Course Title: Produce woven textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: VART5907C

Course Title: Produce woven textile samples

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9201

Course Contact Email:Julia.Raath@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rachel Halton    

Tel:  +61 3   9925 9158     

rachel.halton@rmit.edu.au

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

Students will undertake colour and design projects which will be applied into this practical / studio based 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.

Students will also undertake research into current trends in the commercial woven textiles industry.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD4003A Produce woven textile samples

Element:

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 patterns

Element:

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
4.8 Required documentation is completed.

Element:

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.

Element:

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 OH&S practices
2.4 Weaving techniques and outcomes are monitored throughout to identify production faults.


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

1
Overview of course module. Materials & equipment briefing, Library and Reference Materials, Magazines/Catalogues etc.
Exercise: Colour: Introduction to woven fabrics and equipment, materials for weaving, looms, warping materials, shuttles and yarns.
Group Activity: Analyse fabric samples, plain weave, basket weave etc.   Analyse yarns for weaving.
Exercise: Yarn wraps: Yarns suitable for weaving – warp & weft .  Students to prepare warps for Colour.
Warp preparation: Correct tension, preparation of the cross, changing colours
OH&S induction. OH&S for a Weave Studio.
     
2    
Loom Preparation: Preparing the Loom for Weaving, Warping, Threading, Sleying a Reed, Tie-on, Beginning Weaving
Theory: Reading a Weave Draft - Threading
Group Exercise: Produce woven samples (Plain Weave, Rib Weaves, Basketweave) & operate equipment
Theory: Reading a Weave Draft - Tie-Ups for different weave structures
     
3    
Group exercise: Produce woven samples (Twill Weaves) & operate equipment
Theory: Reading a Weave Draft – Lifting Sequences (Treadlings) for different weave structures
Exercise: Colour: The theory of weave structures and their effect on colour in woven textiles.  Two colour weft effects.
Theory: Complete a Drawdown
     
4    
Exercise: Colour: The theory of weave structures and their effect on colour in woven textiles.
Weaving & Finishing: Appropriate Finishing Techniques for Woven Fabrics.
Theory: Completing a Drawdown
   
Assessment:  Folio of Samples
                          Observational Checklist
                          Technical File

5    
Exercise: Produce a Range of Textile Samples.
Theory: Yarns for weaving - their characteristics and relationship to balance/sett in weave structures
Group exercise: Prepare warp and dress loom for Traditional Textile Samples
     
6    
Exercise: Produce a Range of Textile Samples
Theory: Introduction to Block Weaves
Group Exercise: Produce woven samples & operate equipment    
 
7    
Exercise: Produce a Range of Textile Samples
Theory: Crammed and Spaced Warps / Skip denting – Spaced Weaves
Exercise: Produce a Range of Textile Samples
Theory: Mixed weaves from a point draft - warp and weft faced structures in the one fabric.
     
8    
Exercise: Produce a Range of Textile Samples
Theory:  Warp Faced Weaves

9
Exercise: Produce a Range of Textile Samples
Group Exercise: Produce woven samples & operate equipment
Group Exercise: Folio Review & Presentation

Assessment:  Folio of Samples
                          Observational Checklist
                          Technical File

MID-TERM BREAK / EASTER BREAK

10
Exercise:  Own Project
Individual outcomes are explored to define suitable weaving techniques for woven articles (may include scarf, length for garment, narrow width weaving, experimental techniques to achieve sculptural effects, hand embellished lengths, decorative hangings, functional/non-functional object, textile jewellery, constructed length)
Introduce Planning a Large Article: how to make a sample. The first item a scarf and the second an article of the student’s own choice.
Students to complete:  Students will research weave techniques and yarns and bring suitable equipment to next class to begin sampling

11
Exercise:  Own Project - Presentation & Finishing methods
Activity:  Continue sampling for own project.  Time is provided in class for students to purchase commercial yarns for this project.

12
Exercise:  Own Project -
Prepare for production / source materials & begin sampling /

13
Exercise:  Own Project - undertake sampling / prepare equipment to undertake sampling / assess results / identify improvements /
Theory:  calculate quantities using TEX calculations for projecting equipment / materials required for production.


14
Exercise:  Own Project - continue production following work practices.
Theory:  Record keeping for weave / Technical File and visual diary.

15
Exercise:  Own Project -
Finish all weaving and compilation of folio notes, research and documentation and begin/finalise construction of final piece.
Activity:  Continue and complete weaving.

16
Exercise:  Own Project -  finalising all results on the loom / finishing techniques (steaming, pressing, packaging) / presentation techniques / labelling / FOLIO presentation & Review
Assessment:  Folio of Samples, Tech 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

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

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

Textiles and Fashion, Jenny Udale


References

www.Infomat.com (an online research service for the apparel and textiles industry)

www.craftaustralia.com.au (the national advocacy organisation for craft and design in Australia)

www.craftvic.asn.au (website of Craft Council of Victoria)

www.nationaldesigncentre.com

www.ngv.vic.gov.au (website of the National Gallery of Victoria)


Other Resources

Students are required to provide the following materials:

Notebook, Folio (A4 Ring Binder Folder) & A4 sized Plastic Inserts

Scissors, Calculator,  Tape Measure, Ruler, Pen, Pencils & Eraser,

Threading Hook, Reed Hook, 2 Shuttle Sticks (can be purchased from Class Teacher in first class)


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

There are three assessment tasks within this course:

Folio of Samples:  Submit a folio of woven samples.

Technical File:  Record 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

 ELEMENT PERFORMANCE CRITERIA   FOLIO OF SAMPLES                           TECHNICAL FILE                   OBSERVATIONAL CHECKLIST     
1 Interpret Production Requirements 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
 
 X X
2 Produce woven design sample 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 OH&S practices
2.4 Weaving techniques and outcomes are monitored throughout to identify production faults
   X
3 Check quality of sample3.1 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 patterns    
 X  X
 4 Complete production process                                                             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
 X X 

Other Information

This course is run in a workshop environment, to comply with Occupational Health & Safety standards students are required to wear sturdy footwear with covered toe protection.
This course is delivered concurrently with the unit Operate a weaving loom.  Learning Activities undertaken during this Unit will form part of the assessment for Operate a Weaving Loom.
Further information regarding this assessment will be provided by your class teacher in your first session.

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