Who should attend
This course is aimed at those that have some knowledge of textiles either through study or through experience, e.g. In the textile, garment or retail industries, but who want know more and update their knowledge.
About the course
This textiles course will help retail professionals and garment designers become more effective by gaining a better understanding of the raw materials they are working with.The course will cover woven and knitted fabrics, including complex constructions, plus dyeing and finishing. You will learn the processes involved and the end results that are possible, as well as what makes a fabric more expensive or cheaper, what increases or shortens the lead-time and what to consider when making more environmentally friendly choices for fabric selection.You will learn through a series of online lectures where students are encouraged to ask questions and share their personal experiences. There is also a wide range of reference materials, and weekly practical projects to allow you to test your knowledge and skills. You will receive personal tutor feedback on your assignment work, and by the end of the course you will be ready to make more informed textile choices in your projects.
By the end of the course you will have a better understanding of;
- Woven and knitted fabrics and how they are made
- Dyes, prints and finishes on fabrics and their appropriate use
- What makes and fabric more expensive/cheaper
- What increases or shortens the leadtime for a fabric
- What fibres, products and processes are more environmentally friendly
- Fibre types available, including new more environmentally friendly fibres
- The construction of woven fabrics including more difficult structures such as corduroy and velvet
- The construction of knitted fabrics including laces, sportswear fabrics etc
- Dyeing: what determines what dyes are used, how they are used and what different colour results they give
- Finishes of fabrics especially for performance: eg easy care, moisture wicking, water repellent
- Printing methods: how they differ and when to use them
- The labdye, CAD and strike off process, when they are used and what is important
- The environmental issues in textiles and how the industry is changing to improve
All our Online Short Courses include:
- Live online lessons with the same tutors
- The same course content and learning outcomes
- Lesson recordings, for review
- Access to VLE with course content
- Forums for support
- 2 weeks online access
- Certificate upon completion
Paulette Colman has had a highly successful career working in textile design, retail and garment manufacturing for over 40 years, the last 20 years as Fabric Director for a major garment maker to major UK and international brands. She has worked in particular in the area of product development – ...
Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.