Course Title: Produce woven textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: VART5907C

Course Title: Produce woven textile samples

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4218 - Certificate IV in Textile Design and Development

Course Contact: Peter Bonnell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9201

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rachel Halton


Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

MANU7211C Operate a weaving loom must be completed concurrently or before commencement of this course.

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to perform weaving techniques to produce woven design samples.

The unit covers both the theory of weave structures (including traditional and non-traditional techniques) as well as giving students the hands on skills required to set up and operate a loom. 

Students will produce a range of samples suitable for use in commercial applications (interiors, fashion) as well as developing samples for the ’hand made’ studio based woven textiles marketplace.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4003A Produce woven textile samples


1 Interpret production requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Design specifications and pattern for woven product are analysed and discussed with appropriate personnel to confirm production requirements

1.2 Desired effects of weaving are identified and appropriate weaving technique selected to achieve required outcome
1.3 Yarns, quantities and equipment are selected according to design requirements


2 Produce woven design sample

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Workstation, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work

2.2 Yarns to be woven are checked against quality standards
2.3 Weaving techniques are undertaken to meet design specifications for sample and according to OHS practices
2.4 Weaving techniques and outcomes are monitored throughout to identify production faults


3 Check quality of sample

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Completed sample is checked against design specifications and pattern to ensure quality standards are met 

3.2 Weaving faults and production problems are identified and causes determined
3.3 Weaving process, technique and materials used are analysed to determine necessary modifications to weaving techniques, processes or pattern


4 Complete production process

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Weaving faults and production problems are rectified or sample is reproduced according to modifications 

4.2 Woven sample is finished according to design specifications
4.3 Outcomes are examined with appropriate personnel and possible modifications to design are discussed and documented
4.4 Required documentation is completed

Learning Outcomes

This studio based course gives students the opportunity through practical projects to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge:

  • analyse design specifications and interpret production requirements
  • produce woven sample according to design specifications
  • identify and address faults
  • make minor adjustments to equipment
  • monitor own work and conduct quality check of sample outcome

Details of Learning Activities

This is a studio based course covering both theory and practical aspects of producing woven textiles. 
Individual and group projects will be undertaken in a fully equipped weaving studio using both sample
and production looms, the studio is a simulated industry environment.

Teaching Schedule

Project Overview        Project 1 / Colour blanket 

During the course of this six week project, you will explore fundamental weave structures &
learn new techniques to develop woven design ideas through experimentation with the elements of design, the use of colour, changes in fibre types, texture, size, shape and multiple weft techniques. Throughout the semester students are encouraged to explore a range of approaches, both traditional and experimental to achieve highly personalised and individual outcomes.

WEEK 1 Overview of course module. 
Introduction to winding a warp for the first project, Colour Blanket. Students make a selection of colours for warp yarns and class tuition includes instruction on how to wind a warp, and calculations to guide preparation. Tuition includes: Correct tension, preparation of the cross, changing colours

Introduction to woven fabrics and design, materials and equipment.
The first class involves an introduction to woven fabrics, which includes an activity analysing commercial fabric samples and yarns for weaving, a materials & equipment briefing, and an overview of the health and safety guidelines for the Weave Studio. An introduction is also included for the Library and Research Materials, Magazines/Catalogues etc. This will assist you to get the most from the semester’s study.

Preparing the Loom for Weaving
Class instruction includes putting the warp onto the loom, how to use the raddle, cross sticks, how to thread the heddles, Sleying a Reed, Tie-on, and beginning weaving.
Theory: This class includes the beginning stage of reading a Weave Draft - Threading

Producing woven samples (plain weave, basketweave)
Class instruction includes preparing the warp for weaving, preparing weft yarns, shuttles, laying in the waste yarn and beginning weaving (plain weave and Basketweave). 
Theory: This class includes the beginning stage of reading a Weave Draft – Tie-up.

Producing woven samples (twills)
Class instruction includes reading tie-ups for alternate weave structures (twills) and using a combination of weft yarns to vary the outcomes.

Producing woven samples (experimental)
Weave a series of weaves exploring materials & yarns to create changes to surface quality.
Class instruction includes tuition on finishing of samples

Producing woven samples (personalised)
In this class students are encouraged to explore a range of approaches, both traditional and experimental to achieve highly personalised and individual outcomes.

WEEK 7 ASSESSMENT DUE:  Presentation of Samples / Technical File & completion of Observational Checklist

Feedback and reflection.

Project Overview
Project 2 / Design & Respond
During the course of this six week project, you will expand upon the fundamental weave structures developed in the first six weeks. You are asked to respond to the design resources developed & begin to explore individual approaches to creating woven design ideas through experimentation with the elements of design, the use of colour, changes in fibre types, texture, size, shape and more complex weaving techniques. During this project you are encouraged to explore approaches to using materials and interpreting design resources to achieve highly personalised and individual outcomes. An experimental approach is encouraged.

The class briefing will consist of discussions around the design elements and how they can be responded to from a woven design perspective. You are encouraged to take part in group work to explore imagery and develop design ideas, (exercises will be written & visual). You are encouraged to keep a visual sketchbook alongside each of your weave ideas to encourage free thinking and record responses. You are encouraged to develop weave effects by responding to and reflecting on textile designs elements, concepts and materials. Resources for design inspiration includes: WGSN, photographs, croquis, design work, sketches in visual diary, pinterest sourced imagery etc.

Class tuition will encourage experimentation with blended warp yarns, and a class tutorial will include how to balance the ‘sett’ for different warp yarns. 
Activity: You will Prepare warp and dress loom .

WEEK 10 
Class tuition will encourage experimentation with weft materials, an in class tutorial will include how to respond to design imagery by exploring the design principles and elements. You are encouraged to continue to develop ideas through the Visual sketchbook.

Class time is used to respond to design imagery and develop a range of samples.

Class time is used to respond to design imagery and develop a range of samples.

Class time is used to respond to design imagery and develop a range of samples.

Class tuition includes finishing techniques for presentation of woven swatches.

WEEK 15  Produce a Range of Technical Samples
ASSESSMENT DUE:   Students present Folio of Samples / Observational Checklist / Technical File and submit for peer feedback and review.

Feedback on all assessments

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The Key to Weaving, A Textbook of HandWeaving for the Beginner, Mary E. Black

A Handweaver’s Pattern Book, Marguerite Porter Davison

Textile Fibre Forum Magazine (Australia)

Handwoven Magazine (Interweave Press) USA

Textiles, concepts and principles (second edition), Virginia Hencken Elsasser

The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory, Anne Dixon

Textile VIEW, Magazine

Textile: The Journal of Cloth & Culture (UK)

The Structure of Weaving, Ann Sutton

The Ashford Book of Weaving for the Four Shaft Loom, Anne Field

Foundations of Weaving, Halsey & Youngman

Surface Design, Magazine

Ideas in Weaving, Ann Sutton

Textiles and Fashion, Jenny Udale

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course, students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency.

Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including recording all technical documentation in a workbook, producing a folio of woven samples and checklists completed by the class teacher during class exercises.

Students will be awarded a grade only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt. Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but are not eligible for grading. Detailed information about grading and assessment will be provided in class.

Assessment Tasks

Folio of Samples:  Submit two folios of woven samples during the semester

Technical File:  Record all class handouts, notes taken by students during theory classes and all documentation of processes and technical specifications in a workbook.  This workbook is submitted at assessment periods during the Term and again at the end of Term (See Weekly Schedule).

Observational Checklist:  Students are observed during classes to ensure learning tasks are completed.  Feedback is provided from the supervisor.  Students are monitored throughout the Term on their knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety requirements of the weave studio.

Note: Further detail regarding Competency and Graded Assessment of these tasks will be provided in class.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Learning activities during this Unit also form the part of assessment for MANU7211C Operate a Weaving Loom. 

Full information about these assessments will be provided in class.
This Unit is delivered in a simulated work environment and as such covered toe foot protection must be worn.
Study and learning Support:
Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development
Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.
Disability Liaison Unit:
Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:
Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager. The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted. Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date. Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

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