Many weavers fear color. They’ve had color disasters in the past, or feel they just don’t get it, and never will. And they’re afraid of experimenting with color, because mistakes are expensive and often humiliating.

That’s why my classes are all about making color fun. Playful. Light.

I just had the wonderful experience of seeing a weaver in my Stash-Busting Scarf Weave-Along go from scared and discouraged to joyful with color. She went from describing her efforts as “unacceptable” to cranking out draft after draft, just playing around.

It’s my firm belief that color should be playful.

Color often becomes “heavy,” fraught with risk, in weaving because there’s no way to experiment cheaply with color before going to the loom. Sure, you can weave physical samples, but that means buying yarns, and winding, beaming, and threading a warp. Super expensive. You can simulate colors in weaving software, but you need to buy the software (expensive), learn how to use the software (time-consuming), and then change out the colors one by one (also time-consuming). That makes experimenting with color complicated and difficult.

What I’ve done for my courses is make color experiments easy and fun, so you can quickly see the results of combining different yarn colors in a given draft. In the Stash-Busting Scarf Weave-Along, the participants are having a terrific time with my Color Picker. It lets them upload photos of their yarn and see instantly how the colors will interlace in the drafts we’re using. It takes the fear out of color and allows experimenting with joy.

Below is a Color Picker for you to play with. Upload photos of your own stash to see how YOUR yarns would interlace in one of the Stash-Busting Scarf Weave-Along drafts. (This is the 4-shaft draft; we also have two 8-shaft versions.)

I hope you have fun with it!

(It’s not too late! You can still sign up for the Stash-Busting Scarf Weave-Along here: https://www.warpandweave.com/classes/stash-weave-along/)

Instructions for using the Color Picker:

Download printable PDF with instructions

Or, watch this short video:

Yarn Size

Increase/Decrease Pattern Size

Color Picker

Use either of the following methods to select a selected color:
Pick Color
Upload Image
Selected Color
Hex code:
RGB:
HSV:
Preview Color
Hex code:
RGB:
HSV:

Draft

(Click on the colored bar above the threading to select a color. Then, click on “Choose File” to upload a photo of your yarns. Then click anywhere in the photo to pick a yarn color. Repeat for the rest of your warp colors, and for your weft color.)

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  1. Tien your colour picker tool is great. Hopefully you will make it available for purchase after the Stash Weave along.

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