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  • Publisher: C&T Publishing
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 08 August 2014
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781607059646
  • Stock: 4 in stock
  • Size: 216x279 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £23.99
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Color Play


Expanded & Updated Over 100 New Quilts Transparency, Luminosity, Depth & More by Joen Wolfrom

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Book Description

How many of you are held back by fear of colour? Introduce yourself to Joen Wolfrom’s classic guide to creating with color, and watch your colour confidence blossom. Colour Play, second edition is completely updated to make it easier than ever to bring a design to life with well-chosen colours. Joen covers it all, from colour scheme basics to how to use nature’s tricks to create an illusion of depth, reflections, shadows, or highlights. Learn the emotional meanings of colours, their physical effects on people, and much more—all richly illustrated with photos of nature and of beautiful quilts.

About the Author

About Joen Wolfrom

After leaving her career in the educational field to become a homemaker in 1974, Joen became interested in quiltmaking and textile art. During a span of 15 years, she created commissioned textile art for private clients and corporations. Her work is included in collections throughout the world. As a guest lecturer/instructor on the subject of colour and design, Joen has taught throughout the United States and in England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Joen is the author of 12 previously published books and products, and the owner of JWD Publishing, a pattern company that publishes quilt-related patterns. She enjoys photography, reading, travelling, and spending time with her family. For more information visit Joen's website at www.joenwolfrom.com or her pattern company's website at www.jwdpublishing.com.


Workshop On The Web

December 2014

Color Play was originally published in 2000 and this edition has been updated and expanded to

include over 100 new quilt photos. This book is a comprehensive study of the colour wheel,

starting with a look at pure colour, tints, shades and tones. Examples of quilts which

demonstrate each area are accompanied by descriptions of how colour is used and why it is


What follows on from that is an exploration of colour plans, from monochromatic, complementary,

analogous and split-complementary, with more in between and beyond. Values of

colour are explained, as are the descriptions of selected colours and how they make us feel,

where they are on the colour wheel and where in the book you can find more information about

them. The grand finale is a study of 24 colours in great detail showing different colour schemes

that work together with diagrams of quilt blocks to demonstrate.

This is a fantastic book which benefits from the update because the wealth of new quilts works

so well in its favour. The author relates her observations about colour to quilt schemes, what

effects particular colours have on the way they are perceived and how to build up your use of

colour by creating a personal Colour Plan. To have such an extensive array of colours that are

explored in such detail is a great way of getting to grips with starting to create colour schemes

for work.

This is a great book for all textile artists and anyone who feels unable to get to grips with how

colours work together.

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