My Books

The Spoonflower Handbook

The Spoonflower Handbook is here.  It is 12 chapters of the digital fabric encyclopedia: resolution, color, pixels, vectors and more.  We take you through the basics of digital fabric vocabulary and then there are more than 30 projects with step-by-step instructions for making the digital design and for finishing your custom fabric into all kinds of great simple projects. Writing this book was an amazing, frustrating, creative, challenging adventure.  I hope you love it.  We are pretty proud of it.

My co-authors on this adventure are the amazing Judi Ketteler, who also wrote the book Sew Retro and Stephen Fraser, Spoonflower’s rock-star co-founder.

I’ve been a book and product review columnist for over two decades. To earn a rave, I have to be objectively completely in love with a book, to feel that it is well worth the cover price – and then some! And I have to picture a friend spending hard-earned money on it. This is an Official Rave: The Spoonflower Handbook is one of the best-written and most interesting and useful books I’ve ever had the privilege of writing about. It takes a topic that can be intimidating – designing digital art that Spoonflower can turn into print-on-demand fabric, wallpaper and/or gift wrap – and makes it so easy to understand that a novice can succeed. It’s truly impressive. I devoured every word. The project ideas in the second part of the book are terrific, too. The Spoonflower Handbook is not budging from my shelf. I have fabric for pillows and some custom gift wrap at the tippy top of my to-do list. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the authors and to the company called Spoonflower that make the magic possible.

Judi Kauffman,

This “Steampunk Squid Damask” design is one of mine that is featured in the book. Check out the shower curtain on page 137.

See this design at Spoonflower

How to buy

You can purchase the book through your favorite local retailer, through Amazon or at Spoonflower.  Follow me at my Amazon Author page.

Want it signed?

If you have purchased a copy and want me to sign it, I can do that! I have book plates I have designed and printed on Spoonflower’s peel-and-stick wallpaper. Just send me a message and I will sign one and mail it to you and you can add it to your book.

I See Art Everyday by Becka Rahn

I wrote a kids art book to accompany a public art piece that I created with the Prospect Park neighborhood in Minneapolis. You can read more about the project and see photos of the art installation here.

About I See Art Everyday

When you go for a walk with an artist, sometimes unexpected things happen. Dandelions turn into dog paws, faucets become feathers, and traffic cones transform into dragonfly wings. All it takes is a little imagination. Take a look around. How many unusual things do you see?”  Illustrated with photos and photo assemblages, artist Becka Rahn takes you on a walk around the neighborhood looking for art in everyday objects. The simple story encourages readers to look closely at the pictures because things aren’t always what they seem.

Get this book at Etsy

IMG_1995You can also find my work in print in these great books!

One Yard Wonders –  My Patterns: Laptop Sleeve & Cuddly Bear Cushion

Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders –  My Patterns: Knight in Shining Armor & Tricorn Hat

1,000 Fabulous Knit Hats – My Project: Pied Piper Tam.  Although the pattern for my tam isn’t included in the book, you can download the Pied Piper Chart here at Ravelry.

Crafter’s Market, edited by Abby Glassenberg. My article: Art and Craft of the Class