The Surface Designer's Handbook Dyeing Printing Painting and Creating Resists on Fabric

The Surface Designer's Handbook will help crafters understand which dyes work best with which fibers, and how to apply this knowledge to create unique, original fabrics.

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Learn to create richly patterned fabrics with The Surface Designer's Handbook, the most comprehensive book for learning how dyes work and using them with surface design techniques. Author Holly Brackmann draws on more than 30 years of experience with studio dyeing techniques, providing a wealth of information on dyeing and surface design not found in any book currently in print.

The Surface Designer's Handbook will help crafters understand which dyes work best with which fibers, and how to apply this knowledge to create unique, original fabrics.

Begin by learning the basics of studio practices and safety measures, appropriate fibers and fabrics, and then move into all aspects of the major dye groups most accessible to studio dyers: fiber reactive, acid, vat, and disperse. The dyes are then used to alter and change surfaces by discharging, screen printing, monoprinting, stamping, stenciling, resist dyeing, devore, and painting. Then learn how to embellish your fabric with foiling, embroidery, beadwork, or collage.

Recipes for dyes and techniques covered in the book are accompanied by step-by-step instructions and process photographs, making them clear and easy to follow. Brackmann shares tips and tricks gleaned from her three decades of experience in studio dyeing and helps you identify your personal approach to dyeing - are you a creative free spirit, or do you prefer to follow precise rules?

The hardback format with concealed spiral binding makes The Surface Designer's Handbook easy to use, as the book can lie flat while you're consulting a recipe. The dye worksheet can be used to calculate and record dyes, chemicals, procedures, and costs for all dye projects. Color photos of works from some of the top fiber artists today that are included throughout the book are certain to inspire artists of any background.

The Surface Designer's Handbook will appeal to a wide audience of students, teachers, hobbyists, or beginner surface design artists. Whether you're an experienced dyer or surface designer or you're just starting out, this book is certain to become your essential reference tool!

Reviews: "If you dye, paint, or print on fabric, this book is a must-have.  This is an all-in-one resource that you'll refer to again and again."-Fiber Art News

"Textile artists could spend an entire lifetime gathering the information found in this book."-Library Journal

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Studio Practices and Safety
Chapter 2: Dyes, Fibers, and Fabrics
Chapter 3: Color
Chapter 4: Fiber-Reactive Dyes
Chapter 5: Acid Dyes
Chapter 6: Vat Dyes
Chapter 7: Disperse Dyes
Chapter 8: Discharging
Chapter 9: Screen Printing
Chapter 10: Monoprinting
Chapter 11: Stamping
Chapter 12: Stenciling
Chapter 13: Resists
Chapter 14: Devore
Chapter 15: Textile Paints
Chapter 16: Embellishments
Appendix A: Dye Worksheet
Appendix B: Preparing Fabric for Dyeing
Appendix C: Rinsing, Washing, and Drying Fabrics
Appendix D: Calculating Stock Solutions, Dye Quantities, and Color Mixing
Appendix E: Thickeners and Printing
Appendix F: Steaming
Appendix G: Weights, Measures, and Water
About the Author

Holly Brackmann has been teaching weaving and dyeing at the college level for more than 30 years. She holds an MA in art history from UCLA and has exhibited and lectured internationally, as well as curated textile and craft exhibitions. Her work has appeared in Handwoven, Surface Design Journal, Surface Design Newsletter, Weavers, and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot. Holly is a professor of Textiles and Art History at Mendocino College in Ukiah, California.

SKU: 06FA1

Author/Speaker/Editor: Holly Brackmann

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781931499903

Number Of Pages: 144

Customer Reviews


WONDERFUL REFERENCE BOOK! Have not tried any of the methods as I am really bad about purchasing books but not actually using the information. Just love to read them and think about all that creativity available to me!

(Posted on 10/6/11)