A fully illustrated, comprehensive guide to all things fabric and fiber related. This is the essential tome for textile fans everywhere, from sewers to crafters, to students of textile design and function. Chapters include Fabric Basics, Natural and Man-made Fibers, Fabric Types, Specialty Finishes and Trademark Fabrics, Linings, Interfacings and Stabilizers, Working with Fabric, Color, Fabric Care and Thread. Throughout are full-color photographs and illustrations of fabrics, and fabric-related items, as well as a historical section, with accompanying archival photography. A truly hands-on book that the reader will go to for reference time and time again.