It may sound silly to say this, but as I introduce this book to you, I ask that you cast your mind back to mid-2008. There was a new website on the block and everyone I knew was clamoring for an invitation: Spoonflower. As I gazed into my crystal ball of the future, I could see the potential for this site to really gain traction and entice a whole new group of sewists to try their hand at designing their own fabric. If only they knew how. So, I rang up Stephen, the co-owner of Spoonflower, and asked him if he knew anyone who could explain the world of digital printing and fabric design to our readers. He said, yes…Kim Kight of the popular blog, True Up.
And, boy, was he right. I am beyond proud to introduce you all to the result of many months of exciting work: The Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kim Kight. Kim has developed a book that covers everything from fabric design fundamentals to step-by-step tutorials on how to create designs (both by hand and using computer software).
She teaches how to create repeats…
She explains how to develop a color palette that works together…
She introduces you to the world of professional fabric design…and the best part is that each section is packed with designer roundtables where the best designers working in the industry today offer their advice and experience on a range of topics.
Even with all of this amazing content, trying to present it to you in book form without making the instructions appear dry and boring, was the challenge our Design Manager, Kristy Zacharias:
The title of Kim’s book really influenced the direction that I took the book design. When I think of a field guide, I think of a straight-forward, visual presentation that allows the reader to match terms and definitions with clearly marked images. A Field Guide to Fabric Design is full of definitions and images. The challenge for me was to present the information in a way that supported Kim’s wealth of fabric knowledge so that readers would feel inspired by the content, not overwhelmed. By keeping the design minimal and letting the wonderful fabric images speak for themselves, I think we’ve put together a true field guide for aspiring fabric designers.
From a kernel of an idea and the glimmer of a trend, Kim has created a visually exciting, information-packed guide for anyone who wants to print fabric for fun or for profit, which further reinforces our mission at Stash Books: to explore new ways to help you create unique and handmade fiber art. Kim has also launched a website in conjunction with this book where you can ask questions, share resources, gather advice, and chat. This is going to be a book you read from cover to cover…that is if you can stop yourself from running out to get the supplies you need to dive right in!
Now’s your chance to win your own copy of The Field Guide to Fabric Design! To enter, leave a comment here telling us if you’ve ever tried designing your own fabric before. The deadline is Sunday, October 23, 2011 and the winner will be contacted via email.
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