Textile Week

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April 23-27, 2018

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 third 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 me-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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Here’s a partial list of the webinars we’ll be presenting during Textile Week

Textile Crash Course- Fibers + Yarns + Weaves

Monday, April 23, 2018 10 AM EDT/ 9 AM CDT/ 7 AM PDT 

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. Plus, you’ll receive swatch reference manual- a perfect desktop textile tool.
Part 1 discusses fibers, yarns, and finishes.  Earn .3 HSW CEUs in this 3 hour class.

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Spring 2018 Fabric LookBook

Monday, April 23, 2018 2 PM EDT/ 1 PM CDT/ 12 PM PDT

See the new fabric launches, introductions and collaborations from the best fabric houses plus some surprises. Start building your own go-to fabric resource list with this webinar.

 

Textile Crash Course  – Finishes + Dyes + Design

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 1PM EDT/ 12 PM CDT/ 10 AM PDT

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. Plus, you’ll receive swatch reference manual- a perfect desktop textile tool.
Part 2 discusses finishes, dyes and design.  Earn .3  HSW CEUs with this 3 hour class.

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What Product Performs? The Story of Performance Fabrics

                                                         Tuesday, April 24, 2018 11 AM EDT/ 10 AM CDT/ 8 AM PDT

With all the performance stories on the market, get the inside scoop an all of them from Julie Talbert, Director of Product Development, Greenhouse Fabrics. Julie will discuss the similarities and differences to help you decide which one is right for your clients.

 

Textile Tech Support

Wednesday, April 25, 2018   11 AM EDT/ 10 AM CDT/ 8 AM PDT

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 webinar,  gain an understanding of today’s fabrics to help you make correct fabric selections. This is a real life application based class.  We’ll discuss fabric constructions, properties and qualities- the good and the bad; which ones are appropriate and which ones aren’t for your custom soft design. We’ll compare and contrast linings, interlinings, finishes, textile enhancers and provide strategies in dealing with difficult textiles to help you solve those troublesome nightmares.  Earn .2 CEUs.

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Future Fabrics 2.0

Wednesday, April 25, 2018  1 PM EDT/ 12 PM CDT 10 AM PDT

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. See the future of fabric—pretty and smart! Earn .1 HSW CEU with this updated version. 

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 Fabric Savvy: Fabric Families Demystified

Thursday, April 26, 2018  11AM EDT/ 10 AM CDT/ 8 AM PDT

The focus on fabrics today, can you spot a fil coupe? Know the difference between a tartan and a plaid? In this presentation, we will give a deep dive into trending fabric families. Explore the histories of the major textile groups- their origins, development, and variations. Learn the nuances of textile groups such as toiles, paisleys and Provencals.   After this seminar, you will be the expert to turn to for fabric know how.

 

 

Textile Stories

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Decorator’s Guide to Soft Surfaces

Friday, April 27, 2018

 

 

How to Design Your Own Fabrics

Available On Demand 

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 Digital Printing.    LEARN MORE

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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 fabric-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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Julie Talbert is the Director of Product Development for Greenhouse Fabrics. She earned a bachelors degree in Communications from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Chicago’s Harrington’s Institute. 
Prior to joining Greenhouse Fabrics, she spent 8 years as an Interior Designer, where she worked on numerous commercial projects, hotels and cruise liners increasing her knowledge about the fabric industry.