Stash Busting Scarf

Weave-Along

Learn to design and weave a beautiful 4 or 8-shaft scarf from your stash leftovers.​

Stuck at home?
Missing other weavers?
Unsure what to do with your stash?

The Weave-Along is over, but you can still learn a lot!

Join color-in-weaving expert Tien Chiu and well-known weaving teacher Janet Dawson as we help you solve the problems of dealing with stash projects. 

In this completed Weave-Along, you'll find online lessons, demos, recorded Q&A sessions, and a ton of useful information about weaving from your stash. We’ll lead you through a 4 or 8-shaft scarf project that will teach you the basics of:

Working with mystery yarns

Mixing yarn textures, fibers, and thicknesses​

Designing with a jumble of colors

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Clear Up Your Stash Confusion

Work with Mystery Yarns

Learn how to use those mystery yarns, even if you're not sure what they are!

Choose and Use Colors

Uncover the secrets of choosing colors that won't mix into mud, and that look good together. Discover how to make your pattern show when using lots of colors.

Combine Different Yarns

Nervous about combining different kinds of yarn in a project? Find out how to make sure a variety of yarns will play well together on and off the loom.

Mix Yarn Sizes

Learn what happens when you combine thick and thin yarns in your warp and weft, and one way to handle the combination.

Meet Your Teachers

Hi! I’m Tien Chiu,

and I'm obsessed with color in weaving. I've dyed over 2,500 yarn samples, woven hundreds of handwoven swatches, and spent countless hours poring over color theory and weaving structure books in my quest to understand color in weaving. 

And I've succeeded at it. I've won countless awards for my work, my handwoven wedding dress is in the permanent collection of The Henry Ford Museum, and my Kodachrome Jacket was featured on the cover of Handwoven as one of the winners of the Garment Challenge. I've written almost thirty articles for Handwoven, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot, Complex Weavers Journal, and WeaveZine.

I'm looking forward to teaching you how to create beautiful things out of the colorful yarn leftovers in your stash!

Hi! I’m Janet Dawson.

I’m a weaver AND a teacher. I’m a writer AND an editor. I’m good at math and patterns but also really good with words. The combination of all of these is my superpower: I not only get this stuff, I can explain it well, and write about it clearly.

Using my facility with words and my experience teaching thousands of students online (with rave reviews!) and in-person, I can help you feel confident that YOU CAN make educated, informed design choices that will produce good cloth because you understand what’s going on on your loom.

Why do I do this? Because I love making happy, confident weavers even more than I love weaving itself. Helping other people understand and enjoy all the parts of weaving – project planning and loom prep as well throwing the shuttle – is my favourite part of the whole business.

25 Lessons - 7 Demo/Q & A Session Recordings

Week 1 - Choosing Yarns and Planning Your Warp

Lesson 1 - Choosing Yarns - Physical Guidelines
Lesson 2 - Evaluating Your Yarns
Lessons 3-7 - Choosing Colors
Lesson 8 - Determining Sett
Lesson 9 - Crunching the Numbers
Lessons 10-12 - Calculating Your Warp

Week 2 - Designing, Winding, and Putting Your Warp Onto the Loom

Lesson 1 - Arranging Your Warp Colors
Lessons 2-4 - Design Colors in Your Scarf Using the Color Picker Tool
Lesson 5 - Warping Methods
Lesson 6 - Winding a Stash Warp
Lesson 7 - Dressing Your Loom with Mixed Warps - Back to Front
Lesson 8 - Dressing Your Loom with Mixed Warps - Front to Back

Week 3 - Weaving Your Scarf

Lesson 1 - A Word on Sampling
Lesson 2 - Sampling for Sett, Beat, and Selvages
Lesson 3 - Tips for Success and Troubleshooting
Lesson 4 - Finishing Up
Lesson 5 - Share your work!

Recorded demo and Q & A sessions with Tien and Janet

THREE 60-90 minute  demo sessions where Tien and Janet walk through the lessons with a real student, Kate

FOUR 90-minute recorded Q&A sessions with Tien and Janet answering questions about stash weaving, color in weaving, and (occasionally) cats!

All sessions feature searchable closed captioning and downloadable transcripts.

A free online community for sharing your work with other weavers!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the Weave-Along?

If you purchase lifetime access, that's just what you get! You'll be able to access the lessons, downloads, demos, and Q&A recordings forever.

If the platform ever shuts down (and we have no intentions of doing that) you'll have 90 days to download all the content of the course.

Are you still answering questions in the Weave-Along?

We aren't. At $19.99 per student, we simply can't afford to! But the lessons are yours for life, and you're welcome to join the Weave-Along Facebook group. We'll pop in there occasionally, though we won't be actively monitoring it for questions.

What if I'm not good with technical stuff?

You don't have to be! The materials can be accessed from any browser, and from a laptop or tablet (even a smartphone!). No special software is needed.

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