What's great about textile design is that one can use all kinds of methods to create striking textures and patterns. When I sit down to create a design, I work with a particular inspiration and then locate a tool that will help me best express it on a fabric.
Here are a few examples. The four fabrics below were all created through different tools and I think you can appreciate the wonderful options. I enjoy painting and often start with that method. The examples in the left column are monoprints - the one on top is a monoprint on paper and the one is on fabric. They both offer lovely textures. The grey design on the right is a watercolor painting - an abstract shape that I manipulated in PhotoShop to create a dynamic water-like finish. And finally, the bottom right design started as a photo of foliage that I adjusted in PhotoShop. I changed the color scheme and created multiple layers to achieve a lovely optical illusion.
All of these textile designs can serve a multitude of purposes. I can see them as patterns for wallpaper. I can see them as pillow covers or scarves. Stay tuned on what I will do with them!