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  • Publisher: Pimpernel Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 24 February 2017
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781910258651
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Size: 203x254 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £16.99
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Colour Confident Stitching


How to create beautiful colour palettes by Karen Barbé

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Book Description

A fresh contemporary take on creating colour palettes in stitching that will appeal to more modern crafters

Choosing colours for a crafting project can be daunting and creating colour palettes is a design task in itself but textile designer Karen Barbé's explanations makes it a fun and enjoyable part of the process.

Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, any stitching project, no matter how simple, can be enhanced by a well-chosen colour palette, however, many people are nervous or even scared of colour. Karen Barbé regularly teaches embroidery workshops and knows first-hand the fears and frustrations of beginners - as well as accomplished crafters - when starting a new project. Karen makes choosing and creating colour palettes a fun and enjoyable part of the design process. Inspirational photographs are accompanied by stitching illustrations and step-by-step photographs for the colour choosing process as well as stitching projects. The book includes includes five stiching projects that will encourage the reader to explore colour and build confidence through exercise and experiment.

About the Author

About Karen Barbé

Karen Barbé is a textile designer, embroiderer, self-taught photographer and blogger based in Santiago, Chile. With a background in retail and marketing, she currently designs her own brand of home textiles and accessories, drawing inspiration from traditional crafts, folklore, textiles, handcrafting, cheap plasticware - anything simple and unpretentious. She is also a lecturer at the School of Design of Universidad Catolica de Chile and hosts embroidery  workshops in her studio in Santiago. Her work has been featured internationally on media including Martha Stewart Living (USA), frankie (Australia), 101 Woonideeen (Netherlands), Kireei (Spain),
VAV (Sweden), Nylon (Korea) and Milk (France).



Subtitled How to create beautiful colour palettes this book does what it says. The contents are Introduction, Understanding Colour, Feeling Colour, Stitching Colour. Even if you are not born with an eye for colour, Karen asserts that you can develop it by learning all about the subject. Part One is all about colour theory and part two is all about colour sensitivity. Its basically colour awareness. The two parts of the book are reinforced with a series of projects in Part three; learning through practice. Colour communicates emotions. You will learn how to build palettes using colour theory or sensitivity to guide you. Learn the standards of colour theory value, saturation, hue, the colour wheel, families, colour cards and schemes, palettes, tonal range. 5 projects show how to stitch with colour. I thought the projects cold have been much more exciting. This is a very good book for anyone interested in colour who knows very little about it.

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