Basic Techniques and Style of Textile Art

Textile Art

Textile Art combines both arts and crafts to produce a design using unique materials. Textile originally means woven fabric but as years passed by, it is also used to describe anything made up of yarns and fabrics.

Producing textile arts includes patience, creativity and knowledge. There are many textile art techniques out there. An artist cannot only use one technique in his/her masterpiece but can also work using several techniques combined.



There are many kinds of embroidery as well like cross-stitch, hand embroidery or even by using Machine. Most of them combine hand and machine embroidery to create a modern and different feel to it. Embroidery can be used to create images or be used as an alternative for images. There are artists who use photos printed on fabrics then tops it with a stitch. Fabrics with various colors and patterns adds accent to the embroidery.

Adding shadows

Shadows can bring depth into the textile.


Weaving is formed by interlacing strands of yarns to produce a product. It can be an alternative for knitting.

Materials From Nature

The artist also adds and uses nature as a resource for their material in creating the art. They us dried leaves, stem and roots too.

Fabric Manipulation

Fabric manipulation includes cutting it into different sizes, rolling it to different sides, adding a layer, folding it in different ways an even burning the fabric itself. There are a lot of fabric manipulation an artist can do in order to achieve what he/she wants.


Hand knitting can also be used together with the machine-knitted ones. An artist uses different types and sizes of needles.

Use of Recycled Materials

Recycled materials are also used in textiles. Adding recycled materials may add a unique style to it and you get to find another purpose for a supposed-to-be piece of junk.

Textile art can be found anywhere. It can be a part of an artist’s collection and can be used as a decoration at home, in the office or any other property. It can be placed hanging on the wall. The wall can also be used a means of expressing one’s emotion and show one’s creativity and imagination thus, it is also called wall art.

There are various kinds of wall art. They could be painted, printed, framed anything that can be used as a decoration. Metals, paintings, wallpapers, woods, canvas, murals and mirrors can also be used. Wall arts also vary from the traditional, modern or abstract feel.

With the increasing popularity of textile arts, several artists have also gained recognition throughout the world. Each of them has a unique strategy and method of coming up with the art. Each uses different materials.


Michael Crompton

He is known for his textile weaving. He focuses on cotton. Having worked on looms for years, he has discovered a way to increase and decrease the number of threads. His works were concentrated on curve lines. It includes the transition from the past, present, future times as well as the sun and moon.

Lesley Richmond

Lesley Richmond’s works have been displayed on several countries around the world and has been featured in several books related to the subject textile art.

Robin McCarthy

Robin McCarthy studied art and graphic design. She is best known for her combination of different mass media like the embroidery, photographs and illustrations. She has shown great interest in making her own clothes so her skills in textile have also been established. She still has the book that includes the artists experimenting and exploring the different arts and embroidery. Her relatives also played a big role in her interest in the arts.

Karen Casper

Karen Casper is an internationally known artist and Designer. She is known for using embellishment and embroidery techniques in her works. She had never even experienced touching or using a sewing machine until she reached the age 32. She said that what she has seen and heard throughout the years has indeed greatly influenced her works.

Velda Newman

Velda Newman is considered of the known experts in the field of textile arts. She has written numerous books and has given lectures and classes; sharing her knowledge in the arts to the students, to the aspiring artists and to those artists who wanted to expand their knowledge and skills in terms of the said field. Nature has become one of her inspirations in coming up with brilliant designs and ideas.

Her main focus is on making quilts. Because of her outstanding skills, her works were also featured in several galleries around the world. She has used various materials from nature from flowers to plants and has used insects and animals as well.

A textile art designer is the one who undergoes the process of designing and creating unique and different look of textiles. Some of them might even have studied the art of designing textiles in order to come up with amazing products. These designers have passion for the arts and are willing to further develop their knowledge and skills in the field.

This art covers a wide range of types, kinds and structures. They have been created for different purposes. Textile arts have played a vital role in the art industry.