Ch 3: Textile Techniques

About This Chapter

This chapter looks at various techniques involved in working with textiles. Through a series of easy-to-follow lessons, you'll familiarize yourself with a variety of processes involved with textiles, including dyeing, weaving, painting and printing.

Textile Techniques - Chapter Summary

This chapter delves into several techniques you could use when working with textiles. In addition to reviewing the processes, methods and forms of textile work, you'll also explore the history of textile design and central artists within the textile medium. The practice quizzes accompanying these lessons allow you to monitor your understanding as you go along, with a practice final exam at the end of the chapter providing a more thorough evaluation of your understanding. After completing this chapter, you'll know more about:

  • Who some famous 3D textile artists were
  • The processes of dyeing and weaving textiles
  • Methods of block printing on textiles
  • Approaches to painting and printing textiles
  • Equipment used for textile and digital textile printing
  • How appliqué is used in textile work

36 Lessons in Chapter 3: Textile Techniques
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Textile Design: Definition & History

1. Textile Design: Definition & History

Have you ever looked closely at a fabric and marveled at its colorful designs? Who decides how textiles are made and decorated? In this lesson, you'll learn about textile design and delve into its history.

Textile Design: Techniques & Process

2. Textile Design: Techniques & Process

Have you ever wanted to design your own fabric? How do artists create colorful textiles? In this lesson, we'll explore the techniques and processes involved in textile design.

3D Textile Art & Artists

3. 3D Textile Art & Artists

Giant towers of cascading red thread. Rope art that stretches across rooms. Textile art isn't just about embroidery and weavings. In this lesson, we'll look at 3D textile art and artists.

Textile Art: History & Artists

4. Textile Art: History & Artists

You don't have to use paint and pencil to make art. Some artists work with wool, silk, and other textile materials. In this lesson we'll explore textile art history and learn about some of the artists who focused their creative work on textiles.

What is Dyeing in Textiles?

5. What is Dyeing in Textiles?

When you wear your favorite colorful shirt or scarf, ever wonder how it got its color? Most likely it was dyed! In this lesson, learn how textiles are dyed and explore basic types of dyes and processes.

What is Weaving in Textiles?

6. What is Weaving in Textiles?

Textiles are some of the most important products created by societies around the world and across time. In this lesson, we'll explore how textiles are woven and learn about some basic types of weaves.

What is Block Printing in Textiles?

7. What is Block Printing in Textiles?

Textile designs can get pretty complicated, and many require specific techniques to complete. In this lesson, we'll examine the process of block printing and see how it's used in textile design.

What is Applique in Textiles?

8. What is Applique in Textiles?

There are many ways to design textiles. In this lesson, we will explore the technique of appliqué and see how this can be used to visually enhance many kinds of textiles.

Textile Painting Techniques

9. Textile Painting Techniques

Have you ever wanted to create colorful, unique clothing or wall decorations? Did you know there are many ways to paint on cloth? In this lesson we will explore some textile painting techniques.

Textile Printing: History & Techniques

10. Textile Printing: History & Techniques

Textile prints have been around for centuries. Learn about the history of printed textiles and the traditional techniques for creating beautifully decorated fabrics in this lesson.

Textile Printing: Methods & Equipment

11. Textile Printing: Methods & Equipment

Paisleys and polka dots, flowers and stripes! Have you ever wondered how those fabulous, colorful images end up on fabric? In this lesson, explore some of the methods and tools used in textile printing.

Digital Textile Printing: Machine & Process

12. Digital Textile Printing: Machine & Process

What's one of the newest methods of putting colorful designs on textiles? Here's a hint: it uses inkjet technology. In this lesson, you'll learn about digital textile printing.

Fabric Manipulation Techniques

13. Fabric Manipulation Techniques

A stunning white quilt with bold raised images. A tightly pleated skirt. What do these things have in common? They involve methods of fabric manipulation. In this lesson, explore some common fabric manipulation techniques.

Fabric Dyeing Techniques

14. Fabric Dyeing Techniques

Humans have been dyeing fabrics since the beginning of time using natural and synthetic dyes. In this lesson, we will learn about three tried-and-true fabric dyeing techniques that deliver professional results.

Fabric Painting Techniques

15. Fabric Painting Techniques

Have you ever wanted to decorate a T-shirt or add colorful designs to a pair of jeans? Did you know there are many ways to paint on fabric? In this lesson, explore the basics of fabric painting techniques.

Fabric Printing Techniques

16. Fabric Printing Techniques

Have you ever wanted to print personalized designs on a shirt or flag? How does fabric get its colorful designs? In this lesson, learn the basics about several fabric printing techniques.

Rug Weaving Techniques

17. Rug Weaving Techniques

Rug weaving is both art and craft, requiring great attention to detail from the weaver. In this lesson, we will discuss rug weaving techniques such as slitweave, dovetailing, and soumak, which are commonly used in the making of flatweave rugs.

Weaving: History & Types

18. Weaving: History & Types

Do you have a favorite shirt or a pair of denim jeans? Ever wonder how it was made? Chances are, it was created from woven fabric. In this lesson, we'll explore the history and different types of weaving.

Weaving: Techniques & Supplies

19. Weaving: Techniques & Supplies

Every weaver needs to have the proper tools to complete a project. In this lesson, we'll review the basic tools used in weaving and explore some of the main weaving techniques.

Loom Weaving: Techniques, Patterns & Supplies

20. Loom Weaving: Techniques, Patterns & Supplies

Have you ever worn a warm wool sweater or wrapped yourself in a colorful afghan? Both of these textiles are woven. In this lesson, explore the process of weaving as well as some of its tools and techniques.

Fabric Finishes: Definition & Types

21. Fabric Finishes: Definition & Types

There is a lot that goes into creating a good, reliable, and useful textile. In this lesson, we'll look at the final stages of textile production: how a fabric is finished.

Fabric Finishing & Treatments: Process & Methods

22. Fabric Finishing & Treatments: Process & Methods

Why are some fabrics extra soft and shiny, while others keep you dry in a rain shower? It's because the fabric has been taken through a finishing process. In this lesson, learn about treatments and methods used in fabric finishing.

Textile Preservation: Techniques & Supplies

23. Textile Preservation: Techniques & Supplies

Textile art is becoming more widely appreciated, but that means that more people are having to learn about textile care. In this lesson, we'll explore the main forms of textile preservation, and consider the benefits and risks of each.

Decorative Techniques Used in Textiles

24. Decorative Techniques Used in Textiles

Have you ever worn a shirt with colorful designs sewn or printed on it? How were those designs put on the fabric? In this lesson, explore some decorative techniques used on textiles.

Laser Cutting in the Textiles Industry

25. Laser Cutting in the Textiles Industry

We all wear many pieces of clothing. But how do you cut intricate designs in fabric? What kind of equipment is used? In this lesson, explore laser cutting in the textile industry.

Formaldehyde in Textiles: Use, Limits & Testing

26. Formaldehyde in Textiles: Use, Limits & Testing

Do you wear wrinkle-free clothing? Did you know it contains formaldehyde? In this lesson, learn why formaldehyde is used in textiles and explore reasons for limits on it and testing safeguards.

What is Spinning in Textiles? - Definition & Process

27. What is Spinning in Textiles? - Definition & Process

Have you ever looked closely at a spool of cotton thread or the yarn in a wool sweater? Do you know how that yarn is made? In this lesson, learn about the spinning process and how it's used in making textiles.

What Does Embroidery Mean in Textiles?

28. What Does Embroidery Mean in Textiles?

Have you ever wanted to decorate a shirt or your favorite pair of jeans? Ever considered a type of sewing called embroidery? In this lesson, learn about embroidery and how it's used on textiles.

Constructed Textiles Techniques

29. Constructed Textiles Techniques

Have you ever looked closely at the textiles around you, like the carpet you walk on or the cushion on your armchair? How were they made? In this lesson, learn about different techniques for making constructed textiles.

Constructed Textiles: Definition & History

30. Constructed Textiles: Definition & History

We wear clothing every day. But have you ever really looked at your favorite sweater and wondered how was it made? In this lesson, we will explore some types and history of constructed textiles.

What is Textile Finishing?

31. What is Textile Finishing?

Have you ever thought about why your favorite fleece jacket feels soft, or why a pair of pants repels water? Those qualities were created by a process called textile finishing. In this lesson we will learn what textile finishing is and how it's done.

Types of Finishing in Textiles

32. Types of Finishing in Textiles

Have you ever bought a shirt because it was especially soft or wanted a jacket that was insect repellent? These qualities are good examples of textile finishing. In this lesson, learn about different types of finishing used in the textiles industry.

Types of Repeats in Textile Designing

33. Types of Repeats in Textile Designing

Have you ever tried to make an item of clothing or a pillow cover? Did you have to pay attention to the pattern on different fabric segments? When that pattern starts again, it's called a repeat. In this lesson, explore five kinds of repeat patterns used in textile designing.

Geometry in Textile Design

34. Geometry in Textile Design

Do you love clothing with colorful patterns? Have you ever thought how those patterns are created? In this lesson, explore how geometry is used in textile design.

What Are Fastenings in Textiles?

35. What Are Fastenings in Textiles?

There's a lot that goes into textile design. In this lesson, we are going to explore fastenings and see how different kinds can completely change the function and appearance of a finished textile product.

The Textile Knitting Process

36. The Textile Knitting Process

Do you have a favorite warm sweater or pair of fuzzy socks? Do you know how those items were made? In this lesson, learn about the process by which textiles are knitted.

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