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I have a giant stack of books on my desk right now, but the only one I have made time to read through so far this month is this one:

Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design by Laurie Wisbrun

If you are thinking about pursuing fabric design or you are interested in printing your own fabrics (whether by hand or digitally) this book is a must-have. At just over 200 pages, the author, Laurie Wisbrun (who you may already know from Scarlet Fig) has packed in pretty much anything you could possibly need to know about creating fabrics. I have known Laurie for a couple of years now and I am so thrilled for her.

The book is beautifully done (Chronicle is the publisher, so that’s a given, right?) and I thought you would want to know about it as a diy gal yourself.

So, let’s go through it. I took some photos so you can look inside…

We’ll start with the best part! The hand printing section is my favorite chapter of this book. There are block printing tips (perfect for diy projects- whether you are getting into fabric printing or not), and a handful of tutorials for hand printing. Love it!

And there’s also a digital printing chapter…

Along with actual step-by-step screenshots from Photoshop and Illustrator for designing patterns on the computer…

And some other things too like sourcing inspiration, trend forecasts, and interviews with other textile designers…

You can pick up Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design on Amazon right here for less than 20 buckaroos. And if you would like to hear more about this book, follow the remainder of the blog tour…

The tour will wrap up this week with Book By Its Cover tomorrow and  Simply Grove on Friday. And Laurie Wisbrun, the author, will be bringing up the rear with a giveaway on her blog, Scarlett Fig, on Monday, March 26th.


In a field somewhere, reading a book or writing in my journal. With an amazing vintage bag of course.

She Reads in Fields by aimeelikestotakepics


I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the most well-read person around. And I often prefer reading articles online to picking up a book. I know, I know, start sending the hate mail. But one thing I think we really need in our house right now is a reading nook. Could be just a chair in the corner with a little lamp. Or something bigger with a bookshelf… anything really. Maybe it would inspire me to get off my laptop and read that ever growing stack of books on our shelf?

Where do you like to curl up and read?

Image Credit: Orange Reading Nook; Marden House; Wiltshire Property; Reading Room; Living Etc Geometric Pattern; Reading Corner; Michael Penney’s Home