Course Title: Design and produce woven products

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART5917C

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

Douglas McManus

Ph: 99259214

Office: 511.01.01

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


Course Description

This course is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to apply manipulation processes to design and produce original and creative textiles.

To successfully complete this competency it is highly recommended that you complete LMTTD4010A Apply Manipulation techniques to Create Experimental Samples (VART 5910C)

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

 This studio based course will enable students to gain an understanding of experimental textile processes, in contemporary art and design practice.

Students will be expected to undertake practical tasks, problem solving exercises, research and design briefs to inform personal conceptual responses to projects undertaken.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1contemporary experimental textile practice : Research project brief 
Week 2possibilities’ manipulation’ exploration of material and properties to produce 3D outcome additive versus subtractive techniques
week 33d construction roll, knot , tie
week 4open studio practice exploring material
week 5 open studio practice exploring material
week 6open studio practice exploring material
week 7 student presentation research paper
week 8student presentation research paper
week 9body architecture project brief group exercise scale, repetition, context
week 10 open studio practice experimentation
week 11open studio practice experimentation
week 12reflection body architecture review feedback
week 13individual tutorials reflection
week 14individual tutorials reflection
week 15refining concept requirements artist statements writing about textiles analysing
week 16pop up exhibition assessment review outcomes


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

Scissors, assorted fabrics, masking tape, tape measure, ruler, note books
Lab coats, fully covered, shoes, gloves, rags.

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.

Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Students will be awarded a graded assessment 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.

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. Late submission will lead to penalties. 

Assessment Tasks

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.

Detailed Project Briefs with information on the submission items and assessmetn breakdown will be provided in class sessions and on Blackboard


Graded assessment 40% DUE WEEK 8

Research paper contemporary textile artists and their techniques,[ individual or team]
Reinterpret, reinvent, restyle synthetic as a contemporary textile work


Graded assessment 60% DUE WEEK 16

’Body Architecture’

Develop a contemporary textile for ’the body’ using the theme of art, science, technology ,and craft practice


Assessment Matrix

elementproject oneproject two


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, and other personal protective equipment where instructed.

Full project briefs will be handed out in class time

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