Now that painted furniture has been recognized and accepted as a suitable do-it-yourself medium, the transfer of many of those techniques--including sponging and marbling--to fabrics is now popular. English designer Ball, ably assisted by well-known American crafter Janitch, doesn't segment her lessons into explanation and then application via projects. Instead, she approaches the methods first with a design eye, exhorting readers to use their visual sense to discover patterns and motifs around them. Of course, extensive notes about color, materials, equipment, and preparation follow. Over 15 projects (e.g., a tartan desk set, roller blinds, and a petal lamp shade) are then inserted into the 10 techniques, with the bonus of additional color photographs and a few templates showcasing the work of contemporary fabric artists. Not necessarily for the beginning painter but a good guide for the practiced dabbler.