Designing Weaving

Learn tips and tricks for designing weaving projects. Find out how expert designers build projects from the weaving draft on up from choosing colors, picking weaving yarns, and finding the right weave structure for their project.

Learn the ins and outs of choosing yarn for weaving.

All About Yarns for Weavers

Confession time: I’m a yarn-subber. I have never used the recommended yarn in any project I’ve ever made, neither knitting nor weaving. Usually, I don’t even choose one that’s close. In his video The Weaver’s Yarn Companion, Tom Knisely says, “Please, try different yarns. Be a little bit experimental. Don’t always go by the recipe.…

Understanding the basics of color theory will greatly improve your weaving design ability.

Color Theory Basics for Weavers

Color choice is a very personal thing, but, as anyone who’s ever created a muddy-looking weaving project knows, there is definitely some degree of right and wrong in weaving design. Once you know the ins and outs of choosing colors for weaving, you’ll be able to confidently combine colors that will complement each other and…

Learn how to change color in your weft yarn with this easy tutorial

Let’s Talk Color: Weft Yarn Color Changes for Rigid Heddle

Changing weft colors always has the potential to leave you with awkward-looking selvedges or bulk, especially when using a rigid-heddle loom without floating selvedges to help keep ends in check! In this post, Whitney explains the techniques she uses when changing color on a rigid heddle, complete with pictures. ~Andrea Let’s talk color changes. I’ve…

Christina chose larger diamonds for a clean and elegant design that would work well on a man with a larger frame.

The Season for Handwoven Scarves

In the last week or so, the weather has taken a turn for the cold as temperatures tip-toe around freezing each night and even the normally rambunctious dogs seem unwilling to leave the warm bed in the morning. It’s definitely the time of year where I get the itch to start weaving scarves–because let’s face it,…

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A Q&A with Weaving Instructor Janet Dawson

Janet Dawson Christina Garton Editor, Weaving Today weavingtoday.com When I was a new weaver, I didn’t realize that it was supposed to be hard to design your own project. Oddly enough, I credit this to my love of cooking. I learned early on how to tweak recipes to make them my own, and soon after…

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Taking the Next Steps in Weaving

    Pattie Graver Contributor, Weaving Today weavingtoday.com Hi Weavers,   When I first learned to weave and for years after my initial classes, I always felt that I was missing information that I believed some weavers had from birth. Truly, I thought there might be a weaving gene that was missing from my DNA.…

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Understanding Basic Weave Structures

If there is one aspect of weaving that I would like to share with new weavers, it is that understanding the basics of weave structures allows you to weave with numerous treadling variations on a single warp. You have likely noticed that in collections of weaving drafts, it is common for more than one treadling…

Designing to Weave: Choosing Structure, Drafts, and Drawdowns

    Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Mark your favorite drafts with sticky notes. Make sure to write on the notes anything you think future you might need to know. Christina Garton Editor, Weaving Today weavingtoday.com A couple weeks ago I posted my top ten tips for designing. I figured perhaps…

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To Turn, Or Not to Turn

    This Beiderwand scarf sparked Karen's idea to turn a draft. Karen Donde Contributor, Weaving Today weavingtoday.com Many hours into weaving a Beiderwand scarf, alternating a tabby shuttle of 60/2 silk and a pattern shuttle of 16/2 bamboo, I figured out why such supplementary weft weaves are not often used for delicate scarves. That’s…

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How Structure Affects Color in Weaving

    With a 3/1 twill weave structure, you can guarantee 75 percent of your warp threads will be dominant. Sara Bixler Contributor, Weaving Today weavingtoday.com Color theory in itself can be a complex subject for most weavers to tackle as there are so many components that can affect your desired end product. In addition…