Have you ever thought about getting into fabric design?

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.

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Latest from the Design and Print Fabric blog tour: great book review on the papernstitch blog http://t.co/cYMnp2Nh

RotoVision SA (@RotoVision_SA)

RT @RotoVision_SA: Latest from the Design and Print Fabric blog tour: great book review on the papernstitch blog http://t.co/cYMnp2Nh

Jane (@Janeyc14)

Oh my goodness, I have wanted to do this my whole life. That and be the fashion editor for Vogue! I am a nurse which is soooo not in the same category.

Seriously Sassy Mama

Haha. If this is something you’ve always wanted to do, I highly recommend the book (there is also a section for career options).
-Brittni

papernstitch

I saw this on Papernstitch. I want it! Have you ever thought about getting into fabric design? http://t.co/bz7sOK0P

Ersi Marina (@ersimarina)

RT @papernstitch: some great fabric printing tutorials in this book from @ChronicleBooks http://t.co/mUf6eojg

La Petite Peach (@lapetitepeach)

“@papernstitch: some great fabric printing tutorials in this book from @ChronicleBooks http://t.co/radrFY3x” <—love it and plan to buy it.

Beatrice Clay (@chrissybell)

The MASTERING THE ART OF FABRIC PRINTING AND DESIGN blog tour continues on @papernstitch today: http://t.co/WUfUmkNI #design #pattern

Chronicle Books (@ChronicleBooks)

RT @ChronicleBooks: The MASTERING THE ART OF FABRIC PRINTING AND DESIGN blog tour continues on @papernstitch today: http://t.co/WUfUmkNI #design #pattern

Anandi A. Premlall (@AAPremlall)

This book looks amazing! This is something i’ve always wanted to do!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/sweeteststrawberry

Nancy

Oh, I need this book! I’ve turned my digital patterns I have on Etsy into fabric with Spoonflower! I love it… but I don’t have a sewing machine so it just sits on my desk and looks pretty. But I did design and make my own tea towels. They turned out really pretty. http://vickidesigner.com/2012/03/08/the-making-of-a-tea-towel/

Vicki

How awesome Vicki. The tea towels look great – just like the prints you sell with that same design. Thanks for sharing the link. You would love Laurie’s book.
-Brittni

papernstitch

RT @papernstitch: some great fabric printing tutorials in this book from @ChronicleBooks http://t.co/mUf6eojg

(@ccloth) (@ccloth)

LOVE Laurie’s prints. I think the Chesterfields were my favorite. This is great, just put this on my wishlist!

Jenny @ Hank + Hunt

A wonderful review of a must-have book on fabric printing. via @papernstitch @ChronicleBooks http://t.co/TqTrSuHU

Carmen Ali (@CarmenAliDesign)

If you want to design your own fabric and see it in print, you can go to spoonflower.com It’s a website for custom printed fabric and the price is quite reasonable. You can also order a sample first to see how it looks before you buy the whole yard of the fabric. I haven’t used this website as I know nothing about designing nor sewing, but it looks like it’s pretty cool site to play with your creativity.

Jennifer

thats a very nice book… I’m thinking of getting one too… I wanted to learn fabric printing actually but I thought its quite hard but I think that book can be very helpful

April San Pedro {iam_artisan}

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