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This book is phenomenal! It completely blew away my expectations. Rarely do you find a guide that is legitimately useful for beginning and advanced levels, but Textilepedia manages it. If you know nothing about fabric, you could read this one book and be light-years beyond virtually anyone who doesn't work in the industry. Not to mention, you won't have to worry about falling for the mountains of misinformation floating around the Internet. And if you're already a textile nerd, this book is a perfect quick-reference. They clearly put a ton of thought into the design and organization, so you can pick it up and quickly grab the answer you need, but it's also tempting to get sucked in and want to keep browsing all the other fabrics.
I wish I would've had this book sooner. It would've saved me so many hours throughout years of piecing together bits of fabric info and learning "the hard way." I highly recommend it to anyone who has any interest in fabric, fashion design, costuming, or even just learning more about the clothes you're wearing right now (assuming you're wearing clothes... 🤔)
The info, its picture and its explanations of fabrics are very good. It's a wealth for the most part of info.
My gripe is the graphic design of the book. This is a reference book, something you use to source info, but when you gather that info, you want your ability to get it to be clean, concise, and clear.
The design of this book makes the information more decorative than practical. Half the book and all the pictures are printed in a metallic silver that shines on pages that are not white, but a pretty mid value gray. The contrast isn't great enough for the reader, and it actually can give you a headache of it.
Also, there is no. black type in this book. You have a deep blue as your darkest value. So, color wise, you are not at the farthest ends of the spectrum of value, and that limits you to be able to access info at a glance.
I get it, they wanted to make this thing pretty, but in doing so, they atrophied the user's experience and that is the most important thing.
I'm always cautious when buying books like this, because they often promise a lot and deliver very little. But this book has exceeded my expectations. You'll find fabric types, their properties and common use as well as some production and processing information that should help you better understand what you're working with. I find that fabric photos are good enough to help you with identifying your fabrics.
With its Textile cover and embroidered letters, this books first impression is of book designed by a designer. I am impressed with the strong blue and contrast silver colours matching in a slightly off but perfect way. For such a small book it covers almost everything you need to know about Textiles. If you are a student, working in the industry or if sewing is your hobby. This book is a must for your collection. It's a brilliant reference book to keep within reach. A note about another reviewers comments on errors. I don't know if they fixed them or what happened. But I checked them and they are not there. Warp and Weft are correct and the animals are in the right places.
I love this book. It's content is exactly what I was looking for about fiber, with clear, easy explanations, images and examples. And the book itself is so nicely constructed, it's just so beautifully done. If you're into textiles or want a deeper understanding of fiber, do yourself a favor and add this volume to your library.
A lot of work went obviously into this book: the graphic design is beautiful, the content is clearly and logically arranged and there's a lot of information on fibers, fabrics, leather and manufacturing processes. I work with fabrics, I know a lot about fabrics and still I found new things in this book. However, there are errors in this book that might be confusing for someone who doesn't know anything about fibers and fabrics: the book needs another round of proofreading. There's silvers instead of slivers, warp knitting confused with weft in chapter 4.2, yards with meters. In the chapter about leather, the pictures of calf and cattle are swapped and where should be a picture of lamb, there's a cow. It's a bit annoying, considering how much work was put into this book by the authors and the designers. That said, I like the book and I would recommend it to all textile enthusiasts.