Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After successfully completing this course, students should be able to understand the properties of different yarn materials and basic weave structures as well as some of their derivates, and find her or his own way of expression. In addition, the student should be able to understand the principals of designing woven fabrics on shaft looms as well as the basic shaft loom functions and be familiar with computer aided design (Weave point -programme).

Credits: 4

Schedule: 19.11.2021 - 13.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Maarit Salolainen, Tiina Paavilainen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students make a collection of woven samples based on a task involving storytelling and individual artistic expression. Students learn about the  basics in woven structures, textile materials and the techniques, processes and practices of weaving. Responsible consumbtion an production is discussed in the context of woven textile. The following structures are taught in the course lectures: Plain weave, twill, satin as well as their derivates, double weave and compound structures.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assignments, Self-reliant work in the Studio, Working in a team

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    110 h = 4ETCS

    35 h Lectures, tutoring, discussions

    60 h independent work

    3 h Critics

    12 h Own reflection


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:


    Maarit Salolainen 2020, Interwoven: Exploring Materials and Structures ISBN 978-952-60-8828-0, ISBN 978-952-60-8829-7 (pdf), ISBN 978-952-60-8830-3 (ePub)

    Jan Shenton 2014, Woven fabric, Laurence King Publishing Ltd ISBN 978-1-78067-337-0

    Sharon Alderman, Mastering Weave Structures ISBN 978-1-59668-137-8

    Elsa Silpala: Sidoksia kankaisiin

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Attendance policy 80% required on lectures, critics and tutoring sessions.

    The course is suitable for students with different backgrounds and experience in woven fabrics. Beginners are welcome as well as students with advanced knowledge in woven structures and the weaving practice. The course can be taken as part of the Experimental Textile Design course.


    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

    In WebOodi

    Minimum number of students :6

    Maximum number of students: 11