How do you choose colors and weave structures to create “mood” in handwoven fabric?

Imagine for a moment that you’re looking at a project in a weaving magazine. You like the overall design, but you don’t like the colors! You want to make something more colorful – something with cheerful pizzazz. Or maybe you want a more subtle version – elegant and understated.
This blog post will help you choose colors and weave structures to get the results you want.

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Sometimes creating handwoven fabrics feels like wrestling mischievous imps. A project that looks gorgeous in the initial sketch, or in a weaving software simulation, turns into a muddy mess when woven. A garment that looked great while you were sewing it blurs into shapelessness from across the room. Often, it’s because your design is either too large or too small to look attractive in the context of the finished piece. So your colors blur together or become too bold, and your piece just doesn’t look right. Here’s how to design a piece at the right scale, whether it’s meant to be seen from six inches or sixty feet away.

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Painted warps are beautiful. But they can be difficult to design with. Painted-warp colors can change radically when woven, depending on your weft yarn colors and your choice of design. This blog post gives you four ways to showcase the beautiful colors of your painted warp.

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Yarns of clashing colors can be a challenge when designing your own handwoven cloth, because it’s easy for them to create ugly fabric. But it’s not that hard to harmonize colors that don’t “go together”. This blog post will show you how to use unlikely color combinations to make beautiful handwoven cloth.

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Ever picked out a brilliant palette of yarns, only to have your beautiful colors weave up into dull, muddy handwoven cloth? You’re not alone. Picking a palette that will stay bright when mixed is one of the big color challenges in weaving. Fortunately, the solution is pretty straightforward.

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