Fibres & Fabrics

An indepth understanding of fibres, yarns, knitted and woven fabric construction, as well as an awareness of dyeing, finishing and printing methods is essential for anyone working in buying or product development in fashion or homeware.  This online course together with an interactive glossary will develop your overall knowledge allowing you to be more confident when dealing with suppliers.

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What you will learn

  • How to classify a fibre, yarn, fabric and textile
  • How fibres are created and the process of creating yarns
  • How knitted and woven fabrics are created
  • How dyeing, finishing and printing affects the resultant properties of the fabric

Modules in more detail

Introduction to Fibres & Fabrics – a brief history of the development of knitting, spinning and weaving and a definition of what constitutes a fibre, fabric, yarn or textile

The Process of Creating Fibres  – a look the process of producing natural, synthetic and semi-synthetic fibres

Fabric Construction  – a guide to understanding some of the technical aspects of both knitted and woven fabrics

Dyeing, Finishing & Printing  –  an understanding of the various methods of dyeing.  How finishes affect handle and performance and a look at different printing techniques and the end results

Glossary  –  an interactive, searchable, pictoral glossary detailing properties, characteristics and end uses to help you grow your knowledge of fibres and fabrics

Who is this course for

This course would benefit junior members of the buying team working in a fashion/homeware area, who would like to develop their fabric & textile knowledge.

It is also useful for experienced buyers who have moved from an non fashion/home textiles area.


$250.00 excl GST

or 4 payments of $62.50 with Wizit learn more

Unsure if a course is right for you...

If you are uncertain whether a course is at the right level for you, then take an assessment through the Numensa Assessment Centre.  We have six different assessments, three for buying and three for planning.  

  • Entry – for anyone new to retail or working in a buyer’s admin or allocator level
  • Intermediate – for anyone working at the assistant/junior buyer/planner level
  • Advanced – for anyone working at a buyer/planner or senior buyer/planner level

At a glance...

  • 4 online modules
  • Searchable pictoral glossary
  • Total learning time =  50 minutes
  • Works across PC, tablet and phone
  • Audio voiceover
  • Interactive e-learning with quizzes
  • Full access for 6 months
  • Developed by retail buying professionals
  • Digital certificate on completion
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Or call 1300 969 560 to speak to Beverley Chambers about the best course for you.