To make your art quilts unique, this book begins with a section on surface design - it looks at many different ways of dyeing or colouring your fabric from printing methods and stamping to direct dyeing and shibori. It then goes on to bleaching and discharging as well as image transfer. Under special effects you will find Shiva (known as Markal in Europe) Paintstiks, direct painting with inks and marbling. How about painting fusible web, expandable paint medium, shrink film or metallic foils? Have you made beads from Angelina? There are lots of methods to try out - but probably nothing you have not heard of before. The beauty of this book is that all the methods are in one place . The instructions are clear and adequately illustrated. Chapter four challenges you to explore your creativity. It looks at themes and ideas, this is continued in the remaining chapters which deal with working as an artist - collaboration, trading and connections. 16 artists' work is showcased in the book. I think this is an excellent book for beginners in surface design and those exploring the idea of selling or trading their work. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.