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Entries in Textile Constructions (48)


How Dobby and Jacquard Fabrics are Made

Karin Jeske, editor of Textile Blog, takes you on a tour of Wilson Fabrics in Wangaratta, Australia.


Wastebasket Woven from Recycled Magazines


Naomi Paul's Constructed Textile Pendant Lamps

V2 Gluck Pendant Lamps by Naomi Paul.


Boxwood by Janus et Cie


Janus et Cie's Fiber Collection - Spring 2013


Fang Studio's Dock Woven End Tables

Dock Woven End Tabels by Fang Studio.


Lukas Dahlen's Weave Cupboard

Made from ashwood, the Weave Cupboard by Lukas Dahlen utilizes a popular fabric construction.


Woven Wood Shades by

Hand-woven from natural, renewable materials, such as bamboo, reeds, flax and grasses, Woven Wood Shades are offered in hundreds of patterns and colors, and are custom-made to fit the client's window. Pictured above, Socorro and Bali, two window treatment patterns, available at


Warp and Weft Defined

Above, plain weave with warp yarns indicated in black and weft or filling yarns indicated in blue.  The warp yarns are threaded through heddles on the loom, and rolled on to a beam.  Weft yarns are inserted through the shed, formed when some warp yarns are raised and others are not.


Dedon's Nest Rest

Woven from Dedon Fiber, the Nest Rest, designed by Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety.


Nahui Ollin's Woven Accessories Fall 2011

Woven from recycled materials, clutches by Nahui Ollin.


Brown Jordan Outdoor Furniture Fall 2011

Brown Jordan outdoor woven furniture with weather-resistant upholstery for Fall 2011.  Photographed by Kathryn Russell.


5-Harness Satin Weave


Above is a simulation of a 5-harness, warp-faced satin (the repeat is 3 wide by 2 high).  Fabrics ranging from finely woven lightweight apparel styles to heavy industrial items are made with this construction. Each warp yarn runs through one of the 5 harnesses, and all yarns running through the same harness will weave the same way. 

A satin weave is a type of fabric construction used to create fabrics with some or all of the following qualities:

  • Heavy construction:  because there are fewer interlacings than in most weave constructions, the yarns can be spaced closer together (plain weave is the construction that has the most interlacings, with warp and weft alternating on the surface each time they cross). 
  • Stability:  Because the yarns interlace in such a way that the float in either direction is always exactly 4, this provides the best construction for a stable fabric with fewer interlacings.
  • Fabric with shine: because in a warp-faced satin, 80% of the surface is made from yarns oriented in the warp direction, filament fibers made from silk or synthetics such as polyester can create a luxurious sheen.

Below is a diagram showing both a warp-faced (left) and a filling-faced (right) satin.  Filling-faced satins are less common, but used often in draperies in a type of fabric known as Antique Satin.  Raisers are interlacings where the warp crosses over the filling on the face of the fabric; sinkers are interlacings where the filling crosses over the warp on the surface.

Many fabrics combine multiple satin constructions to create pattern.  A combination of four Progressive 5-Harness Satin Weaves (below) are often used to create brocades, stripes or florals patterns. Complex designs are woven on Jacquard looms, where each interlacing is controlled by a computer as opposed to a harness.

While 5-harness is the most common, there are other satin constructions that use anywhere from 4 to 8 harnesses.

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Fang Studio's Gradient Chairs


B&B Italia's Reel

Reel, by B&B Italia,features natural fiber wrapped around an aluminum frame to create a very original piece of furniture.

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Deepak Shrestha's Lokta Shifu (Fabric Woven from Paper)

Currently on display at Atlanta International Airport bewteen check-in and the T-Gates, hand-woven fabric and products made from hand-made paper yarn, a technique called Lokta Shifu, byNepaleseartist,Deepak Shrestha. His work is shown among that of many others that have created garments from paper. Over time, I have seen several wonderful exhibits in this space at ATL, but this is the first that is applicable to Textile Blog.

Above: the paper yarn used in the creation of these woven textiles.

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Balenciaga's City Tote Woven Handbag

Made from colorful strips of leather in a plain weave construction, the City Tote, by Balenciaga.


Karin Miller's Diamonds in the Rough

Created on a 24-harness handloom, Diamonds in the Rough, by Karin Miller, your blogger.


Restoration Hardware's Antigua Outdoor Furniture

Wrapped in a woven, weather-proof synthetic material designed to look like rattan, and topped off with cushions upholstered with Sunbrella fabric, the Antigua Collection of outdoor furniture, by Restoration Hardware.


Tommy Bahama's Bahama Tote Bag

Hand-crocheted from a blend of raffia and cotton, the breezy Bahama Tote Bag from Tommy Bahama.