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The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric Paperback – 15 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 01 edition (15 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408147009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408147009
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.7 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,491 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

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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By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2011
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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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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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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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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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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It's a nice book, with many examples of fabric however only speaks very generally about the actually "printing" of fabric.
It's more of a pleasant book, not really a book to learn the techniques.
but i like it!
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