The Bottom Line
- The first of it's kind: a book about color theory and use written for beaders
- Hundreds of ready-made color palettes to make expanding your use of color easy
- Profiles of all the major color families
- Basic beading techniques included
- Some of the projects use very specific materials that may not be readily available
- Paperbound book makes it easy to use
- Hundreds of ready-made color palettes include suggested Delica bead numbers
- Projects include loom work, peyote stitch, brick stitch and stringing techniques
Guide Review - The Beader's Guide to Color by Margie Deeb
Margie has written a reference book about color and its use in beading. Not just limited to off-loom beadweaving, she has also included thoughts about using color in loom work and stringing.
Each color is profiled with background information along with information about the color wheel, how colors “relate” and “react” to each other, and how colors in seed beads will react to one another. Margie also included some basic information on color theory to get you thinking about how you use color in your own beadwork.
Throughout the book, you will find numerous suggested color palettes that Margie has created based on each aspect of color theory. If that sounds intimidating to you, relax: each color palette has suggested Delica numbers and proportions to make re-creating these color schemes easy for the beginner.
What I liked best about this book were the color palettes. So many of them to choose from! Even in the colors that I don’t like to use – pastels and lighter colors – the ready-made palettes made me want to experiment with those colors to broaden my color horizons.
There are projects for every taste and technique including off-loom weaving, loom weaving and stringing. Basic off-loom weaving and beading techniques are covered, although the projects and information in this book assume that the reader is already familiar with one or more of these techniques.
A beautiful gallery of inspiration and eye candy round out this volume, the first of its kind for artists who work primarily with beads.