Color Play by Joen Wolfrom
Reviewed by Margaret Briscoe
Originally Published Autumn 2001
C&T Publishing, 2000
This author of quilt-orientated book has again written one for all
needleartists. Most of us are acquainted with Joen Wolfrom through her
books The Visual Dance and The Magical Effects of Color
which many feel are important sources of our color education and
understanding. This newest book of hers is a "must-have"
addition to your home library.
The first two chapters deal with what you need to know about using
color and how to create your own colorful designs using intensity, value
and temperature as the means for doing this knowledgeably. These chapters
offer a basic color scheme lesson complete with tints, tones and shades.
Monochromatic, complementary, analogous, split-complementary and triadic
color schemes are clearly explained and illustrated in a concise way. Not
overly "wordy" or long but thorough.
The next chapters are divided among the colors themselves with nature
photos and fabric illustrations along with the complements of these
colors. This is a delightful and unique way to learn more about colors and
how to use them pleasingly and well. She demonstrates how variations of
pure color, tints, shades and tones, change the mood of a design in clear
Chapter nine deals with depth luminosity, luster, shadows: highlights
and transparency through the manipulation of fabrics. Much of these same
effects can be achieved with the choice of thread type, stitch
manipulation and color choices; after all, what is fabric but millions of
threads combined for a total effect known as fabric.
This book is a true delight and pleasure and I for one highly recommend
it to any who are interested in new approach to color understanding.