The Royal Textile Treatments

Have you ever been sew, sew, sewing away and notice your fingers are bright purple from your fabric? Have your new jeans turned your light couch a lovely shade of indigo? Maybe you used the last of a bolt of fabric and are struggling to find more of the same fabric in the exact hue so that you can finish your garment. For the technical terms and causes for these common colorful challenges, read on…Our newest textile video highlights the processes involved in dyeing, printing, finishing and the final processing steps of the production of a textile. If you are curious about how pigments differ from dyes or how screen printing differs from heat transfer, your answers are just a click away:

You will learn how your garments are dyed – whether it is by yarn, piece or full garment. You will also learn about artisan hand processes like Tie-dye, Batik and Ikat. As you consider your own design aesthetic and how textiles play into your designs, this video will give you a deeper understanding of what it takes to achieve the look that will not only reflect your inspiration, but also fit within your timeline and budget.

Our newest video works well in conjunction with the University of Fashion’s video on Color Theory. As you plan your palette, whether for a single garment or an entire collection, it will be important to understand the basic rules of Color Theory addressed below:

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.