Design (17)

My reviews are listed below, but you can also click on these links to buy & find reviews of general books on Design Theory and Colour Theory

(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!)

THE ART OF EMBROIDERED FLOWERS by GILDA BARON

NEW CANVASWORK by JILL CARTER

THE LIBERATED CANVAS by PENNY CORNELL

CREATING CONTEMPORARY BARGELLO: A DESIGNER’S GUIDE by IONA DETTELBACH

FREEFORM KNITTING AND CROCHET by JENNY DOWDE

FREEFORMATIONS by JENNY DOWDE

EMBROIDERY SKILLS: CANVAS EMBROIDERY by PEGGY FIELD & JUNE LINSLEY

BARGELLO MAGIC: HOW TO DESIGN YOUR OWN by PAULINE FISCHER & ANABEL LASKER

BARGELLO ANTICS by DOROTHY KAESTNER

EMBROIDERY IDEAS FROM BLACKWORK by PAT LANGFORD

COLORSENSE: CREATIVE COLOR COMBINATIONS FOR CRAFTERS by SUSAN LEVIN

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.

EXPLORING CROSS STITCH: A NOTEBOOK by AUDREY ORMROD

CURVE STITCHING by JON MILLINGTON

BLACKWORK EMBROIDERY: Design and Technique by MARGARET PASCOE

CRAFTING CREATIVITY: 52 Brilliant Ideas for Awakening the Artistic Genius Within by COLIN SALTER

THE BARGELLO BOOK by FRANCES SALTER

FREE-FORM BARGELLO by GIGS STEVENS

Links to some more book that I haven’t read yet, but look quite cool:

DESIGN: A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists and Craftspeople by STEVEN AIMONE

DRAWING AND DESIGN FOR EMBROIDERY by RICHARD BOX

COLOUR: How to Use Colour in Art and Design by EDITH ANDERSON FEISNER

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.

CREATING SKETCHBOOKS FOR EMBROIDERERS AND TEXTILE ARTISTS by KAY GREENLEES

COLOUR: A Workshop for Artists and Designers by DAVID HORNUNG

COLOR WORKS: The Crafter’s Guide to Color by DEB MENZ

THE ELEMENTS OF DESIGN: Rediscovering Colours, Textures, Forms and Shapes by OEI & KEGEL


CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH IN EMBROIDERY: Design, Embroidery & Quilting by DOROTHY WOODS

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