Textile designer | Selby College
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Textile designer

Textile designers create fabric designs and patterns for woven, knitted and printed materials for clothes and interior furnishings.

Potential salary

£15,000 to £40,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

40 to 42 a week

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • working with customers to understand what they want
  • producing sketches by hand or on a computer, using design software
  • making up samples for the customer
  • researching design trends to decide what will sell
  • investigating new textiles made from sustainable materials
  • working with technical staff, marketing teams and retail buyers
  • keeping up-to-date with developments in manufacturing technology

You could work at a manufacturing plant, in a creative studio or in an office.

With experience, you could progress to a senior design position or work as a textiles production manager.

You could also move into part-time teaching, university research or set up your own business.

You can find out more about careers and training in textile design through the Crafts Council.

You can explore creative careers through Discover Creative Careers.

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