This 2 day course has been designed to help those entering or currently engaged in the fashion, apparel and textile industries to improve their technical awareness and to gain a wider appreciation of the many facets of the ‘textile pipeline.' The course focuses on the processes and products that go into making apparel and other textile goods. We discuss fibres, yarn production, knitting and knitwear, weaving, textile colouration and printing, fabric quality, specifications and care labelling, as well as taking a look at new fabric developments including smart textiles.
This course will appeal to those entering or currently involved in textile related manufacturing, design and product development, selection, sourcing and importing, quality control and assurance, wholesalers, and retailers.
Course Presenter: Dr. Errol Wood.
Errol Wood, BSc (Hons), Ph.D. Dip Tchg, has over 40 years’ experience as a teacher at secondary and tertiary levels, a research scientist, science leader and university professor, and Information Services Manager with AgResearch. He is the author of over 60 reports and peer-reviewed papers for scientific journals and has authored two textile-related books and two chapters on wool processing and wool carpet manufacture in international texts. His role as a PTE manager involved the preparation of over 40 training packages for use by textile technology trainees in New Zealand. Errol is an occasional referee for three international journals – Journal of the Textile Institute, Textile Research Journal and the International Sheep and Wool Journal. Errol now runs his own training business aptly entitled EWE (Errol Wood Education).
Course Content -
Welcome and Introductions
Fibres for apparel
Technical requirements and fibre specifications
Production, properties, and uses of the major fibres
Inspection of fibre collection
Spinning a good yarn
Methods of yarn production
Yarn specifications and properties
Formation and properties of knitted structures
Types of knitting machines
Properties and uses of woven fabrics
Preparations for weaving
Modern loom mechanisms
Practical exercise with woven fabrics
Textile colouration and finishing
Basics of textile colour
Dyestuffs and other dyeing chemicals
Overview of dyeing methods and machines
Printing (including digital)
Fabric finishing – purposes and techniques
Visit AUT Textile and Design Lab
What makes a quality fabric?
Quality and performance attributes of fabrics
Purposes of sampling and testing of textiles
Test methods for apparel fabrics
Apparel in the marketplace
Fabric safety standards and specifications
Fabric care and labelling requirements
New developments in apparel
Recent innovations in wool apparel
Textiles with novel performance characteristics
The Smart Textiles revolution
Developments in non-wovens
Learning outcomes -
Participants will become familiar with textile terminology relating to fibres, yarns, and fabrics. They will gain an understanding of the manufacturing methods applied at the various stages of the textile processing chain. It is also expected that attendees will be able to communicate their needs to others in the supply chain more effectively as a result of attending this course.
Participant requirements -
This is an introductory level course and no prior knowledge of textiles is required.
What to bring -
Materials are provided but please bring refreshments with you for morning and afternoon breaks and lunch. There are cafes in the locality that cater for all dietary requirements.