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Playful Fabric Printing

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Playful Fabric Printing

The Complete Guide to Creating Beautiful & Vibrant Cloth Using Low-Tech Tools

$24.99

By Carol Soderlund & Melanie Testa
  • Soft cover
  • 144 pages
  • Free US Shipping


About the Book:
Printing your own fabric opens up an entire new world of design, especially for quilters, sewists, and other textile artists. Until now, the process of printing with dyes could seem difficult to learn and even harder to implement. But world-renowned quilting and surface design artists Carol Soderlund and Melanie Testa have taken all the stumbling blocks out of the way of would-be fabric dyers and printers. 

With step-by-step advice, instruction, and photographs, this book is a master class in using dyes and low-tech equipment to print your own fabric, and it begins at the beginning. If you’ve never handled dyes before, never designed your own print motifs, or aren’t even sure what supplies or space you might need, everything you want to know is here. More advanced students will value the in-depth presentation of techniques, tools, and insights into approaching fabric printing as an art and taking your work to the next level.

Playful Fabric Printing will teach you to:

    • Dye your own fabrics with ease and achieve the exact colors you desire.
    • Design your own fabric using your own imagery and photographs.
    • Print vibrant cloth combining a variety of easily accessible and low-tech tools.
    • Create a cohesive collection for your quilts and sewing projects.


We’ve never offered a book quite like this at
Quiltfolk. The process and technique described within will likely be unique to many of our readers. But, if you have ever wanted to learn more about how to dye or print your own fabric, there is no better place to start. 

About the Authors:
Carol Soderlund is an artist and educator who has been studying and playing with color and dyes for 25 years. Her curiosity about the range and variety of colors that could be developed from three primary dyes led to her creation of her Color Mixing system for dyers, the intersection of three dimensional color theory with the reality of Procion MX dyes. Carol encourages the freedom of mixing color by eye with results-based samples, which can also be used to reproduce color for those so inclined. She has authored articles in Quilting Arts, American Quilter, and Quilter’s World magazines. Carol has shown her quilts in juried venues across the country — winning awards, which included Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.

Melanie Testa learned to love fabric and sewing at a young age while sitting at her grandma’s trusty Singer, and has been reimagining her everyday experiences through artful construction ever since. She is an accomplished textile and quilt artist. She holds a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Textile/Surface Design and exhibits her fiber art at various galleries and quilt shows around the country. She is the author of Dreaming from the Journal Page, Transforming the Sketchbook to Art by North Light Press and Inspired To Quilt, Creative Experiments in Art Quilt Imagery by Interweave Press and also authored a Quilting Arts Workshop called “Print, Collage, Quilt.”

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