The weave of the fabric is a result of the intertwining of threads arranged in the direction of the warp and threads arranged in the direction of the weft.
The designer creates and makes practical and decorative fabrics using this procedure. By taking inspiration from current trends in fashion and art, from observing his or her entourage or desires expressed by stylists, the professional produces a one-off or a series. Passionate about textures, colours, patterns and design, this artist works for sectors in the clothing industry, the art of entertaining, house linen, soft furnishings and decoration.
Drawn in pencil or with the help of a CAD software package taking the pattern as the starting point, the professional makes samples with different colour and composition variations, always following instructions given in the order. He or she then defines the structures of the fabric and the stitches to use, for example herringbone or an embossed stitch. Depending on the fabrics retained, he or she defines the manufacturing time and the cost per metre.
Finally the product is made on a manual or electronic loom on which the programming parameters are introduced. His or her specific knowledge lead him or her to calculate the number of threads needed for the woven and to define the type and number of spools.
After warping, which fixes the warp threads on the loom, he or she checks their tension, adjusts the height of the frames, prepares the bobbins and carries out all the checks. All these procedures require in-depth know-how and skills.
When a warp or weft thread breaks, the luxury fabrics intended for clothing will be finished manually.
Weaving designers work as freelancers both in a workshop, employed in ready-to-wear and style agencies or in textile production industries.