Texture and Shredding Methods

  • Washing unwashables - Taking items like wool suits and washing them will not only shrink them, but will do so unevenly, in a way that makes them look lumpy and old.
  • Rocks in pockets - Put rocks in pockets both to stretch out wet garments while they are hanging up, but also when you want to sand or grate the pockets to make the bottoms worn and hole-y.
  • Sanding - Sandpaper is good for giving a mild even wear to the edges of garments, subtle, but not too subtle.
  • Wire Brushes- Depending on the type of brush and type of fabric, wire brushes can either gently roughen texture or cause major snagging.
  • Saws - Big toothed wood saws make uneven "tears" in fabric that look natural.
  • Hand Ruffer - A fantastic tool for quickly shredding holes in garments, roughing up even tough fabrics, and wearing edges.
  • File Cleaner - A cheaper more available tool similar to the above that works 80% as well, and easily found at Home Depot.
  • Graters- good for small holes and worn cuffs.

  • Seam Ripper - Helps you cut lots of quick irregular tears in lighter fabrics when speed shredding is essential
  • Power Tools - Difficult to use with fabric safely, but helpful when going at tough-wearing fabrics in quantity.
  • Running wet garments through drier with rubber bath mats and/or tennis shoes - Mild aging to get new garments to look as though they have been worn for a while.
  • Chemical baths - Diluted bleach takes the shine and body out of silks, TSP can help fade garments while making the surface less smooth.  
  • Cement mixer + rocks+sand - Industrial method for bashing tough fabrics into worn state.