A Field Guide to Fabric Design

Guess what? I wrote a book! I’m in such a surreal state, being able to finally announce it and show you the cover! I can’t don’t think I can form a coherent introduction, so here’s a disconnected list.

It’s called A Field Guide to Fabric Design, and it is set for release in October of this year (it’s even available for pre-order on Amazon already). It’s published by Stash Books, an imprint of C&T.

It was of utmost importance to me to demystify repeating patterns. So the book gives you the conceptual foundation, then shows you how to make them (on paper and on the computer), how to print them (with block printing, screenprinting, or digital printing), and how to recognize and fix problems with them.

I’m proud of my color chapter. I hope it will also demystify the very confusing/intimidating process of creating color schemes and applying them to fabric so they look how you want them to look.

It’s primarily for people who want to design prints for fabric, and to sell that fabric. Just a few years ago, there weren’t enough avenues to allow the average Jane or Joe to do such a thing, and maybe not enough average Janes or Joes who were interested to justify a whole book about the process. But, I think, thanks to the handmade resurgence and to digital printing, that has all changed.

That said, the book is equally useful for people who want to design fabric for specific end products, or just for fun, or to get into the larger world of surface pattern design and licensing. Or for graphic designers who just want to apply the design and printing lessons to other surfaces.

Obviously, I’m not a Famous Fabric Designer myself — I’m more of a hunter/gatherer/disseminator of all things fabric. But you’ll see quite a few of my own designs in the book! In many ways this book is a collaboration between me and the amazing, supportive community of fabric designers working today. We (Stash & I) also wanted the book to capture the spirit of True Up and the current zeitgeist of the fabric world, so I curated about a zillion fabric swatches to illustrate all the basic design principles. There’s also some great, honest, real-world interviews with some of your favorite fabric designers.

Which brings me back to the cover — representing the digital world are Trois Miettes (Peacock), Nadja Petremand (Arome), and representing the licensing world is Aneela Hoey! Huge thanks to these talented women for lending their designs for the cause, and to Kristy Zacharias¬†for her lovely design work. ¬†(The block printed nasturtium leaf design, that’s mine!)

The book will be introduced at Spring Quilt Market — if you want to order it for your shop, head to C&T’s booth (#1734).

So there you have it. What do you think? If you have any questions, let me know. I wish I had a fainting couch by my desk right now … I’m going to need it!


  1. Laura Dro says:

    I cannot believe you wrote a book! I will definitely post this on my blog! Congrats!!!

  2. Jenni says:

    So fab!!!! Congratulations! Can’t wait to take a peek.

  3. MelanieO says:

    Ahhhhhhh!!!!! Oh my goodness!!!!! How very cool!!!! Sounds like a fantastic book – can’t wait to see more! Congratulations!!!!!

  4. betz says:

    Holy Smokes! Congratulations! I mean, Boom! there it is, a book! Just like that. :) Can’t wait to check it out at market!

  5. Congratulations Kim!! You give such a thorough, thoughtful perspective on all things fabric, and I’m sure the book will be no differnt and will be a gem for that reason!!! (It’s like you had another baby before the new baby!)

  6. angel says:

    So very awesome! Congrats!!

  7. La Alicia says:

    so exciting! congrats!

  8. Jesse says:

    Congratulations! I’m sure this is going to become an essential book!

  9. Huge congratulations to you! They say you should write about what you know about- and you certainly know fabric! Looks like the web’s go-to place for fabric will have a place on the book shelves as well! Can’t wait!

  10. Kajsa says:

    Wow! Congratulations! I will most certainly buy your book, I’ve made some Spoonflower designs, but I feel I have lots to learn.

  11. Colleen says:

    What a great idea – an addition to my ‘must buy’ list.

  12. Melany says:

    Ooh – this book sounds awesome. Congratulations and I will be watching for it in October!

  13. Sondra says:

    Congratulations, Kim!!!!!!!!!!!
    I can’t wait to see it. You have offered so much to everyone and now a book!!!!! can’t wait. Must post about this!!!
    Best to you, always.

  14. Congratulations, that’s exciting news! I’m looking forward to read it!

  15. Congratulations Kim! Super excited – sending tweets to the tweeps

  16. erin says:

    super exciting! it looks great, kim. congrats!

  17. Sheila says:

    Congrats! It’s such a thrill to see your own work in print, isn’t it?! I’ll definitely be picking up a copy!

  18. Amy says:

    congratulations! This has been one of my favorite blogs for a while and I can not wait to see this book!

  19. Sue says:

    Ever since I came across KarmaKraft & Spoonflower I’ve been wanting to try my hand at some fabric design but have no idea how to get started. This sounds like it would be perfect! Well done!

  20. Carmen says:

    That’s awesome, Kim! I can’t believe how much you do with this blog, let alone outside of it. Congratulations!

  21. Chelsea says:

    Congratulations Kim, what an amazing achievement! You’ve been dropping hints about something big in the works, but a book! So cool! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  22. Veronica says:

    A great big congratulations! I look very much forward to owning a copy.

  23. wooo hoo! I am thrilled to be a part of it! xo

  24. tia says:

    Yay! You of all people should write a book. I have been floundering a bit with fabric design, I am sure your book will answer my questions.

  25. Kim says:

    Congratulations. A much needed book! Everything about Fabric design out there seems to be 10yrs old! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  26. Mary C says:


    I use Google Reader to follow your blog and many others. Google Reader doesn’t show any of your postings after April 27. I checked with a friend who uses a reader and she said the same thing. Has something changed? I tried deleting and adding True Up to my Google Reader and it still shows April 27 as the most recent posting.


    • Kim says:

      Mary, I realized this earlier today and am trying to figure out what’s going on. It’s killing me! Thank you for letting me know!

  27. Sherri says:

    Congrats..looks like such a wonderful resource! Hoping I can see it at market!

  28. shannon says:

    how do you do it all?!!! thanks so much for sharing with the world! :) i love your blog, and i am i so excited about this book since i have been wanting to give fabric printing a try, but feel so untalented. maybe this will help! :)

    congratulations!!!!! :)

  29. jordana says:

    congratulations! i am definitely looking forward to being able to get your book :)

  30. Karen LePage says:

    Isn’t it fantastically exciting? I’m thrilled for you!!

  31. Melissa says:

    Oh wow! How wonderful! I am so excited for you and cannot wait to get my hands on your book! Congratulations!

  32. Gorgeous, I love the cover! I will put in my order ASAP. Maybe a book tour is in order? Well, post baby and everything…

  33. Monica says:

    Yippee!!! This sounds fantastic!

  34. That looks fantastic! Congrats. Aren’t the Stash Books folks the best?

  35. eva says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait for it!

  36. Alissa says:

    Whoohoo fellow Stash Books author!! Hurray and congrats!

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  38. Liz says:

    Yay! This is such awesome news! I’m really excited to see all of this info in one place. I have a collection of various design books that answer some parts, but not everything. I learned repeats from my mom and a tutorial by Julia Rothman. But I’m still confused by colors and I’m so looking forward to this. Congratulations!

  39. I can’t wait to read this! I know nothing about fabric design or graphic design, or really even art, LOL. I just like to be crafty. I’m really interested in learning more and just expanding my knowledge base.

  40. michelle says:

    Finally this subject is being written about. Cant wait for october!

  41. Dan says:

    Congratulations! I look forward to getting my hands on a copy.

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  44. DianeY says:

    Congrats! Sounds like it’ll be a wonderful book! I’m always in such awe about your fabric knowledge

  45. Shaerie says:

    This is so exciting, Kim! It looks fantastic, and I can’t think of a better person to write it!

  46. kathreen says:

    Hey Kim
    big lovely congrats to you – the cover looks amazing!

    xxx hugs

  47. Traci Bixby says:

    Already on my wish list. Looks like such a great book! Can’t wait!

  48. Cathy A says:

    This looks wonderful!! congratulations!

  49. Di says:

    Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see the book at Quilt Market. It’s a great subject for a book in our industry. You must be soooo proud.

  50. anna says:

    wow!!!!!! so awesome, congrats in a huge way. That’s so exciting and I can’t wait to take a peek at it. Wish I could see it at market!