Intensive Textile Courses in 2019 en 2020

TRC Intensive Textile Course, 12-16 April 2017.

TRC Intensive Textile Course, 12-16 April 2017.

In 2019 and 2020, the TRC will be running again its successful five-day intensive courses on textiles. They are being taught in English by Dr Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, textile and dress historian and director of the TRC. The courses are a mixture of theoretical and practical elements, with an emphasis on trying out the various techniques of textile production (spinning, dyeing, weaving), on holding and examining fibres, textiles and finished items, all in order to learn and understand what is happening and why various combinations take place. The aim is to make textiles less ‘frightening’ and allow people to look at a textile, from virtually any historical period or culture, and be able to understand it. The courses are an absolute 'must' for anyone dealing with archaeological, historical and modern textiles, for designers and fashion students, as well as anyone who is seriously interested in all aspects of textile history and production, and simply wants to know and practise more. 

Over the years, the courses have attracted participants from renowned institutes such as the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Museum in London, the Centre for Textile Research in Copenhagen, the Netherlands Forensic Institute, as well as commercial groups (Kwantum), but also enthusiasts without an institutional backing from the Netherlands and abroad, who are often just as curious and stimulating as the professionals. A personal report, written by dr. Dana Sonnenschein, who attended the course in September 2016, can be consulted by clicking here. A recent impression, written by a participant from the Museum of Fine Art in Belgrade, Serbia (November 2018), can be read here.

In 2019, the courses will be run from 25-29 March, 13-17 May, 21-25 October, and 18-22 November. In 2020, the dates will be 16-20 March, 20-24 April, 21-25 September, and 19-23 October.

Fees for the full course, including the use of materials, are € 700 (€ 750 in 2020). Those who want to attend the course, please contact the TRC

Course content:

Day 1: Fibre identification

Theory: Introduction to the different types of textile fibres (plant, animal, fur, mineral, artificial, and synthetic).

Practical: Basic fibre identification using senses, burning, staining and microscopic techniques.

Day 2: Spinning and yarns

Theory: Preparation and spinning of main types of natural fibres; the basic spinning techniques: hand spinning; wheel (spindle, spinning); machine spinning.

Practical: Hand spinning and wheel spinning; identification of the main types of spun yarns.

Day 2 (late afternoon): Dyes and dyeing:

Theory: Introduction to the main types of plant, animal, mineral, synthetic dyes and dyeing techniques.

Day 3: Weaves and weaving

Theory: Introduction tothe main types of hand and machine looms (flat, vertical, backstraptreddle, warp-weighted, draw, jacquard, etc; introduction to the main types of weaves and finishes).

Practical: Identification of the main types of weaves; drawing a simple weave graph; working with different types of simple looms to reconstruct the weaves just looked at.

Day 4 (morning): Weaves and weaving (cont.)

Day 4 (afternoon): Non-woven materials

Theory: Introduction to the main forms of non-woven materials: leather,felt, knitted, crochet, braids, laces, etc.

Practical: Identification of the basic non-woven forms; basic felt making.

Day 5: Decorative techniques

Theory: Introduction to the main forms of decorative techniques:(a) printed (batik, block, plate, roller, screen; computer); (b) applied (appliqué; embroidery; braids, bands and tassels; sequins, spangles, beads; etc).

Practical: Identification of the basic forms of decoration.


  • Dates in 2019: 25-29 March, 13-17 May; 21-25 October; 18-22 November.
  • Dates in 2020: 16-20 March, 20-24 April, 21-25 September, 19-23 October
  • Time: 09.00 - 16.30, incl. lunch and coffee breaks.
  • Max. number of participants: 8
  • Min.number of participants: 5
  • Course language: English
  • Costs: € 700 (half of which to be transferred in advance). Costs will be € 750 in 2020.
  • Provided: Equipment, samples, handouts, tea and coffee
  • Not provided: lunches
  • Location: TRC, Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Registration: please send an email to the TRC:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We will contact you with further details.
  • For further information: Textile Research Centre, Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden, The Netherlands. Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 / +31 (0)6 28830428;   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Hogewoerd 164, 2311 HW Leiden. Tel. +31 (0)71 5134144 / +31 (0)6 28830428

Opening times: Monday to Thursday: 10.00-16.00 hrs, other days by appointment. Holidays: until 11 August

Bank account number: NL39 INGB 0002 9823 59, Stichting Textile Research Centre

Entrance is free, but donations are always welcome !

TRC Gallery exhibition: 5 Sept. -19 Dec. 2019: Socks&Stockings

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The TRC is dependent on project support and individual donations. All of our work is being carried out by volunteers. To support the TRC activities, we therefore welcome your financial assistance: donations can be transferred to bank account number NL39 INGB 000 298 2359, in the name of the Stichting Textile Research Centre.
Since the TRC is officially recognised as a non-profit making cultural institution (ANBI), donations are tax deductible for 125% for individuals, and 150% for commercial companies. For more information, click here
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