Successful textile designers marry a creative vision of what a finished textile will look like with a deep understanding of the technical aspects of production and the properties of fiber, yarn, and Dyes.
Designs for both woven and printed textiles often begin with a drawing or watercolor sketch of the finished design. Traditionally, drawings of woven textile patterns were translated onto special forms of called point papers which were used by the weavers in setting up their looms.
Today, most professional textile designers use some form of computer-aided design software created expressly for this purpose.
A textile is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fiber often referred to as thread or yarn. Yarn is produced by spinning raw wool fibers, linen, cotton, or other material on a spinning wheel to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, or pressing fibers together.