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Science & Technology Program
Introduction to wool processing

This course is designed to introduce you to wool, wool processing and to wool products.It provides an introductory overview to the journey of wool from farm to fashion.

You will explore the source of wool (sheep) and the process of harvesting wool (shearing, classing, baling and transport).The content covers the testing procedures carried out on raw wool to determine its value and explains how the raw wool is sold.

The manufacture of wool yarn through both the woollen and worsted processing systems is discussed and the manufacture of both knitted and woven wool textiles and products is covered. The course offers an overview of the quality assurance processes for wool products and showcases some of the latest product innovations incorporating wool fibres.

 

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • explain briefly how wool is manufactured from a greasy raw fibre into worsted and woollen yarn
  • identify the different ways yarn can be woven or knitted and how this affects the end product
  • briefly describe the processes used to dye and finish wool and the environmentally-responsible options associated with each process
  • explain the garment faults that can occur during processing and how to best prevent them
  • recognise the quality assurance behind the Woolmark brand
  • identify different Merino innovations and how these can be used to enhance products made from wool.

 

  1. Introduction
  2. Farm to factory
  3. Raw wool measurement
  4. Manufacturing wool yarns
  5. Manufacturing wool products
  6. The quality of wool products
  7. Innovations in wool products
Introduction to wool processing
Certification:
Introduction to wool processing
Completion Time:
5.5 hours approx.
No of Modules:
7
Wave

Modules: 7

Introduction
Introduction

The Woolmark Company is the research, development and marketing body for the Australian wool industry, supported by more than 60,000 Australian woolgrowers, who co-invest with the Australian government to support the activities carried out along the global wool supply chain.

3 minutes
0/1 Completed
3 minutes
0/1 Completed
Module 1: Farm to factory
Module 1: Farm to factory

Module 1 — Farm to factory reviews where wool comes from and how it is harvested, the impact of sheep breed on wool type and its key quality characteristics and their implication on end-product applications. It also offers a high-level view of the farm-to-factory pipeline, including wool valuing and the wool auction system.

15 minutes
0/2 Completed
Module 2: Raw wool measurement
Module 2: Raw wool measurement

Module 2 — Raw wool measurement introduces the methods used to objectively measure the properties of raw wool. These measurements determine, in large part, the value of the wool and reflect the price paid for wool at auction.

5 minutes
0/12 Completed
Module 3: Manufacturing wool yarns
Module 3: Manufacturing wool yarns

Module 3: Manufacturing wool yarn offers a brief overview of the wool yarn manufacturing process.  Individual processes are covered in greater depth in more advanced courses.

59 minutes
0/8 Completed
Module 4:  Manufacturing wool products
Module 4: Manufacturing wool products

Module 4 — Manufacturing wool products explores the processes used to manufacture wool products (fabric and garments) from worsted and woollen yarns). The individual processes are covered in detail in subsequent courses.

1hour 5 minutes
0/7 Completed
Module 5: Quality of wool products
Module 5: Quality of wool products

Module 5 — The quality of wool products highlights some of the characteristics of wool products associated with quality, how these characteristics are assessed in quality assurance (QA) programs and how faults in wool fabrics and garments can be avoided. Quality control issues and systems associated with individual wool processing and production stages are covered in detail within subsequent courses.

25 minutes
0/3 Completed
Module 6: Innovations in wool products
Module 6: Innovations in wool products

Module 6: Innovations in wool products is the final module in this course. This module will describe some of the recent innovations in wool products, which capitalise on the fibre’s inherent properties and new processing technology.

1 hour 30 minutes
0/7 Completed

Assessments: Available when all modules are complete

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