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The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric [Paperback]

Laurie Wisbrun
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Book Description

15 Oct 2011
The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric is a comprehensive handbook covering everything there is to know about designing and printing fabric. The book walks readers through the entire fabric design process, from finding inspiration, through step-by-step tutorials on how to design a pattern (both digitally and by hand), looking at different printing methods (such as digital printing, screenprinting, monoprinting, stamping, stencilling, resis dying, painting and inkjet printing), to establishing and developing a fabric collection, and approaching a manufacturer. The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric is full of advice from established fabric designers with clear, easy to follow step-by-step tutorials. Textile design is a competitive industry and learning how to design fabric is something that both designers and crafters with an avid interest in fabrics are keen to learn more about. Companies such as Spoon Flower (spoon.flower.com) have emerged, offering customers an affordable way to design and print their own fabric: upload a design and they digitally print the fabric for you. This accessibility means fabric design is increasingly popular.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (15 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408147009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408147009
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'an inspirational and practical guide that walks readers through the entire fabric design and printing process.' --prlog.org, April 10, 2011

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Laurie Wisbrun is a pattern and textile designer specialising in art for textiles, craft/hobby products, home decor products, wallpaper, stationery and paper goods, children's apparel and more. She left her career in marketing in 2008 to set up her own business producing limited-run fabric. She quickly developed a strong following online, with her quilts becoming particularly popular. In addition to an exhibition at Surtex 2010 as a pattern and textile designer, several of her designs have been licensed for two collections of Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thorough and easy to follow 10 Nov 2011
By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Usually 'complete' books disappoint me because they are not complete, however this book is different. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is without doubt the best book I have on fabric printing and I have quite a few. If like me, you have a desire to print your own fabric, you'll find this book a real bonus. It's good to look at - the photographs are clear and the fabrics beautiful. It's good to use - it explains so much from types of fabric, types of pattern, colour, how to design. It's good in practice - providing sources of information, pattern design tips, tools of the trade, using software, dyeing and hand and digital printing. In addition, there are profiles of successful fabric designers and tips on going professional. One thing is for sure, Laurie has done a professional job on this book - it's top of the class. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review websites.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK if your a complete novice 10 Jun 2012
By Una C
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This book will impress if you are completely new to the concept of printing and dyeing fabric. However,I suspect that it will also frustrate, as the instructions/content are quite "high level". This is one of several books I've purchased recently on the back of American blogger reviews and I have to say I've been a tad disappointed. There appears to be a bit of a glut of new books from this "community" which have been marketed well but from my perspective fail to deliver. Lots of nice picture fillers, but big type and lots of white space, so on first impressions it looks like a meaty tome but when you actually start to read it, it's pretty lighweight.

On the plus side it does cover a lot of subject matter (from printing to selling your stuff), the images show fresh modern prints for inspiration, and there are some interesting interviews with crafters and artists who have successfully transferred their talents to a commercial enterprise.

I'm a bit borderline as to whether I would have added this to my library if I'd had the chance to really delve into it first - chances are I would as it has got the seed of being an excellent book if only it had raised the bar on areas other than how to use Adobe illustrator/photoshop (which as I don't own I've skipped - it does take up a significant chunk of the book).
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand and beautifully presented 27 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback
I found this book very clear, concise and easy to follow. Having dabbled in pattern design, this book was very helpful in guiding me deeper into the fabric design process. The book begins by going though the different types of patterns, then moves on to going through the entire design process in great detail, covering topics such as repeat pattern types, inspiration, colour wheel etc. A wide range of textile and print designers are interviewed about the type of work they do and these interviews are placed strategically within the chapter that corresponds to the technique used by that particular designer, for example in the chapter on screenprinting there's a fantastic interview with Lara Cameron and Tegan Rose of Ink & Spindle. The chapter on repeats goes into detail about the different types of repeat and how to create them in Photoshop and Illustrator. I personally use only Illustrator to design, so found it useful to see how the repeat process can work in Photoshop. The book not only covers designing on computers for machine printed fabrics, but also all the hand printing processes including various techniques of dyeing, block printing, stencil printing and silk screen printing. The last few chapters are very informative about going professional, mass production and further eduction for anyone wishing to follow their dreams and make fabric design a full time career. Altogether I found the book extremely thorough covering every aspect of the industry that I would wish to know, especially practical techniques of design, and learning how to market your own work and get into the industry.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd had this at college 29 Dec 2012
By Cee Jay
Format:Paperback
I did a 3 year degree in fabric design, and I've learned more from this book than I did for my BA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book overall 21 Sep 2013
By Clair
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I bought this book to get the hang of designing for fabric. I had already borrowed this from the library as well as a friend's copy so I knew it was the one I wanted.
I haven't finished it yet, but it's very informative thus far and takes you from the basic idea and moving forward to actually designing.
It doesn't assume you know anything particularly to start with, but builds quickly and nicely on the basics of different types of patterns and repeats, gets in to colour, sources of inspiration, legality of copyright of image sources, and then moves in to taking those basics and applying them in the computer with easy to follow guides for each type and step. That's about as far as I've gotten, but it goes on to instruct you in actually printing fabric at home with various methods. That looks like fun and I'm looking forward to trying it :D
A friend of mine has a degree in textile design and rates this good as a good primer for getting you started in that direction as it covers all the major basics on the subject.
That was enough recommendation for me :D
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 25 Feb 2014
By Floss
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Easy to read and has some lovely ideas. Well researched book and I'm looking forward to trying out some techniques.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough and inspiring 20 Feb 2014
By Tia
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I've recently been wanting to learn how to quickly and easily make patterns for fabric design. This book is a great starting point, with clear instructions, insightful interviews and inspiring designs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabrics
Very useful for who want to learn how to design fabric and to known that world of prints and fabrics
Published 3 months ago by Oriana Freitas
5.0 out of 5 stars Asked for as a xmas present
As this was asked for as a present I can't review it as I didn't look through it. Person happy with it
Published 3 months ago by Birdie
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a nice book, with many examples of fabric however only ...
It's a nice book, with many examples of fabric however only speaks very generally about the actually "printing" of fabric. Read more
Published 4 months ago by maria
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this book
This book gives a great inside in printing onto fabric or producing artwork to be printed onto fabric. The step-by-step software tutorials are really helpful! Read more
Published 8 months ago by NK Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Beautifully-illustrated basic guide to starting fabric design that I consider was money well spent. I spent 600 on a design course recently, yet much of the material on the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Hadatouz
5.0 out of 5 stars Study this book and you can make your own special fabric.
your can make your own fabric when you study this book and you can use many new ways to make it.This book gives you a lot of idears and this book is very special made to inspire.
Published 10 months ago by margitpilheden
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect handbook for textile students
Recommended by my tutor on a digital printing on textile course and I got it cheaper! Full of interesting details, lots of inspiring patterns and exemplary step by step using... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. Fiona B. Currie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
A very inspiring book with loads of really helpful information. A great guide for the beginner or someone more accomplished.
Published 11 months ago by E. Hayton
5.0 out of 5 stars very useful
I found this book easy to read and informative. I find instructions hard to understand (I work better when I am shown how to do something, rather than reading about it). Read more
Published 12 months ago by Flurominx
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Brilliant book, 1005 recommend for any one wanting to get to grips with the basics or to refresh your skills.
Published 13 months ago by Julius Quinn Arthur
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