These Glow-in-the-Dark Curtains Put the Northern Lights On Your Windows

As conference rooms go, you could do way, way worse than the one situated in Newfoundland's Fogo Island Inn, what with windows that look straight out onto the rocky shores and far off foggy horizon line. Pull the printed curtains down and suddenly you've got a cool stormy night effect, but the real magic happens when… » 5/30/14 10:20am 5/30/14 10:20am

These Scarves Are Woven Music, Made With Patterns From Organ Punchcards

Did you know that the same kind of punched cards control both the jaunty tunes of old timey organs and the warp and weft of a certain kind of textile loom? Glithero, aka British designer Tim Simpson and Dutch designer Sarah van Gameren, bridged the gap for a cool a medium mash-up—and managed to weave music. » 4/07/14 10:20am 4/07/14 10:20am

Inside the Colorful Chaos of America's Aging Textile Mills

America's industrial revolution was woven on looms and spun on spools, but it's been decades since the textile industry began declining. Chis Payne, an architect-turned-photographer, began shooting US textile factories in 2010. He's kept it up, too, amassing a visual diary of a changing industry. » 4/03/14 11:20am 4/03/14 11:20am

Turn Google Earth Images Into All-Terrain Area Rugs

We've seen rugs that let you cruise through the cosmos in your slippers, but these lovely floor coverings take a more terrestrial approach. Each of the one-meter-square samples is hand-tufted to depict a small glimpse of the world as viewed from Google Earth. » 3/07/14 6:20pm 3/07/14 6:20pm

Making A Case For Intentional Stitch Glitches And Holey Knits

These cozy garments have holes in strange places and distorted patterns that look more like something you'd find in a shop selling factory seconds—yet those effects were completely intentional. The knitting machines that made them were "hacked" to get a glitchy effect. Seem weird? Sure it does. » 3/03/14 7:00pm 3/03/14 7:00pm

This Knit Galloping Horse Is the Most Mesmerizing Thing You'll See Today

Welp, there goes my afternoon: once I start staring at this looping experiment in stitchery, I just can't look away. Instead of using photos, artist Sam Meech made this Eadweard Muybridge-inspired animation with 272 frames captured on a custom 13-meter-long stretch of woven fabric. » 2/28/14 7:30pm 2/28/14 7:30pm

How a Simple Fabric Pattern Uplifted a Post-War Finland

In the years after World War II, most of Europe was devastated, both physically and financially. From this drab reality, one country began producing bright, technicolor textiles, including a print which bolstered its economy, created national pride, and ended up becoming one of the most beloved and recognizable… » 2/10/14 5:40pm 2/10/14 5:40pm

When Did Humans Start Wearing Clothes?

Determining exactly when humans began wearing clothes is a challenge, largely because early clothes would have been things like animal hides, which degrade rapidly. Therefore, there’s very little archaeological evidence that can be used to determine the date that clothing started being worn. » 9/12/13 6:00am 9/12/13 6:00am

Reporter Takes Box Cutter to the Wrist In the Name of Shark Suit Testing

A material that keeps you safe from a Great White chomp is cool enough. But what you're really going to want to watch for here is the willingness of KFMB reporter Jeff Zevely to take a box cutter across his thinly protected veins. [KFMB] » 2/25/11 5:20pm 2/25/11 5:20pm

Interactive Textiles Make Your Lack of Basketball Skills More Audible

At first glance, interactive textiles that memorize the motions of a perfect shot in basketball seem like they'd be amazingly beneficial. I mean, hey, if I could wear some fancy shirt that would force my arm to always shoot well, I'd be in the NBA! Unfortunately, the interactive textiles that were developed in… » 4/04/08 12:30pm 4/04/08 12:30pm