Made By Mrs M

The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric


The second book in my (two part) series of fabric design book reviews is The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric by Laurie Wisbrun. 

This is also a back to basics introduction to the world of fabric design, which starts with
understanding patterns, inspiration, compiling mood boards etc.

This book also contains a really useful section on designing in Photoshop and Illustrator, and I find the layout of this a little easier to read (if a bit dated compared to A Field Guide to Fabric Design).  With regard to the level it's pitched at though, I'd say it's very similar - really aimed at the beginner or self taught designer. 

There's a useful section on understanding how fabrics work and working with different inks and dyes and and it goes into the detail of the different types of hand and digital printing.  The final section covers mass production, approaching manufacturers, developing collections and marketing - quite useful but not in depth.

What I do prefer about this book though are the more detailed interviews with designers - the example below features Malka Dubrawsky.

Not just more detail, but lots of lovely images too.

Whether you go for this book or A Field Guide will, I think, come down to your preference for layout, as the content of the two books is actually very similar, and is aimed at pretty much the same level.  If like me you love reading interviews with other designers though, this one is for you!

The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric by Laurie Wisbrun is published by A&C Black.