Do You Know Your Fabrics?

Former Fabric Technologist for Marks & Spencer, Deborah Shulton, will be running a new half-day course specially designed for fashion industry students and professionals to deepen their textile understanding…

It is astonishing that many designers and buyers enter a fashion career with very little textile knowledge or understanding. This new course in ‘Fabric Appreciation’ will give an essential guide to textiles and a general appreciation of textile manufacturing in a live factory environment. It will also cover topics such as influences on cost, lead time and quality.

Delivered in an interactive way the course includes yarn, fabric and garment samples to illustrate key techniques. Each course participant will be given a copy of all handouts used so that they can keep them for reference and use them during the course to add their own notes. This introductory course is perfect for fashion students, designers, assistant buyers and those starting out in the fashion industry - no previous textile knowledge is necessary.

The 4-hour Fabric Appreciation course includes:

  • Fibres to Fabrics
    • Natural and man made fibres and their properties
    • Creating the yarn including an explanation of different yarn count systems
    • Creating the fabric: Weaving and Knitting and common fabric constructions and their properties.
  • Dyeing and Finishing
    • How and why colour is added at specific stages
    • The effect on lead times and cost of different dye methods
    • Different finishing effects that can be achieved mechanically and chemically
  • Colour - How we see and Describe Colour
    • Best practices for looking at colour
    • The language of colour
    • Colour Measurement

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