First of the Month Review

Today I'm focusing on my latest purchase: A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberly Kight.

I first saw this book while flipping through Amazon* for design books. It intrigued me, and I wanted to borrow it from the library, but the system didn't have it.

Thankfully, while interviewing at the local art store to be a bookbinding teacher, I found the book. To be honest, I thought it would be one of those books that gives a lot of patterns and projects. Not that books like those are bad - actually, they can turn out to be good inspiration, but I find that they don't provide the answers I need.

After all, I design my own woven items, and I would like to design my own fabric as well. It isn't simply enough to take another author's design and make it my own. There is this nasty little thing called copyright. When I saw two pages dedicated to copyright laws in this book, I knew it would be worth the money.

Kight steps you through the process of designing. She doesn't give you projects, but gives you the information you actually need. You won't find patterns for the designs on the cover. What you will find is the information on color design, pattern repeats, and theme development.

Later in the book, she focuses on working independently or for a printer. For me, it's intriguing to see how the layers work together, and how they develop into a finished product.

If you can't find the fabric you want for clothes, quilts, purses or whatever, but don't want to follow someone else's patterns, this book is for you. If you want to explore the possibilities of running a boutique fabric store where the items are created by you - buy this book. It is perfect for anyone who wants to design fabric to their specifications, or for those who don't want to be like everyone else.

*If you click on the photograph, it will take you to Amazon. I am an affiliate of Amazon, and earn a little money off each click.


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