Any stitching project, no matter how simple, can be enhanced by a well-chosen colour palette. Textile designer Karen Barbe regularly teaches embroidery workshops and knows first-hand the fears and frustrations of beginners - as well as accomplished crafters - when starting a new project. Choosing colours can be daunting and creating colour palettes is a design task in itself.
Starting with a clear and simple introduction to colour theory, Colour Confident is divided into three parts: Understanding Colour; Experimenting with Colour and Creating with Colour. Each guides the reader through theory and practice towards choosing a colour palette confidently as part of the creative process and includes six stiching projects that will encourage the reader to explore colour and build confidence through exercise and experiment.
Basic techniques are illustrated and explained in a reference section.
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Richard Bisgrove recently retired as Course Director in Landscape Management at the University of Reading. He has a BSc in Horticultural Science from Reading University and an MLA in Landscape Architecture from Michigan. He served on the National Trust’s Gardens Panel for nearly twenty years and has held several posts in the Garden History Society. In 2004 he was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for ‘outstanding contribution to horticultural education, garden design and plant research’ and in 2010 the President of the Landscape Institute conferred on him the Peter Youngman Award for ‘outstanding contribution to landscape’. He lectures internationally and has written several books on garden design and garden history, including The Flower Garden: Planting for Year-Round Colour (Frances Lincoln, 1990), The National Trust Book of the English Garden (Penguin, 1992), the bestselling The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll (Frances Lincoln 1992), and William Robinson: the Wild Gardener (Frances Lincoln, 2008).