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CAD for Domestic Machine Knitting

an image of punch cards used in domestic machine knitting
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Part-time (day)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 23 August 2021
  • Course duration: Monday - Thursday 10 am - 4 pm, four days

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This course will develop your approach to creating knitwear designs, focusing on the skills required to make your own patterns and punch cards using computer-aided design (CAD) software.

After first gathering visual imagery you’ll then move on to drawing, collaging and developing your designs, using the Shima Seiki Apex 3 CAD system, before translating them into digital CAD files.

You’ll then see your ideas come to life on the knitting machine.


Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you’ll have the skills to make exciting knit samples and be well on your way to developing your individual style.

You’ll have learnt how to design patterns for punch cards and applied the pattern on the knit machines successfully.

You’ll also know how to develop your ideas using CAD, and leave with visuals, samples and exciting swatches that you can develop into further projects after the course.

Tutor profile:  Dr Jane Taylor has been teaching knitwear design for 17 years, initially at UWE in Bristol and more recently at NTU.

She moved up to Nottingham in 2010 to embark on an MA course at NTU, impressed by the universities’ extensive knitwear resource - and never left, going on to do a PhD.

Jane has developed her knitting skills to be able to programme and run computerised, industrial machinery; however, she relishes the opportunity to get back to working with her hands-on domestic machines.

Need accommodation?

You can book a self-catered, single room with private bathroom on our city campus, right next door to our studios and classrooms: www.ntu.ac.uk/summeraccommodation

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course you will:

  • learn how to digitise your designs using CAD
  • design and make a series of punch cards
  • use the latest digital knitwear technology
  • visualise a variety of colourways
  • experiment with pattern repeats
  • be introduced to techniques through group demonstrations and benefit from one-to-one tutorials to aid your development
  • learn about different pattern repeats, styles and layouts
  • create virtual simulations of patterns for knitwear
  • research current trends in knit design
  • experiment with colour and texture on the knitting machines
  • receive personal attention to ensure your skills are developing
  • access our stores so that you can work with yarns that might be new to you.

You’ll also have the chance to experiment with commercial punch cards.

Entry requirements

Level: Intermediate

Entry requirements: You should have experience with machine knitting and used a commercial punch card before.

Whilst no software experience is required, you should be confident in saving files and basic computer functions.

Level: Intermediate

Entry requirements: You should have experience with machine knitting and used a commercial punch card before.

Whilst no software experience is required, you should be confident in saving files and basic computer functions.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £520

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £520

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418