A Field Guide to Fabric Design - Design, Print and Sell Your own Fabric * Traditional and Digital Techniques by Kimberly Kight; published by Stash Books, an imprint of C&T Publishing, 2011; is a fascinating book. I requested a review copy, in electronic format, from the publisher and received it at no charge to me.
I have rarely, if ever, thought about the fabric I buy to make dolls and doll clothes with, beyond the color and if I like it. I do sometimes consider the fiber content, but never thought about where the pattern came from, the designer, the choice of colors and how the design gets put on the fabric. Needless to say, this book has opened my eyes.
The knowledge of where your fabric comes from, beyond where you actually buy it, is not necessary to making the finished product. But it is nice to know and it brings a new appreciation of the fabric you hold in your hand. This would be enough of a recommendation for the book, but who hasn't had an idea for a doll or doll outfit and you just can't seem to find just the right fabric? Probably all of us at one time or other. This book is also a lesson in printing your own fabric! Now that really got my attention.
The book gives in depth lessons on terminology used in fabric design and printing and then shows how to follow, and break, the rules to make a fabric just the way you want. It includes commercial fabric printing, digital printing, as in on your own computer and printer, and even a company that will print your design on their fabric for you. If you wish, your design can be made available for others to buy, as well.
While this book is certainly not "necessary" for doll makers, it is very interesting and I really like the idea of not only designing my dolls and their clothes, but also designing the fabric with which they are made. If you are interested, the book can be pre-ordered for release on November 16, 2011.
Making and Dressing Cloth Dolls
Ebook with patterns and instructions to make 5 cloth dolls as well as chapters on general doll making techniques.The book includes 21 inch Lalena Doll, 21 inch David Doll, Bear Dolls, 9 inch Destiny Doll and 15 inch Annie Doll, all together in one handy book. 53 pages.Making and Dressing Cloth Dolls.