Careers and Where to Find Them is to help future designers out there minimize searching, to focus on starting your new career and build your portfolio. This page has title, description, salary, references, and links to see if this career is right for you.
Textile designers create fabric designs and patterns for woven, knitted and printed materials. In this role, your designs would be used to make clothing or interior furnishings such as upholstery, soft furnishings, and carpets.
To be a textile designer you’ll need:
- Must have a creative flair and the ability to understand color, texture, and patterns
- A good understanding of different techniques and the properties of different materials
- Knowledge of CAD software
- Have good communication skills
- Ability to work in a team and on your own initiative
- Budgeting skills and the ability to work out costs
- Marketing, financial and administrative skills needed for running a business.
- Diploma in Textile Design
- Manufacturer Award in Sampling Techniques for Textile Design
You could find work with a large manufacturing company or a small, exclusive design house. You may also find opportunities with architects, interior designers, fabric or clothing manufacturers, and retailers.
With experience, you could progress to a senior design position, or work as a product or project manager.
Intern Queen ( You can just find regular fashion internship if you don’t see textile design internships * always check for updates)
A lot of your time will be spent at a computer, designing fabrics and working on patterns. You may sometimes need to travel to visit trade fairs, clients and manufacturers.
As a freelance designer, you’ll work your hours to fit in with your clients. You will usually split your time between designing and marketing your work.
You’ll usually start out as a designer on around £15,000 to £20,000 a year.
Once you have the experience you could earn up to 28,000 a year.
Senior designers or design directors may earn £40,000 a year or more.