If you’re like me, you’ve probably had at least one project disaster where you sat down at the loom and got a crushing disappointment – totally different from what you expected. This blog post will explain how to anticipate and avoid those unexpected color disasters.
How do you weave projects that really stand out, that draw attention to themselves? Or, conversely, how do you weave elegant, understated pieces?
The secret to creating eye-catching handwoven cloth – and to drawing the eye to specific parts of your woven project – is careful use of saturated color.
One of the curious things about handwoven cloth, particularly painted warps or cloth with large stripes of color, is that it can transform dramatically at a distance. Close up, the beautiful woven pattern, the pattern in your draft, is visible. But from a distance, the woven pattern almost disappears, leaving only the larger pattern of the color stripes or the painted warp.
What’s the mystery? How does this happen?
Let’s find out.
When you’re picking yarn colors for a handwoven project, how do you know whether the colors will work before you buy? It’s hard to know whether the colors will work together, especially if you’re buying online and all you’ve got is a photo. And mistakes can be expensive!
This blog post will teach you how to pick colors that will show off the patterns in your draft.
Learn about color mixing in handwoven fabrics! Discover how to choose yarn colors and weave structures to create gorgeous cloth in the hues you love. This post explains many of the mysteries around how yarn colors change when woven into cloth. (Hint: It’s not just about the way the colors blend, but also about the weave structure! The same two colors can blend into dull mud or stay excitingly bright depending on your choice of weave structure.)
This mini-course is an excerpt from my upcoming online course Color Courage for Weavers, which I’ll be releasing in just a few weeks. So far the feedback on it has been overwhelmingly positive!