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Textiles Workshop

The Textiles workshop provides a practical space for experimentation with a range of textile and surface pattern processes.

Various dyeing processes are catered for, including reactive, Procion and natural dyes. Blenders and hotplates are provided for dye mixing. Wax batik equipment is housed here, along with felt and papermaking equipment. A bullet steamer and large star steamer allow fixing of pigments and heat treatment of materials, with washing facilities to finish.

We have a powered tufting gun, with a range of frames - large and small, for the production of rugs and other creative applications. The technical support team, includes a textiles specialist, and offers practical inductions for this and other processes, as well as links to other technical resources available in the building, such as Digital Print.

Also available beyond the Textiles workshop are facilities for sewing, machine and hand embroidery, traditional screen and block printing, digital fabric printing and embroidery, plus laser cutting and vinyl print & cut.

Detailed Information

Kit List

  • Star steamer; Bullet steamer; Hofmann tufting Gun; Tufting frames; Top loading washing machine; Hot Plates; Looms; Liquidisers; Heat press; Irons; Mold and Deckles; Batik equipment; Dyeing equipment


Due to the innate technical nature of the equipment and processes contained within this facility, there is a prerequisite for students to attend a technical induction and then following that they must complete further course based technical instruction workshops prior to permission being granted for their independent use of the resources contained within this facility.

Technical support is available 9.00am to 4.00pm. Where possible technical staff will work flexibly during the working day to accommodate specific support requirements which do not fit into the specific time detailed above.

Please note that this facility is used for scheduled teaching activities. The space may not be available for open access during these sessions.

Use of the studios by others is by special arrangement.


Tufting yarn and backing fabric charged at cost. Other materials provided free for Textiles students.


The Textiles Workshop can be found in 047 of the Victoria Building

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