Course Title: Produce woven textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rachel Halton              Tel:  (03)   9925 9158

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


Check quality of sample

Performance Criteria:

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


Complete production process

Performance Criteria:

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


Interpret production requirements

Performance Criteria:

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


Produce woven design sample

Performance Criteria:

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

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

WEEK 1 Overview of course module. Materials & equipment briefing, Library and Reference Materials, Magazines/Catalogues etc.
Introduction to BOTANICA

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 PROJECT / COLOUR BLANKET / BOTANICA
Warp preparation: Correct tension, preparation of the cross, changing colours
OH&S induction. OH&S for a Weave Studio.

Loom Preparation: Preparing the Loom for Weaving, Warping, Threading, Sleying a Reed, Tie-on, Beginning Weaving
Theory: Reading a Weave Draft - Threading
Produce woven samples (Plain Weave, Rib Weaves, Basketweave) & operate equipment
Theory: Reading a Weave Draft - threading, sleying sequences.

Group exercise: Produce woven samples (Twill Weaves) & operate equipment
Theory: Reading a Weave Draft – Lifting Sequences (Treadlings) for different weave structures
The theory of weave structures and their effect on colour in woven textiles. Two colour weft effects.
Theory: Reading a weaving draft

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

Weave a series of plain weaves exploring materials & yarns to create textured effects.
Weave Section 3. Complete error/modification sheets. Finish each end of the sample (hemstitch) prepare for submission by placing in clean plastic sleeve along with Technical File.

MORNING SESSION: Assessment: PROJECT: COLOUR / BOTANICA Folio of Samples / Observational Checklist / Technical File
AFTERNOON SESSION: Project: Produce a Range of Technical Samples for GRAPHICA
Practical: work in groups, follow concept imagery and develop three co-ordinates each for Graphica.

Project: Produce a Range of Technical Samples for GRAPHICA
Group exercise: Prepare warp and dress loom for Technical Samples

Theory: Crammed and Spaced Warps / Skip denting – Spaced Weaves/Mixed weaves from a point draft.
Exercise: Produce a Range of Technical Samples

Project: Produce a Range of Technical Samples for GRAPHICA
Group Exercise: Produce woven samples & operate equipment

Project: Produce a Range of Technical Samples for GRAPHICA
Group Exercise: Produce woven samples & operate equipment

Project: Produce a Range of Technical Samples for GRAPHICA
Group Exercise: Produce woven samples & operate equipment

Morning session - Assessment: Produce a Range of Technical Samples for GRAPHICA
Folio of Samples / Observational Checklist / Technical File
Afternoon session –PROJECT / GRAPHICA / Own outcome / Individual outcomes are explored to define suitable weaving techniques for small woven articles. Introduce Planning for Weaving. Samples will be analysed to develop a finished product. Activity: Students will develop a finished piece from one of the samples developed during the previous project.

PROJECT / GRAPHICA / Own outcome
Activity: Continue developing ideas for own project. assess results / identify improvements . Wind warp and prepare loom to weave final piece.

PROJECT / GRAPHICA / Own outcome
Prepare for production / prepare equipment to undertake sampling / Theory: calculate quantities using TEX calculations for projecting equipment / materials required for production.

PROJECT / GRAPHICA / Own outcome
Continue production following work practices. Theory: Record keeping for weave / Technical File and visual diary.

PROJECT / GRAPHICA / Own outcome
Finish all weaving and compilation of folio notes, research and documentation and begin/finalise construction of final piece.
Activity: Continue and complete weaving / finalising all results on the loom / finishing techniques (steaming, pressing, packaging) / presentation techniques / labelling /

Assessment: Folio of Samples, Tech File
PROJECT / GRAPHICA / Own outcome
FOLIO presentation & Review

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 (website of Craft Council 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/hired from Class Teacher in 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

Folio of Samples:  Submit a folio of woven samples.

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

1 Interpret Production Requirements1.1 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 sample2.1 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  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

Learning activities during this Unit also form the part of assessment for 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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