The Surface Designer's Handbook: Dyeing, Printing and Creating Resists on Fabric (Interweave Press) by Holly Brackmann was awarded the best "how-to" textile book for 2006 by The Library Journal.
The book lays the groundwork for inspirational surface design by discussing the basics of studio practices, safety, fibers and color. Then, it covers all aspects of fiber reactive, acid, vat and disperse dyes. Step-by-step explanations and recipes are given on how to use these dyes to alter and change surfaces by discharging, screen printing, monoprinting, stamping, stenciling, resists, dévoré and textile paints. Then, how to apply a final layer or embellishing by foiling, embroidery, beadwork or collage is covered. Included are hands-on resources, including dye worksheets, recipes, and glossary, plus tips and tricks. It is loaded with 240 color photographs, showcasing each of the techniques and inspiration by many artists. The hardback format with concealed spiral binding makes The Surface Designer’s Handbook easy to use, because the book can lie flat while you’re consulting a recipe. It is based on Holly’s three decades of experience in teaching at the college level, exhibiting textiles and studio dyeing. Whether you’re an experienced dyer or surface designer or you’re just starting out, this book is certain to become an essential reference tool!
Hardback with concealed wire-o, 8 1/2 x 11, 144 pages
240 photographs and 5 illustrations