Textile Design Principles, Advances and Applications

  • No. of pages: 408
  • Language: English
  • Published: April 15, 2011
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081017203


Textile design is a complex field of practice which operates in a competitive, global industry. Designers need to take into account not only the design but also the manufacture, technological development and application of the final product. Textile design provides a broad overview of the fundamentals of and advances in textile design, as well as practical case studies of relevant industries. Part one covers the principles of fabric construction as applied to textile design, with chapters on fundamental principles, woven and knitted textile design.

Part two discusses surface approaches to textile design, with chapters on such topics as surface design of textiles, printed and embroidered textile design, dyeing and finishing and the use of colour in textile design. Finally, part three focuses on the applications and advances in textile design, including chapters covering colour trend forecasting, sustainable textile design, fashion, interior and 2D to 3D design considerations and new developments in technical and future textiles.

With its distinguished editors and international team of contributors, Textile design is an essential reference for design professionals in the textile and fashion industries, as well as those who specialise in interior textiles and academics with a research interest in the area.

Key Features

  • A broad overview of textile design covering fundamental topics such as principles of fibres and fabrics, knitted fabric design, through to the dyeing, finishing and printing aspects of textile design
  • Explores the design aspects of technical textiles and future textiles
  • An invaluable source of information on textile design and suitable for design professionals in the textile and fashion industries, as well as those in academia


Design professionals in the textile and fashion industries as well as interior design; Academics with a research interest in the area.

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Principles: fabric construction approaches to textile design

    Chapter 1: Fibres, yarns and fabrics: fundamental principles for the textile designer


    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 Basic principles of fibres, yarns and fabrics

    1.3 Main types of fibres, yarns and fabrics, and their production methods

    1.4 Main properties and characteristics of fibres, yarns and fabrics

    1.5 Future trends

    1.6 Conclusion

    Chapter 2: Woven textile design


    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Weave processes

    2.3 Overview of end uses

    2.4 Key issues affecting the designer

    2.5 Synopsis of different weave processes

    2.6 Computer technologies

    2.7 Practical design applications

    2.8 Future trends

    2.9 Conclusion

    Chapter 3: Knitted textile design


    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 Context for knitted fabric design

    3.3 The principles of weft knitted textiles

    3.4 Practical design applications of knitted textiles

    3.5 Future trends

    3.6 Sources of further information and advice

    3.7 Acknowledgements

    Part II: Principles: surface approaches to textile design

    Chapter 4: Surface design of textiles


    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 What is surface design?

    4.3 Applications of surface design

    4.4 Future trends

    Chapter 5: Printed textile design


    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Basic history and principles of applying colour to cloth: methods and types of textile printing

    5.3 The relationship between textile printing and design

    5.4 Contemporary principles and applications of printed textile design

    5.5 Future trends

    Chapter 6: Embroidered textile design


    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Commercial production methods for embroidered textiles

    6.3 Digitising embroidery designs

    6.4 Pattern control in embroidered textile designs

    6.4 Applications of commercial embroidery production

    6.6 Location of embroidery production

    6.7 The embroidered textile design process

    6.8 Future trends

    6.9 Sources of further information and advice

    Chapter 7: Designing through dyeing and finishing


    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Designing through dyeing

    7.3 Designing through dyeing techniques

    7.4 Designing through garment dyeing

    7.5 Designing through finishing

    7.6 Future trends

    Chapter 8: The use of colour in textile design


    8.1 Introduction

    8.2 The perception of colour

    8.3 Palette development

    8.4 Design

    8.5 Culture

    8.6 Trend and product

    8.7 Communicating colour

    8.8 Environmental and commercial issues

    8.9 Future trends

    8.10 Sources of further information and advice

    Part III: Applications and advances

    Chapter 9: Colour trend forecasting and its influence on the fashion and textile industry


    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Principles of colour forecasting in the fashion and textile industry

    9.3 Applications of colour and trend forecasting in the fashion and textile industry

    9.4 Future trends

    9.5 Sources of further information and advice

    Chapter 10: Sustainable textile design


    10.1 Introduction: key issues affecting textile and fashion design

    10.2 Strategies for fashion and textile design

    10.3 Strategies for textile and fashion designers: recycling and reuse – beginning to close the loop

    10.4 The designer empowered

    Chapter 11: Fashion design: the dynamics of textiles in advancing cultural memes


    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 Key issues: the relationships between fashion houses and textile merchants

    11.3 Suitability of different textiles for fashion design

    11.4 The ‘apparel-body construct’ (ABC) theory of fashion design

    11.5 Applications of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/ computer-aided manufacturing) in fashion design

    11.6 Future trends

    Chapter 12: Interior textile design


    12.1 Introduction

    12.2 Overview

    12.3 The key issues and considerations of the design of interior textiles

    12.4 New trends and fashions

    12.5 Case studies

    Chapter 13: The interaction of two and three dimensional design in textiles and fashion


    13.1 Introduction

    13.2 Triangulation: the body, textile and garment form

    13.3 Silhouette

    13.4 Spatial garment forms: sculptural, architectural and hybrid

    13.5 Different approaches to textile/garment integration

    13.6 The garment as canvas

    13.7 Sustainable design approaches

    13.8 Future trends

    Chapter 14: The design of technical textiles


    14.1 Introduction

    14.2 Sectors using technical textiles

    14.3 Recent innovations and directions in technical textiles

    14.4 Innovation and commercialization issues in technical textiles

    14.5 Technical textiles in education

    14.6 Future trends

    14.7 Sources of further information and advice

    Chapter 15: Designing future textiles: new developments in textile structures and surface treatments


    15.1 Introduction

    15.2 Design of future fibers and yarns

    15.3 Design of future fabric structures

    15.4 Design of future fabric surface

    15.5 Conclusion

    15.6 Sources of further information and advice