Book Review: “A Fiber Artist’s Guide to Color & Design” by Heather Thomas


I am taking a color theory class and this book is our textbook. I think that it is a fabulous introduction to color theory. There are color photographs on almost every page. Also lots of quilts and fabric color swatches to illustrate the author’s points.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book. I think it is the kind of book that — if you really studied it — would lead to a very good grasp of color theory. The fact that it’s designed for fiber artists makes it far more applicable than books designed for painters. Visually, it is beautifully laid out and full of colorful examples. You can get more information at:

A Fiber Artist’s Guide to Color & Design

Here’s what it covers:

The Language of Color — Why study color theory? About the color wheel. Color categories. Expanding the color wheel to hues, shades, tones and tints.

A Look at Each Color — yellow, yellow orange, orange, red orange, red, red violet, violet, blue violet, blue, blue green, green, yellow green, and brown/black/grey and white.

How the colors work together — value, visual temperature, color dominance, complex colors, intensity and saturation, classic color combinations, neutral or achromatic, monochromatic, direct complement, split complement, double complement, double spit complement, analogous complement, analogous, triad, tetrad, and polychromatic.

Elements of Design — line, shape, form, texture, color, value, size and scale, pattern.

Principles of Design — contrast, balance, unity, variety, repetition, dominance and emphasis, harmony, rhythm, movement, direction, space and proportion.

12 workshops to apply what you’ve learned.


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