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Textiles Technology

Textiles Technology includes diverse topics covering textile design, textile designers, properties & usage of multiple textile types, historical & cultural textile influences, textile project development and completion, labelling requirements and textile use in areas including costume. Practical components [obviously not included here] are a dominant part of study, with understanding developing through practical application.

This page covers information on all the above areas. It includes portals, tutorials, activities, sites for specific resources, tips & tricks, historical information, communication skills, programs, designer knowledge and more.

Fabrics & Sewing

Fabrics

Properties, performance, uses, colouring, yarns & fibres.

  • Fabric Dyeing & Painting Techniques
    Multiple techniques on Pinterest. A second set of instructions is found here.
  • Fabric Identification
    Article, further links to related fabric areas, Fabric Facts [right menu], articles, projects, search engine.
  • Fabric Link
    Tips for care and use of different fabrics, free projects, more.
  • Fibre Reference Image Library
    Browse the collections, Glossary and FAQs, Resources, search, news, more.
  • Fibre World
    Information on areas from acrylics to spandex , other man-made fibres. In particular, check the FibreWorld Classroom.
  • History of Fabrics
    Annotated links for fabric information from denim to velcro.
  • Threads Studio
    ‘Mail order business, based in Australia. We specialise in unusual and interesting embroidery threads, textile art requirements’. Links could be useful.
  • Wool Industry
    ‘Everything you need to know about Australian Merino wool’. Sheep, harvesting, production systems, videos, news, more.

Sewing

Basic techniques, patterns, machine usage, tutorials, handouts. … .

  • Dress Making Secrets
    ‘Even though first published in 1961, this book has the best dressmaking and sewing pattern information’. 20 sections available online and also available in a PDF version, though this is fee-based.
  • Sewing
    Multiple sections and techniques are covered from sewing basics to sewing machines, free patterns to sewing various fabrics, techniques to costumes, more. About.com.
  • Sewing Secrets
    ‘Tutorials Archives. A Blog by Coats & Clark’.
  • Sewing Tips
    ‘Who you, a Sewing Guru ? After you read these 183 Sewing tips in 11 categories, you’ll be one’. Beginning to advanced.
  • SEW-lutions Guidelines
    Sewing.org. ‘They cover all aspects of sewing, from beginner level information to advanced sewing techniques. Educators and retailers have permission to reprint the articles to use as educational handouts. New Guidelines are added on a regular basis’.
  • Start Sewing
    ‘Formed to offer a unique reference point on sewing know how. Whether you want to create a perfect dress, make some curtains or simply mend the hole in that shirt, this site has it covered’. Includes short videos.

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Fashion

Fashion Designers

Australian

International

Fashion News

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Fashion Weeks

There are tens of Fashion Weeks around the world, many in places you might not consider. The following provides listings for many, plus direct links to some of the more important.

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Textile Uses

Costume

History, cultural areas, regional costume, … .

  • Costume History
    ‘Each period has a unique costume and dress associated with it. They range from the simplistic Roman era to the elaborate costume of the Elizabethan period to the frivolous time of the Roaring 20s. Each period has a unique story associated with the attire of the time. We have assembled a collection of resources about costumes throughout history’.
  • Costume History [The Costume Manifesto]
    Covers a wide range of periods of costume history done in eras. Links to other costume information.
  • Fashion Era
    ‘890 content rich, illustrated pages of Fashion History, Costume History, Clothing, Fashions and Social History’.
  • Folkwear
    ‘Folkwear patterns have been used by theatre and dance costumers, historic re-enactors, art-to-wear aficionados, anyone who enjoys dressing up’. Many periods and places.
  • Milieux : The Costume Site
    Listing, in directories, for Images, Ethnic & Theatrical, Museums for Costumes. Sections on History & Research, including such things as armour.
  • Reconstructing History
    Period and cultural costumes. Cultural section includes resources, information, links, bibliographies, more. Click on “Historic Patterns” for specifics.
  • R.L. Shep Publications
    ‘Books on authentic costume, fashions, uniforms from the Civil War, Edwardian, Federalist, Regency, Victorian, other eras. Authentic historic patterns and tailoring systems’.
  • The Costume Gallery
    ‘Tour nine main areas of The Costume Gallery. We host over 10 000 web pages, 45 images, two databases of fashion, costume’. Use one of two guides provided.
  • The History of Costume
    Braun & Schneider, c.1861-1880. ‘An excellent source for students who are studying the history of fashion and for costume designers. One must be aware these illustrations have a Victorian perspective to their designs. The last 35 pages consist of contemporary folk dress [c.1880] from most European, Asian, and African countries’.

Furnishing

Non-Apparel

Jewellery, textile arts, crafts, … .

  • Beginner Quilting on Pinterest
    116 pins covering this topic.
  • Craft Australia
    Newsletters, forums, articles, research, educational material, resources, more.
  • Quilting for Beginners
    About.com. ‘Quilting instructions for beginners includes in-depth tutorials that explain how to make a quilt, plus hundreds of free quilt patterns that are perfect for your first quilt’.
  • Sites for Textile Arts Enthusiasts
    Multiple sections. Each link is well annotated.
  • Tapestry
    ‘The Historic Textile Collection at Philadelphia University’.
  • The Arts and Crafts Movement
    Arts & Crafts Museum, UK. Opens to an overview. Online Exhibitions, designers, archive, audio and visual, more.
  • Textiles
    Slideshare. Slide displays with transcripts. Multiple options listed on the right. Starts with a teacher’s presentation on selection of the subject and what is involved.
  • World Wide Quilting
    Basic “How To’s”, a quilting library, other links, patterns & instructions.
  • Weaving
    Slideshare. Slide displays with transcripts. Multiple options listed on the right.

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Tools & Technology

Computing, Nanotechnology, …

Dictionaries & Glossaries

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Other Information

  • Apparel Search
    ‘An apparel industry directory providing members of the fashion industry with links to virtually every aspect of apparel, fashion, textiles and clothing’.
  • Culture Victoria - Australian Fashion & Textiles
    ‘Rich holdings of both wearable and decorative textile works that encompass the rare, the historical and the contemporary. A broad spectrum of craft traditions and practices including quilting, embroidery, weaving, patchwork, crochet, knitting, screen printing, ikat … engaging with the distinctive and innovative approaches adopted by Australian textile artists past and present’.
  • El Centro College Library Fashion Web Links
    Dallas, Texas. A listing of fashion sites in multiple directories. Well annotated and covers areas such as history, costume, fashion news & magazines, textiles, specialised sites, more.
  • Fashion Designers by Nationality
    33 nationalities/groups. Present designers plus those from the recent past. Links lead to separate pages. Wikipedia.
  • Fashion Designers & Visual Merchandising
    Fashion designers, visual merchandising, mannequins, latest news, newsletter, forum, calendar, more.
  • Fashion Guide
    Visual site to give you a knowledge base. Video listings.
  • Fashion : How To
    How to look your best. Makeovers, ways of always having something to wear. Related videos.
  • Fashion Net
    ‘The world’s number one hub for fashion since 1995’.
  • Fashion New Zealand
  • Fashion : Past & Present
    ‘Couture from the past and present’. Nearly 800 pins on this Pinterest page.
  • Fashion History
    Slideshare. ‘The history of fashion from 1900-2000’ in 60 slides. Links to other Slidshare projects on the same topic.
  • Maggie’s Free Tutorials
    Textile art tutorials.
  • Marina Cavalieri - Hand printed textiles
  • Modern Australian Fashion Textiles
    Australia.gov.au. ‘Australia’s unique fashions have relied upon textiles, the colour and the cloth, as much as garment type, styles and looks. A wide variety of Australian fashion textiles based on traditional Aboriginal body paintings have all contributed to modern Australian fashion’.

Sustainable & Ethical Fashion

  • Eco Fashion Guide
    ‘Your essential resource to sustainable designer brands and online eco fashion stores’. Several filter options.
  • ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative
  • Sustainable Fashion - Green Wiki
    Green fabrics and fibres, regenerated fabrics, refashion and reCycouture, links, more.
  • Sustainable Textiles
    HSC Online. ‘Learn about appropriate textile technology and environmental sustainability. Strategies have been adopted by the textile industry worldwide to reduce the impact of textile production on the environment. This tutorial focuses on the positive steps that can and are being taken to reduce the impact’.
  • What is Ethical Fashion ?
    ‘An approach to the design, sourcing and manufacture of clothing which maximises benefits to people and communities while minimising impact on the environment’. Overview, links.

Videos

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