A Fiber Artist's Guide to Color & Design: The Basics & Beyond (Landauer) Comprehensive Handbook to Elements & Principles with 12 Workshops, Exercises, and Hundreds of Photos, Illustrations, & Diagrams

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Your comprehensive guide to everything colorful!

  • 12 hands-on workshops to apply the lessons you will learn so you can ultimately become a better artist
  • Comprehensive explanations of the color wheel, color theory, color combinations, and the properties of each individual color
  • Detailed lessons on all the elements and principles of design, including texture, shape, value, balance, movement, space, and much more
  • Your must-have resource to the understanding of color and design theory for quilters, fiber artists, and students on any level

A Fiber Artist's Guide to Color & Design is a must-have for anyone fascinated by the languages of color and design!

With over 200 pages filled with detailed explanations and lessons, hundreds of photos, illustrations, and diagrams, and inspiring examples of fabulous fiber art creations, you'll learn directly from an experienced fiber artist and art teacher, author Heather Thomas.

Beginning with a study of the color wheel and classic color theory, this essential reference then takes a detailed look at each individual color. From there, you'll come to understand how colors combine and work together before learning the elements and principles of design. From line, shape, and form to contrast, balance, and unity, every facet is thoroughly explored.

Finally, apply all you've learned to creating something exciting! Progressing in difficulty and building upon each previous lesson, you'll find 12 workshops for hands-on learning and experimentation. Each lesson provides an opportunity to practice and is presented with project goals and guidelines, helping you to ultimately become a better artist.

Begin your journey into the world of color and design today, with A Fiber Artist's Guide to Color & Design!

WINNER, Gold Medal
Home & Garden
Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), 2012



Aimed mostly at quilters, A Fiber Artist s Guide to Color & Design: The Basics & Beyond, by Heather Thomas, is a thorough, encouraging, and nuanced guide to color and design principles that would be useful to other crafters as well. The book is full of detailed information about color theory, how colors work together, design concepts, and hands-on lessons all illustrated by large, clear photos of quilts, fabric swatches, an occasionally other finished objects. Some lessons may be intimidating to those who are new to working with color. The differences between the painter s and printer s color wheels, for instance might be confusing to artists who don t work with computer software. On the whole, Thomas takes it slow and offers lots of examples and advice that can help quilters approach design with confidence and creativity. The finished projects shown are exciting and inspiring and encourage readers to take to their fabric (or paint, or paper) and explore. Twelve workshops in color and design round out the book, guiding readers toward that exploration and discovery. This rigorous training is meant to take a year, but devoting that kind of hands-on time to learning about color and craft can only be a positive experience. Thomas has been teaching these methods for more than a decade. This detailed book is a full education in color and design and offers practical ways to apply the concepts to unique creations. --Sarah White --ForeWord Reviews-Spotlight Review; Fall, 2014

Heather Thomas s book A Fiber Artist s Guide to Color & Design is part of Landauer Publishing s The Basics & Beyond series and is the perfect place to begin your journey into color and design. The first half of the book, the learning area, is devoted to color and design. As you work your way through you will notice a variety of help boxes and Quick Key boxes that highlight important information about each topic. There are also plenty of diagrams and illustrated references. Learning color theory and design elements and principles can be complicated and hard to understand. Heather has cut through the complications to present easy to grasp and implement color lessons that will have you seeing color in a totally different way. Heather says, the elements that make up a particular artwork are what we usually see first, so it stands to reason that understanding and using these elements of design and design principles will aid in creating your own wow quilt. The 12 Color and Design workshops presented in the book will give you the opportunity to actually gain hands on experience working with color and design. The book is illustrated with hundreds of full color illustrations, color wheels, charts, and photographs. Sprinkled throughout the book are examples of beautiful fiber art creations that illustrate the principles of design and the goals of the workshops. --The Applique Society Newsletter; January/February, 2012

With hundreds of photos, examples and illustrations, the author invites readers on a new journey into classic color theory and the principles of design for fiber artists and beyond. Thomas teaches that color is learned experientially. Along with the understanding of color and design theory, the book includes 12 Workshop Lessons with project goals and guidelines. --Quilters Newsletter; June/July, 2012

From the Back Cover


Inspiring · Understanding · Exploring

A Fiber Artist's Guide to Color & Design, The basics & beyond

WOW! From the language of color—to the principles of design—to examples of fabulous fiber art creations and 12 workshop lessons, each is spectacularly presented in this exciting, new book developed to help YOU become a better artist.

Begin your journey into the world of color and design today.

Understanding the language of color and design
Color wheels
Fabric swatch examples
Fiber art examples show how color and design principles work together.

Inspiring use of color combinations
Highlighted colors show you how colors relate to one another on the color wheel.
Use the information to find your own great color combinations.

Exploring how design works
Diagrams help you see how and why a design works.

  • Fabulous Visuals
  • Clearly-written Text
  • Hundreds of Color Illustrations
  • Hundreds of Fiber Art Examples
  • Color Wheels, Charts and Explanations
  • Easy-to-Read and Easy-to-Understand
  • 12 Workshop Lessons
  • Book of the Year Award Winner


About the Author

Heather Thomas began quilting over 25 years ago, taking a turn toward art quilting in 2000. She has been teaching her designs and techniques for over 15 years. Her 13-month color and design class was the foundation for A Fiber Artist Guide to Color & Design. Creating art is Heather's driving force, her reason for being here, her love and her passion. It is her hope to inspire her students to creative freedom and help them discover their possibilities. Heather Thomas is a co-author of Fabric Embellishing The basics & beyond.

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