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Understanding Fabrics: Colouring and Finishing Fabrics

Understanding Fabrics: Colouring and Finishing Fabrics

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Janet Wilson


This fibres and fabric course examines the characteristics and qualities of the different fabric colouration processes in relation to quality and cost. It also looks at a wide range of different fabric finishes and how they transform the fabric. The different methods of both dyeing and printing are explained and examined.

You will handle fabric samples and be introduced to the various terms used to demonstrate the wide variety of colouring techniques available. Fabric finishing will also be discussed and various aesthetic, functional and special finishes described and samples shown.

A practical examination of dyed, printed and finished fabrics will also be included.

Please note: our Understanding Fabrics courses are part of a series. We recommend you take the courses in the following order or have existing knowledge to the same level before progressing to the next course:

1. Understanding Fabrics: Fibres and Fabrics 
2. Understanding Fabrics: Fabric Construction 
3. Understanding Fabrics: Colouring and Finishing Fabrics
4. Understanding Fabrics: Fabric Testing and Quality

Suitable for:

Anyone who needs a more detailed understanding of fabric finishing.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Janet Wilson, CTextFTI, has been a lecturer in the UK for over 25 years, teaching training courses for the clothing and retail industry. She has worked as a textile designer in the UK and Switzerland and specialises in the subjects of: woven fabrics, warp-knitted fabrics, weft-knitted fabrics, printed and dyed textiles, textile finishing, textile fibres and textile testing and quality. Janet is the author of Classic and Modern Fabrics: The Complete Illustrated Sourcebook, published in 2010. She continues to design fabrics on a freelance basis and is a member of the Textile Institute.


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

  • Pen and notepad

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