Assignment 1: Elements of Design


in Textile Design

Pillow Cover Line

Pillow Cover Line

  • The textile used to create line in the pillow cover comes from strips of kantha. The zigzag line creates a chevron pattern. The zigzag lines create a visual interest adding a punch of zest to an otherwise ordinary sofa.
  • The zigzag lines create visual interest. The chevron print is very classic and on trend. The lines were created from recycled material.
  • Considering the use of the zigzag lines and multi-colors, it is clear there is  a lot visually to absorb.  The abundance of visual interest takes the eye more time to view in order catch the details. Too much of this pattern could cause an overload. Using strips of kantha in a zigzag pattern would be too busy for clothing, however, just the right amount can add to home decor.


Shirt Line

Shirt Line

  • The woven textile used in this women’s blouse make sense as although the stripes are narrow, they are vertical creating a slimming effect. The lines are clean and the blue and white are a nice refreshing contrast.
  • This example of line is used as an advantage as the long stripes are vertical which extends the eye gaze thus creating an elongated effect. The woven material help keep the lines straight and crisp.
  • If this line were horizontal it would create a more choppy view for the the eyes to follow thus not providing a flattering look. The slim lines would not work for a shirt fabricated from knitted material as the lines would distort, pull and stretch, thus losing their straight and narrow appeal.


Curtain Line

Curtain Line

  • The “scribble” line print curtain works in this piece because although the scribbles are quite loosely drawn, the curtains are long and can handle the print.
  • The curvy lines give a motion or swaying effect which makes me think of a breeze softy moving the fabric.
  • This pattern of line would not achieve such an effect or feeling of gentle swaying  movement if the print were done on a smaller scale. Also, the long curves would not work well if a smaller garment was created using the same large sized print.  The curves are too grand in nature and would not display the continuous waves of lines.


Towel Line

Bath Towel Line

  • The wide and colorful line lends nicely to a clean and bright bath towel.
  • The boldness of the line really packs a punch and makes it stand out. The equally spaced lines gives the user a chance to pull any of the colors for further accenting the bath space. The equally spaced lines are reminiscent of a beach ball or rainbow and to me create a happy ambiance.
  • These boldfaced lines would not suit every garment. I can not see this layout working well in clothing apparel for example. These lines would not prove any benefit worn either vertically or horizontally. Besides, no one wants to be mistaken for a beach ball.
Sweater Line

Sweater Line

  • The line in this garment elicits the varsity feel. It’s wide two-tone simplicity makes it easy for the eye to view.
  • Although the lines are horizontal, it is not an unflattering piece as the lines are bold enough that your eyes do not follow each line. You look at the lines more as a collective piece. The width would also work well on larger scale objects such as curtains. Although the fabric is a knit the lines are thick enough they do not change shape as easily when worn compared to a thinner line.
  • The chunky line would lose it’s form if too small a garment was created from this pattern.



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Blouse Pattern

Blouse Pattern

  • The silk blouse adorns a small scale medallion pattern.  The repetition of the pattern print works well on silk because between the two it functions as a dressy piece. The silk helps play up the medallions more formal side. The simplicity of the all black print on the cream fabric also gives nod to formal wear.
  • This pattern would work well on many garment types. It works very well on clothing as the intricacies of the fabric and pattern can be appreciated. The medallions keep their shape nice using this woven fabric.
  • This medallion print might be too small for larger scale projects such as drapes as the elegance and the detail would get lost. If the medallion pattern was printed on a knit fabric the detail could get stretched and lost when worn by someone.
Cushion Pattern

Cushion Pattern

  • The pattern found in the cushion cover creates a very fun and vibrant canvas. The pattern can jive with other textiles in the room as the varying size diamonds and repetition of the pattern invite you to look at the piece as a collective unit. This is because in our mind’s eye we anticipate the continuation of the shapes.
  • This pattern works well on pillows, rugs and even some apparel. The continuation and shape of the pointy diamonds give a tribal or almost aztec feel.
  • Although this print could easily be paired with other patterns, textures and colors, it could also be overdone. Again, larger surfaces like sofa upholstery would be too much.
Tunic Pattern

Tunic Pattern

  • This cotton tri-color piece makes an easy pairing for many outfits. It’s small and unique design create a casual and easy look. It makes a lovely long shirt, skirt, dress or reusable grocery bag. It’s muted and neutral hue does not demand a lot of attention despite the entire surface being speckled with an almost polka dot barrage.
  • This pattern might be used to advantage any piece looking to boast a low- key look.
  • This pattern might yield an unsatisfactory result if one is aiming for something that really pops and stands out. The pattern is quite plain, tiny and some might even find monotonous or mundane.
Curtain Pattern

Curtain Pattern

  • This fun pattern yields a little sense of eclectic whimsy. The pattern looks almost like it was hand blocked into the fabric. To me it makes me think of a sliced orange with the division of the segmented parts. The roundness of the pattern gives off a friendly vibe.
  • The pattern can reside with other patterns in the room or stands out against a plain backdrop. For drapes the pattern suits almost any room in the house. It is done on woven fabric so it the pattern can not be stretched which would make it suitable for a skirt or bottom garments.
  • This pattern would best be suited for home décor leaving clothing and apparel off it’s repertoire.


Blouse Long Sleeve Pattern

Blouse Long Sleeve Pattern

  •  This trellis pattern is used on a satin three quarter length sleeve blouse. The shirt would be considered work attire and the pattern helps support the sophistication of the garment.
  • This works well on a woven blouse as it has a mature feel but the print would also do wonders on drapes and throw cushions for the kitchen or living space.
  • The trellis pattern would not work for casual or leisure wear. It would not suit a hooded sweatshirt or a pair of jogging pants. The pattern would not be suitable for knitted fabric as the lines would stretch and tweak the gridded design.



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Throw Blanket Texture

Throw Blanket Texture

  • This throw oozes texture and is why I have it.
  • It is perfect for adding texture to an otherwise flat looking canvas such as a bed or couch. It’s texture provides a comfy and cozy feel making it a cuddly throw.
  • This is a loose knit and would not make a warm sweater or outerwear. The loose knit stretches and lets cold air in when faced with nature’s elements.


Linen Scarf Texture

Linen Scarf Texture


  • The light and crisp linen feel of this airy scarf makes it perfect for a spring and summer scarf. It is light weight yet provides just the right heaviness for the warmer months. It is soft to the touch making is a pleasure to wear.
  • The linen is light enough to wear even on a summer evening making it a go to accessory. It is woven making it stay in place when tied.
  • This fabric would fail as a cold and dreary winter scarf if you’re looking for something warm to snuggle up in.


Waffle Knit Sweater Texture

Waffle Knit Sweater Texture

  • This heavy duty 100% cotton waffle knit is heavy and lovely. It was purchased for a cold winter and did we need it. The sweater is soft but you can feel the waffle knit.
  • The weight of the sweater is impressive and the flexible grid make it a comfy fit. This texture is definitely tactile and visual.
  • The stretchiness of the fabric would yield an unsatisfactory result and would not make for good pants or any other garment needing to “stay up”such as socks. It is a heavy textile and would not be suited for the summer months.
Chambray Shirt Texture

Chambray Shirt Texture

  •  The light weight of this woven fabric makes it a nice choice for warm weather or it can be layered when the weather cools. It is 100% cotton and the way it is woven creates visual texture. There is a white woven throughout creating a cross-hatch look and feel.
  • This textile is so versatile in apparel. It is often found in women’s, men’s and children’s clothing. It works as shirts, dresses, pants and shorts.
  • It works as a dress but is probably a fabric that needs contrast worn against it when worn as a shirt or shorts because it is quite understated so is works well with other textures and a variety of colors.


Knitted Blanket Texture

Knitted Blanket Texture

  • This baby gift was knitted with soft yarn in pastel colors. The women who knitted this said it was an “egg carton” pattern her mother used to use. The dimply canvas provides visual and tactile texture making it a nice choice for little hands to touch.
  • The soft knit texture does make it a great choice for anything baby. It is loosely woven so it is light and airy.
  • This knitted piece would not be satisfactory for outdoor use in the cold. It is too loosely woven and thus would not provide much shelter from harsh climates.

Sources for Instruction on Elements of Design Sources 

Elements of Design Quick Reference Sheet (

“Clothing and Textiles: Utah State University Cooperative Extension” (

An Introduction to Textile Terms (

Principles of Design (

“Imagined Spaces: Scenic Design and the National Art Centre – The Elements of Design”(

“NHS Designs” (

“John Lovett Watercolor and Mixed Media Artist” (

“Incredible Art Department” (

The Elements of Design

The Elements of Design

Elements of Art

Elements of Art



Elements of Design Class Activity  

Textiles Arts and Design  7

  • Unit 1 in Textile Arts 7 is “Textile Arts and Design”
  • General Outcome: Students will be expected to demonstrate the impact of textile art and design on our daily lives.
  • Specific Curriculum Outcome 1.1: Students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between clothing choices and personal expression.

Students will be expected to:

  • choose/create illustrations of clothing intended to give a particular impression
  • share their reflections on clothing selection and the impression it is intended to create


  • Review that clothing and accessories are personal statements of who we are. Have students brainstorm some idea regarding this and share with class.
  • – cultural expression, age, peer pressure/conformity, individuality, social class and group associations
  • Provide picture example for each on the projector
  • Show the You Tube video “100 Years/ Style/ East London.” It shows 100 years of style in 100 seconds.
  • Explain and show examples of the elements of design in preparation for design work.
  • – line, shape, space, texture, colour
  • Distribute article, “Clothing and Textile Elements of Design” (see resources)
  • Create a word wall of design terms
  • Teacher will show some examples on the projector of elements of design.
  • Students can compile a collection of pictures showing “personal expression” through clothing. Students must also note and comment on Elements of Design. Students can then share their findings with the class.
  • Students will then create a creature to show personal expression and the elements of design.  Students may use a variety of medium: paper, pencil, fabric scraps, paint, computer art.


Elements of Design from Utah State University Cooperative Extension Program

Elements of Design from Utah State University Cooperative Extension Program


Clothing and Textiles Utah State University Cooperative Extension

Clothing and Textiles Utah State University Cooperative Extension

  • Students will present their creature to the class and explain how they infused the elements of design into their design.
  • As a cumulative project, the students will create their own reflection of their personal style and share their clothing preference ideologies with the class.



5 thoughts on “Assignment 1: Elements of Design

  1. Catherine Morley says:

    Hi Jodi, Such a great assignment. Exactly what I was looking for.
    Re: line, you have an ogee pattern as one of your pieces.
    I look forward to reading your posts on others’ work and their comments about your work.

    Your example of how to work with students are thoughtful and will be useful resources to draw upon in your teaching.

  2. Julie says:

    I use the “make your own monster” project with my students too! It is great because the imperfections make them even better, which is good for beginners.

  3. Catherine Morley says:

    Hi Jodi, If you are review the ‘moderate comment’, and approve, it will appear on your blog for others to read. There may be others from classmates that I’ll want to read in order to award them their grades for commenting on your work. Thanks. Cathy

  4. Catherine Morley says:

    Hi Jodi
    For several of your prints (the medallions; long sleeve blouse), the pattern is a block print (the same image printed in repeats in a straight line). The curtain pattern (that looks like an orange slice) is a half drop. Excellent collection of images and analyses.

    • Hi Jodi. I love your design page. I especially appreciate how you use the correct terminology for patterning. I learned so well what the names are for the patterns along with the pictures to study and think about. I also love the project idea for kids to do. I know that it was just an example but I loved the silly quality of the monster face and tongue and the simplistic design of the overall project. Certainly the kids would love it. Well done!

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