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The Surface Designer's Handbook Spiral-bound – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Spi edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193149990X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499903
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 9.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The definitive guide to applying color to fabric using dye materials, paints, printing and resist techniques." - MonstersandCritics.com

"Beautiful professional photographs of dyed fabrics and art pieces are spread throughout the book." - Paula Burch's All About Hand Dyeing

"Brackmann's professional and well-designed end results don't look like a technique-exploring craft project... It will inspire you to immediately take up some form of surface design." - The Shuttle Scuttle

"A visual as well as intellectual feast." - Textile Fibre Forum

"One of the best books we've seen on the topic of altering fabrics through dyeing, printing, and painting." - Quilting Arts Magazine

"It will teach you to use the right tools and techniques to add your own designs to silk, cotton, wool, and more." - Quilter's Newsletter Magazine

"Detailed instruction in the many techniques of dyeing and embellishing cloth...profusely illustrated with vivid process shots." - American Craft

"Looking for nonstop inspiration? Interweave Press' The Surface Designer's Handbook should be the first stop on your journey." - Quilter's World

About the Author

Holly Brackmann is a professor of textiles and art history at Mendocino College whose designs have appeared in Handwoven; Surface Design Journal; Surface Design Newsletter; Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot; and Weavers. She lives in Ukiah, California.


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This book is just what the fiber artist or textile hobbyist need as a reference for surface design on fabric.
Barbara Shapiro
I also appreciate the thoughtfulness of her making the binding a spiral so the pages lay perfectly flat for easy reference while you follow the directions.
Pio
With detailed instructions, dye recipes, techniques, helpful hints and gorgeous illustrations, one cannot help but be inspired by this book.
C. Larson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Bren Ahearn on October 18, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
I have learned so much from this book. Holly Brackmann explains not only the how-to aspect of surface design in incredible detail & easy-to-follow steps, but also the how-it-works aspect of the processes. She begins her book with an all-important chapter on safety and then goes on to explain dyes, fibers & fabrics, followed by a chapter on color. Then she gets into explaining not only dyes (e.g., fiber-reactive, acid, vat, and disperse), but also discharging, screen printing, monoprinting, stamping, stenciling, resists, devore, textile painting, & embellishments. I love the clear instructions of the processes and the amazing photos, but what I love the most is that she empowers the user to explore and become profient in the processes. That empowering of the student is the mark of a great teacher.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By M.Clifford on July 18, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
Holly Brackmann's new book The Surface Designer's Handbook is long over-due and I have ordered it as the textbook for all my fibers classes. As soon as it arrived my students all wanted their own personal copy so several of them purchased it outright just on sight alone. The spiral binding is excellent and the extent of the techniques covered is wonderful. I teach both beginners and advanced fibers students and this book has everything we need as a textbook.

I use it myself for my own work and find it very helpful, well organized and thorough. The information about making color cards with diluted MX dye on watercolor paper is worth the selling price all by itself. It is a technique I knew nothing about and I am thrilled to learn about it. It has saved hours and hours of dye testing time.

In my classes we had been using Kate Wells' book Fabric Dyeing and Printing and prior to that, Proctor and Lew's Surface Design for Fabric. Now, 16 years later, Holly's excellent book has arrived and is the handbook of the hour. It is up to date, comprehensive and thorough, and should be in everyone's library that works with dyes, textile paints and cloth. It improves on and surpasses every handbook published to date and encompasses a massive amount of information.

I look forward to using it in my classes for many years to come and I salute Holly for the enormous amount of work that went into creating this book. She has provided a gift for the entire surface design community both here and abroad.

Morgan Clifford, Professor
Art Dept / Textiles
University of WI-River Falls
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie T. Hoppe on September 23, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
Holly Brackmann's beautifully produced new book, The Surface Designer's Handbook: Dyeing, Printing, and Creating Resists on Fabric, is both a "how to" and a "why." Drawing on her many years' experience as a fiber artist and a college-level textile arts instructor, Brackmann covers the topics promised in the title of her book--and then some--in an encyclopedic manner. Chapters on the different topics begin with readable summaries of the historical and technological development of the process. Clear and detailed recipes and instructions for each process enable beginners to proceed step by step to successful and rewarding results as well as remind the more experienced of pitfalls to watch out for and enhancements to experiment with. The attractive arrangement of a hidden spiral binding is a practical element that enables the user to keep the book open to a particular page while working. Safety considerations, helpful hints, and other useful lists are set apart in different type and colored boxes for easy reference. The "why" comes in with the hundreds of excellently reproduced photographs of the work of Brackmann and many other fiber artists. These illustrations make the book an inspiration to artists as well as a delight for all others interested in the scope and range of textile arts today.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jane Spanbauer on September 24, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
Whatever your interest in textiles--weaving, quilting, or surface design--and whatever your level of expertise--beginner to professional--this well-written reference will be your most valuable tool. Many years of teaching experience and lots of research are reflected here. It is easy to read, easy to use and VERY easy on the eyes. Thank you Holly!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By C. Larson on September 19, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
This beautiful book will be a valuable resource to both beginner and advanced surface designer. If Julia Child had written a recipe book for surface designers, this would be it. With detailed instructions, dye recipes, techniques, helpful hints and gorgeous illustrations, one cannot help but be inspired by this book.

Further the spiral binding makes it user friendly, although I may need a second copy; one to treasure and one to use.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P. Mayakis on September 20, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is such a gift. No more fumbling around looking for that special dye recipe or surface design technique and trying to remember which book or file folder it's in. Aside from it's practical tips & EZ to ready instructions with delightful color bars, photos, & illustrations; this book appropriately addresses dye chemistry and history. I think I can now safely box most of my collection of surface design techniques and recipes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Shapiro on September 19, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is just what the fiber artist or textile hobbyist need as a reference for surface design on fabric. Techniques are covered in detailed chapters. The instructions are clear and precise. The book is also quite beautiful, inspiration on every page. Holly Brackmann's well thought out book is a must for textile schools, institutions and artists. I know I will be using mnine for years to come.
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