Heather Ross Prints: 50+ Designs and 20 Projects to Get You Started

Book Review

You are surely familiar with the quote "Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." In Heather Ross Prints, Heather teaches you to "fish", gives you the "fish" and inspires you to make make wonderful things with your "fish". The fish, of course, here is digital designs.

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Heather is an in-demand fabric designer best known for her child-friendly, conversational prints. Her latest book, Heather Ross Prints, is divided into three sections. The first is twenty projects you can make, mostly related to the home. They range from a toddler duvet and pillowcases to a decoupaged stool to a fabric bound journal. None seem too difficult and many don't require any sewing (like personalized notepads or rice paper lanterns, for example).

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The second part of the book is for budding designers or anyone who has an idea for a fabric design but doesn't know where to start. Heather walks you through how to create your own designs which you can then upload to different online print services like Spoonflower.com for fabric or DesignYourWall.com for wallpaper. Heather offers tips for planning and drawing your design and then walks you through the process of turning your art into a digital, repeating design in Photoshop. If you are comfortable in Photoshop, you may already know many of the basics but even Photoshop newbies should be able to follow the detailed, step-by-step instructions.

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The last section of the book, titled "Resources", would more aptly be called "Free Awesomeness". Sure, it includes a quick sewing refresher, sources for supplies and a list of recommended reading. But the real meat of this chapter (or should I say fish) is a cd filled with Heather's digital designs for you to use for personal projects. The worth-its-wait-in-gold cd holds digital files for all the designs used in the projects featured in the books along with over 30 other delightful designs that you can print yourself or have printed by an online service. As a final gift, the last 16 pages of the book are printed on each side with one of Heather's designs. You can photocopy them or simply tear them out and use them to wrap small gifts, do origami, use in decoupage projects or whatever your heart desires.

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Craft books are so plentiful these days that it can be hard to stand out from the pack, but Heather Ross Prints is, quite simply, a game changer.

More Info:
• Heather Ross Prints is an STC Craft | A Melanie Falick Book (2012)
• Find Heather Ross Prints at your local bookstore, through IndieBound or Amazon
• Heather Ross' website and blog

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.