This course takes an in-depth look at the finishing processes applied to wool fabrics, the purpose and operations carried out under each procedure and the factors affecting the final quality of the finished product.
It aims to provide participants with an understanding of:
- why the finishing of wool fabrics is important
- how fabrics are finished
- how finishing operations are evaluated.
It also looks at the side effects of each finishing operation.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- evaluate finished wool fabrics produced within a weaving or knitting mill
- assess whether the material meets the aims of the finishing operation.
- The aims of fabric finishing
- Review of setting and felting
- Wet finishing operations
- Dry finishing operations
- Typical worsted finishing routes
- Chemical finishing methods
- Assessment of fabric finishing
- Fabric mechanics
- Faults in finishing
- Performance standards
- Environmental issues
This module explores the aims of the wool fabric finishing process, the types of fabrics that require finishing, the requirements of a finished fabric and the potential unwanted side effects that can occur during finishing operations.
This module provides a brief review of chemistry and physics of setting and felting in wool fibres and fabrics. Both processes play a prominent role in fabric finishing operations.
This module explores pre-finishing operations, wet finishing operations (including: pre-setting, scouring, milling, rope opening, wet raising, hydroextraction and stenter drying), the role of water quality in finishing and highlights the potential unwanted side-effects of each process.
This module covers a range of dry finishing operations and explores the aims and unwanted side-effects association with each operation and how these aims and side-effects are measured and managed.
This module provides an overview of the typical finishing routes for a range of common worsted wool and wool blend fabric types and for all-wool knitted fabric.
This module will cover some of the chemical finishes that can be applied to wool to impart certain functional attributes (e.g. felt resistance, oil and stain repellence).
This module provides an overview of the key fabric properties modified during finishing that affect quality and instruments used to measure these properties.
This module provides a simple description of the mechanics of woven and knitted fabrics.
This module will review some typical faults that occur during finishing and outline the corrective procedures for each.
This module explores the functional tests used to determine whether the fabric meets the required performance standard, different types of performance standard fabrics, the functional properties of wool represented by the Woolmark Standard and the performance standards required for Woolmark sub-brands.
This module takes a look at the environmental impacts associated with wool fabric finishing operations and the steps the industry takes to address these issues.
Assessments: Available when all modules are complete