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 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!