Book Index/Chapter headings Authors are Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnston
Section 1: Animal fibres: Wool, Luxury animal fibres, Silk
Section 2: Plant fibres: Linen, Cotton, Alternative plant fibres
Section 3: Man-made fibres: Synthetic fibres, Artificial fibres
PaperBack or HardBound? Paperback
Does this book have clear illustrations or photographs? There are beautiful photographs of the fabrics "in action" from a variety of designer and student collections, as well as illustrations of the fabrics in process.
Would you recommend this book as a MUST HAVE? I'm not sure if it is a must have for everyone, but it may be for me. This is a fascinating book about fabric: its history, how it is made and how it is used in the garment industry. For those interested in the history and production of fabric, it is an amazing book. It is very well written, almost literary in parts. The authors have researched extensively, and the subject is covered very well. There are explanations of how fabric is processed, woven/knitted, and gorgeous examples of fashion garments. I learned a great deal from this book, and am so glad that my local library had it in their collection. I have a sneaking suspicion it will make its way into my own collection!
This is not a fabric sewing guide. It is, rather, an informational text about fabric. For a fabric sewing guide, Claire Shaeffer has the best one out there. This book is an excellent companion to hers, however, if you want more information about the fabric itself.