Textile Week


Fabric selection is the most favorite part of a designer’s job and the most difficult. Textiles are a complex discipline with staggering choices. I love talking textiles and frankly it’s a much-needed conversation. With the resurgence of the soft side of design, we are selling and specifying more fabrics than ever before- and in a lot of cases doing it poorly. The key to being successful in this arena is building a textile skill set.

SO…I am excited to announce my inaugural Textile Week, a comprehensive, online instructional package neatly wrapped up for you. We’ll be bringing you a broad range of curated, textile-focused learning opportunities from a variety of expert voices. All of them are online-live or on demand- and most CEU accredited *. 


A full week of webinars to talk about textiles for interiors- exploring trends, fibers, weaves, techniques and fabrications. Hosted by Deb Barrett, Textile Week is about promoting textile education and celebrating the conversation.  Whether you are a fabri-a-holic or not, discover the power of textiles.  We have a jam-packed program featuring different learning formats so you can customize your level of activity. 

learning-2Course Module: Online presentations 1 to 1-1/2 hours in length that focus on practical textile lessons learned from the best.  


learningMaster Class: Double length  3 hour) modules that immerses you in content. Walk away with new skill sets and strategies to use in your business through our expert led immersions. 


Virtual Field Trips: On demand videos shorts that focus on  behind- the- scenes tours and video-player-1presentations with practical applications available on our Textile Addict TV channel. 


ebook-3 Instant Expert Guides:  Digital downloads that offer quick summaries and best practices of additional textile topics inspiring you to dive deeper.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Textile Crash Course for Design Pros Part 1: Fibers, Yarns, Weaves and Finishes

Expert: Deb Barrett

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Textile Crash Course for Design Pros Part 2: Dyes, Printing, Applied Design and Testing and Performance

Expert: Deb Barrett

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Modern Embellishments: The History and Revival of Trimmings

Guest Expert: Jana Phipps

Pattern Play: Lessons in Scheming the Perfect Mix

Expert: Deb Barrett

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Textile Tech Support

Expert: Deb Barrett

Future Fabrics

Guest Expert: Susan Schultz

Friday, April 7, 2017

How to Design Your Own Fabrics

Guest Expert: Susan Schultz

*Registration for all webinars closes at midnight Sunday, April 2, 2017.  To earn IDCEC CEU credit you must atten the webinar live. 


learning-2Future Fabrics

Thursday, April 6, 2017   2 PM EDT/ 1 PM CDT/ 11 AM PDT  with Susan Schultz, Principal, Space Downtown

There is a revolution taking place. Driven by the convergence of technology and increasingly demanding consumers, the highly traditional textile market in undergoing a rapid transformation. The textiles of tomorrow won’t be just pretty but instead being able to actively help shape and improve our environments: Fabrics that sense and adjust to changes in temperature and lighting, fabrics that improve skin texture, fabrics that communicate, fabrics that reduce environmental waste, and so much more. Touch and see the future of fabric—pretty and smart! Earn .1 CEU

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 learning-2How to Design Your Own Fabrics

Friday, April 7, 2017 11 AM EDT/ 10 AM CDT/ 8 AM PDT   with Susan Schultz, Principal, Space Downtown
 There are dozens of digital print resources now available–allowing designers to customize almost any surface. But first you have to learn the basics of creating a pattern and understanding digital print terminology.  Susan will walk you through creating pattern repeats and then get into the really cool stuff–layering patterns, pattern mixing, custom pattern placement for specific designs and much more. After this webinar, you’ll be able to offer your clients true custom soft furnishings. Register for the class and you’ll receive an Insider’s Resource Guide to ???  Printed pattern development for textiles

learning-2Modern Embellishments: The History, Making and Revival of Trimmings

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 11 AM EDT/ 10 AM CDT/ 8 AM PDT with Jana Platina Phipps, Trim Queen

Join Jana Platina Phipps, the Trim Queen, on a visual tour of the evolution of trimmings, from utilitarian beginnings to the art of passementerie, and finally to the tool and embellishment that reigns today as “the jewelry of a room”. You’ll tour factories to see how trims are manufactured globally, learn to identify good, better, and best trims to inform and upsell your clients, and leave inspired by the many examples of the latest application trends.


learning-2Pattern Play: Lessons in Scheming the Perfect Mix 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 2 PM EDT/ 1 PM CDT/ 11 AM PDT with Deb Barrett, Window Dressings

Nothing creates impact on a window like pattern, but it can also create some nervous moments in the life of a design professional. When designing your projects, being able to apply a few guidelines and having an understanding of pattern and print can result in much success. We’ll explore pattern- from styles, motifs and layouts to placement, repeats and schemes- that you can use as a jumpstart for your custom client presentations. Besides the basics, we’ll demo interesting and innovative ways to rock your schemes followed by a hands-on pattern lab session that will start you on your way to becoming a pattern mix master. Earn .1 CEU


learningTextile Crash Course for Design Pros – Part 1  and 2

Part 1- Monday, April 3, 2017 10 AM EDT/ 9 AM CDT/ 7 AM PDT

                   Part 2 – Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10 AM EDT/ 9 AM CDT/ 7 AM PDT   with Deb Barrett, Window Dressings

Fabric selection is the most favorite part of a designer’s job and the most difficult. Textiles are a complex discipline with staggering choices. We’ll discover the language of cloth with an eye to defining and differentiating between terms, techniques and materials in the interior design context and finding out the attributes and processes that give fabric its finished appearance. In an extensive discussion, we will focus on today’s fabrics; narrowing in on weaves, printing processes, dyes and finishes providing an understanding of the various characteristics and properties that make fabrics appropriate for use in interior environments. Gain an understanding of challenges that face designers and workrooms with today’s fabrics. Earn .6 CEUs. Offered in 2 parts:

Part 1- Fibers, Yarns, Weaves, Finishes


Part 2- Dyes, Printing, Applied Design, Testing and Performance


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learning-2Textile Tech Support

Thursday, April 6, 2017 10 AM EDT/ 9 AM CDT/ 7 AM PDT with Deb Barrett, Window Dressings

It is not enough to simply highlight the beauty, uniqueness, and versatility of fabrics; it is the designer’s responsibility to select the appropriate fabrics for their intended end use. In this class gain an understanding of today’s fabrics to help you make correct fabric selections. This is real life application based class. We’ll discuss fabric constructions, properties and qualities; which ones are appropriate and which ones aren’t. We’ll compare and contrast materials and provide strategies in dealing with difficult textiles to help you solve those troublesome nightmares. 


 *Registration for all webinars closes at midnight Sunday, April 2, 2017.  To earn IDCEC CEU credit you must atten the webinar live.




Jana Platina Phipps is well known as a trim designer with a refined vision for the use of trimmings in home furnishings, fashion and luxury DIY. Her entree into the business was translating handbag specifications from Italian to English for the likes of Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren. She further established her reputation by creating a home decor division for a venerable New York fashion trim house, ultimately growing it to surpass their apparel business.

In 2004, she launched Home Couture Collective, a firm specializing in branding, merchandising and sales representation for manufacturers. A Californian now based in New York, she currently leverages her expertise for Classical Elements, an innovative global trim and hardware supplier with headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Since her clients affectionately call her the “Trim Queen”, she officially put on the crown in 2013, to chronicle how the design community creatively uses trimmings.  She speaks frequently on the history and evolution of trimmings to design professionals and also conducts workshops on “The Alchemy of Trimmings”, creating something extraordinary from the ordinary, using trims. 




Deb Barrett- window fashion visionary, creative catalyst and design confidante- has had an industry presence for more than 30 years.  As a design creative, she combined her twin passions-design and window coverings- by founding Window Dressings. As a nationally known award winning designer, she has built a reputation for cutting edge couture treatments whose specialty is finding creative solutions to challenging design problems.

As a sought after speaker and design educator, Deb frequently speaks at national conferences, design events and association venues. She is an IACET accredited speaker and a member of the IDCEC Advisory Board and Withit. Most recently she was awarded the Educator of the Year (2015) award by Withit and the Industry Icon Award at IWCE 2015.

As a self-proclaimed fabri-a-holic, Deb is always looking for ways to inform and inspire the design community with insight into the complex world of textiles. Her design career has taken many paths, but her fascination with what’s around the corner has led her to her current roles as a much sought- after speaker, consultant and design blogger.



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