skirts, golf club blazers, shawls, scarves and kilts.
Huddersfield worsteds have provided suits for US presidents, international film stars, sportsmen and women and high-powered business executives.
Worsted manufacturing in Yorkshire gained a foothold as far east as Leeds and the county town of Wakefield, but the industry's main concentration lay across the western edge of the West Riding.
The Yorkshire worsted industry supported many small producers, known as "piece-makers," who plied their trade in a milieu not dissimilar from the artisan culture of small master clothiers in the local woollen industry.
The post-1750 development of the worsted industry took place in tightly knit and tradition-bound communities, each with its own pre-existing social hierarchy.
Putting-out workers, such as those in the Yorkshire worsted industry, earned piece-rates, a set cash payment according to an individual's measured output of a standard task.
For example, Yorkshire worsted workers often received fines after completing their task, abatements that employers justified on the grounds of real or imagined defects in the work.
If some worsted workers used their self-appropriated material for home-use, most pursued market outlets.
From the earliest years of worsted manufacturing in Yorkshire this widespread practice co-existed with a formal legal prohibition against embezzlement.
Few historians of the Worsted Act have recognized this important feature of the manufacturers' anti-embezzlement orientation.
In the Yorkshire worsted industry, manufacturers used yarn as coarse as "16s" (that is sixteen hanks to a pound) and as fine as "36s."(43) The methods used by spinners to abstract material followed from the means employed to measure their work.