Colour Confidence in Embroidery

Colour Confidence in Embroidery

Book rating: 05 Hardback Milner Craft (Hardcover)

By (author) Trish Burr

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  • Publisher: Sally Milner Publishing Pty Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 282mm x 20mm | 1,134g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Binda
  • ISBN 10: 1863514260
  • ISBN 13: 9781863514262
  • Illustrations note: 300 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 7,082

Product description

Based on her own experience with long and short stitch shading, gained through trial and error over the years, the author provides a greater awareness of how colour affects our embroidery, and what brings it to life. Each aspect is clearly illustrated by example and includes tools for selecting colours, choosing shades that enhance our embroidery, why some shades blend better than others, and the importance of contrast with light and shadow. There are projects to represent each colour group including stunning roses, camellias, fruit and the much sought-after bee-eater birds, but the highlights of the book for any stitcher have to be the chapters on colour combinations and complementary colours. These include more than 200 stitched examples with DMC thread keys, plus schemes to help choose colours for your own projects. Colour Confidence in Embroidery is the first of its kind on this subject and a valuable resource for any embroiderer. Although based on long and short stitch shading the principles could be applied to any surface or counted thread embroidery.

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Author information

Trish Burr is a self-taught embroiderer who hungrily consumes all aspects of this fine craft. Through research and practice she has developed this individual technique of surface embroidery. Further details about Trish Burr and her books can be found on her website:

Customer reviews

By joan blizzard 30 Jun 2014 5

Hi Trish. I can't believe there are no reviews for your beautiful book. I have just purchased another two for my girlfriends with whom I embroider. It is just so easy to follow and so inspirational. Your whole book is just a dream. Well done.... I am going to purchase another one shortly.. The threadwork is just so beautiful, and your explanation of the colour wheel is very understandable. I as disabled these days, and cannot manage the fibre art that I have done in the past as it is just beyond my fitness these days. I have resigned myself that embroidery is my love now... I attend a couple of groups and took your book along, and looking through the book I can see where some of my teachers inspiration comes from, I first saw your book on my male friends table. He does exquisite embroidery, and I thank him for discovering your book... I am 69, and love to learn more about colour. Fibre art is so indisciplined, but so wonderful, but it is all hanging on my walls now, and those walls of my family and friends. Once again Trish, well done, and it is a treasure to me. Kind regards from Joan Blizzard..

Review quote

Stitching is a very practical craft and it can be done in a simplistic way. Sometimes a piece of work relies on the choice of stitches used to work it and sometimes the texture of the threads plays an important role. But the use of colour affects the piece more than anything else. To achieve a painterly shaded effect, long and short stitch is usually the stitch of choice, but elements such as the type of thread and the direction of the stitches contribute to the look of the finished embroidery. The rougher fibres of wool yarns such as crewel wool absorb more light so that little imperfections don't show, while smooth surfaces such as silk reflect the light and are less forgiving. In many ways, this book is as much about art as it is about stitching. The colour exercises are very effective and demonstrate the subtleties that shading can bring, adding light or shadows and sometimes making the highlights shine. Beautifully illustrated with clear photos, there are 12 projects, each of which focuses on a particular colour range, plus a glorious Sacred Kingfisher that uses all of the techniques - and is a challenge for more advanced stitchers... or perhaps for stitchers who have worked their way through the exercises and other projects in the book. This book really puts the 'art' into embroidery and teaches you all you need to know about 'painting' with a needle and thread.-Stitch

Table of contents

Introduction What's in this book? Materials and preparation Shading techniques Tools for selecting colours How colour affects our embroidery What brings our embroidery to life? Colour combinations Complementary colours Colour schemes PROJECTS Red: French rose Pink: Camellia japonica Mauve: Iris 'Spartan' Purple: crocus sativus Blue: Moroccan plum Turquoise: Lilac-breasted roller Green: Little green bee-eater Gold: Little bee-eater friends Yellow: Austrian rose Orange: 'Elton' cherry Brown: Tufted flycatcher White: Camellia 'Alba Plena' Sacred kingfisher Trish Burr books and DVD Suppliers