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Nita Leland's Fiber Arts Book List

Albers, Anni. On Designing. Wesleyan, 1961. Covers many aspects of the fiber arts.

Banbury, Gisela. The Art of Painting on Silk. Search, 1989. Techniques and projects.

Bennett, Noel. The Weaver's Pathway: A Clarification of the Spirit Trail in Navajo Weaving. Northland, 1987. The first definitive study of the Spirit Trail pnenomenon in Navajo weaving.

Bennett, Noel. Working With the Wool: How to Weave a Navajo Rug. Northland, 1990. The Navajo loom. yarns, techniques and projects.

Chetwynd, Hilary. The Weaver's Workbook. St. Martin's, 1988. Looms, preparation and process.

Cohen, Daniel & Paula. Marbling on Fabric. Interweave, 1990. Detailed instructions on materials and techniques.

Justema, William & Doris. Weaving & Needlework Color Course. Search ABEbooks Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1971. Equipment, materials, color theory, color schemes.

Kanzinger, Linda. The Complete Book of Fabric Painting. Alcott, 1993. Techniques and ideas for projects.

Lambert, Patricia, Barbara Staepelaere & Mary G. Fry. Color and Fiber. Schiffer, 1986. Good reference book for fiber artists.

Leland, Nita. Exploring Color: How to Use and Control Color in Your Painting. North Light, 1998. The best book on color for artists--trust me! More than 80 exercises and demos, plus wonderful examples by 65 artists. Look here for more information.

Liebler, Barbara. Hands-On Weaving. Interweave, 1986. Equiupment and projects.

Mayer, Ralph. The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Fifth ed. Viking, 1991. A technical reference all serious artists should be familiar with.

McRae, Bobbi. Colors From Nature: Growing, Collecting and Using Natural Dyes. Storey, 1993. Charts on natural dyes: where to find them, how to prepare and use them.

McKelvey, Susan. Light and Shadows: Optical Illusion in Quilts. C & T, 1989. Special color effects and perspective in quilts.

Metzger, Phil. The Artist's Illustrated Encylopedia: Techniques, Materials & Terms. North Light, 2001. A comprehensive reference, lavishly illustrated with contemporary art works, photographs and charts.

Olsen, Kirstin. Quilter's Pattern Workbook: Creating Dramatically Different Designs With Color. Sterling, 1990.

Penders, Mary. Color and Cloth : The Quiltmaker's Ultimate Workbook Quilt Digest, 1995. Color theory, color schemes.

Redding, Debbie. Learning to Weave. Interweave, 1995. Equipment, easy start, projects.

Regensteiner, Else. The Art of Weaving. Schiffer, 1986. Indispensable handbook for weavers at all skill levels.

Seely, Ann and Joyce Stewart. Color Magic for Quilters: Absolutely the Easiest, Most Successful Method for Choosing Colors and Fabrics to Create Quilts You'll Love. Rodale, 1997. Makes color accessible without too much color theory.

Tuckman, Diane & Jan Janes. The Complete Book of Silk Painting. North Light, 1992. Materials, techniques and projects--thorough coverage.

Tuckman, Diane & Jan Janes. Creative Silk Painting. North Light, 1995. New ideas for silk painting.

Vinroot, Sally, et al. The New Dyer With Colorcue Hue Analysis Aide. Interweave, 1987. Origin of dye colors, color theory, techniques and processes.

Weigle, Palmy. Color Exercises for the Weaver. Watson-Guptill, 1976. How yarn colors interact on the loom; a complete course.

Wolfrom, Joen. Landscapes and Illusions : Creating Scenic Imagery in Fabric. C & T, 1991. Fascinating contemporary quilt techniques.

Wolfrom, Joen. The Magical Effects of Color. C & T. More contemorary quilts

Wolfrom, Joen. The Visual Dance: Creating Spectacular Quilts. C & T, 1995. Amazing quilt designs--this is Art.

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