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Introduction to Textiles Short Course

When:

Thu 8 Sep 2016–Fri 9 Sep 2016, 9:00am–4:30pm

Where: AUT University, Auckland CBD, Room WG 703, WG Building, Mayoral Drive, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: peterwmj

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 coloration and printing, fabric quality, specifications and care labeling, 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), PhD, 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

Day One:

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
Fibre requirements
Yarn specifications and properties

Machine knitting
Yarn requirements
Formation and properties of knitted structures
Types of knitting machines

Weaving
Woven structures
Properties and uses of woven fabrics
Preparations for weaving
Modern loom mechanisms
Practical exercise with woven fabrics

Day Two:

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 to 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.

Location

AUT University, Room WG 703, Level 7, WG Building, Mayoral Drive, Auckland City. If you require a map of the AUT Auckland City campus please go to https://tdl.aut.ac.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/City-Campus-map-WEB-Aug-2015.pdf

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