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Here are the design books & DVD's we carry.

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A Field Guide To Fabric Design
A Field Guide To Fabric Design
A comprehensive resource for fabric design and printing, including helpful tips and advice from today's premier fabric designers. Design and color basics are explained with step-by-step tutorials for creating repeat patterns with your computer or by hand. Explore all the different ways to transfer your designs on to fabric, from screen printing to getting licensed with a fabric company 
 
Add personal, distinctive style to everything you sew with fabric you designed yourself. Each tutorial is refreshingly straightforward and you'll love looking through the book's abundance of tantalizing fabric images! With a complete resources section, this indispensible guide is a must-have for hobbyists and professionals alike.
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#BFGFD
  Soft cover - 160 pages
$24.95
$22.45
Color Your Cloth: A Quilter's Guide To Dyeing and Patterning Fabric
Color Your Cloth: A Quilter's Guide To Dyeing and Patterning Fabric
Award-winning artist Malka Dubrawksy presents a bold, modern take on dyeing, geared especially to quilters and fiber artists. She’s whipped up a variety of easy patterning techniques—including resist, discharge, and overdyeing—for creating one-of-a-kind fabrics, as well as more than a dozen simple projects that use the vibrant cloth. How-to photos accompany the text, which focuses on sources of inspiration, tools and materials, dyeing recipes, and the surface design techniques themselves. Stunning images from the author’s sketchbook and photos of her workspace provide quilters with additional motivation.  
 
 

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommends for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Color Your Cloth recommends that you purchase:

 
8.5" x 11", soft cover, 128 pages, full color.
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#BCYC
  Soft cover -128 pages.
$19.95
$17.95
Finding Your Own Visual Language
Finding Your Own Visual Language

Finding Your Own Visual Language is a design book tailored for those artists who have proficiency in their medium, or media, but who feel like their work is lacking in some way - artists who want to "make better work", however they define it. To this end, famous textile artists Jane Dunnewold, Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan address four questions which every artist may struggle with at one point or another:

First, how to get started designing. Then, how to move forward with the actual designing process. The authors present the ideas of design principles and tools, and provide over twenty pages of techniques to help you understand these ideas, and bring them into your work.

The next question the authors address is what to do when things are not coming out right. Sometimes a project will just flow right out of you and be exactly what you want it to, while other times nothing seems to produce the right effect, emotion, or design. For these difficult times, the authors suggest a few means of identifying the issue and addressing it.

Finally, in the last section, the authors delve into techniques and ideas that can help add depth and meaning to a piece, or help clarify and focus your intention for the piece. While not a "beginners" book, any artist can learn from this valuable resource, and take their art to the next level.

8.75" x 11.75", Soft Cover, Spiral Bound, Color Photos, 64 pages.

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Finding Your Own Visual Language recommends that you purchase:

Plastic Syringes
Brushes
Squeeze Bottles
Dust Mask
Rubber Gloves
Apron
Mixing Cups
Measuring Cups
Markers
Ez-carve block
Fabric
Freezer Paper

 
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#BFYO
  Soft Cover - 64 pages
$36.00
$32.40
Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design for Fabric
Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design for Fabric

When Jane Dunnewold's book Complex Cloth was published in 1996, it quickly became the bible of surface design for fiber artists. In the years since, the world of surface design has significantly expanded: now fiber artists, art-to-wear designers, and art quilters have a much broader range of surface design products to choose from, and there are a wealth of technique combinations that can be used to create art cloth.

Art Cloth is an exciting sequel that picks up where Complex Cloth left off, showing how to layer processes with the latest products to create stunning cloth for use in a variety of fiber art. Following Jane's techniques with step-by-step photography, you will learn to create art cloth using dyes, color removing agents, paints, and foils combined through processes that include silk-screen printing, stamping, stenciling, and handpainting.

In addition to detailed step-by-step wet-media surface design techniques, Jane demonstrates how the use of color and design contribute to successful layering. She guides and inspires artists to take their art cloth to the next level through sidebars with design tips and exercises that support the technical information.

Finally, each technique chapter concludes with project ideas for the skills learned, so anyone working through the book can literally build layers on cloth as each chapter is completed.

  

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommends for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Art Cloth recommends that you purchase:

 

8.5" x 10.25", Soft cover, color photos, 175 pages.




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#BAC
  Soft cover, 175 pages.
$26.95
$24.25
Making Your Mark (Book & Bonus DVD)
Making Your Mark (Book & Bonus DVD)

Making Your Mark. Creating cloth for imagery, stitch, embroidery & embellishment.

This latest book from Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan of Committed to Cloth (C2C) explores the magic of using "everyday" tools such as scrapers, rollers, squeeze bottles etc. to create individual, personal marks on cloth or paper. It is the seventh title in C2C's practical "how-to" series.

With practice and imagination these tools are capable of producing imagery and marks that come from a very direct sense of the maker's hand. Their simplicity carries power in that no mark made can ever be exactly repeated, which generates work of real energy – and it doesn't look machine-made. Let's face it, the motivation to explore surface design usually comes from a desire to move away from using commercially produced fabric.

Using the approaches described in this book will enable you to create very personal work; perfect backgrounds for additional imagery, stitch or embroidery - or ready to use for collage or piecing, or for garment and interior's yardage.

The 52 pages contain clear step-by-step instructions in plain English, accompanied by over 100 instructional and inspiring colour images. Recipes for different media such as thickened dyes and discharge paste are included along with guidance on fabric paints and the use of resists. Leslie and Claire also cover how to change the value and consistency of the different media to suit the tool being used.

The bonus DVD provides 2 hours of "show and tell" on using different tools - it's the longest DVD to accompany any of the C2C books - a valuable asset as it's just like being on a workshop with Claire & Leslie.

8.75"x11.75", Soft cover, spiral bound, color images, 52 pages. DVD is 120 minutes.

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Making Your Mark recommends that you purchase:

Fabric
Speedball Squeegees
Fabric Paint
Squeeze Bottles
Needle Tip Applicator Bottles
Foam Core Dye Pens
Procion Dyes
Soda Ash
Urea
Sodium Alginate
Water Softener
Ludigol
Print Base Kit
Dharma Discharge Paste
Color Remover (Thiox)
Linocut blades and handle
Hobby Knife
Stamp making tools
Stenciling tools
Rubber Brayer
Rubber Gloves
Apron
Artist Sponges
Compressed Sponges
Sponge Roller Tops
Pump Pressure Spray Bottle

 
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#BMYM
  Soft cover, 52 pages. DVD is 120 min.
$42.00
$37.80
Irresistible Texture: Using Resists to Create Stunning Cloth
Irresistible Texture: Using Resists to Create Stunning Cloth

Add unique pattern and texture to your cloth with five easy, inexpensive and versatile resists. A resist is a substance applied to the cloth surface that blocks the penetration of dye or paint. Once the resist is washed out, the pattern and texture are revealed.

Lisa Kerpoe demonstrates the use of five resists: oatmeal, potato dextrin, commercial water-based resists, sodium alginate paste and soy wax. Lisa provides complete information about each resist, including benefits, application techniques, tips for applying color and wash-out procedures. The DVD is packed with tips and advice based on Lisa's expertise in working with these resists. See the magic for yourself!

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#ITDVD
  120 minutes
$35.00
$31.49
Adventures in Surface Design: Screen Printing and Beyond
Adventures in Surface Design: Screen Printing and Beyond

Learn Kerr’s basic strategies for quick and successful mark making, and use them to develop your own unique vocabulary. Kerr starts by providing a thorough introduction to basic screen printing and an overview of her favorite materials. You will learn to make and use paper stencils; discover how to design an overall pattern using a simple repeat; and create simple two-color prints. All of these techniques are methods for creating simple background images that can be worked back into.

Then, using media such as Caran d’Ache Neocolor pencils, pastels, and more, Kerr demonstrates how to make this “fugitive” media permanent on fabric and other substrates.

Finally, you’ll learn how to work back into your pieces, as Kerr shares tips from her vast experience for adding just the right final touches. Learn quick and accessible strategies for making marks that speak to you, and start expressing yourself in your artwork.

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#ASDDVD
  60 min.
$19.95
$17.95
Rubbing Plate Roundup
Rubbing Plate Roundup

ONE TOOL - TWELVE TECHNIQUES

If you love texture, this book is for you! Rubbing Plate Roundup is the definitive guide to adding visual and dimensional texture to your fabric and craft projects with the simplest tool imaginable - the molded plastic rubbing plate.

Join Shelly Stokes - author, entrepreneur, artist and teacher - for a leisurely tour of not one, not  five, but twelve completely different techniques for adding texture to your art. From gelatin prints and paintstik rubbings to embossed metal and paper castings, you’ll be amazed at the range of possibilities!

Whether you are a crafter, quilter, potter or mixed-media artist, you’ll find useful techniques in familiar territory - and plenty of inspiration for venturing off on new artistic trails. Each technique is fully illustrated with complete supply lists, clear instructions and beautiful step-by-step photographs.

Fire up your imagination, gather your collection of rubbing plates and get started - you’ll be creating textured treasures from fabric, paper, clay, metal and paint before you know it!

8.5" x 11", soft cover, color photos, 64 pages.


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#BRPR
  Soft cover, 64 pages.
$22.95
$20.65
Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination Book & DVD
Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination Book & DVD

What is Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination? Renowned fiber artists Claire Benn, Jane Dunnewold and Leslie Morgan bring this exciting mixed media approach to fabric surface design into sharp focus with this must have how-to guide.

This book will be of particular interest to surface designers looking to expand the scope of their work. Utilizing both natural and synthetic fabrics, some basic screen-printing and quilting supplies, you will learn the process of layering, fusing, stitching (and more) everything from newsprint, photocopies, art paper and metal leaf or foil to various fabrics to create breathtaking one-of-a-kind pieces of art cloth.

This book is filled with so many beautiful and inspiring photos of the authors’ work; you may just want to keep it on your coffee table when it’s not in use. If the ordinary isn’t for you, then this book is! And if that isn't enough to entice you, it comes with a 21minute instructional DVD too! A great value and the best of both worlds to learn; other than taking a $400 or $500 class from these famous fiber artists!

8.75" x 11.75", soft cover, spiral bound, 54 pages, full color.

1 disc - 21 minutes

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommend for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Paper and Metal Leaf Lamination recommends that you purchase:

Screen Printing Frames
Speedball Squeegees
Brushes
Freezer Paper
Hobby Knife
Needle Tip Applicator Bottles
Paints for Screen Printing
Sheer Fabric
Jones Tones Foil
Jones Tones Glue
Newsprint Paper
Masking Tape
Fabric Paint
 
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#BPMLL
  54 page book & 1 dvd - 21 minutes
$38.00
$34.20
Fabric Color Magic
Fabric Color Magic

Here is a book we have been eagerly waiting for! Fun and exciting projects using the wonderful new line of deColourant products for discharging dye. All of the projects are easy to follow, and guide you step by step through the process, which gives you a really good idea of how it is done even if you don't want to do the specific project. A variety of techniques are covered such as stamping, stenciling, screen printing, a spray / tie technique and many more. It's really amazing what this product can do and the projects help you realize the full scope you can achieve with it.

Inside you will find:

  • Easy to follow color illustrated step-by-step instructions
  • 23 fun projects for all ages and skill levels
  • Techniques for stamping, stenciling, screenprinting, and more
  • Tips and ideas for unleashing your creativity

8.5" x 11", soft cover, color photos, 132 pages.

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#BFCM
  Soft cover, 132 pages.
$24.95
$22.49
Generation T Beyond Fashion: 120 Ways To Transform A T-shirt
Generation T Beyond Fashion: 120 Ways To Transform A T-shirt
We LOVE T-shirts at Dharma! They’re kind of our thing. Relaxed, casual, comfy and they look decent on just about anybody. The thing is, most folks don’t see the true potential of the plain white T. Thrown over a pair of jeans with some sneakers, of course! But what about turning it into a Fringed Flapper style Halter Top? Or a sexy knotted hip-huggin’ skirt? What about a backpack? (Yes, a backpack.) Generation T is a how-to bible of projects to show you that a T-shirt doesn’t have to be just a T-shirt. There’s even projects designed to utilize the scraps you have left over. That’s like, righteously Green right?
So, if you have a little time and a pair of scissors (and this book) you can turn one of our T-shirts into the most versatile piece of clothing that you own. The designs and ideas in this book are just the beginning. With the dyes, paints and embellishing materials you can find here at Dharma that plain white T-shirt can be transformed into some serious couture. Can’t sew worth a darn? No matter. Over a third of the projects are NO SEW. Sweet!
8" x 8" - Soft Cover - Black & White drawings & photos - 308 pages
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#BGT
  Soft cover - 308 pages
$15.95
$14.35
Complex Cloth - A Comprehensive Guide To Surface Design
IMG:COMPLEX CLOTH - A Comprehensive Guide to Surfa

Dunnewold explains her system of layering simple processes to produce fantastic surface design effects.
Procion dyes, bleach, fabric paints, resists, transfer papers, foil, silk screen, stenciling, stamping and more are used. Really a neat book! She pushes out into new and interesting areas where anyone can achieve unique one of a kind art and clothing.
8.5"x11", Soft cover, 164 pages, color photos.

In order to provide you with the best possible customer service we went through the book and made a list off all the products we carry that it recommends for projects. We hope this will save you time and money in extra shipping costs! Complex Cloth recommends that you purchase:

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#BCC
 
$29.99
$26.99
The Surface Designer's Handbook
The Surface Designer's Handbook
If you work with textiles and fibers and want only one reference book - this would be it. Beautifully photographed on high quality paper and spiral bound, this will become your "manual" and source of inspiration for trying new things and creating complex multi-layered "art fabrics".
Many dyes with recipes and techniques are thoroughly covered, including the fiber reactive MX dyes, as well as printing, discharging, devore, stamping, stenciling, resists, fabric paints and embellishments. Lots of technical info such as preparing fabric, stock solutions, thickening, steaming and color mixing. The glossary describes the what, where, when, and why's of all those things you're told to use but don't know how.
An excellent all purpose textile how-to book!
9.25" x 11.25" - Hard Cover, Inner Spiral Bound - 138 pages.
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#BSDH
  9.25" x 11.25" - Hard Cover, Inner Spiral Bound - 138 pages
Alas this is gone and there will be no more...well maybe on Amazon for like $1,000,000
$29.95
$26.95

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