Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: VART5902C

Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Julia Raath

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99259201

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sue Scott

Mary Zbierski West

Nominal Hours: 50

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

Pre-requisites Nil

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge to identify fibres and fabrics commonly used in the construction of garments and accessories.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTCL2003B Identify fibres and fabrics


1. Identify fibres and fabrics

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Fibres used in clothing industry are identified

1.2 Methods of identifying fibres are identified

1.3 Fabrics used in clothing industry are identified

1.4 Generic and trade names for fibres and fabrics are described


2. Describe fabric construction processes

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Fibres used in construction of a variety of fabrics are identified

2.2 Construction processes of fabrics are described


3. Decsribe qualities of fabrics

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Physical qualities of fabrics are described

3.2 Visual qualities of fabrics are described


4. Determine uses of fabrics

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Common uses of fabrics are identified

4.2 Fabrics used in workplace are identified

Learning Outcomes

In this unit  you will be required to develop the skills and knowledge as it applies to identifying a wide range of fibres and fabrics used in the clothing industry. 

Fibres include natural and synthetic, and fabrics include knitted, woven and non-woven.

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning, consisting of classroom activities, practical workshops and preparation of folio of samples, consisting of fibres, yarns and fabrics

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 Introduction. Overview/discussion of different staple/filament fibres and fabric constructions. View Clothing Fibres DVD. OHS requirements.

Week 2 Create a fibre classification chart. Introduction to Wool and its uses. Fleece types and uses. Fibre samples. Property definitions to be researched.

Week 3 Types of Animal Fibres and their uses. Fibre samples. Discuss and demonstrate property definitions.

Week 4 Production of Silk, properties and uses. View Splendor of Silk. Fibre samples.

Week 5 Plant fibres (cellulose) Types and properties, add information to fibre property chart. Fibre samples. Review Animal fibre samples which will form part of folio.

Week 6 Regenerated and Synthetic fibres. Types and properties, add to chart. Uses of fibres. Samples. Review Plant fibre samples which will form part of folio.

Week 7 Identify fibres, using microscope, burning and other methods. Complete Fibre Identification chart.

Week 8 Excursion to Melbourne Museum. Look at use and history of plant fibres by indigenous people. Complete Museum questionnaire.

Week 9 Spinning processes Worsted, woolen, cotton systems, staple and filament spinning. Identify fancy yarns. Calculate tex of selected yarns Review completed Museum questionnaire

Week 10 Different types of weaves using paper. Review regenerated and synthetic samples which will form part of folio. Complete quiz What fibre is that?

Week 11 Examine woven samples of fabrics. Include Pile, jacquard etc

Week 12 Weft Knit Use needles and other methods. Examine samples. Review woven samples which will form part of folio

Week 13 Warp knits discuss and examine samples of fabric. Allocate Fabric Library topics

Week 14 Non woven fabrics different processes. Introduction to felting. Felt a sample. Review Knitted samples which will form part of folio

Week 15 Felt making. Make a hat or bag. Felting research assignment

Week 16 Paper making.

Week 17 Fabric library presentations. Power Point presentation of Fabric Library.

Week 18 Fabric library presentations. Power Point presentation of Fabric Library.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

E.P.G.Gohl and L. D. Vilensky, Textiles for Modern Living Sara J, Kadolph, Textiles Tenth Edition The Textile Institute, Textile terms and Definitions Anne Fritz, Consumer Textiles Martin Hardingham, Illustrated Dictionary of Fabrics


Other Resources

Students will be expected to research fibres and fabrics and will be expected to source various samplesto complete assessment of the  fabric library.

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 time and participate in formal assessment tasks.

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.

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 not be graded higher than a PASS.

PLEASE NOTE: work that has not been authenticated during class as your own work will not be considered for assessment. 

Assessment Tasks

1. Fibre/Fabric Property definitions. Research a given fibre/fabric property and prepare class presentation.

2. Fibre identification chart. Complete a chart using a variety of methods to identify fibres.

3. Museum questionnaire. Attend excursion to Melbourne museum and complete questionnaire.

4. What fibre is that? Complete quiz relating to all fibres studied.

5. Felting assignment. Select a related felt making topic and prepare a written report.

6. Fabric Library presentation. Research required information relevant to allocated fabrics and present in the form of a power point presentation.

7. Sample Folio. Folio of relevant samples collected during class and by student.  Samples to be clearly labeled.  Folio will be reviewed at intervals according to weekly planner.

Assessment Matrix

Element Property




What fibre

Research assignment


Sample folio 

Identify fibres and fabrics     X       X        X  X        X      X    X
Describe fabric construction processes.     X           X      X    X
Describe qualities of fabrics     X         X         X      X     X
Determine uses of fabrics     X           X      X     X

Other Information

This unit may be assessed independently or in combination with other relevant units. Students will be advised in advance of multiple unit assessment.

Students must comply with OHS policies and procedures and wear fully covered shoes and protective in all workshop environments.

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