Our knit (constructed textiles) workshop is a specialist workshop for the fashion and textile programmes.
It's also an open access workshop once students have received an induction and training on the specialist machinery. The workshop is divided into several distinct zones with different specialist machinery in each area.
The workshop is equipped with the following:
- Dubied knitting machines zone
There are Dubied handflat knitting machines ranging from 2.5 gauge (chunky) through to 14 gauge. These machines can be individually booked by students, one day in advance and for one day only.
- Domestic machine zone
This zone consists of Brother Punchcard standard gauge machines and Silver Reeds knitting machines, each can be adapted to incorporate a double bed to produce ribbed and jersey fabrics together with accessories such as colour changers and intarsia carriages. There are available on request a few automated electronic machines for the production of fabric lengths and more intricate fabrics.
- Finishing zone
There are industrial linkers within the finishing area (Complett and Hague), suitable for joining fabrics from fine gauge to chunky. There are also two industrial 4-thread overlockers.
- Stoll CAD/CAM knit workshop
A fully automated digital knit system capable of producing intricate fabrics and garments. The Stoll machine is operated by trained technical staff only.
- Yarn Store
A selection of basic yarns available for students on the Fashion & Textile programmes for sampling on the knitting machines and hand knitting. The yarn store is open between 10am and 11am.