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Introduction to Textiles Online Short Course

Course description

We are all surrounded by fabrics every day of our lives and, whether interested in fashion or not, we are aware of the continuous reinvention of new colours, patterns and designs in fabrics. But what do you know about the fibres that fabrics are made from and the processes involved to make them? How are the colours and designs applied? What would you look for in selecting a fabric for yourself or for a customer?

In this course, you will learn about the different types of fibres, both natural and synthetic, and the processes involved to create the wide variety of fabrics manufactured commercially. Each week will be composed of lively online workshops, discussions, individual assignments, personal feedback from your tutor and further information on the making of textile fabrics.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you will have:

  • Learned about raw materials for textiles and where they come from
  • Understood what it means that a fabric is woven or knitted, dyed or printed
  • Learned the properties of fabrics, how they can be enhanced and what they can be used for
  • Developed an understanding of the environmental impact of textile raw materials and their processing
  • Learned the terminology used in fabric processes and be able to explain what happens in the making of fabrics
  • Understood how you go about analysing a fabric to find out how it is made and what it is made from

Who is Introduction to Textiles (Online Short Course) for?

The course is ideal for anyone with an interest in fabrics and curiosity as to how they are made. You may be starting in the textile industry or considering a career in buying, sales or garment design and want to know more about the fabrics that make clothes.

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

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time.

Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.


Topics covered

  • Major fibre groups
  • Properties of fibres
  • Introduction to spinning and yarn-making
  • Weaving, knitting and their properties and uses
  • Introduction to dyeing techniques
  • Printing methods and uses
  • What to look for in fabrics
  • Environmental considerations on fabrics


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises, please have the following materials/equipment for the first class:

  • A notepad and a pen
  • A modern computer with an up-to-date operating system
  • An up-to-date web browser (Google Chrome is recommended)
  • A microphone (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)
  • Headphones
  • Webcam
Meet the Tutor:

In this online short course, you will learn about the different types of fabrics and the processes involved in manufacturing them, including weaving, knitting and dyeing. This course is important for anyone in the fashion industry.

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