Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, any stitching project, matter how simple, can be enhanced by a well-chosen colour palette, however, many people are nervous or even scared of colour. Textile designer Karen Barbe regularly teaches embroidery workshops and kws first-hand the fears and frustrations of beginners - as well as accomplished crafters - when starting a new project. Karen makes choosing and creating colour palettes a fun and enjoyable part of the design process. Colour Confident Stitching is divided into three parts: Understanding Colour; Feeling Colour and Stitching with Colour. The first two sections guide the reader through colour theory as well as choosing and using colour more instinctively. Stitching with Colour includes five stiching projects that will encourage the reader to explore colour and build confidence through exercise and experiment. All colours are referenced to DMC floss colours. Inspirational photographs are accompanied by stitching illustrations and step-by-step photographs for the colour choosing process as well as stitching projects.
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).