How to Find a Textile Designer

If you want to find a textile designer, either for professional networking, or because you have a job you’d like to outsource, there are bunches of different ways you could approach it.

One of the smartest ways: attend a trade show such as Surtex, Premiere Vision, or Heimtextil. If possible, schedule appointments ahead of time so that you’re sure you get to meet all the designers you’re interested in talking with.

Unfortunately, this method is expensive. You’ll likely incur some travel costs as well as all the other costs associated with attending.

If your needs are more immediate, or if attending a trade show is not a priority in your budget, there’s another great way to “meet” and network with textile designers: visit their blogs.

We’ve compiled a list of textile design blogs that we hope will be a fantastic resource for assisting you with your networking. The list is subdivided, with the largest portion being devoted to blogs maintained by textile designers. There are also sections for textile manufacturers and textile design schools.

Enhance Your Textile Design Projects With Fringe

Learn How to Make Fringe with These Free Instructions.
Learn How to Make Fringe with These Free Instructions.

Many different types of textile design projects could benefit from the addition of fringe. Whether you’re designing shawls, wraps, ponchos, scarves, bags, blankets, throws, jackets, vests, or other projects, fringe can be an interesting treatment to consider adding on to your masterpiece.

Need some ideas, inspiration, videos or tutorials for how to get started with fringe-making? If so, you may wish to visit this article at

How to Make Fringe

Pictured above is a crocheted scarf that was finished off with long, colorful strands of fringe. This fringe technique is really easy to learn, and it’s also interesting from a technical standpoint — because it serves a purpose beyond just being decorative.

If you’ve ever crocheted, or knitted, you’re no doubt familiar with the process of weaving in your ends when you are finished your projects. It’s a finishing technique that can be tedious, yet it’s a necessary part of the project.


In this case, the end-weaving was not necessary — because the ends became part of the fringe. Pretty cool, don’t you think?

Honestly, fringe is not something you want to use on every scarf, but I do think this particular scarf is much enhanced by the addition of fringe.

If you’d like more information about the scarf you see pictured, you may wish to check out the free scarf pattern, as well as the free color charts for crocheting the scarf. Complete instructions are available at the website for your inspiration and benefit.