A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric; Traditional & Digital Techniques; For Quilting, Home Dec & Apparel by Kimberly Kight was originally published in 2011 by Stash Books and now in its fifth printing (more than 22,000 in print). The book gives you a conceptual foundation in pattern design, then shows you how to make various types of repeats (on paper and on the computer), how to recognize and fix problems with your designs, and how to print them (with block printing, screenprinting, or digital printing).
The color chapter will also demystify the often intimidating process of creating color schemes and applying them to fabric so they look how you want them to look.
The book is primarily geared toward people who want to design fabric prints for the retail market. However, it’s also useful for graphic designers or anyone who want to learn how to make repeating patterns for fun or profit.
In many ways this book is a collaboration between me and the amazing, supportive community of fabric designers working today. Some of the biggest names in the industry contribute their honest, real-world perspectives in “Designer Roundtable” sections.
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Also available on Amazon.