Textile makers

 9 February 2011

Textile makers create objects ranging from fashion items to decorative items from textiles. They use a number of different methods in their work. Textile making may involve using a sewing machine or painting and dying textiles. They may also use textiles to create fine art objects or installations.

Emma Shipley, print maker.
Emma Shipley, print maker.

They use textiles including cotton, silk, linen and wool as well as man-made and synthetic textiles in their work. Textile makers can use a number of different techniques to add a unique quality to their work:

  • They may make  fabric from yarn, by weaving, knitting or felting
  • Textile makers sometimes use dyes and stains to colour the textiles
  • A worker may knit to produce a range of shapes and effects
  • Silk painters use textiles to produce decorated or painted items such as scarves, cushions or panels.

Textile makers are usually involved in the entire process of creating an object. They will take a project from the design stage, through cutting and sewing, to finishing the product. They often work independently or as part of a craft studio or cooperative. Work is usually sold through specialist craft and textiles shops, or at craft fairs.

For more information about careers in fashion and textiles, visit Creative Skillset.

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