Textiles Work

Textiles ACE Pupil Programme

Textiles is a creative and practical subject, which takes inspiration from designs of the past, present and future. Every day life, people, plants, landscapes and products all around us can influence Textile design. Students can express themselves, experiment and create a variety of textile products through the development of sketching and modelling using a variety of media. This can progress through to the final making of clothing, accessories and furnishings, printing fabrics and creating 3-dimensional textile products. The study of textiles can lead individuals to a large variety of career pathways within the Textiles industry which include, marketing, styling, retail, design, manufacture but to name a few.

If Textiles is a subject that you are interested in and you would like to study it further, then this curriculum is suitable for you. By studying and learning more than what is offered inside the classroom, you can help to form your own pathway to a career in the Textiles industry.


  • The Great British Sewing Bee, BBC
  • Sew magazine
  • Textiles at the Cutting Edge, Lesley Cresswell
  • Techno Fashion, Bradley Quinn
  • The Alexander McQueen exhibition book ( available from the V&A)
  • Guide to Textile Terms, Anstey Weston
  • The Sewing Book, Alison Smith
  • Textiles Today, Chloe Colchester
  • Basics Fashion Design, Jenny Udale
  • GCSE Design & Technology textiles, Amanda Dick
  • Fabric for Fashion, Clive Hallett & Amanda Johnston
  • Textiles Technology, Rose Sinclair and Sue Morgan
  • 20 British Artists You Should Know – Lucinda Hawksley

Look at books on art and artists, decades of style and fashions designers to gain inspiration from a variety of visual sources.


  • Write to Design Houses and ask for samples and information.
  • Sketch from magazines and books, critique the designs and link these to your own designs.


  • Spend your free time visiting museums, galleries and exhibitions.
    • The V & A museum London. Find great examples of fashion past and present
    • Carnaby Street London is full of quirky, modern shops
    • The Fashion Museum Bath, fashions past, present and future
    • The Design Museum, London
  •  Visit a National Trust property. Many of them have Textile exhibitions but also are full of relevant history.
  • If you holiday abroad, look for cultural differences in local textiles design. Collect samples or photographs of anything that interests you.
  • Visit the designer stores in London and take in modern design.
  • Spend a Saturday exploring high street fashion. Make comparisons to designer fashion.



  • The V & A Museum, London
  • London fashion Week
  • The Fashion Museum, Bath
  • Courthauld House – The Strand
  • Royal Academy of the Arts – Piccadilly
  • The Design Museum – Shad Thames


  • The Great British Sewing Bee
  • Twiggy’s frock exchange
  • There is a fashion TV Sky channel
  • Coco : the film of Coco Chanel’s life


  • Make contact with High street shops and department stores such as Monsoon, John Lewis and ask for Saturday work or help on specific topics.
  • Enrol on a holiday Textiles or design course at the London College of Fashion or South Hill Park, Bracknell.


  • Keep a scrap book of inspiration for your own design work, such as pictures or articles from magazines, fabrics swatches, postcards and paper with pattern which interests you and could be useful inspiration for your own designs.
  • Experiment by creating products, with or without a pattern using old sheets. Recycle old clothes by making them into something else.
  • Accessorise your own garments.


  • Visit an exhibition at a museum. Sketch styling details which interest you. Analyse what fabrics have been used and what methods of decoration have made the product interesting to you.
  • Look at the care labels inside textiles clothes and products. Identify what fibres have been used, how to care for the product and how the selected fabrics add to the quality of the product.
  • Choose your favourite designer identify typical design details and find out what has influenced this designers style.
  • Choose your favourite decade of style and find out what textiles were like during this time, Research and learn about different styles, active designers and techniques of making.
  • Enter a design competition.