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The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric Paperback – 15 Oct 2011
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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
About the Author
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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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
Anyways a good resource to have in your collection
It's a brilliant book, with everything you need to about designing fabric. It goes through all the steps of designing fabric, from repeats, colours, inspiration and trends, to designing patterns (including using software), hand and digital printing and how to go professional... without all the waffle you get in most book!
Also, I'm dyslexic, so find reading tough, but this was really easy to read. :-)