This volume also includes expert advice on using both traditional and new digital design and production techniques. This is a book about printing fabrics to use in apparel and quilts. As a general rule we do not censor any content on the site. Muddy palettes, marbled color, and strict blue for boy, pink for girl associations are out the window in favor of the bright, bold, sharp, inventive, and eclectic. If, like me, you can't afford such expensive software then she also shows you where to find free software that will do much the same thing. Depending on what you want to do draw designs by hand, use adobe, diy print or digital print parts of the book won't be relevant. Then you can explore the myriad ways of transferring your design to cloth, from stamping and screen printing to digital printing with short-run fabric printers such as Spoonflower through to how to go about getting a contract with one of the large fabric companies to produce a range that youve designed.
As I currently use a very old version of Adobe software I found a lot of those did not apply to me and I often found other issues with them as well. Digital textile printing, using machines similar to your desktop inkjet printer rather than with traditional volume production machinery, has become affordable and accessible to all to create fabric designs and see them on fabric. We take abuse seriously in our discussion boards. Visually, they serve as an oasis; the eye can ramble around them in a leisurely way. Though the audience for the design sections of the book is limited to crafters with an artistic bent, much of the other content will help quilters and sewers make the best possible use of the fabrics in their collections. American Quilt Retailer Jan 12 Who hasn't dreamed of being a fabric designer? I learned a lot and was inspired enough to think about maybe doing a spoonflower run small for my own use of some of my own artwork in the future.
Kimberly covers an analysis of the structure of pattern design, color know-how, as well as hand-printing and digital-printing techniques. That led me to launch my all-fabric, all-the-time blog, www. She also provides a lot of resources for licensing as well as printing on demand like Spoonflower. Not knowing was very perplexing for me. This book is about the technical aspects of designing fabric, not about design itself.
In this interview we discuss her new book, The Field Guide to Fabric Design, the quilting world and the fabric industry as a whole. One-way and sometimes two-way fabrics may require extra attention for patchwork projects. It has tutorials on how to create repeating designs and print your own fabric by hand or digitally. This is the ideal guide to everything you need to know to start designing and making your very own fabrics. What quickly becomes clear is that textiles fabric designing is a competitive and difficult market. It covers all the basics of fabric design from design and colour, types of motif, creating repeats by hand on the computer to printing and even selling your designs! As you will see, directionality is both an aesthetic and a functional choice.
Book Summary: The title of this book is A Field Guide to Fabric Design and it was written by. Several small, independent fabric producers have sprung up, further diversifying the design voices. After all, pattern existed before mass production methods, and it will continue to be beautiful even as digital textile printing makes it unnecessary. If you are a budding fabric designer, it will answer lots of your questions in one place. I've been creating textile surface designs for 20 years for both the garment industry and my own quilting fabric manufacturing business and I am amazed at how well this book puts all my years of knowledge into a nice little package.
There are several instructional overviews including hand block printing, screen printing, designing a collection, and textile basics. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I'm keen to give it a go myself. This volume also includes expert advice on using both traditional and new digital design and production techniques. Some of it may not be useful to me right now for instance, things to consider if licensing your designs but I have to say I'm impressed at how thorough the book is. For example, a stripe could be oriented in four or more directions and look just fine, but it is still considered a two-way print.
All are comprehensive and a good foundation for further study and exploration. There are of course a multitude of ways to go about making pattern repeats and even more tutorials to be found online. If you're new to fabric design, this book will be invaluable to you in your endeavors! The many instructions and tutorials are easy to follow and the information is very thorough. I got this book not knowing a whole lot about fabric design, just a little bit of exposure here and there to the industry. If you have ever dreamed of showing your designs on fabric, textile aficionado Kim Kight, of popular blog True Up, is here to teach you how. Oh, and there's the stuff about color and types of fabric that fill in the knowledge gaps too. This is because cutting layouts for many types of projects are designed so that pieces are oriented lengthwise and crosswise, right side up and wrong side down, to minimize yardage requirements.
Digital printing reduces waste and pollutants significantly. This volume also includes expert advice on using both traditional and new digital design and production techniques. Design and colour basics are explained, with step-by-step tutorials for creating repeat patterns by hand or computer. Nondirectional prints include two subtypes: tossed and four-way. Kimberly Kight started the blog True Up in 2008. The book is really well laid out with clear headers, images and tutorials throughout the book.
Next, the Printing section guides you through transferring those designs on fabric-whether it's block printing, screen printing, digital printing or licensing to a fabric company-and how to determine the best method for you. Some traditional fabric manufacturers, too, are leading the way in reducing the social and environmental impact of the textile industry by using organically grown and processed cotton and by printing with low-impact inks and dyes. If you have good ideas and some design flair, there's now nothing stopping you. I looked in quilt shops for anything bright, fresh, and modern among the sea of English garden themes, Civil War reproductions, and batiks. First, the Design and Color section explains the basics with step-by-step tutorials on creating repeating patterns both by hand and on the computer.