Course Title: Operate a weaving loom

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: MANU7211C

Course Title: Operate a weaving loom

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 9171

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rachel Halton          Tel. +61 3 9925 9158     

Nominal Hours: 50

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


Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to operate a loom. 

This course is delivered concurrently with VART 5907C Produce Woven Textile Samples.

Please ensure you are enrolled in both.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTX2006B Operate a weaving loom


Assist in set-up and loading of weaving loom

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Loom settings are checked against product requirements.
1.2 Yarns are identified, checked and tied into the loom according to manufacturer specifications.
1.3 Non-confirming materials are reported.


Check product quality

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Product is checked against quality standards.
3.2 Product is assessed for faults and non-conformances.
3.3 Product faults are rectified or reported.


Complete weaving process

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Product is uploaded or removed according to manufacturer specifications.
4.2 Product is despatched to next process.
4.3 Cleaning of area is completed to ensure work environment is maintained in a safe productive manner.
4.4 Production records and other documentation are accurately completed.


Operate and monitor weaving loom

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Weaving loom is started and stopped according to manufacturer requirements and OHS practices.
2.2 Loom is monitored to ensure correct operation.
2.3 Waste is sorted.
2.4 Cleaning of area is completed to ensure work environment is maintained in a safe productive manner.
2.5 Minor product process and machine faults are identified and corrected where necessary to meet specified requirements and are reported.
2.6 Major machine faults are reported.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This is a studio based course covering both theory and practical aspects of operating a loom.
Individual and group projects will be undertaken in a fully equipped weaving studio using both

sample and production dobby looms, the studio is a simulated industry environment.

Teaching Schedule

Overview of course module. Exercise: Introduction to equipment for weaving, sampe looms/floor looms, warping materials, shuttles and yarns.
 Exercise: Warp preparation: Correct tension, preparation of the cross, correct yarns for weaving.

OH&S induction - OH&S for a Weave Studio.
 Exercise:  Loom Preparation: Preparing the Loom for Weaving, Warping, Threading, Sleying a Reed, Tie-on, Beginning Weaving

 Group exercise: Produce woven samples & operate equipment.
 Theory: Identify product requirements / correctly reading a Weave Draft – Lifting Sequences (Treadling) for different weave structures

ASSESSMENT: Observational Checklist / Technical File

Project 2 (6 WEEKS) 
Exercise: Select suitable equipment / monitor loom set-up & prepare warp and dress loom for a series of Traditional Textile Samples
Group Exercise: Production requirements are checked and aligned with loom settings.  Correct use of materials, equipment operated correctly, faults reported and all records accurately completed.

ASSESSMENT: Checklist / Technical File

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The Structure of Weaving, Ann Sutton
Ideas in Weaving, Ann Sutton
On Weaving, Anni Albers
A Handweaver’s Pattern Book, Marguerite Porter Davison
The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory, Anne Dixon
Foundations of Weaving, Halsey & Youngman
The Techniques of Rug Weaving, Peter Collingwood
Textile Fibre Forum Magazine (Australia)
Textile VIEW, Magazine
Handwoven Magazine (Interweave Press) USA
Textile: The Journal of Cloth & Culture (UK)
The Key to Weaving, A Textbook of HandWeaving for the Beginner, Mary E. Black
Textiles, concepts and principles (second edition), Virginia Hencken Elsasser
The Ashford Book of Weaving for the Four Shaft Loom, Anne Field
Textiles and Fashion, Jenny Udale


Other Resources

You are asked to provide the following:  Lined Notepad, pens, ruler, measuring tape, scissors, A4 ring binder, A4 plastic inserts

Threading Hook, Reed Hook, Shuttle Sticks (2) (these can be purchased/HIRED in first class).

This equipment is also used in the Unit PRODUCE WOVEN TEXTILE SAMPLES and as the

courses are delivered concurrently the equipment can be used in both classes.

Overview of Assessment

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 and checklists completed by the class teacher during class exercises. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher. All work must be submitted by the due date.

Assessment Tasks

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.

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.

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

Assessment Matrix

Assist in set-up and loading of weaving loom         Observational Checklist              
Check product quality                                             Observational Checklist   Samples
Complete weaving process                                     Observational Checklist  Technical File
Operate and monitor weaving loom                        Observational Checklist


Other Information

This course is run in a workshop environment, to comply with Occupational Health & Safety standards

You  are required to wear sturdy , fully covered footwear..

This course is delivered concurrently with the unit Produce Woven Textile Samples. 
Learning Activities undertaken during Produce Woven Textile Samples will contribute to the assessment for this unit.
Further details will be provided by your class teacher in your first session.

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