Colour Confident Stitching


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About the Author

Karen Barbe 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).


"Equal parts embroidery reference and palette theory, this book shows you to train the eye towards more fulfilling stitching choices. From pink spoons to melon sherbets, it's a practical approach to colour chemistry."

* Dressmaker *

"Barbe has assembled an accessible primer to color theory, useful not only to embroiders but to any fiber artists working with color."

* Library Journal *

"It is a pleasure to review this fabulous new book...analysis of color palettes and how to develop them is very inspiring. I highly recommend this book for all levels of stitchers, with a caveat for beginners - the stitches and processes in the book are not simple, but if you approach your work slowly and meditatively, you will be rewarded for your time"

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"Packed full of inspirational photos and easy to follow step-by-steps, this is a handy companion."

* Popular Patchwork *

"Makes choosing colours and creating palettes an enjoyable part of the sewing process."

* Sew *

"From pink spoons to melon sherbets, it's a practical approach to colour chemistry."

* Dressmaker *

"I want to tell you about a book that makes me happy through and through. I think it might make you happy, too! The book is called Colour Confident Stitching by Karen Barbe. It's...good. In fact, it's Really Good. The book is primarily a book on colour theory and grouping and choosing colours. That said, it's not a complicated technical book on the scientific side of colour theory. It's a very practical book, it's easy to understand, easy to read, and eye-opening."

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"If you are anything like me, you'll know the feeling of rifling through your yarn collection . . . not quite sure what is going to work. Colour Confident Stitching has the answers."

* Knitting *

"Expect stunning photography and a whole new perspective on the art of hand-stitching."

* Love Sewing *

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