Review: Fabric Printing at Home

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a new book, Fabric Printing at Home: Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects by Julie B. Booth.


Fabric Printing at Home

Here is the description from the Quarry Books, the publisher:

You don’t have to be a fashion designer to create your own amazing fabrics! Fabric Printing at Home will show you how to print your own custom fabrics using everyday items from the kitchen and around the house! With tons of color photos, step-by-step instructions, and helpful hints, you will be crafting your very own fabric designs in no time! Learn to make print blocks, rubbing plates, stencils, and fabric resists from a wide range of kitchen materials. See how your favorite
fruits and veggies create perfect shapes and texture patterns for your fabrics and how to upcycle simple materials for surface design. This family-friendly guide shows how to make fantastic, colorful fabric designs with accessible, non-toxic materials.

Here are the chapters:

  • Getting Started
  • Kitchen Textures and Found Object Printing
  • Beyond the Potato Print
  • Wrap It Up! – Wraps and Foils
  • Recycled and Repurposed
  • Fabric Resists Using Kitchen Ingredients
  • Contributing Artists

Julie starts you out on how to set up your work area, the basic tool kit, and even directions on making your own portable print surface.

One of my favorite chapters is Kitchen Textures where she uses veggies for printing.

Veggie printingI also like the Recycled and Repurpose chapter where she makes lots of interesting stamps out of cardboard.

cardboard printingAnd the chapter on resists – a couple I’ve never seen. I love how she gives not only the directions on how to use the resists, but completed pieces.

kitchen resists

And if all of the techniques weren’t enough, the Contributing Artists chapter provides the reader lots of inspiration from artist using techniques from the book.

You can get into fabric printing without spending a lot of money. Many of the objects used to print are in your kitchen or somewhere in your house. If you are new to printing on fabric, you will find all kinds of different techniques, with pictures and instructions. If you’re experienced with fabric printing, you might be surprised at what you didn’t know. I found several techniques I plan to try soon.

Fabric Printing at Home by Julie B. Booth, published by Quarry, contains 127 pages. It can be purchased on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review and received no monetary compensation. Excerpts used/ photos used with permission from Quarry Books.