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Classic and Modern Fabrics: The Complete Illustrated Sourcebook [Hardcover]

Janet Wilson
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10 May 2010
'Classic and Modern Fabrics' is the definitive reference guide to all the major types of fabric in circulation today. In clear and succinct language, the author describes over 600 examples, from classic tweeds to state-of-the-art nano fabrics. Ease of recognition is the books primary aim: each entry is written in an easy-to-follow format, including a definition, notes on structure, and a list of the fabrics principal applications and almost all examples are accompanied by a photograph and/or diagram designed to show defining characteristics at a glance. In addition, the text contains a wealth of detail covering patterns, history, and obsolete terms that the reader might still encounter. Combined with a comprehensive reference section, this unique work will prove itself invaluable to a whole range of users, from design students, teachers, designers and historians to manufacturers, buyers and merchandisers worldwide.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (10 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500515077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500515075
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Janet Wilson is an international lecturer in the field of Textiles. She has lectured in higher education in the UK for over 25 years and has taught training courses for the clothing and retail industry since 1992. She has worked as a textile designer in the UK and Switzerland and lectures on the subjects of: woven fabrics, warp-knitted fabrics, weft-knitted fabrics, printed and dyed textiles, textile finishing, textile fibres and textile testing and quality.

Her book, Classic and Modern Fabrics: The Complete Illustrated Sourcebook, published in 2010, is a comprehensive, illustrated A-Z reference book describing all the major fabrics in circulation today. There are 320 pages with 834 colour illustrations. Over 600 fabrics are described from classic tweeds to state-of-the-art nanomaterials.

Each entry includes an outline of the fabrics defining characteristics, construction details, and a photograph to aid recognition. Some background history and information on typical end uses have also been provided. There is an extensive cross-referencing system and a thorough glossary and bibliography.



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`Provides essential information the history, structure and application of over 600 different fabrics... not only a fascinating read, but an invaluable addition to your sewing room' --Sew

'Formidable and rather beautiful'
--Crafts Magazine

'The definitive reference guide to all major types of fabric in circulation today' --New Design

'Definitive ... this work will prove itself invaluable to a whole range of users such as design students, teachers, designers and historians' --Sew Today

'You'll find more than dry detail and typical usage ... a valuable addition to any textile bookshelf'
--Embroidery

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you wanted to know..... 16 Feb 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is an amazing book full of fascinating information. All those niggling questions answered, like what was that tarlatan dress they wear in Little Women? (it's a stiffened muslin) and who'd have thought that the word "seersucker" comes form the Persian "shir o sakkar", meaning "milk and sugar". I want to go out and find all these fabrics and make things NOW.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book 10 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover
This book is fantastic and I would recommend this to anyone interested in fabrics. There is so much interesting information about different types of fabric and as a weaver I think the structure drafts are a very welcomed added bonus.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Book 3 Jan 2014
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The pictures give a very clear view of the fabric descriptions connected with them. It is very much a wonderful resource!
4.0 out of 5 stars Which Fabric? 11 Dec 2013
By Patricia H. Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone who sews and needs to know more about fabrics than the back of the pattern envelope tells you, this book is enormously helpful. If you sew period costumes, it also helps when deciding to use a modern fabric as a substitute for one used during the histrionic period of the costume you are making.
If you have a fabric which you cannot identify, this book leads you by the hand so you no longer have "mystery cloth", a great help with inherited remnants.
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