Course Title: Produce woven textile samples

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6452C

Course Title: Produce woven textile samples

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4390 - Certificate IV in Textile Design, Development and Production

Course Contact: Deborah Wills-Ives

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9233

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rachel Halton

Ph: 99259158

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


Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to use weaving looms to perform weaving techniques to produce a range of woven design samples. You will be required to interpret design and production specifications when producing the samples and check and amend samples to meet the specification requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTTD4003 Produce woven textile samples


1 Determine job requirements

Performance Criteria:

1 Determine job requirements

1.1 Follow standard operating procedures (SOPs)

1.2 Comply with work health and safety (WHS) requirements at all times

1.3 Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with SOPs

1.4 Identify job requirements from specifications, drawings, job sheets or work instructions


2 Prepare to produce woven textile samples

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Analyse design specifications and pattern for woven product and discuss with appropriate personnel to confirm production requirements

2.2 Identify desired effects of weaving and select appropriate weaving technique to achieve required outcome

2.3 Select yarns, quantities and equipment according to design requirements


5 Complete production process

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Rectify weaving faults and production problems or reproduce sample according to modifications

5.2 Finish woven sample according to design specifications

5.3 Examine outcomes with appropriate personnel and discuss and document possible modifications to design

5.4 Complete required documentation


3 Produce woven design sample


Performance Criteria:

3.1 Set up workstation, tools and equipment according to specifications for work

3.2 Check yarns to be woven against quality standards

3.3 Undertake weaving techniques to meet design specifications for sample and according to workplace procedures

3.4 Monitor weaving techniques and outcomes throughout to identify production faults


4 Check quality of sample


Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check completed sample against design specifications and pattern to ensure quality standards are met

4.2 Identify weaving faults and production problems and determine causes

4.3 Analyse weaving process, technique and materials used to determine necessary modifications to weaving techniques, processes or patterns

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in producing woven sample products. When producing the woven sample products you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to follow workplace safety requirements, interpret design & production specifications, operate weave looms, check the quality to identify any faults of product and address issues either by amending process or loom settings.

Details of Learning Activities

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations in studio
  • design activities & projects
  • group discussion
  • independent project based work & research
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback
  • simulated workplace activities

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule

Note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of resources.


Due Dates

Class content



Project Overview       Project 1 / Colour blanket


Overview of course module. Introduction to winding a warp for the first project, Colour Blanket. Students make a selection of colours for warp yarns and class tuition includes instruction on how to wind a warp, and calculations to guide preparation. Tuition includes: Correct tension, preparation of the cross, changing colours.


Introduction to woven fabrics and design, materials and equipment. The first class involves an introduction to woven fabrics, which includes an activity analysing commercial fabric samples and yarns for weaving, a materials & equipment briefing, and an overview of the health and safety guidelines for the Weave Studio.



PROJECT 1 COLOUR BLANKET            Class instruction includes Preparing the Loom for Weaving, putting the warp onto the loom, how to use the raddle, cross sticks, how to thread the heddles, Sleying a Reed, Tie-on, and beginning weaving.

Theory: This class includes the beginning stage of reading a Weave Draft - Threading


ASSESSMENT: Observational Checklist

PROJECT 1 COLOUR BLANKET            Class instruction includes preparing the warp for weaving, preparing weft yarns, shuttles, laying in the waste yarn and beginning weaving & producing woven samples (plain weave, basketweave)

Theory: This class includes the beginning stage of reading a Weave Draft – Tie-up.



PROJECT 1 COLOUR BLANKET            Producing woven samples (twills)

Class instruction includes reading tie-ups for alternate weave structures (twills) and using a combination of weft yarns to vary the outcomes.



PROJECT 1 COLOUR BLANKET            Producing woven samples (experimental)

Weave a series of weaves exploring materials & yarns to create changes to surface quality.

Class instruction includes tuition on finishing of samples






PROJECT 1 COLOUR BLANKET            Producing woven samples (personalised)

In this class students are encouraged to explore a range of approaches, both traditional and experimental to achieve highly personalised and individual outcomes.



ASSESSMENT DUE:             

Presentation of Samples / Technical File (Project 1)

Individual student appointments to provide Feedback and Reflection



Project Overview Project 2 / Design & Respond

Class Activity:   Interpret individual design imagery and make a selection of yarns appropriate to the weave specifications provided.   Individual activity: Wind warp and set up (dress) loom for individual techniques selected. Work collaboratively to communicate with others in the class to create diversity through colour, fibres and techniques.

The class briefing will consist of discussions around the design elements and how they can be responded to from a woven design perspective. You are encouraged to take part in group work to explore imagery and develop design ideas, (exercises will be written & visual). You are encouraged to keep a visual sketchbook alongside each of your weave ideas to encourage free thinking and record responses.   Resources for design inspiration includes: WGSN, photographs, croquis, design work, sketches in visual diary, pinterest sourced imagery etc.

Class tuition will encourage experimentation with blended warp yarns, and a class tutorial will include how to balance the ‘sett’ for different warp yarns. Activity: You will Prepare warp and dress loom.




Class tuition will encourage experimentation with weft materials, an in class tutorial will include how to respond to design imagery by exploring the design principles and elements. You are encouraged to continue to develop ideas through the Visual Diary / sketchbook.



Weave a collection of weaving techniques that demonstrate variation in interpretation of colour, texture, scale. Students will learn skills during this Project in analysing how to make modifications to weaving techniques, processes and pattern to correctly interpret design ideas. Class time is used to respond to design imagery and develop a range of samples.



Design and Product woven samples according to design specifications. Class tutorials will include individual and group based tuition on how to respond to design imagery, modify weaving techniques to develop a range of innovative and individual techniques.



During this project students will gain skills in identifying and rectifying weaving faults and production problems to produce samples according to design ideas and specifications.



Class tutorial will cover how to finish each individual sample to industry standards and students will prepare required documentation to present design imagery and woven textiles. Class time is used to prepare required documentation, finish and present samples.



Produce a Range of Technical Samples (Project 2)

Students present Folio of Samples / Observational Checklist / Technical File and submit for peer feedback and review



Individual Student appointments to provide Grading & Feedback on all assessments

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

A professional weaver’s website with information on:

  • Education and research
  • Conferences & Courses
  • Events & Exhibitions
  • Jobs
  • New weave developments & Research
  • Symposiums & WeaveMaker dobby design software for mills and handweavers, custom software, websites, and databases. (free 30 day trial download)Students are advised to look at myRMIT for ongoing updated information. 
  • A digital weaving archive with drafts, historic weaving documents, and more. This website contains 62851 hand weaving drafts, many of which are public-domain.
  • Students are required to provide the following for their own use:


    • A4 Ring Binder Folder
    • A4 sized Plastic Inserts (high quality)
    • A5 or A4 Notebook
    • Scissors
    • Calculator 
    • All materials and equipment specific to a weave studio are provided in class.
    • Tape Measure (inches)

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 observational 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

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task. You should refer to the assessment brief which is available on MyRMIT for full assessment criteria

Once you have demonstrated competency, you will also receive a grade for the course. (Refer to MyRMIT for grading rubric).

Assessment Task 1:                         Due date: Week 3 (20 February, 2017)

Observational Checklist performed by the class teacher during weeks 1-3 to observe students following correct OH&S procedures in the weave studio, correct use and operation of equipment and demonstrating good studio practice


Assessment Task 2:                         Due date: Week 8 (27 March, 2017)

A Colour Blanket is woven testing a range of foundation weave structures and exploring colour. The colour blanket is the assessment item and is submitted with a small folio of notes prepared by the student.


Assessment Task 3:                          Due date: Week 15 (22 May, 2017)

A collection of samples is woven by the student and presented alongside design imagery, mounted and presented as a mini-collection. A design sketchbook & folio of notes is submitted alongside the collection.


*Assessment criteria in the form of a Rubric will be provided at the beginning of each Project

*Feedback will be provided by the class teacher after successful submission of each assessment item. Feedback times are made with individual students and are detailed in the weekly outline.


Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades: CHD      Competent with High Distinction CDI        Competent with Distinction CC         Competent with Credit CAG      Competency Achieved - Graded NYC      Not Yet Competent DNS      Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the unit of competency. This matrix is available on request from your teacher.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:


Cover Sheet for Submissions:

You must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Assessment Feedback: 

You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work.  Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.


Student Progress:

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy designed to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to Assessment (eg. applying for an extension of time):

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) RCC applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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