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Hub 2: Textiles: Print, Dye & Stitch, Digital Embroidery & Woven/Constructed Textiles

Hub 2 is responsible for the production of textile outcomes across print, weave and multi-media specialisms and is a School-wide facility. Our emphasis is on striving for textile outcomes that are technically proficient, creative and innovative. Hub 2 is staffed by an award-winning, highly skilled team, who support research activities and collaborations with industry.

Print Room and Dye Lab

Print Room and Dye Lab

The print and dye hub is a creative environment with great facilities and a centre of technical excellence in the production of textiles. The workshops provide printing and dye facilities for a wide range of fabrics and yarns. The print room and dye lab are equipped to produce registered repeated lengths for interiors and fashion, and small tests to large scale samples and wallpapers.

Taught workshops are delivered by experienced staff so students acquire a high level of technical ability and are capable of using a wide range of textile processes. Students are taught to colour match, mix dye recipes for print pastes, dye a range of fabrics and yarn and apply surface qualities to fabric including Devore, flock and foil. Technical skills are developed and built upon, enabling students to become skilled at translating art work to successful fabric outcomes. 

Equipment & Facilities

Print Room

  • Print tables facilitiating a maximum run of 12m of printed fabric
  • Printing screens, including screens for fashion, furnishing, repeat printing, registration and wallpapers
  • UV exposure units and baking cabinet
  • Drying cabinets
  • Heat press
  • Wash-off booths with power jets
  • Spin dryer
  • Winch-dyeing lengths of fabric
  • Gas burners and Bunsen burners for dyeing fabrics and yarns 

Dye Lab

  • Our fully equipped dye lab with down-flow extraction is situated next to the print room. It offers a comprehensive dye stock for printing, dyeing and hand painting a wide range of fabrics, yarns and materials.
  • Dye class stocked includes: Disperse, Acid, Procion, Direct and Vat Discharge dyes. This allows our users to dye fabric, print imagery and engage in hand painting techniques that match individual colour palettes.

Technical expertise

Users of the print room benefit from a team of highly qualified, experienced and skilled staff. We offer tuition from staff with expertise in the following processes:

  • Translation of art work onto fabric outcomes involving a range of textile processes
  • Experience in colour mixing a range of print pastes including Procions, Acids, Vat discharge and pigments 
  • Printing skills - repeat printing and registration
  • Indepth knowledge of dyeing, colour matching and dye recipes for fabric and yarns
  • Heatpress techniques for flock, foil surface qualities and sublistatic printing
  • Devore dyeing and printing
  • Natural dyeing and indigo dyeing
  • Processing screens

Stitch Room

Our stitch room offers an outstanding selection of equipment in a creative environment for students and staff to sample and try out textile techniques and processes.

The stitch room is a facility covering many types of fabric cutting and stitching processes. From embroidery, fabric manipulation, 3D constructed items and knitted fabrics, to hand- and machine-generated outputs, hand crochet, machine stitches of various types, and the pressing and cutting of fabrics. 

The stitch room is open to all arts students, and can also be used to produce prototype garments and textiles products.


  • Bernina domestic sewing machines
  • Domestic overlocker
  • Domestic roll hemmer
  • Embellishing machines
  • Industrial lockstitch
  • Industrial overlocker
  • Binding machine
  • Domestic knitting machines  (fine standard and heavy gauge)
  • Steam press
  • Large cutting tables
  • Tailors dummies
  • Millinery steamer

Technical expertise

Users of the stitch room benefit not only from brilliant facilities, but also tuition from staff with impressive expertise in the following processes:

  • Fabric manipulation and textile decorative stitch processes
  • Garment construction
  • Pattern cutting, draping and toile making, for fashion and costume
  • Fabric product making
  • Soft furnishings
  • Basic upholstery
  • Hand knitting
  • Machine knitting
  • Crochet
  • Millinery
  • Theatre and TV experience in production and running wardrobe departments
  • Fashion industry experience (sample room production and design) 

Embroidery Room

Our digital embroidery room offers both industry-standard digitising software and multiple industrial and semi-industrial digital embroidery machines. Students are encouraged to innovate using different materials, techniques and processes.

Although the digital embroidery room is mainly used by our Textiles students on the Integrated Digital Pathway, there is scope for all students to explore the process, or simply to discuss ideas with technical staff.


  • Wilcom embroidery software–licenced PCs
  • Toyota 6-needle embroidery machine
  • Brother 6-needle embroidery machine
  • Brother 10-needle embroidery machine

Technical expertise

Users of the digital embroidery room benefit not only from brilliant facilities, but also tuition from technical staff with expertise in the following processes:

  • Digitising designs using Wilcom software
  • Stitch types, effects and manipulation
  • Fabric manipulation
  • Thread types and effects
  • Applique and cut-away techniques
  • Layering
  • Lace effects
  • Fringing
  • Blending
  • 3D effects
  • Repeats

Weave Workshop

We have a number of expert facilities for the production of woven textiles.

All arts students have access to our woven textiles facilities. The equipment in the workshop is impressive and includes:

Yarn preparation machines

This equipment is used to prepare yarn for the dyeing process or general yarn preparation:

  • Several manual hank winding machines
  • 4-head hank to cone winding machine
  • Warp winding machine

Warp preparation machines

The following equipment can be used to produce warps for hand looms:

  • vertical warping mills
  • warp spreaders, each of which enable the production of warps for hand looms

George Wood floor looms

Our floor looms are used for the production of small-scale samples of woven fabric.

  • 13 x 6 shaft mechanical George Wood floor looms.

Mechanical George Wood dobby looms

Our mechanical George Wood dobby looms allow for more complex designs and large scale samples or lengths of fabric:

  • 11 x 16 shaft mechanical George Wood dobby looms
  • 1 x 24 shaft mechanical George Wood dobby loom

Electronic dobby looms

Our electronic dobby looms are particularly suitable when large repeat lengths are being woven:

  • 6 x 24 shaft electronic dobby looms

Jacquard Looms

The School owns two outstanding electronic jacquard looms, which can be used to produce highly complex designs.

The Eltext Dataweave rapier loom is an electronic industrial loom, which can be used to rapidly produce intricate designs in the form of large samples or lengths of fabric. The process uses Scotweave design software.

Our Tronrud engineering TC1 jacquard is an electronic jacquard used for research purposes by staff and postgraduate students. It is a hand loom which can produce jacquard designs using a wide range of yarns.


  • Eltex Dataweave rapier loom with 1200 hook
  • Bonas electronic jacquard (using Scotweave design software)
  • Tronrud Engineering TC1 jacquard

Technical expertise

A talented team of staff with high levels of professional, subject-specific skills and experience in the area of craft and design. They are practitioners in their own right with enthusiasm and passion for their disciplines.

Health and Safety

Please note that access to all our hubs is subject to students completing any prequisite induction sessions, and to staff being available to supervise students where appropriate.