Textile design is an art and science of creating textiles for use in cloth and carpet making, furniture and upholstery, drapes and rugs. It is an essential and integral part of our daily lives. Textile design can be used for restoring furniture that has either been damaged or has worn out with time. Textile production is a step by step process that is used to turn the raw materials into a finished product.
Once the textile fibre has been brought into a textile factory, it undergoes spinning to produce yarns that are to be used for fabric production. Spinning is essential because when the fibre is brought in, it is usually of substantial length and its fibrous and in this form, it cannot be used to make fabrics.
The second stage is called weaving where the yarn produced through spinning is used to make fabrics through interlacing weft and warp threads. This can be done through shuttle weaving, rappeir weaving, projectile weaving, water jet weaving or air jet weaving.
Once the fabric is ready it is dyed. The dyeing process starts when the dye molecules are attached to the fabric surface. It is then diffused into the fabric's intermolecular spaces before it undergoes fixation into the long chain molecules of the fabric. Dyeing is governed by several factors including the dyeing liquor, the fabric and the dye to be used and is done to produce different shades.
This includes colour application in different definitive patterns. Printing involves use of multiple colours whereas dyeing uses a single colour for the whole fabric.
This is done to produce different textures for different clothes and may involve sueding which is a process of creating a fibrous surface in a fabric. The fabric is now ready for use in garments or for restoring furniture.
Textile designs have a variety of uses including but not limited to making different types of rugs and carpets, used by fashion designers to make different designs of clothes, to make different types of drapes or curtains or for use in furniture making. The use of textile designs in furniture making and restoring furniture brings out the different tastes and preferences of different people. Some like patterned fabrics for their sofa sets while others prefer it in a mono colour. Examples of furniture where fabrics can be used include the dining table chairs, beds, on ironing boards, pool tables, sofa sets, lounge chairs and many more. If your furniture wears out, it is easy to replace the fabrics and get a new look or if you desire to get a new colour theme for your house or office,restoring furniture to match the colour theme by replacing the fabric covers is what you need to do.
Quality of life comes from making the best use of the different options that are available. Textile design offers a wide range of opportunities to use to make life livelier. Be wise and make the best out of it.