A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric
by Kim Kight
Someday, I want to design fabric. When I do, this is the book I want. It's thorough and very, very practical. It even includes detailed instructions for both Photoshop and Illustrator.
by Michael G. Lafosse
71 pages of instructions, plus templates
With both photos and line drawings, I think I could actually make some of these. He shows how to make a variety of flowers, including roses, daisies, water lilies, cacti, and tulips.
Paper Creations: Easy-To-Make Paperfolding Projects
by Guy Merrill Gross
An introduction or origami that includes a wide variety of projects from simple to advance, from traditional to modern to useful. There are a few patterns I could see adapting for Christmas ornaments, containers, and present-decorations. Again, it has both simple drawings and photos.
Joel Dewberry's Sewn Spaces
by Joel Dewberry
This book is filled with ordinary sewing projects that you might see in half a dozen sewing books. The author is a fabric designer, and I think the book was designed to showcase some of his fabric. Unfortunately, I also thought the fabric was ugly faux vintage except for some wood grain fabric that was actually pretty cool.
Art Deco Style
by Bevis Hillier and Stephen Escritt
Just because it's big and square doesn't make it a coffee table book. These people are obsessed and very, very thorough. The book examines the Art Deco and Moderne movements within the multiple contexts of history, politics, technology, and location. The writing is conversational and quite readable and there are many photographs and drawings, although not as many or as large as there would be if it were a coffee table book. A suitable gift for anyone interested in the architecture, furniture, or art of the era.
How about you? Read anything good lately?