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Colour Confidence in Embroidery (Milner Craft Series) Hardcover – February 7, 2012
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She teaches and gives talks at workshops and guilds in South Africa, and contributes internationally to needlework magazines and other publications.
Her projects are mainly floral but she has recently expanded her work to include birds and portraits, devising means to include minute details in her subjects. Her emphasis on light and shadow brings her embroidery alive and her artistic use of colour further enhances the three dimensional effects in her work.
Trish is recognized for her unique style of long and short stitch embroidery. She has spent many years researching this technique and willingly shares this knowledge with fellow embroiderers. To quote in her own words:
"We need to keep hand embroidery alive, but if we hug our ideas to ourselves, they will become lost and worthless in the future. If I give you a gift, I no longer have it, you do. However, if I give you an idea then we both have it, and if you share this idea with others then we have multiplied it, expanded on it and watch it grow."
For more information on kits and products see online at www.trishburr.co.za.
Top Customer Reviews
The first few chapters are basics of Trish Burr, fabric, needles, shading, etc.
Then the rest of the first half of the book is full color lists of DMC thread colors that go together..with DMC numbers. Page after pager of colors that combine. No color wheels! no harmonies! For some, she stitched a flower with each petal showing various colors shaded and/or combined (with DMC numbers given). You want an antique effect, turn to the antique page and there are stitched color combinations to chose from. Not sure what colors you want, leaf through the full color pages until you find a combination that calls to you.
The second half of the book is projects. I do have a small issue with Ms. Burr's projects, both in this book and in Needle Painting. I have found numerous projects that tell you to stitch every flower petal in A, B, C, D order. Yet the stitched example by Ms. Burr is not in that order, she mixes up the colors on her pieces, while the project directions clearly have you do each petal the same. Only after my first project clearly was not looking like her's, did I see how she tells you to do one thing, while doing another. I don't do a lot of other peoples art, so while I find it odd that she'd do this, and question why, it's not a big deal to me.
Another thing I love is that the book is much bigger than I thought. I expected something the size of Needle Painting. This is big. In full color. With wonderful paper that I find myself gliding my hands over. Wonderful.
Trish Burr has made color theory and color combination accessible and visual in this book and it is a prize indeed. I note that it is sold out on amazon at the moment and there is a reason for this: Burr makes color intuitive rather than intellectual and I believe this book may prompt many fiber people to finally understand that color wheel - but even if they don't they will be able to combine colors for embroidery and other fiber projects. Truly a quiet masterpiece that will give needleworkers more practical confidence with color than almost any other work. Recommended.
The book is amply supplied of picture illustrations...like an over stuffed stocking at Christmas. I wasn't left wanting. My favorite "principle" was learning about how light and angles of light will change the colors and how they will in tgurn affect other colors. Buy this book and it will be one of the best investments you have made as it can be applied to everything that has color.
It gives me lots of ideas and colors of threads too.
Its highly recommended if one is into embroidery, wonderful book!!!
Loved every minute from looking at it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book can be use as a reference in so many mediums, quilting, painting, drawing and decorating.Published 11 days ago by Christina Wilson
This book reached all my expectations. No one will be disappointed. Her theory of color is right out of the art textbook and is explained clear and deceive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maria painter and fiber artist
Well done with beautiful designs and easy to follow instructions for a first time shading technique I have never used. Excited to get started on something new for me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
These books of Ms. Burr are chock full of stunning designs and very clear instructions.Published 5 months ago by CC