"Every time that I wanted to give up, if I saw an interesting textile, print or whatever, suddenly I would see a collection."    Anna Sui, fashion designer

As part of the Design & Technology world, Textiles allows students to explore the world of fibres, fabrics and fashion. It is a long journey from realising how many Textiles items are around us, making first steps in using a needle and thread, learning how to use a sewing machine in order to join and later to decorate fabrics, to designing and making their own garments and showing them on the catwalk.

In Year 7 students have one Textiles lesson every week for half of the academic year and study the following topics: Textiles equipment and its uses, the sewing machine, its parts and skills. By the end of Year 7 textiles course students are able to use basic sewing equipment including a sewing machine independently in order to join fabrics and produce a simple design on it.

In Year 8 students have one term in Textiles with 3 lessons a fortnight. Students learn how to use a sewing machine in order to decorate their work with applique and sewing machine enhancement, as well as learning how to use hand embroidery. Each student produces a fabric collage on a given theme, which are joined together and displayed around the school.

At the end of Year 8 students choose one area of D&T in which to specialise and if they are choosing to do Textiles they have 3 lessons a fortnight.





Year 9

Book cover project. Students further develop  practical skills acquired in Year 8 in order to design and make a fabric book cover for their textiles book 

Surface decoration techniques project. Students learn how to use advanced skills like patchwork, quilting, sashiko and free motion machine embroidery

Colour application techniques project. Students learning to use tie-dye, tri-tik, batik and block printing in order to decorate fabric, that they use in designing and making their pencil or vanity case. 

Outside the classroom

Students are encouraged to visit permanent and temporary exhibitions at Victoria and Albert Museum, Design Museum and Fashion and Textiles Museum

Students are also encouraged to apply to Summer School at London Met University and the London College of Fashion at the end of Year 12

Progression pathways and careers

Students who have completed A Level textiles have a range of courses and opportunities available to them. Possible university courses include: Fashion design courses, Art and Design foundation courses, Design courses, Fashion promotion course, Fashion studies, Fashion design and marketing, Fashion management, European Fashion, Costumes for stage and screen courses, Clothing engineering and management. There are also a range of apprenticeships for which students may apply, including at Angels Costumiers in West Hendon.

Possible careers: Fashion designer working freelance or for a fashion house, Fashion/Retail buyer, Textiles (fabric) Designer, Pattern cutter, Fibre technologist, Fabric technologist, Textiles colourist, Cutting room manager, Warehouse manager, Production manager, Fashion journalist, Costume designer and so on.       

A number of Hendon Students have gone on to study textiles and work in a range of different roles including having their own design companies and fashion houses.

Useful links




Mrs Alena Gavartin, Head of Design and Technology faculty  Gavartin@hendonschool.co.uk 

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