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The Beader's Guide to Color Paperback – July 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823004872
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823004874
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margie Deeb teaches popular workshops on beading and color throughout the US. She lives in Roswell, GA.

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Margie Deeb is passionate about creativity and beauty. Her personal mission is to keep opening portals to beauty for others and herself. As a teacher she is dedicated to fostering artistic self-confidence grounded in knowledge and unrestrained permission to play. As an artist and writer, she devotes her creativity to self-discovery, healing, growth, and fun. She loves inspiring and being inspired.

She is the first author to publish books on color specifically addressing the challenges presented by working with beads. Her books include the popular The Beader's Guide to Color and The Beader's Color Palette, which Library Journal voted the Best Craft How-To book of 2009. She has published countless print and digital articles on design and color. Margie discussed her approach to color in jewelry on a 2008 episode of the PBS TV show Beads, Baubles and Jewels.

Margie is a professional art director, graphic designer, illustrator, and color expert. In addition to her visual arts in pen and ink, oils, watercolor, and charcoal, she is also a musican. She works with all kinds of beading methods, including on- and off-loom weaving and stringing. She is well known for her fantastically colorful loom-woven pieces.

Margie conducts design, color, and writing workshops for artists in all mediums online and throughout the U.S. and Canada. Her art is featured in galleries across the United States and in many books and publications. She offers readers of her newsletter, website, and blog an abundance of inspiration.

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A very informative and beautiful book.
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Deeb's book uses Delica beads (and their appropriate numbers) to provide stimulating examples of the best uses of color for a multitude of designs.
I'd recommend it to all levels of beaders.
Robbi Eklow

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142 of 142 people found the following review helpful By K. Varraso VINE VOICE on July 10, 2004
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This is a new book, written by Margie Deeb, and is about color theory from a beader's point of view. It really fills a niche out there - I can't say I've ever seen a bead book like this.
I also can't say enough nice things about the book. The project photos are incredible, and I'd be happy with the book even if the content weren't wonderful. But it is wonderful - Margie really explains color, the moods it evokes, and how bead finishes and types are really important when choosing color. She uses both the traditional artist's color wheel (pigments) and the printer's color wheel (inks, four color), and has developed an ingenious way of making sure that you never mix the two.
The first part of the book is all color theory,and gives a great basic background to those of us who never attended art school. Margie gives plenty of tips and suggestions about combining colors, using Delica numbers to be specific. That might be the only weak point of the book, because who knows if Miyuki will change their numbering system some time in the future. Also, I can't say I always like her color combinations, but they're definitely thought provoking and have expanded the way I think about what goes with what.
The second part of the book is more project oriented, and every pattern is shown in both Peyote/Brick and Square/Loom stitches. Nice touch, and greatly appreciated. Again, it's a very thought provoking section, and although I can't see myself making some of these items, they definitely expand my ideas about color, texture and mood expressed in beads. I have a far greater appreciation for neutrals than I ever had before, and I now want to explore orange - a color I thought I'd never liked.
I rarely say that a book is a "must have," but this one is.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By E Rice on August 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
if i had seen this book in the bookstore, i would have passed it by. i have no problem with color, and i know color theory. so i am very glad that someone in my most recent bead class brought this book in and let us all look through it.

the examples of beadwork are astounding, astonishing, inspiring, amazing, wonderful...i think you get the idea. there's a broad range of styles and approaches, and if you can't find inspiration in this book, you aren't breathing.

i haven't bothered reading most of the text, except to note that academic fashions and taste have again changed in the last few years, and that the author makes assumptions about reactions to or attitudes about color that may or may not be valid for the general population.

however, if someone is insecure about color, or hasn't studied color theory at all, this seems like a good resource.

but i bought it for the illustrations. they are superb.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Jordan on September 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
I have been seriously beading for three years,and i love the art. I'd tried using books on color from Designers outlook or quilters outlook,but as I started reading Ms Deeb's prespective on color in the realm of beading I knew I'd found what i'd been searching for. The explainations about the light as with the finishes of the beads and the effects that are achieved in designs ,will help me use the colors much more effective, because now I understand what I'm looking for when I'm choosing the colors in a project.Also, the tempo of the writing holds my attention. I hate to put it down. stephanie jordan,SRJ Designs
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amy R. Bradley on August 20, 2004
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I've been beading for nearly 10 years, and I have a whole list of favorite books that I recommend to anyone who says "I'm new to beading, what books are a must have?" I usually recommend 2 or 3 (among them Carol Wilcox Well's "Creative Beadweaving"). Well, I just added another one. Margie has done a magnificent job with this book, taking both traditional and new tacts on color. She has illustrated her book with fabulous examples of work by herself and others. I don't always agree with everything she says about color (some of it strikes me as pseudopsychology) but it is interesting to read. I also appreciated her use of the standard artist's wheel that everyone who has read anything on color theory will be familiar with, and the printer's ink color wheel.

I found her use of delicas a good starting point, because although Miyuki may change their color numbering system, right now it is a pretty stable and most people will have access to the delicas either at their local bead store or on-line (and there are places on-line to find color lists of these beads).

I do have one minor gripe, and this is just personal: I wish there was a credit for the program she used to do the designs for the projects in the book, a wonderful Mac-only bead design program called Beadscape. I recognized the way Beadscape shows patterns; I give Margie a lot of credit for using it creatively by taking advantage of its ability to display beads several ways; where colors are close (remembering the limitations of printed color), she used a combination of the "realistic" beads and the symbols.

That said, this is a great book, and I am pleased that someone finally took on the challenge of color specifically for beaders. This is a book for beginner to experienced, I think we can all find new things here. AND it is a book for anyone who just wants to drool over some great eye candy!
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