Course Title: Design and produce woven tapestry products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: VART5915C

Course Title: Design and produce woven tapestry products

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Pat Jones

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259159

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Cresside Collette    tel. (03) 9925 9225

Nominal Hours: 120

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

This course is assessed and delivered asaclustered project with LMTTD5008A Develop textile designs and specifications

Students must enrol in both units to complete assessment tasks

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to develop designs and produce woven tapestry products to meet a specified design brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTD5002A Design and produce woven tapestry products


1. Develop woven tapestry 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 tapestry design for feedback.
1.4 Feedback is received and design adjusted accordingly.
1.5 Design is confirmed for production.


2. Plan production of woven tapestry 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
2.4 Tapestry cartoon is developed
2.5 Materials, tools and equipment required for production are selected and prepared.


3. Produce woven tapestry 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 Tapestry techniques are undertaken to meet design specifications for sample and according to OH&S practices.
3.4 Tapestry sample is checked to ensure quality standards including colour density, yarn suitability, and warp to weft ratio.


4. Evaluate design and production processes.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Tapestry sample is assessed against design specifications, cartoon and design brief.
4.2 Tapestry 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

Details of Learning Activities

In this studio based course students will -

Interpret and analyse a design brief and develop designs for woven tapestry products such as historical research samples, miniature and shaped tapestries, community tapestries and commissions specific to public or private spaces. These may have interior applications as domestic objects and wall pieces. Designs may be developed using manual or computer aided design tools and may be conducted in individual or team related activities. The work will be conducted according to OH&S practices and in recognition of sustainable practice.

Application of skills

This unit requires that the student –

• Understands and analyses the design brief
• Communicates design ideas for feedback from instructor
• Conducts own research in a methodical manner
• Documents the process
• Plans and organises the safe and effective use of materials
• Sets up and uses equipment safely
• Produces tapestry weaving of technical merit
• Monitors production process and adjusts for best outcome
• Analyses and evaluates work produced to identify opportunities for improvement.
• Assesses finished product against design specifications

Teaching Schedule

1.Introduction and discussion of course outcomes, assessment requirements and research methods.
Product design brief introduced.
OHS considerations.
PPT presentation on Historical Tapestry
Technical folder requirement.
Visual Research
 2 Develop woven product based on Historical methods.
Design woven product.
 3 Technical aspects of production planned and implemented. OHS considerations. Observation.
 4 Production of 1st tapestry commenced. OHS – sitting height, light conditions Sample, observation
 5 Production of 1st tapestry continued. Sample
 6 Production of 1st tapestry continued Sample
 7 Production of 1st tapestry completed and evaluated.
Process documented.
 Technical folder
Sample completed.

 Production of 2nd tapestry commenced, designed from project brief.

OHS requirements observed

 9 Production of 2nd tapestry continued Sample
 10 Production of 2nd tapestry continued Sample

 Production of 2nd tapestry completed and evaluated

Process evaluated


 Production of 3rd tapestry commenced , designed from project brief.

OHS requirements odserved

 13 Production of 3rd tapestry continued Sample
 14 Production of 3rd tapestry continued Sample

 Production of 3rd tapestry completed and evaluated.

Process documented

 Completed sample, technical folder.

 Completion of tapestries, presentation and mounting.

Required documentation and presentation completed

 Tapestry samples

Technical file containijg documentation

Folio of finished tapestries

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Kybalova,Ludmila.Coptic Textiles, Paul Hamlyn, London.1967

Hoskins, Nancy Arthur.The Coptic Tapestry Albums. Skein publications, USA, 2004.

Freeman, Margaret. The Hunt of the Unicorn. The Cloisters, Metropolitan museum of Art, New York. i976

Wingfield, Digby George Frederick, The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries, London, H.M.S.O. 1974

Verlet, The Book of Tapestry, Octopus Books, London, 1978.

Phillips, Barty, Tapestry, Phaidon Press, 1994.

Menz, Christopher, Morris and Co., Adelaide, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2002.

Stone- Miller, Rebecca, To Weave for the Sun, London, Thames and Hudson. 1994

Blomberg, Nancy J. Navaho Textiles, University of Arizona Press, Tucson. 1988.


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment


Assessment Tasks

 Overview of assessment.

To achieve successful completion of this course, students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical folder, documentation, and practical problem solving. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.
Details of graded assessment for folios will be provided with Course Guides

Assessment Tasks

To achieve competency in this course students will be expected to submit the following -

Technical folder- a comprehensive folder containing class notes, individual research into tapestry, and documentation of design and weaving processes.

Three final woven design products – chosen from the following categories –
1. Research and sampling of Historical tapestry techniques chosen from Coptic, Mediaeval, Classical or primitive weaving styles.
2. Design and sampling of a tapestry commission for a specific space, public or private.
3. A miniature tapestry.
4. A shaped tapestry.
5. A tapestry artwork (exhibition piece) of own design.
Twenty hours weaving on a Community tapestry constituting work integrated learning may be substituted for one of these categories.

Students will be expected to undertake in class discussion of the medium and communicate methods and production of final work.
Assessment on OHS
Setting up of workspace with attention to OHS requirements and awareness of safety factors when working with others.

Assessment Matrix

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