Design

Four Common Shibori Techniques Explained

The world of textile design encompasses a variety of skills and techniques which fall into two main categories. The first describes the actual construction of a fabric out of individual fiber and threads. In other words, interlacing yarn through weaving or knitting, or interlocking just fibers through a process such as felting. Secondly, textile design also refers to designing or embellishing onto the surface of a fabric. Often referred to as surface design, this includes such techniques as printing...

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Jacobean

Jacobean Design, A Brief History from Crewel to Prints

The Jacobean Age takes its name from Jacobus, the Latin form of King James I of England. This style of 17th century decor is best known for intricate carvings, heavy oak furniture, detailed tapestries and especially crewel embroideries with flowing designs. The type of patterning associated with Jacobean Design have their roots in two places. First, the English imported Flemish tapestries in great number during the 17th century. At the same time, Indian palampores were also a very popular...

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Ikat: Definition, History & Design

Ikat fabrics are beautiful, intriguing and always in style. While other types of patterning come in and out of fashion, there is something about ikat that manages to always stay relevant. It's nothing new. This has been the case around the world and throughout history.What exactly is ikat?Ikat (pronounced: E–cot) is a method for coloring fabric in patterns by resist dyeing. The pattern is not applied to the surface of a finished fabric, nor is it woven into...

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Create a Texture Library & Enhance Your Print Designs

As a textile designer, one of the best tools in my designer toolbox is my texture library. Designing patterns digitally, I sometimes felt the patterns looked a little flat. To breathe life into a pattern, I add texture to a design instead of a flat color. This technique optimizes a pattern by adding depth and dimension. Where it previously felt flat or sterile, the pattern now has the illusion of a woven fabric, regardless of the material on which...

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Giving Yourself Time for Creativity

If you're not careful, work-from-home life can easily turn into work-all-the-time life. Spending more time at home, have you found yourself working more? At Design Pool, we're definitely guilty of it. That's why we've been so inspired lately by friends giving themselves the time for creativity.We're particularly loving those with a daily creative practice. For many artists, that practice informs their work and brings balance to their lives. It's easy to feel like creative time is indulgent or...

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Using the Design Pool Library, Tips for Interior Designers

Interior designers have more flexibility than ever now to customize projects. Yet, many don't realize just how easy (not to mention affordable) it is thanks to advances in print-on-demand technology. What used to be reserved for big projects and big budgets is now accessible to anyone and for any project. There is one problem though. With so many options, where do you even start? How does an interior designer license a pattern? How do you license a design? Who...

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A Closer Look at Natural Fibers & Materials

Picking the right material to use for digital printing is an important one. If you're working with print-on-demand companies or thinking about customizing materials for your next project, you know there are a lot of options out there. That's the fun of customizing! Still, it's a lot to take in if you're new to materials and not comfortable with the lingo yet. What type of material do you want to print on? Can you print on natural fibers? If...

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Community Masks Project

Community Masks Project Sews with a Mission

When recommendations were released advising everyone to wear a cloth face mask, we, like so many others, pulled out our sewing machines, reached into our stash, and started sewing. We sewed masks for our families, neighbors, and friends. With the news feeling overwhelming, it felt good to use our skills (not to mention all the fabric we've hoarded for years) to do something that felt useful. Something that protected people in this time of national crisis. It also became...

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Airstream Reproduction; Recreating a 1950’s Fabric

Occasionally at Design Pool I receive a request to replicate an antique textile and I rarely say no. In fact, I love these projects so much I usually find it hard to control my excitement. Recreating an antique textile is more than just knocking something off, it is an intense design challenge that involves research into traditional techniques and manufacturing processes. The latest request I received was for an Airstream reproduction.Airstream was in the process of recreating a 1950’s...

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Chevron: Definition and Design

A chevron, according to textile historian Susan Meller, "are offspring of the herringbone weave, in which columns of short diagonal stripes meeting in a line of Vs not unlike the skeletons of a fish. Some herringbone prints imitate a woven herringbone, complete with uneven lines that imply the roughness of woolly threads; others loudly declare their independence of their ancestor – for example, by setting the diagonals out of kilter, breaking up the V." These variations create something new and...

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