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 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.  

All webinars will be available to registrants on demand for 30 days after presentation.

 

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. All webinars will be available to registrants on demand for 30 days after presentation.

 

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. All downloads will be available to registrants on demand for 30 days after presentation.

                        

Here’s a list of the webinars that could be on our Textile Week Topic List

Textile Crash Course- Fibers + Yarns + Weaves

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.  $99

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The World’s Most Fascinating Fabrics

 

Rare, beautiful, interesting, or innovative—these are the criteria for making our list for this report that includes highlights from across all categories: fashion, design, high-tech, experimental, and more. Get a glimpse at the future of design with this overview of fibers, fabrication techniques, and unique materials, with examples still in the testing phase, to those already on the market. Earn  1.5 CEU’s  $50

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Textile Crash Course  – Finishes + Dyes + Design

 

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. $99

Bundle Textile Crash Course Part 1 and 2 to SAVE!

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The Secret History of Luxury Fabrics

 

Silk, velvet, brocade, embroidery…these words immediately evoke an aura of wealth, beauty, and sophistication. Learn why and how these fabrics (and fabrications) continue to represent luxury over centuries, even through the rise of low-end production alternatives. A fast-paced mix of history and technology, fashion and production provides a behind-the-scenes look at these symbols of a life well-lived. Earn 1.5 CEU’s 

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 How Did This Get Made: Artisan Textiles 

 

The movement against “fast fashion” has been gaining momentum over the years and it’s beginning to make an impact on interior design. We’ll take a look at remote villages in China to trendy London boutiques to hipster workshops in Portland, OR, exploring some of the world’s most unique textile processes including dyeing, weaving, and embellishments. But this is more than just knowledge for knowledge’s sake because for the generation that has come of age drinking single origin coffee and dining on heritage foods, a better understanding of where and how their home textiles were made will be a critical step in the purchasing decision. Earn .15 CEU’s

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The Secret History of Patterns

 

With infinite patterns to choose from and create, why have certain patterns become codified into our design DNA? What makes the decorative curling comma of a paisley so compelling…and why is it named after a small town in Scotland? What’s the difference between a plaid and tartan? Why did toiles become so closely associated with bucolic 18th century country life? Discover the background on some of the design world’s most iconic pattern styles, as we review their development over the centuries as well as some exceptional contemporary interpretations. Earn 1.5 CEU’s

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Smart Textiles for Modern Environments

 

Fabrics and fabric selection has become more exciting and more complex with the new developments in fibers, finishes, construction, not to mention green options. By exploring the various new materials coming to market; comparing and contrasting their characteristics and properties and evaluating their performance and applications, more appropriate fabric specifications can be made for use in interiors and office environments. A discussion of textiles’ role in green design and sustainability including current manufacturing practices, technologies and identification and rating systems will supply the textile tools for making better informed decisions and wiser choices for more appropriate products and healthier lives. We’ll contextualize the knowledge and illustrate relevance through real world application examples. Earn 2 CEU HSW 

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Pattern Play: Lessons in Scheming the Right Mix

 

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  that will start you on your way to becoming a pattern mix master. Earn 1.5 CEUs  Includes handouts and worksheets.

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Textile Tech Support

 

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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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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Susan Schultz is a design communicator, with a background in marketing, product development, and graphics. Having worked on both the editorial and advertising sides of the business for several home textile brands, she understands the importance of product knowledge and unique resourcing in a crowded marketplace.

 

Textile Week

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For the LOVE of Fabrics….

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 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 CEU accredited. We’ll cover topics like:

  • Textile Tech Support
  • Virtual Tour of Trimmings
  • Future Fabrics
  • Pattern Play

Plus, if you purchase the complete Textile Week package, we’ll throw in some freebies like:

  • S/S ’17 Fabric LookBook
  • Fabric Savvy
  • Five Fabrics
  • Talking Textile Trends

Whether you are a fabri-a-holic or not, discover the power of textiles. Registration opens March 8th. Watch your inbox for more details!