The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric is a comprehensive handbook covering everything there is to know about designing and printing fabric. The book walks readers through the entire fabric design process, from finding inspiration, through step-by-step tutorials on how to design a pattern (both digitally and by hand), looking at different printing methods (such as digital printing, screenprinting, monoprinting, stamping, stencilling, resis dying, painting and inkjet printing), to establishing and developing a fabric collection, and approaching a manufacturer. The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric is full of advice from established fabric designers with clear, easy to follow step-by-step tutorials. Textile design is a competitive industry and learning how to design fabric is something that both designers and crafters with an avid interest in fabrics are keen to learn more about. Companies such as Spoon Flower (spoon.flower.com) have emerged, offering customers an affordable way to design and print their own fabric: upload a design and they digitally print the fabric for you. This accessibility means fabric design is increasingly popular.
Laurie Wisbrun is a pattern and textile designer specialising in art for textiles, crafthobby products, home d cor products, wallpaper, stationery and paper goods, children's apparel and more. She left her career in marketing in 2008 to set up her own business producing limited-run fabric. She quickly developed a strong following online, with her quilts becoming particularly popular. In addition to an exhibition at Surtex 2010 as a pattern and textile designer, several of her designs have been licensed for two collections of Robert Kaufman Fabrics.