non textile



Dorothy Liebes was an American Textile Designer who pioneered modern weaving. Her weaving was particularly remarkable due to the unusual materials which she used, including wood, plastic, metal and other ‘non textile’ materials. 

I started to look at Dorothy Liebes after thinking more about how my work fits into design contextually, as she was a designer who specialised in interiors and working with architects. 

I think that her use of other materials is really interesting, especially using pieces of wood and plastic as her warp material, something which I am going to consider when trying some off the loom weaving. I think that by using these materials, it gives her work a much more structural feel which works well with interiors, especially with my idea of bringing the exterior elements inside. 


A dress I constructed entirely from non textiles! The skirt is made from leaves and the bodice from real moss! I built them, and then used the textures of the materials to blend them together in a natural looking way, using moss, flowers and leaves. The top laces like a corset. The collar is made from hand sculpted thermoplastic with details added of more natural materials. The dress fastens with a hidden seam in the back, and laces up in the top like a corset. 

The concept for this dress came from a forest-y photoshoot I plan to do this summer!

Men’s Court Sash (patka)

India (Deccan), Mughal, 18th century

Cotton and silk

Man’s court sash (patka) of undyed plain-weave cotton with edges and ends embroidered with pink and red flowers within undulating stems; crosswise border (pallaka) at each end consists of a repeated pattern of individual flowers with curving leaves; fringe of gilt yarn at each end.

An important element of male courtly attire in sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century India, the patka or girdle played a symbolic and decorative role comparable to the necktie today. Often the most lavishly decorated component of a man’s formal dress, the patka tied at the waist with the ends hanging toward the knees. The length of the ends and the position of the knot changed according to the fashions of the times. The ends of the patka, known as the pallakas, tend to be more elaborately and sumptuously ornamented than the central area, with lavish embroidery and metal thread. Because rulers often granted patkas as token of esteem, the sashes became symbols of political status as well as emblems of wealth and good taste.

Joann Coupon Tips

Since a lot of people in the cosplay facebook group I am in liked this post, I’m going to make an actual post for it here on tumblr too.

I learned a LOT of tricks while working at Jo-Anns that helped me out a lot with affordable cosplay supplies. These should also help a lot of others as well! 

When Joanns gives the big discount coupons during big sale dates where there seems to be a never ending supply of them, what is going to be on sale is MOST LIKELY the fabric. All Craft items(non-textile oriented things) will most likely not be on sale, and if they are the sales are pretty decent. 

Make sure you know sale change dates. Sales end usually on Saturday nights. They go Sunday - Saturday, some sales are different, there can be weekend sales only as well that are Friday - Sunday. So if there are some coupons that work only on weekends for a weekly sale, get there BEFORE Sunday, or ON Sunday depending on what the sales change to. Once I had a 60% off, and on Saturday everything was regular price I needed, and on Sunday everything I needed went on sale and I couldn’t use it. Watch the sale dates! Get a flier when possible.

There are a lot of places to go to get coupons when there are no major sales:

  • Hobby Lobby 40% off
  • Hancock Fabrics 40% off
  • Michaels 40% off (or other coupons, but you can only use one)
  • Retailmenot (app or webpage. There is a 40% off all the time)
  • Sign up for the newseller and get coupons 1-5 times a week in your email
  • Sign up for the paper flier and get monthly coupons that way
  • Always take a small paper flier at the checkout with coupons when they have them

Those are just a few tricks, and you can wrack up a TON of coupons using all those methods. With the competitor coupons you can only use 1 per competitor. You can use a hobby lobby, Michaels, and Hancock at the same time, but not 2 hobby lobby or two Michaels. With the Joann coupons just make sure they do not have the same number. You can use as many coupons as you have items!

You can also make a lot of savings by using the end of the bolt. If you notice there is not a lot of fabric on the bolt, ask for a little over the yardage there and take the rest for 50% off. Ex: 3 yards left, ask for 2.25.

These are the main tips I have! There are probably other little things to do as well and if anyone has anything feel free to add to it!


India, Mughal, 18th century

Cotton, embroidered with gold-wrapped thread and floss silk.

This elegant robe would have been worn by a man at one of the courts of northern India. The floor-length gathered skirt was popular in the 18th century, in contrast to the shorter robes of the previous century. The staggered floral design is typical of late Mughal design, and is often seen printed on textiles, as well as embroidered as in this example.


Piñatex™ is an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile developed by the Ananas Anam team.

It is produced from the fibres of pineapple leaves which are a by-product of the pineapple harvest. Initial product work was undertaken in the Philippines and significant research & development is now being undertaken between the UK and Spain, specifically to enhance the finishing technology.

Piñatex™ can be used as a leather alternative or textile in the fashion, accessory and upholstery markets.

Goods made from leather-alternative Pinatex. Product prototypes: shoe by Camper (gold details), shoe by Puma, brown clutch bag by Ally Capellino, ywo iPhone covers by Carmen Hijosa, Backpack+ iPad cover by Smithmattias. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian

while im on the subject of that last post;

abdul is that one guy who always walks in on jotaro doing something weird

one time jotaro bought a new coat and was trying out what poses would be the coolest in it whilst in the living room, and decided it would be fun to pull to top of the coat over his head and hat, despite the textile being non-hooded.

he was right on the verge of making the coolest (read: dorkiest) looking pose ever, when who should walk into the room but abdul.

jotaro turns and faces him mid-pose and they commence a solid five seconds of silent eye-contact, before abdul opts out. whatever business he has in the living room can wait.

no words are ever spoken by the pair on the subject.

Boys Coat

India, Mughal, late 18th or early 19th century

Brocaded wool, embroidered in silk and silver threads, lined with cotton and silk

Boy’s coat or shawl cloth of brocaded woollen cloth (pashmina) with facings of embroidered silk. Short body, tubular sleeves and full pleated skirt. Open in the front, and secured over the breast by a ball-and-loop and tying cord. The material is an orange coloured pashmina with a brocaded diaper of small flowerets in blue, yellow, green and black. The intervening ground is impressed with four-fold diagonal and intersecting lines forming a diamond trellis. The collar, cuffs and edges are ornamented with strips and panels of sage-green Lahore silk embroidered in coloured silks and silver threads with a delicate design of scrolling floral stems. Lined with a mixed fabric of cotton and silk with vertical stripes in red and pale pink.

This would have been worn in the winter months at several of the courts of North India with trousers.