Course Title: Identify fibres and fabrics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

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

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 the clothing industry are identified

1.2 Methods of identifyling fibres are idnetified

1.3 Fabrics used in clothing industry are identified

1.4 Generic and trade names for fibres and fabrics are identified


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 the 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, research presentations and collection of samples, consisting of fibres, yarns and fabrics.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 Introduction. Overview/discussion of staple/filament fibres and fabric constructions View Clothing Fibres DVD. OHS requirements. Property definitions to be researched.

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

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 Splendour 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 Paper making
Week 7 Regenerated and Synthetic fibres. Types and properties, add to fibre property chart. Uses of fibres. Samples. Review Plant fibre samples which will form part of folio. Allocate Generic and Tradename Fibre/Yarn/Fabric Research
EASTER BREAK Thursday 28th March –Wednesday 3rd April
Week 8 Identify fibres, using microscope, burning and other methods. Complete Fibre Identification chart.
Week 9 Spinning processes Worsted, woollen, cotton systems, staple and filament spinning. Identify fancy yarns. Calculate tex of selected yarns
Week 10 Generic and Tradename Fibre/Yarn/Fabric Research Assignment Presentation

Week 11 Different types of weaves using paper. Review regenerated and synthetic samples which will form part of folio.
Week 12 Examine woven samples of fabrics. Include Pile, jacquard etc
Allocate Fabric Library topics
Week 13 Weft Knit Use needles and other methods. Examine samples. Review woven samples which will form part of folio. Warp knits discuss and examine samples of fabric.
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 scarf or bag.

Week 16 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 Eleventh Edition
The Textile Institute, Textile terms and Definitions
Anne Fritz, Consumer Textiles
Martin Hardingham, Illustrated Dictionary of Fabrics

Other Resources

Clothing Fibres - DVD
Splendid Silk - DVD
Nylon - DVD
Students will be expected to research fibres and fabrics and will be expected to source various samples to 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

Ungraded assessment tasks - All assessment tasks must be completed to a satisfactory level to be deemed competent for this course.
• Fibre/Fabric Property definitions. (Ungraded)
Research a given fibre/fabric property and prepare class presentation.
• Fibre identification chart. (Ungraded)
Complete a chart using a variety of methods to identify fibres.

Graded assessment task -
1. Fabric Library presentation. (Graded) Research required information relevant to allocated fabrics and present in the form of a power point presentation
Once all assessment tasks are completed to a satisfactory level and you have been deemed competent for this course assessment task 1 will be graded and you may be eligible to receive a grade of Pass to High Distinction based on the work presented.

Assessment Matrix

Definition (ungraded)
identification chart (ungraded)
Presentation (graded)
Identify fibres and fabrics. XX
Describe fabric construction processes.  X
Describe qualities of fabrics.X X
Determine uses of fabrics.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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