Embellish Me: How to Print Dye and Decorate Your Fabric

Embellish Me is the ultimate guide for achieving the perfect surface finishes for your fabric-based projects.

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Embellish Me is the ultimate guide for achieving the perfect surface finishes for your fabric-based projects. Inside you'll discover comprehensive step-by-step instructions accompanied by detailed illustrations that illuminate an extensive range of fabric alteration and embellishment techniques. You'll learn tie-dyeing, bleaching, and shibori; block, silk-screen, and digital printing; and beading, embroidery, and appliqué.
Divided into three sections, Embellish Me includes:
• A first section that teaches essential information on tools and materials, as well as a comprehensive chapter on pattern design, which covers computer-rendered patterns in addition to hand-drawn designs.
• A second section that is organized by technique, covering bleaching, dyeing, and printing, as well as more complex embellishing techniques such as embroidery, needle punching, and foil embossing.
• A third section that helps you take your fabric designs to the next level, and offers in-depth advice on important issues such as how aspiring amateurs can best market and sell their own designs.
• An artist interview at the conclusion of each chapter that offers insight into the working practices of contemporary fabric crafters and providing further inspiration for your own projects.
This information-rich guide will fully equip you with all the information needed to apply these techniques to any number of fabric projects. And galleries throughout the book will inspire you to engage with these techniques, showing how they have been applied to fabric and providing a valuable starting point for your craft. 
Create beautiful surface designs on projects ranging from tote bags and clothes to cushion covers, lampshades, toys, and home furnishings with Embellish Me!
Table of Contents

Part 1: The Basics
Chapter 1: Getting Started
-Tools and Materials
-Understanding Fabrics
Chapter 2: Designing Patterns
-General Pattern Design Tips
-Hand Rendered Patterns
-Computer Rendered Patterns

Part 2: Techniques
Chapter 3: Bleaching
-Removing Color
-Basic Patterns
-Motifs and Artworks
-Practitioner Interview

Chapter 4: Dyeing
-Natural Dyes
-Dip Dyeing and Over Dyeing
-Tie Dyeing
-Practitioner Interview

Chapter 5: Printing Patterns
-Placement or All Over Printing
-Block Printing
-Heat Transfer Printing
-Digital Printing
-Screen Printing
-Pen and Ink
-Practitioner Interview

Chapter 6: Embellishment
-Toys and Trinkets
-Practitioner Interview

Chapter 7: Specialist Techniques
-Foil Embossing
-Practitioner Interview

Part 3: Going Pro
Working with a Digital Printing Service
Developing a Collection
Marketing and Selling Your Designs
Practitioner Interview

Useful Resources
About the Author
Laurie Wisbrun is an author and fabric designer who lives in Austin, Texas. You can find more about her and her work at www.lauriewis.blogspot.com and www.lauriewisbrun.com.


Author/Speaker/Editor: Laurie Wisbrun

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596688629

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