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Color Theory for Textile Projects

A course by Karen Barbé , Embroidery Artist and Designer

Embroidery Artist and Designer. Chicago, United States.
Joined June 2018

Learn to create color palettes for your embroidery

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  • 99% positive reviews (895)
  • 13428 students

Learn to create color palettes for your embroidery

A course by Karen Barbé

Much like design, the colors you choose in embroidery make all the difference, which is why it is essential to find the right color combinations for your textile projects. No one knows this better than Karen Barbé, designer and embroiderer with more than a decade of experience. She has spent much of her career teaching color theory in embroidery and has become an expert in the field, having published a book on the subject titled Color Confident Stitching: How to Create Beautiful Color Palettes.

In this online course, Karen teaches you to create the ideal color palette for any textile project, emphasizing the expressive power of colors as well as how they behave and interact with one another. Take your embroidery to the next level by learning how to make a color plan for your designs and confidently stitch vibrant works of art.

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What will you learn in this online course?

13 lessons & 14 downloads

English, Spanish
  • 99% positive reviews (895)
  • 13428 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 33m)
  • 14 additional resources (5 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Design a color palette for an embroidery project using the concepts you've learned throughout the course.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Embroidery and design enthusiasts who want to learn how to create the perfect color palettes for their textile projects.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary to take this course.

As for materials, you need colored paper or paint samples, a cutting surface, a metal ruler, cardboard, a utility knife, colored markers, a glue stick, a tape measure, double-sided tape, and embroidery thread.


13428 Students
895 Reviews
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Karen Barbé

A course by Karen Barbé

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Embroidery Artist and Designer

Karen Barbé is an embroidery artist and designer with more than a decade of experience. She shares her knowledge and passion for color by teaching classes in different educational institutions and has even published a book on the subject: Color Confident Stitching: How to Create Beautiful Color Palettes.

Karen learned to embroider, knit, and sew from her mother starting at a young age, skills that have led her to work in the retail and marketing industry, as well as teach university-level classes to students studying design. In 2015, she earned a certificate in hand embroidery from the Royal School of Needlework in the UK. From her studio in Santiago, Chile, Karen teaches her students how to embroider and create color palettes while constantly experimenting with new embroidery designs and patterns in her personal projects.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Understand the colors

    • Materials for this course
    • Panorama (glossary)
    • Chromatic circle: the place where colors live
    • Construction of colored thread cards
    • And where is the rest of the colors?
  • U3

    Combine colors and create palettes

    • Harmonies of color: the ways that colors have to converse with each other
    • Creating a color harmony
    • Color palettes: the atmosphere of a meeting of colors
    • Creating a color palette
  • U4

    Apply the colors in the embroidery

    • Color plan
    • From the color palette to embroidery. Case study.
  • FP

    Final project

    • Theory of color for embroidery

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Color Theory for Textile Projects. Fashion, and Design course by Karen Barbé Best seller

Color Theory for Textile Projects

A course by Karen Barbé
Embroidery Artist and Designer. Chicago, United States.
Joined June 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (895)
  • 13428 students