Course Title: Design and produce woven products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5461C

Course Title: Design and produce woven products

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of 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

Lucy Adam    

Nominal Hours: 40

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 effectively analyse the workplace in relation to environmentally sustainable work practices and to implement improvements and monitor their effectiveness.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD5003A Design and produce woven products


Develop woven product design

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Design requirements and specifications are interpreted from brief and elements of design are analysed.
1.2 Design is developed to meet design brief and in line with principles of design and product purpose
1.3 Communication tools are used to present woven design for feedback.
1.4 Feedback is received and design adjusted accordingly.
1.5 Design is confirmed for production.


Plan production of woven design sample

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Technical aspects of production are identified
2.2 Specification sheet is completed to guide production
2.3 Calculations are undertaken to determine yarn quantities and pattern developed to achieve specifications
2.4 Materials, tools and equipment required for production are selected and prepared.


Produce woven design sample

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Workstation, tools and equipment are set up according to specifications for work.
3.2 Yarns to be woven are checked against quality standards.
3.3 Weaving techniques are undertaken to meet design specifications for sample and according to OH&S practices.
3.4 Woven sample is checked to ensure quality standards are met including testing for accuracy of pattern repeat, colour or placement, and yarn suitability.


Evaluate design and production processes

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Woven sample is assessed against design specifications, pattern and design brief.
4.2 Weaving faults are identified and design or production problems recognised
4.3 Design is analysed and evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement
4.4 Production process is evaluated to identify opportunities for improvement.
4.5 Process and improvements are documented.

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

Sessions will include group presentations, guest lectures, site visits, research, and class discussions.
Students will undertake an audit of a design brief and report on how improvements can be applied and prepare and deliver a presentation on environmentally sustainable work practices.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Introduction, course guides, assessment. Collect information on environmental and resource efficiency systems and procedures

Week 2: Apply continuous improvement strategies to own work area of responsibility. EMS brief

Week 3: Identify environmental regulations applying to an enterprise

Week 4: Seek input from stakeholders, key personnel and specialists

Week 5: Access external sources of information and data as required

Week 6: Analyse current work processes to access information and data and assist in identifying areas for improvement.

Week 7: Investigate current practices in relation to resource usage.

Week 8: Source techniques/tools to assist in achieving targets.

Week 9:Develop plans to improve sustainability

Week 10: Implement environmental improvements

Week 11: Monitor and investigate current resource usage

Week 12: Address environmental and resource sustainability initiatives

Week 13: Apply continuous improvement strategies to own work area of responsibility and communicate ideas and possible solutions

Week 14: Document outcomes and communicate reports on targets to key personnel and stakeholders

Week 15: Promote successful strategies to environmental issues

Week  16: Document outcomes and evaluate strategies

*Please note this teaching schedule is subject to change

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The Structure of Weaving, Ann Sutton

Ideas in Weaving, Ann Sutton

On Weaving, Anni Albers
The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory, Anne Dixon

The Techniques of Rug Weaving, Peter Collingwood
Textile Fibre Forum Magazine (Australia)
Textile VIEW, Magazine
Surface Design, Magazine
Selvedge Magazine (UK)
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
Textiles and Fashion, Jenny Udale
ETN Textile Forum (Germany)
Craft Arts (Australia)
Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot (USA)
Doubleweave on 4 - 8 Shafts, Ursina Arn-Grischott
Mastering Weave Structures, Sharon Alderman
A weavers book of 8 shaft patterns, Carol Strickler
8 / 12 / 20 An Introduction to Multishaft Weaving, Kathryn Wertenberger
The Complete Book of Drafting for Handweavers, Madelyn van der Hoogt
Weave and Pattern Drafting, John Tovey
Virginia West Swatch Book, Virginia West
Damask and Opphamta, Lillemor Johansson
Woven Structure and Design, Doris Goerner
Pattern and Loom, John Becker
Exploring Multishaft Design, Bonnie Inouye
A Weaver’s Memoir, Jack Lenor Larsen
Linen Handspinning and Weaving, Patricia Baines


Paul O'Connor, doubleweave notes,
Gunta Stolzl, Dessau Fabrics, Bauhaus,
Wallace and Sewell, UK Weavers,

Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to facilities and the library.

The University Library has extensive resources for sustainability students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources URL:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian [name].

This research guide will provide you with starting points for finding information on sustainable fashion - fashion which aims to sustain the environment and preserve human and animal rights.

Overview of Assessment

Detailed course and assessment requirements and information will be made available to you first week of class. Specific details will be explained to you during scheduled classes.
This course comprises both practical and theory components. You will be expected to attend and participate in class activities.
As well as class activities you will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times and participate in formal assessment tasks.
PLEASE NOTE: work that has not been authenticated during class as your own work will not be considered for assessment.

Assessment Tasks

1Sustainability audit plan - 60% (week 11)

2 Presentation - 40% (weeks 13,14,15,16)

3 Media Article - CA/NYC Result only  (ungraded assessment but must be completed to be deemed competent in course) week 6

4 Weekly Journal- CA/NYC Result only (ungraded assessment but must be completed to be deemed competent in course) week 16

Keep a weekly journal, jot down points of interest to you, personal reflections,  notes on presentations, reflections on sustainable events articles from newspapers/magazines, fibre analysis. You are encouraged to do as much research on sustainable practice as possible.

 Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on  assessment tasks. All assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be achieved.

Assessment Matrix

 Ass Task 1Ass Task 2Ass Task 3Ass Task 4
Investigate current practices in relation to resource usageXXXX
Set targets for improvements. X  
Implement performance improvement strategies. XX 
Monitor performance.XX X

Other Information

RMIT Textile Design and Development  promotes and supports sustainable practice. Please refer to online course guides and RMIT email  for communication.

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 lodgement 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.

Special consideration:
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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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