The chapters cover the following:
- Aesthetics (Colour, Lighting, Texture, Pattern)
- Sustainable Design
- Fibres & Yarns (Great for M8!)
- Fabric Structure (Wovens, Embroidered, Vinyl, Laces etc)
- Fabric Designs
- Colour Application (Colourfastness, Dyeing etc)
- Finishing & Treatment
- Fabric Applications
- Performance, Testing & Flaws
- The Fabric Industry (Designer's Sources, Fabric Manufacture, Role of fabric designers)
- Professional Practices (Fabric selection, specification, costs and budgets)
There's also lots of close-up's of fabric types, weaves and styles and a full glossary at the back of the book. The only complaint I have is some of the interior pictures seem a little too traditional, but that's just personal taste.
I thought I'd include some of the glossary definitions relating to fibres which I haven't seen in the Rhodec texts.
- Filament fibres are produced in a continuous form, which results in a smooth character e.g. silk.
- Staple fibres, such as cotton, wool, linen, are naturally produced not in a continuous form like silk, but in ‘cut’ lengths that vary from plant to plant, or animal to animal.
- Texturized, air-texturized or air-entangled yarns are synthetic filaments that have a mechanically achieved rough surface.
- Plied yarn consists of one or more strands of finished yarn twisted together.
- Bulk describes a yarn’s appearance of fullness with respect to its weight.
- Loft refers to a yarn’s springiness and resilience to its bulk when squeezed.
- Dimensional stability refers to a material’s ability to retain its shape and size after use or cleaning.
After all that work, it's nice to have a little eye candy of beautiful fabrics...