I’m so excited to share your new favorite book today! It’s called Playful Fabric Printing. Have you ever wanted to play with fabric printing or making your own cloth? This is the book for you. I’m a little biased though. My amazing friend, artist, textile designer, and activist, Melanie Testa, teamed up with Carol Soderlund to create the very first imprint of the brand new publishing house by bright light, Pokey Bolton, called Crafting a Life. And let me just say, if this first book is any indication of what Pokey is up to, prepare to be amazed.
I had the privilege of teaching at Pokey’s second ann
ual Craft Napa event two weeks ago in Napa. And I saw all these talented people plus many others for our annual crafting love-fest. Never heard of Craft Napa? You might want to check it out here. This year’s event attracted 200 giddy, curious, brave women who spent three glorious days learning painting, collage, quilting, and fa
bric printing techniques–when not tasting wine, that is! It is a highlight of my year and I look so forward to next year’s event already. Do investigate it and make sure to sign up for the newsletter because next years event will be announced in the summer. Come play with us in 2018.
Back to the book–it details everything you need to know. First, basics of design and inspiration for printed designs. Second, color blending and mixing with dyes (which works a bit differently than paint). Third, technical info about creating thermofax screens and the tools you need to print (in a non-intimidating way). Fourth, designing collections of prints so the prints coordinate. This book is a gem!
As a fabric designer, I honestly don’t know much about hand-printed fabrics and I’m so excited to explore this more in my studio. Here is the complete line-up of the participants in this week’s book launch blog party! And guess what? You can enter to win a copy of the book at each stop by leaving a copy on each blog, or you can buy your copy today here. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO WIN YOUR OWN COPY!
January 23: Melly Testa