Colour Confident Stitching

Colour Confident Stitching

How to Create Beautiful Colour Palettes

Choosing colours for a crafting project can be daunting and creating colour palettes is a design task in itself but textile designer Karen Barbé's explanations makes it a fun and enjoyable part of the process

Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, any stitching project, no 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 Barbé regularly teaches embroidery workshops and knows 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 Barbé 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).

"Equal parts embroidery reference and palette theory, this book shows you to train the eye towards more fulfilling stitching choices. From pink spoons to melon sherbets, it's a practical approach to colour chemistry."


"Barbé has assembled an accessible primer to color theory, useful not only to embroiders but to any fiber artists working with color."

Library Journal

"It is a pleasure to review this fabulous new book...analysis of color palettes and how to develop them is very inspiring. I highly recommend this book for all levels of stitchers, with a caveat for beginners - the stitches and processes in the book are not simple, but if you approach your work slowly and meditatively, you will be rewarded for your time"

"Packed full of inspirational photos and easy to follow step-by-steps, this is a handy companion."

Popular Patchwork

"Makes choosing colours and creating palettes an enjoyable part of the sewing process."


“From pink spoons to melon sherbets, it’s a practical approach to colour chemistry.”


“I want to tell you about a book that makes me happy through and through. I think it might make you happy, too!  The book is called Colour Confident Stitching by Karen Barbé. It’s…good. In fact, it’s Really Good. The book is primarily a book on colour theory and grouping and choosing colours. That said, it’s not a complicated technical book on the scientific side of colour theory. It’s a very practical book, it’s easy to understand, easy to read, and eye-opening.”

“If you are anything like me, you’ll know the feeling of rifling through your yarn collection . . . not quite sure what is going to work.  Colour Confident Stitching has the answers.”


"Expect stunning photography and a whole new perspective on the art of hand-stitching."

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The Pimpernel Press Ltd
The Pimpernel Press Ltd
Product Format
254 x 203
Publication Date
Mar 2, 2017
Number of Pages