by Elaine Luther

Color Works, the Crafter’s Guide to Color by Deb Menz is the most helpful book I’ve read on the subject.

Most books on color theory are boring. This one manages to be interesting and also pracitical. For each discussion on color hue, saturation, combinations, she has examples in those colors. The examples are a full page of 9 samples, each one a different technique, incluidng quilting, bead weaving, knitting, embroidery, surface design and more.

What’s especially helpful is that the quilt pattern, for example, is the same throughout the book, so you’re really seeing how color effects that design.

In the back is a bonus section: removable color cards for taking to the fabric or yarn shop with you.

This book would be particularly helpful to polymer clay artists, and would also be helpful to metal clay artists and jewelers who want to inject more color into their work.

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