(Titles are listed A-Z by author. Check side bar for links to book reviews covering different stitch techniques. Please feel free to add comments – especially if you disagree with me!)
This is a great book for anyone interested in design for crafts who would like a clearer idea of colour theory without wading through a dense academic study, or an art technique colour mixing guide aimed at painting rather than general crafts. The spiral binding makes the book easy to use, and the introduction gives you all the basic information you need to understand the relevant terminology, and begin combining colours to best effect, whatever your craft discipline. There are visual guides to colour values within chromatic scales of colour, complementary and analogous colour groups, and more – which alone could easily kick-start new ideas!
A unique feature of this book, however, is a palette of 108 tear-off colours across the spectrum, along with blocking windows & a colour wheel to see how your own choices of colour work together. It is by no means as comprehensive in terms of colour combinations shown as Jim Krause’s ‘Colour Index’ and ‘Colour Index 2’ (which also give the RGB and CMYK values of each colour shown) but it does make a very good companion. The Colour Indexes are great for any kind of computer-aided design, but if you are working with different disciplines, ‘Colorsense’ is possibly the more practical.
Links to some more book that I haven’t read yet, but look quite cool:
DESIGN YOUR OWN NEEDLEPOINT by GITTINS & PETERSEN– I don’t know this book. My suspicion is that it relates specifically to design for tent stitch, but I may be wrong; even so, I assume it should give a good grounding in design theory for needlepoint as a general concept.